That right- you heard me. This is the end of my story, the end of the wonderful, painful, kind of really cool adventure that was SIPs 2018. Just in case you haven’t been paying any attention, I chose to make a short film for my project. I researched, wrote, filmed, edited, composed, and recorded background music for my finished project, putting it all together into a mostly comical, slightly scary (maybe if you are 5) film. And I must say, it turned out pretty okay, all things considered.
Now you may be wondering why on earth someone would be crazy enough to chose to do that much work for a mandatory English project. And to that I say, “why not?” Well, actually I did it because it combined a bunch of things I really enjoy into one project. I love writing, acting, and music so much that I couldn’t chose between them. So instead I did them all.
Okay, so this SIPs project is supposed to have a purpose, right? It’s supposed to serve, teach, inspire or something, right? How does a short film do that? Well, I like to think that my little movie can inspire young aspiring directors, actors, and composers alike. If some 15 year old girl can do it (for and English project no less) than why can’t I? Maybe it isn’t amazing, but at least it is something you don’t see every day. Oh, and it proves that even someone as busy as I am can still have cool hobbies. So that’s inspirational too, right?
You may have figured out one of the major flaws in my brilliant project by now. There is no way that I had access to some sound stage, set, or studio. You are right. I didn’t. But I had something much more close to my heart. My very own home. Yup, that is where 100% of my non-school work went down. (That is if you don’t count those five seconds I spent across the street videoing my house) And even though it was not very professional and now everyone knows what my house looks like, it worked just fine for me.
Although I tend to be pretty independent and have been asked upon occasion if there is somehow more than one of me, I didn’t do the whole thing alone. I had some friends who were my actors, some wonderful family members who helped me edit, and an especially fantastic person (ahem, Skye) who spent many hours helping me write and record my music. I honestly could not have done any of it without them, even though it would have been pretty cool to make a one-person movie where I played all the parts.
You never would guess it, but truthfully my project was far from sunshine and daisies (and no, I’m not referring to the fact that I made a horror film). I think that the biggest frustration that I had was getting to the weekend before the due date and finding out that upon watching the movie, you still had no idea what was the plot was. Truthfully, it still isn’t clear. At all. But that’s okay. I tried to re-shoot a few scenes with some line changes, and add a couple of extra shots to help clarify, but really there was no way for me to get all of my actors together and not time to try to fix it some other way. I was completely and utterly stuck. Really, I guess I learned a good lesson in taking the best that you have and living with it. Even though I couldn’t fix it like I wanted to and didn’t accomplish everything that I had hoped, it still turned out alright in the end. In the future though, I think it would help to actually write out every line of dialogue before shooting, and maybe consider whether it would make any sense before getting stuck. I think the way to avoid it would have just been to procrastinate less and plan more. Funny how simple the solutions are most of the time…
Okay, so on a happier note: I did some cool stuff still! Honestly, I think that my biggest success was just finishing the project at all. It was a lot to do, especially for someone with so little time. One of the things that I was most proud of was the artistry of a few of my shots. Those that I took the time and effort to really think about turned out beautifully and were very aesthetic. It gave me much joy. Such happiness. Very wow. Oh, and for the most part the music was pretty legit. Oh, and did I mention that I finished! That was a miracle if there ever was one!
No. I didn’t forget this was for school, despite what it seems. Yes, I did learn some cool things too. I think that the one thing that I learned the most was the importance of planning ahead. This really applies to everything in life, and every part of my project. I needed to plan my dialog, my plot, my visuals, and my music much more thoroughly in order to make it turn out how I hoped, but I didn’t. So really I learned the most from my biggest failure. And I’m okay with that. In the future, I’m just going to take the time to plan ahead and it will help me a ton.
And finally, (you are almost rid of me), the showcase. It was actually pretty fantastic. I mean really, I was afraid. I wasn’t totally happy with my final product and I was about to show it to a room full of people. But the incredible support and acceptance really made me feel okay with what I had accomplished. I thought it was a great experience, and only wish that I had been able to see more of my classmate’s projects before I had to leave.
And that’s all for today folks. Enjoy that free time that you have now that you don’t feel obligated to read this blog!