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!