A couple of weeks ago I met some people and my view of how to be an independent filmmaker changed. No longer was I bogged down with the difficulty of preparing or organising a project. These people realised that if you want to make a short project, there should be nothing that stops you. If you have the equipment, the commitment and the right kind of people around you, all you need to do is give the idea the time it deserves. By adopting that attitude, we gathered together a bunch of ideas and pitched seven short films over the course of a weekend to a film competition. Seven! With the intention of making all of them! It’s been a while since I’ve been inspired that way.
Who are these new people, you ask? Aidan Belizaire, Laura Ross, Helen Stock and Dan Crooke (my fellow AMT directors Tom, Paul and I pitched the other three ideas).
Aidan is an experienced director who I’d known previously but hadn’t had the pleasure of working with. Aidan was actually meant to play the character of Tom in Ramblers, but due to work commitments he had to pull out. This gave me a chance to be an actor, so I can only thank Aidan for not being in our show (as weird as that sounds). I’m sure he’d have been great though.
Laura, Helen and Dan are three that I hadn’t ever met before that weekend. The weirdest thing was how we hit it off immediately. Not that I didn’t think we’d get along or something, it just felt like we were friends straight away. Hanging out with them and bouncing ideas around just felt really natural.
Meeting these people I think also helped to reinvigorate Tom and Paul as well as just me. We were moving again and getting things planned. Manageable, achievable things. An awesome feeling.
All in all, a couple of weeks ago I realised once again why I wanted to be involved in filmmaking. It’s not just about what you can create. It’s really about the people you meet along the way.