Have I told you recently that I love making films? No?! Well, I do!
Last week, my fiancé and I went to see The Dark Knight Rises at IMAX. There were moments, while waiting for the film to start, that are almost unimaginable for a young film maker like me. Moments of sheer joy in realizing, “My film is going to play in this same theatre next month! And I’m here watching a big, Hollywood film!”
Having my film screen at IMAX is a dream come true, and I am totally geeking out about it.
There’s another side to the story, though. Making my own film has made me so critically aware of the film making process, that I almost couldn’t enjoy The DKR. I can usually turn that part of my brain off so I can enjoy a film the first time around. During the movie, I kept thinking, “Wow, that’s a lot of extras to coordinate.” During another scene, “I wonder how many takes they had to do just to get that just right.” And when Hathaway is strutting her stuff, “I wonder if she had to do that walk during casting to get the part.”
I keep trying to imagine what it’d be like to work on a big Hollywood film. Lots of people involved, lots at stake for everyone, and a giant audience eager to watch the finished film. With Iron Man 3 filming in North Carolina, I’m so anxious to see a set like that firsthand. So anxious to catch some of that excitement.
It’s an interesting time in my life. I’ve just finished my first feature-length film, and it’ll play for the first time publicly next month. I’m eager to start on my next project, but also curious about how I’ll secure resources. I’m curious about what it’s like to make a big Hollywood film, and if that journey is anything like the indie route I’m currently on.