Irony. You gotta love it.
While Necessary Evil #1 was all about how in independent film you tend to be doing everything yourself, Necessary Evil #2 is almost the exact opposite. And yet, both are painfully true.
Film is the most collaborative art form on Earth.
Like I said in “One Man Band”, “You aren’t truly appreciative of all 8 minutes of credits after a movie until you try to do all those jobs by yourself…and fail…” The simple fact is, you can’t do all those jobs by yourself. It is physically impossible. It is impossible to run the camera, give direction to the actors, adjust the lights, touch up make-up, fix that ripped seam in the actor’s jacket, hold the boom, answer a phone call from an angry location owner, cook lunch, and shmooze the press all at the same time. But all those jobs have to be done…all at the same time…
One of the most common words used to describe me, Benjamin Blue, is one of the great words of the English language: “curmudgeon.” According to Merriam-Webster.com, the word means “1. Miser; 2. a crusty, ill-tempered, and usually old man.”
I hate that film is the most collaborative art form in the world. I hate that I can’t do everything myself. I hate that I have to rely on other people to execute my vision. I hate that, as an introverted stutterer, I have chosen an industry that is literally “all about networking.”
Why didn’t I go into novels?
But here’s the thing. It is the lack of different viewpoints and skill sets that creates one-dimensional, sub-par work. You chose your DP because you know that he can more effectively execute the images in your head and maybe even make them better. You brought on a second Producer so that you could focus on the art and let her deal with the angry location owner. And you chose your Costumer because the last time you tried to sew a shirt, you forgot sleeves.
You, me, we, Beardless Phil, CANNOT do this job alone. Some people love that aspect of filmmaking. I struggle with it. And while collaboration can breed great ideas and great art, too many cooks in the kitchen can ruin a fine meal. You need to find a select few people you can trust implicitly, and who will push you creatively, and try to work with them as much as you possibly can.
Otherwise, go into novels.
This week’s lesson:
For better or worse, film is the most
collaborative artform on Earth. Deal with it.
Next week: STILL not sure. Only got one suggestion last week. Come on, guys! Help me out here!
Please: Leave us comments! Let us know what you think about the blog and the project, and tell us what you want to see or hear more about! Like we said in our first blog post, this blog is “about you almost as much as it is about us.”