And so it’s a new year and all that.
Spent basically every moment I wasn’t with my family over the holidays preparing a pitch package for Telefilm. There are a great many things that have to go right in order for everything to come together, but if this grant goes through, we’ll make our first feature this year, set in the world of This Wind. Even if the grant doesn’t go through, I’ll find a way to make a feature this year. It’s time to get to it. Time to make a bigger film. I have ideas.
Also spent some time over the holidays revisiting one of my favourite films: Wim Wender’s Wings Of Desire (1987). I love the film because it manages to be a city symphony, a meditation on existential philosophy, and a simple love story about two people who meet at a Nick Cave concert all at the same time. It’s always seemed so meticulous to me, the way it’s put together, and I was amazed to learn from the commentary track that Wings was more or less thrown together in two months because Wim’s production company was in danger of going under if they didn’t make a movie. They had basically no script except for ten scenes of dialogue with no scene descriptions written by Peter Handke. Often they wouldn’t know exactly what it was they were going to shoot when they arrived on set. And they made one of the most amazing pictures I’ve ever seen. These stories always inspire and delight me. They enforce the notion that sometimes the most important thing is just to make a movie – even if you don’t know what you’re doing. In order to do that, you have to be free of the fear of making a catastrophe, and this is hard. No one wants to make an awful movie. But if your intentions and interests lie in trying to learn about people, and you approach your subject with honesty and integrity, I think it’s nearly impossible to make a terrible picture. I think the worst you can do is make an inconsequential picture, and that’s a drag, but it’s not such a drag that it’s not worth everything you’ll learn making the movie.
And so that’s why I say I’ll make a feature film in 2014. I’ve thought about it long enough. It’s time to take the plunge, so to speak. One way or another.
We’re still making some final tweaks to the This Wind short film we shot in the summer, but it’s done. We can’t release it online until we’ve taken a crack at some festivals, but if you’d like to see it, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to send you a link.
Until next time.
Dylan – Edmonton, AB