This week marks the beginning of our final semester in FSU's MFA Film Production program. This semester we will be editing our thesis films, working on marketing materials, and preparing ourselves for life after grad school.
Part of the summer will be working on a feature screenplay with the guidance of the illustrious Victoria Meyer. I've never met someone who understands story so deeply. I'm so grateful to witness her expertise in action.
In addition, I'll be collaborating with my editor (and co-writer and production designer), Carolina Garrigo; my composer, David Urbinatti; and my colorist (and Director of Photography), Layne Inselman - as well as working on sound design, and press kit materials.
It's a full docket for my classmates and professors getting sixteen films prepared to screen and enter the world in August. However, we're so excited to finish these projects and tackle the next round. Wish us luck!
We've wrapped production on "The Stranger," my MFA thesis film. I completed it with the help of a phenomenal cast and dedicated crew. I actually don't feel very different. There's more time in the day; but the end of the filming was anti-climactic. I'm not sure that's a bad thing. It means I have momentum to move forward into post and the next project.
It was interesting - with this project I could see what could be better in real time (vs. a few weeks later). Most of those things couldn't be amended due to time, budget, etc. But it was nice to know I'm learning and becoming more aware in the moment. I can see the progress we've made from our first projects here at FSU. In a year and a half, we've improved in our story, technique, and resourcefulness. It's been so encouraging.
Of course, none of know what we'll be doing upon graduation - if we'll ever direct again. But the knowledge of our capabilities and the life skills we've acquired will serve us wherever we go. I wrote more about those life skills in my medium article, linked below.
A dream came true when some friends and I ventured to the Kennedy Space Center to see a satellite launch. What a beautiful, breath-taking experience.
This was a fun experiment I did with a hollographic poster board, a few sparklers, a work light, and a jar. I love the light trails the tiny explosions leave. Their truly beautiful.
In two days, the first draft of my final project at FSU will be due.
We've been through seven weeks of development at this point and we're all eager to get something tangible in front of us.
I've chosen to co-write my thesis. Although I love writing my own scripts, I think it's such a valuable experience to have. Plus, Carolina Garrigo brings a alternate perspective and humor that, if we can reconcile with my sharp, stylistic nature, will create a depth neither of us could achieve on our own.
Over the next two weeks we crew each other. Then we'll launch into workshops to do some test shoots as we finish up our scripts, cast, and begin the logistical undertaking that is making 16 thesis films in the spring.
We'll shoot January through May. Take a week off. Then hit post-production May through August while also working on marketing for our films, job-hunting, and preparing for graduation.
Our screening, August 5th, 2017, isn't all that far off.
Amid all that, we're showing our first year graduate students the ropes to prepare them to shoot their first projects in a few weeks. They'll also crew our thesis films.
Next week, I head to New Orleans Film Festival to participate in a pitching competition and interact with some other filmmakers from outside of FSU. I'm incredibly thankful to have a moment to peer into the outside world and gather some new inspiration.
Updates on that and the thesis progression coming soon!