I've been working on an adapting a wonderful, short play (that deals with a very poignant topic) into a short film, for well over a year. It's a wonderful piece that my very talented friend and I couldn't pass up to produce for ourselves. It's an opportunity to create our own work, as you have to do in this very competitive industry. How hard can adapting a five page play into a short film be? Should take about five minutes. Right? Sheeeiiiiiittttt!
There's a little thing called RESISTANCE that gets in the way. It tells you to take your time. It tells you that adapting a five page play into a film where the two characters have to experience a full arc, without talking to much on screen, and giving the audience an understanding into their history, and that their choices have to be justified (all in a screenplay under 10 pages so that you can create a proper budget), while trying to meet a deadline of creating a complete film in time for next year's festival cirucuit.....should only take an hour. So, chill out. Do it later. Have a glass of wine, or six. F'n little BITCH this RESISTANCE is. Damn! I sounded like Gollum there.
Resistance is one aspect. There's also the millions of ideas that keep popping up in my head. I must have at least three to four projects that I am currently developing. Am I crazy? Am I transferring one addiction to another? I know that I can only get one thing done at a time. Right now, my priorities are the short film and a 9/11 play that a talented playwright, friend wrote. Let's not forget that there are things like relationships, work, pets, and...Did I mention work? Thirty five hours a week baby! I gotta have health insurance and pay the bills.
So, when all is said and done; the film is complete, the play has ended its run, and I'm still hustling to get more Film and T.V. credits, what happens? Do I just keep spewing out ideas and try to make them happen? The Documentary? The next play to get Working Artists Lab Actors working? The countless web projects I have in my mind? Some ideas may fall by the wayside. Naturally, inspiration for another will overtake the development of another project. I really wish I could just create for a living. I know the hustle won't stop, but at least I know that I'm helping create something that will make my friends, collaborators, and myself relevant. Got just keep it going!
Annie Freeman: Versatile, Theater Actress who lives in L.A., loves being on stage, and is damn proud of it!El Comandante likes to raise his fist in the air to those actors that are committed to their art and who do things their way- REV...