A space to share the creation of my first film, a documentary about the Montagnard people who served as American allies during the Vietnam War
Friday, October 15, 2010
Get Fired Up
Illustration by Camden Watts
With the news that I won the shovemedia contest, I have been so thrilled about the reality of finishing Abandoned Allies. This office space, deadline and encouragement is exactly what I needed--without even knowing it. I'm so fired up about wrapping up the film and showing it to people that I can hardly sleep at night. There's so much work to do, and very little time to finish it.
We have only about five weeks before Thanksgiving, which is when I hope to have the film completed.
The Full Frame film fest submission deadline is November 30th, and I want Abandoned Allies to be entered. That means we could, hopefully, show the film at the festival in April 2011. (Hopefully!) This would then, in turn, give us enough time to prepare for our own premiere event to take place weeks after the festival (more on that in future posts).
While April 2011 feels very far away, Thanksgiving feels like it's just around the corner. This is both thrilling and terrifying for me, because I so desperately want to finish the film before the holidays.
It's my belief that our volunteers shouldn't feel stress about working on Abanadoned Allies during the holidays. It's time they might otherwise be spending with family, resting from being so busy, or working on their own projects. So I hope we can hustle and have the film in tip top shape and submitted to the festival before Thanksgiving gets here.
That said, it's time to get fired up! There's not much time, and we have lots of work left to do on the:
Music selection / composition
Marketing and communications
Over the course of these next few weeks, with the help of my very talented crew, this little film will start to feel much more like a Film (with a capital F). We'll be adding the final finesse, finally! I'm beyond thrilled.