So recently I finished my thesis film with my partner, Kyle Moy. If you haven’t seen it you can check it out here:
It’s gotten quite a bit of attention— way more than I was expecting. And I can only be grateful to everyone that keeps passing it along and sharing it. I’m really really surprised at how well it’s being received, since there is so much of it that I absolutely despise. If you were there for the process or saw me in those last few weeks, you’d know that I’d become obsessive and a little crazy on the details, both large and small, that I couldn’t fix in our time frame.
But after seeing this reaction, I’ve come to realize that sometimes you just have to let it go and move on. It was my first film and I made so many mistakes during the journey. I procrastinated, I screwed up, I wasn’t technically proficient, I got tunnel vision, I was overdirecting, I was indecisive and it cost us. But my partner was amazing and kept us going. He picked me up and set me on course again and we kept going together until the end.
I know that a lot of it is not great technically, but it seems we succeeded in getting our message through to the audience, and in my book that’s pretty awesome. It was also the best learning experience I could ask for. So my 2cents for any aspiring new filmmakers, for underclassmen that are in the process of making films: just keep moving forward. Your first film will not be your best film. But do your best and learn from it, and next time do it even better.
Thank you, Kyle, for sharing this awesome experience with me. And I hope Spacebound will continue to remind viewers that it isn’t the end you should focus on, but the journey and the people that are there to share it with you. Make awesome memories, learn from them, and look forward to the next adventure!