Work work work. Things have been going well over the that GSP Global Management Resource and Coordination Headquarters, aka my office. This week marks the postponed filming of parts two and three of an Intel/EMC² case study video. The original was postponed due to conflicting schedules, so I did an impromptu shoot at the Intel offices of Jones Farm in Hillsboro, Oregon. Soon I shall be in air, wondering why someone put a green light to “Air Bud 7: K-9 Cross dresser” and running through the list of items that I forgot. This will end up being video number two with the all new DSLR/audio set up. The last video, that had a mix of old camera and new, looks and sound great. I am really pleased that I took the time to trouble shoot ahead of any work and get the camera running nice and tight. The sound, which is the new DXA-SLR, amazing. Splurge on the extra $100 and get it. The Zoom 4N is ok, but you won’t match the quality of what the Beachtech puts into your camera, and you won’t sync any audio later!
This last week saw POWFest hitting the airwaves in Portland. This is the women-centric film showcase that happens every year at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland. The opening night saw several locally made or locally produced short films, as well as meet and greats, a discussion with Amy Heckerling about Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and coinciding with the OMPA Film Financing Symposium. I was in attendance for the open night as well as the OMPA symposium. Of note at the symposium, the producer for the show Leverage, that films here in Portland, informed me he would never, ever hire me for a job as a director. To fill in the gaps of the story, he gave a talk about all the jobs and attention Leverage has brought Portland in the film and television world. While this is, indeed, true, it is only partially true. Leverage has hired many people, but only so many tech positions. Most people don’t ascend the ranks of Leverage, due in most because of it being a union shop, and the jobs being taken by union people out of L.A. Now, I am not knocking the union workers at all, not in any way. What I wanted to know was how I could be looked at by Leverage, or any other show, as a director. The producers bottom line – He would never hire me. I believe his exact words word “It will never happen.” When pressed as to why, the response was that film is dying, and directors know this, and the A-List directors are all flocking to television. Cable allows for people to push story ideas, creativity, and language. So why hire me when they can get a Terrence Malick? Well, easy – Terrence isn’t going to be around forever. Nor is he going to direct forever. Someone has to come in from somewhere sometime. People die, move on, get tired, retire, burn out, make mistakes, get lost, forgotten, what have you. To say never is being pretty bold and pretty arrogant. That is not to say he isn’t right, but the idea that “never ever” is that certain is pretty crazy. I know for myself, I don’t take it as an answer. I take it as a challenge. If I want to, I can be defeated and accept my role in life as an underling pee-on that will never even get to direct a Leverage show, or I can die trying, having only death being the only reason I didn’t make it. As I replied to the person on my Twitter – Challenge Accepted.
So it comes down to whether or not I want to accept the fate that has been laid at my feet by someone, or do I make my fate. There are no certainties. At all. Even death. No one has ever come back to tell us otherwise. Probably because they went on to something else and didn’t hang around all dead. The short end of it is that I am not willing to roll over and show my belly. Leverage doesn’t want me, then cool enough with me. I will go find an uglier date if I have to, but I’m going to that prom whether he likes it or not!
All in all, I did get some good info out of the symposium. I didn’t get exactly what I wanted, but then again I believe my desire to be introduced to extremely wealthy people with money to burn and wanting to drop it on someone unsuspecting film maker may have been reaching a little far, even for me. However, new contacts were made, enthusiasm/challenges created, motivation meter peaking a bit more, and the fact that Monday I woke up and starting looking into financial matters of myself means I must not be ready to call it quits. I have to keep in mind, this is a journey that only has been happening for three and a half years. I have a long way to travel yet, and have to expect that the things I want can come before the things I need. As long as I don’t stop and don’t concede, there is little chance that I will fail. My stubbornness shall over come all.