My colleague and partner-in-crime said to me

"Brittany, if you keep trying to make it perfect, you'll never get anything done"

Perfectionism is the fastest way to accomplish nothing!

It's been nearly 2 years since my short film has been in the making. A 10 minute short film!! It's not my first film either, so why was THIS ONE taking me so long? Why was I having so much resistance?

LESSON #1 :: YOU HAVE 2 OPTIONS-EITHER GET IT DONE OR... HAVE NOTHING AT ALL


I was trying, waiting, wishing to...

:: SAVE MONEY FOR A HUGE BUDGET

:: WRITE THE MOST CLEVER SCREENPLAY

:: HIRE THE PERFECT TEAM WHO BELIEVED IN MY VISION

:: FEEL CONFIDENT ENOUGH IN MY ACTING

:: HAVE THE PERFECT BODY

:: HAVE THE PERFECT SCREENPLAY

:: HAVE THE PERFECT TEAM, EQUIPEMENT, LOCATION, COSTUMES

The list goes on...

Once upon a time, I was acting (for free!) in some of the films made by the local film school students. I asked them if they'd be interested in helping me with my own short film. Here's the answer I got:

" so you'll have to hire (enter long list of people) who need to be paid the standard rate of (enter exuberant price for students)  so after my calculations, it'll cost you 1700€. Oh and that's BEFORE the post-production & editing costs "


LESSON # 2 :: FOCUS ON THE WHY ; FIGURE OUT THE HOW LATER


a huge budget + a lack of listening to my needs.

How could I invest 1700€ + into a project that has no ROI ?! Doesn't seem like a smart business decision. At least not in the short term aspect.

For months on end, I felt discouraged. I kept focusing on the LACK of this, the lack of that. How do I do this? How do I do that? How can I invest in something when I'm not even clear on the result let alone the vision? And how can I fork over a wad of cash to someone who is NOT listening to my needs and just wants the money instead ??


LESSON # 3 :: THE ROI (return on investment) ISN'T ALWAYS IN THE CURRENCY OF DOLLARS.... BUT MEASURED IN OVERALL HAPPINESS & FULFILLMENT


I accepted that it doesn't need to be perfect, it won't be perfect, BUT it just needs to be made.

I created a sense of self-imposed urgency.

IT'S NOW OR NEVER.

RULE # :: 4 RAISE THE STAKES

What would you have to lose?

I gave myself a deadline. I have until the end of august (literally ONE year after having the publicity photos taken) to make this film a reality or I will abandon forever. And I knew I couldn't abandon so once I raised those stakes, it became a non-negociable. 

It won't turn out the way I imagined, but it will exist. Maybe it will be better, maybe it will be worse!

RULE # 5 :: TRUST IN DIVINE TIMING AND THE STARS ALIGNING

When things aren't working out and obstacles keep coming up... it's hard to have faith. That's where you make a tough choice: do I plough through or abandon ship?

When everything did start panning out, it was effortless. My team members were available. I successfully interviewed and hired my sound engineer. I got my first choice makeup artist. 

Sometimes when the universe throws you obstacles, it's his way of guiding us down a different path. I have no regrets that it took me so long to make this short film because what I know today, I didn't know before. I trust that I am always being guided and that things will happen in the right time. 


BEHIND THE SCENES

Creating a vision for your short film is similar to branding your business and finding a unique style. And it starts with a pinterest mood board!

Use Mood Boards to research:

  • colors
  • styles
  • characters
  • feelings
  • camera shots

Results= Bonnie & Clyde CHECK, Rebels CHECK, betrayal CHECK guns CHECK


OUR PHOTOSHOOT

INSPIRATION

RESULT


PUBLICITY PHOTOSHOOT


The film was shot August 14th 2016 in Cannes, France. Stayed tuned to see some on-set shots and behind the scenes tidbits! :)

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

  • My dad, for helping me write & refine my screenplay
  • My boyfriend, partner in crime, business partner, mentor, love, Julien Croquet
  • Nicolas Colombi for the most amazing photos ever, exceeding any expectations I could have
  • Nathan & Fabrice Ambrosini for helping me to create this
  • To that person who made me doubt myself, who told me I didn't have the skill set and who pressured me for 1700€ to film this movie. Looks like I've succeeded after all, sans your help!

 

 

 

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