For the longest time, I thought that all I would ever want to do is produce. And, honestly, I would have been happy only producing. It makes me happy and I think I'm good at it.
Then a realization came over me. I spend so much time searching for new projects. I read countless scripts and books and articles only to come up empty-handed. I attend festivals in the hopes of cultivating relationships with new writers and directors that may lead to a greenlit project. This is something every producer should do, however, it's not easy. Once a writer or director is at a festival, he or she usually has a creative team in place.
And incredibly, I currently work with some truly amazing writers and directors but we often go through waiting periods between projects and I would find myself constantly searching for new material. It finally hit me after years of searching and only finding a handful of projects I wanted to produce that with all that time I was spending looking for another great project, I could be spending time figuring out my own voice.
Finally, I decided it was time to self-generate. That way, I could still produce but also write and direct during periods in which I'm not producing other people's works.
I've been writing the last few years and I do have a co-writing credit on my film Not Since You. I love the process of writing. It's an amazing creative outlet that helps to reduce my stress. So in addition to the material I am developing with other writer/directors, I want to be developing my own. I want to be able to produce what speaks to me, whether it's written by me or someone else.
I am now trying my hand at directing - eek! I never thought I would say that. But instead of waiting around for someone else to like my work enough to want to direct it, I figure let's use that time to experiment and practice and work on developing my skills as a director.
If anything, I will become a better storyteller and producer! It truly can't hurt to expand myself and take on a new challenge.
About a month ago, I came up with the idea of doing a Web series about exploring how a loving couple deals with their spouse's annoying habits. I'm calling it I Love My Annoying Spouse. I have a Tumblr started here. Please check it out and Follow it!
I've been married for twenty years and I love my spouse more every day - but along with that love are, shall we say, annoying habits we inflict on each other. I wanted to take a hilarious look at these relatable annoyances we all experience in relationships.
The series is super fun - and I hope funny - and purposefully simple. We have a cast and crew totaling five - check out how cute they are (even my husband is my DP - and let me tell you, he offers up his share of episode ideas):
|From left: Annie Bydlon, Jonny Loquasto, Ann Tierney, me, Steve Kosek|
Our lovably annoying spouses are being expertly performed by Jonny Loquasto and Ann Tierney. These two are a laugh. I had to bite my lip as we were shooting so I wouldn't laugh out loud and ruin a take.
Here they are as Bobby and Susan Parker - our lovably annoying spouses:
|Jonny Loquasto as Bobby & Ann Teirney as Susan|
I am now in the middle of post and learning all I can about Adobe Premiere. I am not going to get caught up in the Final Cut 7 v. X drama so I'm choosing Adobe as my editing software. Plus I know Photoshop so that will hopefully help with graphics etc.
So wish me luck as I tap into this new adventure of directing! Don't worry, I will still be producing. I love working with other directors and have some awesome new projects I'm developing with them. The future is bright all around.