I went to the ocean today, and despite the cold wind we saw at least two dolphin pods. The babies were playing, jumping over the grownups. It was awesome.
Today is a backing up day, so I’m babysitting the RAIDs while they back up our Couch Cases footage. There’s about a terabyte of footage to back up, and it’s spread across a few drives. I’ll be collecting that into one drive before I start editing. This gives me time to catch up with this blog.
Every time I get discouraged about how hard it is to get where I want to be, I take a look at the footage we’ve shot. It’s beautiful and excellent, I’m very proud of how it’s turning out.
I know my pride in our work is justified, but it’s a new thing for me. For some reason, until recently I was never the kind of guy who’d toot his own horn, so to speak. And it’s easy to look down at people who constantly do push themselves and their projects- so often, they’re full of hot air… especially in Hollywood. Maybe part of me figured I was too cool to push my work. And definitely part of me was insecure about my abilities.
Lately, I’ve figured a few things out. First of all, I’m learning that if we don’t talk about the project it’s as if it never existed. If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, it doesn’t matter how f’n awesome the tree was… so to speak.
But mostly, I’ve figured out that my work is good. It’s really good. Especially once you account for the fact that we’re doing stuff for $12 that studios spend millions on, and we’re doing it without known actors or the support of the hundreds of dedicated craftspeople from caterers to vice presidents of marketing that make a network show or studio feature film.
We’re a true indie production company, and while I do dream of/plan on getting our project out on a major network or in thousands of movie theaters I also realize that we’ve done something few people outside the system (or heck, inside as well) have successfully done- we’ve created something that’s worth watching. Our little show is good. And has enormous potential, if & when we can find the right partners to help us get it to the next level.
I’m not speaking from arrogance. I’ve learned a lot, and I’m still learning every day. Still, I know I’m starting to scare or upset some people with what we’re doing, because it’s clear that Couch Cases is a case study of how things will work in the future. For those who hide behind the old ways, we’re a little threatening. I wish that wasn’t the case. We’re just a ragtag group of people creating something really cool and fun, and we love to play with others.
I hope your 2008 is a wonderful, exciting and fun time. I plan on doing everything possible to ensure that mine is :-).