ANATOMY OF AN INDIE – Married Young – Post #1
Make no bones about it, making an independent movie is nothing less than war.
And to have very little money is to go into battle without bullets… or guns… or soldiers.
I am at the tail end of making an Independent movie entitled MARRIED YOUNG. It has taken three years of my life, the bulk of my savings and all of my attention. The unnecessary drama and pain associated with this project is impressive to me, even now. But thank G-d, the final product is pretty impressive and successful. Yet the drama is relentless. Here I am at the final hour, and the drama still continues.
As I take this blog forward, I promise I will go back and retrace the steps, the drama and the stories. At the very least, it is entertaining. But I also think that with some study, this can be educational not only about making movies, but about life (if I may be so bold). The life lessons that have come my way are nuggets that will stay with me forever. I believe these “nuggets” will guide me in everything that I do.
To start with, I am not new at this. I have been successfully directing on a very high level for well over a decade. I made my career in commercials and I have directed something in the order of 400 of them, all over the world (in 13 countries) and in multiple languages (12 languages – I only speak two of them, but that is an interesting story, I’ll get to it). And so, when I embarked on this journey I was clearly not your typical first time director. I have an MFA in directing from the famed UCLA Graduate Film School. I have directed theater, television, short films and (as I mentioned) 400 f-ing commercials! So I would think I was experienced enough to handle this like a pro.
But what I found was way beyond anything I could have anticipated.
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