A couple weeks ago I became a producer! Ha. I can hardly believe it. As you may have read in one of my previous posts I determined to make 2014 the year of making art with friends. Starting in December I began organizing a movie making weekend with my friends for January 25th. My initial idea was to format it like the 48 Hour Film Project in which I had just participated in November. We ended up settling on a 24 hour film-making process. We were not participating in a larger competition; the goal was simply to make a movie with my friends. So I gathered a small group of people from the people I know in LA, assigned roles, scheduled our 24 hours, outlined our parameters, and waited for the magic to happen.
Normally, I would be the one vying for the on-camera time, but this time I wanted to see what things were like from the other side. Secretly, I also knew myself and that, having organized this event, I would be too concerned with how the whole event was going, to be able to focus on acting. So, producer I became!
I listened to my instincts about who would work best in which role and how the team would function together.
I can’t even begin to explain how rewarding it was to watch these people do what they do best together and create something pretty-darn-good, out of nothing.
Maybe this was a one-time thing (although I doubt it). Maybe I will be doing this for the rest of my life. Whatever happens, I am so glad I branched out and discovered a skill I didn’t know I had.
Now we are in the middle of post-production. This is sometimes the less exciting part I am finding, but I can see the end goal and I’m determined to get us there. What is the end goal you ask? We are submitting it to festivals! Last year I wouldn’t have seen this coming. But I am so glad I tried something new. Yay for making art with friends!
Now you may call me Charissa J Adams: Actor/Producer! (I like the sound of that.)
How about you? Is there something you’ve wanted to do, but haven’t tried yet? Branch out! You never know what might happen!