First Thoughts on Directing AMBIENT

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It takes a Video Village: First Thoughts on Directing AMBIENT

It’s 4:35 AM and I’m restless, no, anxious, no…

You see, last Friday I wrapped directing my first scripted digital project and during production all I wanted to do was sleep.  The 15 hour days wore me down and I am most likely going to get sick sometime in the next day or two (the coughs are already rolling in) from the plain exhaustion of the project.  All my posts during production pointed to the project being a success and from the dailies I can honestly say that I think it will come out to better than ever planned.

“Then why can’t you sleep,” you ask?

I’m not 100% sure, but I’m fairly certain its something along the lines of postpartum depression, in a sorts.  You see, when you create a film you build a family.  One unit moving towards one unified goal: the wrap party.  Over a few weeks that family spends every waking hour together, each person offering collaboration with their unique skills;  a director is only as good as the people he surrounds himself with.

Then its over.  The family moves on to other projects and you as the director are left alone with a producer and editor to finish the project.   This is the point where you get to again re-write the project with the visuals and performances your team created on set.

I guess this sleepless angst isn’t a bad thing. Thoughts of Did we forget that shot? How close are we to going over budget? I should really do a blog about my experience, mean that I care.

Tomorrow though I am going to try to rest, maybe even take in a movie. A Take’r easy for all us sinners kind of day.

It’s now 5:15 AM as I’m wrapping this post up and I can’t sleep because I’m restless, no, anxious, no… EXCITED!

Gabe Michael

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