After a meeting with Chingya, I've decided to do some re-writing. Some things need to be considered: the fact that we have one shoot day and also due to some morphing along the way, I felt the message got muddled/ lost. I feel good about the new changes. I've just sent them out for feedback to see if they translate.
It's amazing what comes when you need it. I'm not going to lie. Last week was a hard week for me juggling and balancing the demands and uncertainties that were piling up. I cracked a little on Wednesday/ Thursday when I had to start figuring out casting, when Kenny got a big opportunity that he couldn't pass up and had to leave the project, when the budget still was not reconciled with the Filmmakers Alliance/ IndieGoGo and my crew was asking me for things I couldn't provide. I wanted to run and hide so that I wouldn't have to deal with my anxiety: but that is not what you do when you're playing Mom. You start brain storming and asking people for help and letting things go that you can't directly control right now. After the cracking look what came out of it: a free casting director/ facility with all the bells and whistles taken care of, extra support from Stan (who is my Producing Consultant), a sit down meeting with Vidyut over at the Filmmakers Alliance so I could actually understand and see what her dilemma is, and probably the best piece of it...learning to let it all go and know that it's all being taken care of. Everyone is working and things are being created and I don't have to know about every single tiny thing that is going on. I am forced to take a step back and wait a little before I can move forward and you know what has appeared? A competent Assistant Director and an Assistant Camera. I had nothing to do with bringing them on board directly but our needs are being taken care of. Lesson learned. My baby is growing up and having experiences without me.
The worst part of interviewing is choosing one person over the rest cause everyone brings something unique with them. I don't like letting people down. I don't like making people feel excluded and I often connect to people deeply pretty quickly so that makes the process of picking people who are up against each other a process I'm excited about and dislike at the same time. I love meeting new people to collaborate with. I don't like choosing one over another...having said that, you have to. As a servant to the project, I have to make the best choice for 'her highness'. I have to make sure that our 'directress' has a great dynamic with all the key team members and that she is a team player and will do what is best for the project. I have to know that she has skills of discernment, is not afraid to speak her thoughts and disagree with me. I have to know that she's on her best behavior personally and professionally and that it'll stay that way. I have to know that I don't have to hold her hand and I have to know that she's okay with asking for help when she needs it. Sounds like a relationship, yeah? Well, yeah. It always is. Seemingly silly things will lead you to the right person such as: whether someone emails you back quickly, whether they are willing to change their schedule to take a meeting with you, and if they are willing to go the extra mile and go beyond what you've asked them to do. When we made our choice for our director, it was less a choice and more like the Universe dumping her into our laps. I didn't really know it then, but being 'up' on all of those things let me relax internally and 'my gut' told me 'she was the right one'. So, I'd like to introduce you to our director for "Incredible Girl", Chingya Wang! She's young, hungry, sharp and went beyond the call of duty in the interviews and wants to push her boundaries (very IG, isn't it?). No holding back on her part. You'll like her.
Some of my inspirational material for "Incredible Girl". Some of the ECU's that we used in our teaser were inspired by the cinematography in "Rad Anthem".
The way they dance closely in the club scene in "Hung Up" captures some of what was in my head.
And of course my favorite movie from when I was a kid,"Labyrinth", def inspires some of our choices. In this scene, I love the magnetism between Jareth and Sarah.
I ran into my WebTvworkshop instructors, Diahnna Nicole Baxter (who won an Emmy for her web-series Satacracy 88) and Damian Pelliccione (of Damian Media) from last summer (where I learned how to produce for online content) last night. I was informed that they used the "Incredible Girl" IndieGoGo Page as an example in class on Monday of how to do it right. They were so excited about it. It's always great to feel that energy but we wouldn't be where we are now if I hadn't done their program. I love them.
I just put together the first version of my production Bible. So far it includes:
-my kickstarter.com tier breakdown
-in kind sponsorship list
-interview questions for my sponsor videos (We're shooting the first one tomorrow);)
-reference images for my characters and the tone of the piece (the same ones in the video I made of them that is posted earlier on the blog).
-the shot list