I Must Blog This Experience
Hey man. Thanks for stopping by. It honestly means a lot to me that you did. This site is my online documentation of my experience making the short sci-fi film, Deployment Strategy.
This blog is all about full disclosure. I write this all for myself and to share with you, the film fan and/or filmmaker. Take away what you find useful, dismiss the rest, and add your 2 cents.
When I set out to make this film, I wanted to log my experiences for myself so I could look back, reflect and hopefully learn from them. For my really short projects, I'd always do a "lessons-learned" session with myself which entailed nothing more than a notebook with scribbled thoughts about what happened, what I did wrong, what I didn't anticipate, and what I could do better. Like I said, that was for small video projects less than 2 minutes in duration that took at most 1 full day to shoot. I knew that Deployment Strategy would be a beast in comparison so I'd have much more than a couple pages in a notebook to write down.
I also considered what most of you have also observed and know - the popularity of blogging and the internet's increasing role in reaching out to potential film viewers while a film is being made. The most high profile examples of Hollywood directors who do this have been Peter Jackson's King Kong blog and Brian Singer's Superman Returns. (I think I remember seeing Rocky Balboa's movie blog launch early on too).
Secondly, there's a growing fascination with how films are made. Nearly every DVD comes with a behind-the-scenes (bts) featurette, and in fact it's even been proposed by Preimere magazine that watching DVD making-of documentaries can replace film school! I wouldn't go that far, but I do consider bts material a great resource and something the public is interested in. To me, bts material also builds my respect for the filmmakers as you can see how much effort they put into making their film. Bts material will often make me respect the filmmakers of a film I didn't like at all.
The other influence in my decision to document the making of this film was a concept that was drilled into us in business school- monetization. Monetization means several things, but in this context it means to create value from whatever you have. In his book, Rebel Without a Crew, Robert Rodiguez talked about how, in writing his script for El Mariachi, he used whatever props and locations he had access to to write his script. He didn't, for example, write a gigantic helicopter chase into the story and later scratch his head wondering, "so how the heck am I going to pull this off??" Rodriguez made do with what he had. He monetized his resources. For me, I knew I was going to have to go through all this work of making my film- casting, set building, storyboarding, rehearsals, the shoot, editing, vfx, sound, promotion, etc! - so why not monetize that experience by documenting it online with a blog and video. Who knows, maybe I'd get some people interested, maybe I'd help some film student somewhere. At the very least, I'd have my own organic "lessons-learned" document at the end that I'd be able to go back thru to reflect and become a better filmmaker. And by adding online tools like the forum and the commenting system, maybe I can learn a bit from you guys as you post feedback.
Thanks for reading this, thanks for visiting the site, I definitely don't know everything, but as Jules said in Pulp Fiction, I'm trying real hard bro to be the shepherd!