This year I had the opportunity to sit in on a talk with Amy Heckerling, director of Clueless, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and a few Gossip Girl episodes. Among the many words of wisdom that casually flowed from her mouth, I remember her saying that, ”Sometimes you miss your timeline; BUT YOU STILL DO IT.”
I am a filmmaker, and I know how we filmmakers feel when we keep pushing our deadlines/ timelines. I know how it eats away at our confidence when suddenly two years have past, and the CCD chip or film strip has yet to see the light of day. A new year is coming, and I know we will be setting numeric goals for films we hope to make within the year. Setting these goals is an important part of our progress, but even more important is what we do when we do not meet these goals on time - STILL DO IT!
Somewhere between writing drafts and gathering money and people and airplanes and equipment, life happens. Your timeline starts moving faster than you can while juggling day jobs and changes in things you thought would be the constants through the chaos. You have to believe or be aware that the new things that enter your life after missing your deadline are invaluable additions to you and the production that will take your movie to newer heights.
We were slated to film Plane Pretend in January 2013, and now we are set for sometime in the spring (exact date TBA). In the past few months, I have made friendships and connections with people that will be a part of Plane Pretend’s success. I have been able to connect with the emotional world of my characters in a way I never anticipated. These connections and this understanding have given me a newfound passion and confidence in creating something meaningful and personal; and THAT is my ultimate goal. That is what I want to contribute to the world.
So yes, we missed our timeline, but yes, we are still going to do it!