Life Has a Funny Way

After a fun and informative trip to the Austin Film Festival, I was returning with renewed motivation to get to work on STILL, a desire I’ve expressed sporadically for the past, oh, 15 months or so.  I attended a number of panels on independent filmmaking, and I was excited to get back to my own, but I was admittedly a little unsure of the logistics, what with NaNoWriMo just around the corner and my ever-heavy freelance load. Not to mention that whole, preparing-for-a-baby thing.

But then I got a phone call at the airport.  And it turns out I’ll have a lot more free time on my hands for a while.

The downside of doing the bulk of your freelance work through one client is that, when they decide to hire two in-house writers and inform you they won’t be needing you to write those 30-4o blog posts a month anymore, you’re kind of SOL.  I’m lucky since the freelance work was on top of my day job, and I’ll still have projects here and there, but I’m essentially looking at an extra one to three hours on my hands every single night.

Which is to say, if you have any copywriting, editing, proofreading, document formatting (including screenplays), ebook formatting or direct-sale navigable PDF creation needs, I’m for hire!

While I’m obviously disappointed not to be pulling in that steady cash, I’m actually pretty excited to have that time back to work on my own, horribly neglected projects.  I took yesterday to catch up on everything you have to catch up on when you go out of town for 5 days, but tonight I hopped right back in.

A still from STILL, a short film by Elizabeth Ditty

Even after something like 14 hours of shooting, both my amazing trooper of a human statue, Mike Burgess, and my fabulously talented DP, Amy Elrod, were still pulling off gorgeous shots like this.

I can’t quite say I’m finished with the rough cut because I’ve got to do some tweaking and rewriting of the voiceover, but I do have every single image that’s going into the film in the film (sans credits).  And that’s been a long time coming.  We’re getting there, slowly but surely, and now the biggest remaining task is to find someone to do the voiceover.

Like this guy (the one on the left).

Neil Gaiman marrying his own human statue, Amanda Palmer

Consider this the beginning of my campaign to convince Neil Gaiman, who has his own love affair with a certain human statue, to voice my short film. (Image courtesy of Amanda Palmer, credited to Kyle Cassidy.)

In all seriousness, while I’d obviously love that to happen since I’ve always heard Mr. Gaiman’s voice in my head when envisioning the final film, I know he’s obviously a super busy guy, so I’ll be pursuing more traditional channels in the meantime.

So, all this to say, sometimes life has a funny way of redefining your priorities when you’re having trouble finding a way to do it yourself.  When that happens, remember it’s OK to have yourself a bit of a cry (even in a totally awkward place like in line to board a plane) and that sometimes there are forces at work that simply know better than we do. Mourn, then move on to the adventures ahead.

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