A Filmmaking Journey: From Challenges to Sundance Submission
It’s been a while since I last penned my thoughts. The journey of creating “Predawn,” a 34-minute horror-comedy, has been transformative. While initially envisioned as a horror, it leans more towards a suspenseful comedy.
The Evolution of “Predawn”
The editing process has been a whirlwind of fluent changes. The script of “Predawn” has evolved since its inception in 2022. But do I regret the changes? Absolutely not. My filmmaking journey, especially with “Predawn,” has been about adaptation and resilience. Whether it’s scenes left un-shot or the absence of certain equipment and crew, I’ve learned to make the best of what I have.
In my younger days, I often felt frustrated with the stagnation of my film career. But life’s challenges, like financial struggles or personal losses, while seemingly unrelated to filmmaking, have shaped my approach to it. These experiences have taught me resilience, adaptability, and the importance of perspective.
The Road to Sundance Film Festival
With “Predawn” nearing completion, I took the leap and submitted it to the Sundance Film Festival. Sundance has always been a dream destination for me. Their emphasis on independent filmmaking resonates with the essence of “Predawn” – a true indie gem. While the odds might be long, I believe in the age-old saying: you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
Behind the Scenes: Editing and More
The feedback on “Predawn” has been positive, with many wanting for more of its story. As the film undergoes its final edits, I’m also working on an eBook titled “The Turning of Enoch Balthazar Wilde.” This novella goes into events 300 years before “Predawn.” For editing, tools like ChatGPT and Claude.AI have been invaluable, ensuring a smooth read.
On this website, I’ve also shared resources for fellow producers. However, I’ve chosen to steer clear of video tutorials, preferring written guides. My first tutorials will focus on editing with Davinci Resolve, a tool I’ve extensively used for the short film.
The Future of Filmmaking and Embracing the Journey
Post-September, my focus will shift to new projects as “Predawn” moves onto its festival journey. The essence of a film career isn’t just about successes but the experiences and lessons along the way. It’s about diving in, taking risks, and learning from every setback.
To all aspiring filmmakers and writers: Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Dive in, start now, and embrace every challenge as a lesson tailored just for you.
Writer, Director, Producer, Father