THE JOURNEY BEGINS...
So, I've decided to make a feature film. Am I ready? Nowhere near. Am I shitting myself? Why yes, I am.
A feature film has always been the first big step a filmmaker aspires to accomplish. Traditionally, if you could raise the funds to make a first film, and it got its budget back, that would lead to bigger budgets, bigger films, and a pathway to directing at the top of the industry (for the lucky few, anyway).
Nowadays, we are in a wild west where filmmakers of all levels are making feature films, on all types of budgets, and distribution is as confusing as it has ever been. In the past, I have been guilty of trying to wait for the perfect timing to shoot my first full-length project, but of course that never comes. I don't foresee a lottery win or a generous patron contacting me out of the blue and offering me a realistic budget to make a feature, as this is my first, so it's time to get creative.
Today is the 2nd of January, 2018. I am a third of the way through my first draft, which I am aiming to finish by the 22nd so I can have a script reader look at it ready for the next drafts. I am aiming to go into production by mid-April. Why am I telling you this? Well, in this blog series, I want to be as transparent and honest as possible. I want to be held accountable, and I want to show readers, in real time, the ups and downs of the journey. There is every chance I may be held up, things will go wrong, and it will be all over my blog for you to learn from my mistakes.
At the moment, the project is in the very early stages and things are up in the air. I will be posting weekly to keep you up to date, so check back to see Part 2 very soon!
Happy New Year!
- Rob Ulitski