So I Have This Really Good Idea...

That's how everything I do starts. I get so excited and I rub my hands together and I dive into it and then I'm in there. Ready to go. Full of steam and passion and gusto. Then the true complexity of the project makes itself known and poof, suddenly the steam is gone. I'm going only on determination at this point and that can be quite the exhausting time.

Let me give you an example. I'm writing a script right now that I was thinking of as Rear Window where the camera is actually a camera the main character controls. I saw the movie Chronicle and was so inspired by their use of that handheld camera style that I thought I could do something like it myself.

Planning the story went well. I found a lot of good moments I could put into the story. I still think I have some really good moments, but I realized something while I was writing it.

A practical camera means no cutting to a different angle. It means that every scene is one take. And that means every take is about 2.5 minutes.

That doesn't really work at all.

There are, of course, a lot of outs for this situation. I could ditch the practical camera idea. Or somehow work more practical cameras into it. Neither one seems to actually serve the story though. Both of them seem to take from the joy I felt at the beginning of the project.

Which brings me back to the beginning of this post. How everything I do starts. With a head full of steam.

And then it just kind of fizzles out in my hands.