Our Little Movie & The Money Machine

6 thoughts on “Our Little Movie & The Money Machine”

  1. This is a stunningly accurate account of my experience making movies as well. Every short movie I’ve made, I get asked, “So, what are you going to do with this?” No matter the answer, if it’s not about making money off it, my answer is met with blank, disappointed stares.

    1. Exactly. I swear, it’s those blank stares that get me every time. It’s a little scary in this society that if we’re not making money off of art then it sort of “doesn’t count” to a lot of people. Yikes. I guess we just have to keep going and let them stay confused. :-/ Thanks for reaching out Will!

      1. You bet! Keep creating! And if you’re shooting in WI again and need crew or acting help, send a message! I read about your film on LakeFrontRow, and saw a lot of similarities. On all our movies (albeit short movies, we haven’t had the chutzpah to make a feature length…yet), our crew is exactly two people as well. Nothing like acting while also directing and holding your own boom mic right out of frame, mentally checking if the light is in the right place, and envisioning the next shot you’ll need later for editing coverage!

      2. Oh that’s awesome – yeah, you got it! And get a bigger crew for your feature when you make it :-) Save some headaches… Dreaming of the next WI feature right now in fact…

  2. I’m not a filmmaker and I wouldn’t call myself an artist in any particular sense, but this resonates with me because I’ve begun to recognize it in my own life and I’ve found so much relief in making an active choice not to reach for my phone or notebook to document everything around me. Your dinner comment hit home– I’m learning to cook and I’ve laughed at myself more than once because I’ll chastise myself inwardly for terrible plating, then I’ll realize that I’m the only one eating it anyway. Similarly, when I experience something beautiful or when I’m in the middle of what I consider profound happiness, I’m conscious of the fact that I should take it in, but I don’t necessarily need any record of the moment for later. I just saw June Falling Down at Lone Star Film Festival and I thought you discussed this topic poignantly. I think a lot of people would benefit from really listening to the conversation about the process of art-making (or of making or doing anything significant, really). We live in a period of time when so much value is placed on documenting every little thing about our lives, to the point that it’s often profitized (like you discuss here). I think it really benefits your film that you were fully aware of and appreciative of the process rather than what you could do with the final product. I hope it does well! Good luck with the rest of your run with June and I can’t wait to see whatever beautiful thing comes next, whether it’s a film, a painting, or a baby mobile made with sea shells. :)

    1. So sorry it took a while to get back to you Meghan! And thank you SO MUCH for coming to see June and supporting us at Lone Star. :-) It’s such a strange balancing act in making art and trying to make a living (hopefully eventually). It was important to us to just make something beautiful and see what we could do with it afterward. So glad you enjoyed it and appreciate your kind words!

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