TriFilm member Michael Papich is in the midst of making a new film.
You’ve met him on the TriFilm blog previously; we interviewed him last fall about his comedy short. (Did you miss that interview? You’ll find it here.) We’ve asked him to document the process, so that it’ll help inspire more film and video makers to get started. Here’s his first post about making a movie.
Making a Movie: Step One
Here is my first blog post on my process of making my first feature film. I hope to make more as it continues but if I get too busy making the movie to write, that is probably a good sign, right?
I chose now as my first blog post point because of two things. One, I sent out my first emails asking if people want to be a part of this thing. I got replies back and I am terrified. I now have many actors from around the area emailing me and saying they are interested in working with me. They believe I am a competent and professional filmmaker. Boy, are they going to be disappointed!
Mostly the fear from getting these emails stems from these people now trusting in me to follow through and now the pressure is really on. That is a good thing, I think, because now I have an incentive to see this thing through to the end. But because I am in such an early stage, that same fear could also make me cancel all of this and return to my non-artistic life. Hopefully I do the first one.
The other reason now was a good time to do a first blog post is because over the weekend I assisted a friend with her short film. I moved furniture and got people water while watching skilled people figure out lighting temperature and how best to set up a shot. But this was a good learning experience as I got to see how people with more education and craft go into making a film. They certainly took more care than I did when I made my short films.
I am thinking more about what needs to happen on a film set now and how to make sure thought it put into a series of shots. Not that I was totally naïve and untrained before but I see the little things that are important.
Going forward, I’m glad to have TriFilm as a resource because I’ve met lots of people who know lots of people who can help me. Hopefully I can get enough talented, skilled, and smart people to agree to work with me and we can start shooting in late March or early April.
Wish me luck!
ABOUT MICHAEL PAPICH
Michael Papich is a local journalist and screenwriter working on creating comedy shorts and films in the Triangle area. Hornt is his first attempt at writing, shooting, editing, and producing a short. The comedy is about a man who goes to long lengths to set up his perfect date, against his better judgment, all while navigating the world of dating apps.
Follow Michael Papich on Twitter: @WhatsPappening