Sunday, October 5, 2014
The Filmmaker's Test.
The following is a simple test to see if you really are a filmmaker. Proceed with caution.
Raise your hand if you've ever...
...watched an action movie and wished you could kick ass like the hero.
...watched a scene unfold on screen and dissect how the camera was set up and where the lights were placed.
...felt bad for the crew when you watch a show that takes place mostly at night. Or in the rain. Or both.
...been so excited the night before your first day on a shoot that you can't sleep.
...known when Crafty would bring out new snacks and hover around the table in anticipation.
...hoarded the kind of soda or fizzy water you like from the coolers.
...skipped over the veggies at catering.
...played with props when the Propmaster wasn't looking.
...cleaned your sunglasses with supplies found on the camera cart.
...sat down on set and flipped through a "magazine" or book used for set dressing.
...sprawled across a bed on a bedroom set.
...gone through the breakfast line more than once.
...raided the set cart for batteries for your T.V. remote at home.
...taken a nap on company time.
...snuck a picture of a celebrity on set.
...sat in a pass van just for the air conditioning.
...gone "grocery shopping" at the craft service table.
...borrowed a belt or jacket from wardrobe because you forgot yours at home.
...had to explain to your mom a few dozen times what it is you do at work.
...had to explain to your dad what you do at work in hopes that maybe he can explain it to her (note: this never works).
...splurged on a phone or a tablet with the thought of, "It'll come in handy at work!"
...shown up for work an hour early because you looked on the wrong line of the callsheet.
...shopped for a present for someone while at work (thanks, cellphone!).
...stopped what you were doing, looked around and thought, I have a pretty cool job.
...put off a doctor or dentist appointment because of work.
...rolled from one shoot right on to another.
...never met your neighbors because you never see them.
...forgot your friend's birthday because you were so busy, you lost track of the days.
...lost a girlfriend/boyfriend/significant other because you never got to see them.
...missed out on a family event because you're booked on a job.
...gave up a pet because you're never home to take care of it.
...ever wondered how you'd be able to balance a career and a family with a job like this.
...had a day so good, you knew this is what you wanted to spend the rest of your life doing.
...had a day so kick-you-ass-brutal, you wonder if it's all worth it.
...been told that Hollywood's a hard town and you won't make it.
...left behind family, friends, and all you've ever known to move to a place you've never been to because you wanted to make movies.
...purposely forged ahead without the safety net of a stable bank account or back-up career because you want that fear to push you to succeed.
...come to a halting realization that this is harder than you ever thought.
...reached a stagnant point in your career and start to wonder what else you could do for money.
...wondered what'll happen if the calls for work stop coming in.
...have this nagging fear that maybe they were right and you'll never survive in this industry.
...ever wonder if you're good enough to rise out of the low paying gigs.
...been scared that this is as good as it gets and you've peaked in your field.
...feared that you'll have to return home to your parents' house because you couldn't make it and it's time to "grow up."
...feared that you sacrificed it all for nothing.
...kept on forging on anyway because you have faith in yourself that it will all work out in the end because despite all the uncertainties, the pain, and the fear, you're passionate about what you do.
If your hand is still raised, congratulations. You are a filmmaker.