I used to think drug addiction was limited to low-life individuals who had no willpower and didn’t care for others. That is, until I met one. His name was Jeremy and he became one of my best friends – if not the best friend I’ve ever had. He would’ve been 28 on Sunday but on June 8th of this year, he lost his battle with addiction. He was truly one of the best guys I’ve ever met in my life. He had hopes and dreams: plans for a career, a wife, and kids. Every single day, there are addicts struggling, family and friends feeling the rippling effects of addiction, and first responders being put at risk because of this epidemic.
This month I was given the opportunity to film for the Lycoming County Camp Cadet program held at the Little League World Series International Grove in South Williamsport. I took the job mainly because I needed a little extra cash, I figured it would look good on a resume, and we’d get to film all week. That sounded like an all around win to me.
However, that week ended up being so much more than I had originally expected. Through this experience, I gained new perspectives, acquired new knowledge, and created new memories. In the midst of this project, there were three major things that stood out to me.
Any of my friends can attest to the annoying things I do as an aspiring filmmaker when watching a film, whether it be at the local movie theater or simply watching a Netflix series at home. It’s virtually impossible for me to simply watch a film and turn off all the training and skills that have been embedded in me for the last several years. I’m sure my fellow filmmakers can relate to some of the many annoying things filmmakers do when watching films.
As any filmmaker knows, sometimes it’s incredibly difficult to make a film that is compelling enough for the viewer to want to pay the $9+ for a movie ticket to go see it and/or to invest their time to watch your film. In addition to this, it’s even more difficult to choose a topic that does just that and is interesting and motivating to you, the filmmaker. Here are two major internal indicators I believe are evident when you choose to cover the wrong documentary topic as a filmmaker.
“Why do you want to make movies anyway?”
Let’s just break this down. How much of your free time (or maybe even time you should’ve been spending being productive) have you spent binge-watching your favorite show? How many nights have you insisted on staying in because watching Grey’s Anatomy recorded just isn’t the same as watching it live? How many movies have you paid to go see throughout your lifetime? My point stands. I don’t just want to make movies, I want to be a part of the industry that consumes so much of our time and thoughts. I want to impact people’s lives through film. It’s one of the only industries out there that has such a substantial amount of power over us — I want to be a part of that.
Today marks one year since I officially released my longest documentary short film to date. It’s the most time consuming video project I’ve ever worked on but anyone in the filmmaking industry knows that a project you’re passionate about can be both insanely frustrating and rewarding because when you’re passionate about the content, you want it to be perfect. Continue reading “Making Strides: Fighting For Hope, One Year Recap!”
The Breakfast Club is among some of the most well known films from the mid 1980’s. After watching the film, I took note of a few quotes I think still hold a significant amount of impact today.
There are so many different elements that go into making a successful film or television series. So many in fact, that the viewer doesn’t grasp the entirety of what is going on. As a film enthusiast, I was curious to see what makes a film noteworthy to others. In addition to this, they were asked to give an example of one of their favorite films or TV shows, then explaining why it is noteworthy in their eyes. Is it the characters, the life lessons presented in the film, the take away points, or just the overall storyline and action? These were their answers.