Well, here I am again, getting into process yet observing the process at the same time. As ever, people fascinate me.
For those following along at home, I’ve just begun the march to produce and direct my first short film, ASYLUM:
[awesome project art by Rob Edmonds]
I’m excited to get underway, and look forward to all the learning, relationships and experiences that will grow as the film gets made.
While I’ll undoubtedly be mentioning Asylum here in the next few months, if you want to stay up to date with the project, subscribe at the official web-site, AsylumShortFilm.com, or at the Facebook page. And stay tuned in the next few days for a Kickstarter funding request.
That’s enough about the project, though. This post is actually about what’s happening in and around getting the project going.
Now, bear in mind, I’ve published four novels
[and written several more]
recently released my first ‘official’ CD, and regularly play out live with various bands and as a solo act. When people hear about any of these endeavours, they’re generally positive and interested to hear more
[though often that seem’s just a superficial interest]
This is where it gets interesting, though – because, without fail, mention of Asylum leads to an immediate question
Can I be in it?
and an ensuing explanation on my part of the roles present in the screenplay, the type
[age, physicality, etc.]
of person I’ll need to cast, and a whole conversational dance around
No, you can’t be in it, but I’ll need a whole heap of help with production!
[cue blank looks and sudden interest in something on the other side of the room]
Throughout these conversations – and believe me, they’re consistent across gender, age group, racial background – I can’t help but wonder at people, and reflect on the aspect of personality being formed from story.
Fundamentally, we’re all living our own version of The Truman Show every day, only we’re both actor and producer. Our whole self-concept is a story we tell ourselves. And this has only been amplified by the personality-bumper-sticker that is social media.
Our personality is defined by our story, and reinforced by the story we tell to the world.
So, should it be any surprise that people immediately consider themselves able, willing and entitled to act in my short film? Aren’t they just looking to extend their story?
I just hope one of them will want to add a chapter entitled:
“How I ran sound for a low-budget short film”
“How I helped transform an empty room into an abandoned asylum”
And who knows, maybe they will.
Because unless I cast them, they ain’t acting in Asylum!