Friday, June 17, 2016

Yes, I am a backward type of gal...

So like pretty much how I do everything else in my life, I write backwards. No lie. I generally start at the end scene and jump around in no particular order until I have a script. I always write my opening last.

And I don't outline. Well, unless I am on an assignment and an outline is required. But when writing my own work, I never do it. I feel like it holds me in a box and blocks my creativity.

At the beginning of my writing career, many many people tried to break me of the way I write, telling me it was wrong, telling me I was wasting my time by not laying out the scenes first. I tried to listen, I really did, especially to the most experience ones. But it was tedious and horrible and I hated every minute. Then one day I asked myself, why the fuck am I putting myself through this to satisfy others? It makes no sense. So I started writing my way again because my way ISN'T wrong. It is right for me because it is MY way. I like to do things backwards.

Which brings me to my short film, DEUTERONOMY 24:16.

The general practice in the indie world is to send your film through the festival circuit, and at the end, enter it into the LEO Awards.

Well, I did that one backwards too. I literally received the final locked cut the film about 12 hours before the deadline to submit to the LEO's. If I would have waited, the film would not have been eligible next year due to the timeline. So I submitted!

Was I ever surprised and honored when it received 5 nominations! Especially because no one had even heard about it before -- it was up against many other films that had scads and scads of screenings and awards from the festival circuit and a lot of exposure.

We weren't awarded a LEO, but it is totally good :) The films that received them truly did deserve them and I am still so happy that we were even nominated!

I've just started entering DEUTERONOMY 24:16 into the festivals and can't wait to see how the journey unfolds.

We will see if my way of doing things backwards will pay off! So exciting.