On Monday night, John Olson and I had a read-thru of the first draft of our short film, "Kitsch" (tentatively titled). Sitting around in a group of talented people, reading and hearing the story out loud, was an incredible experience.
And then we hit a conundrum.
Our script ran about 45-60 minutes. Definitely not the length of a short film!
So we had to decide...do we cut this to make it a short, like originally desired, or do we expand it to make a feature?
After much discussion, John and I realized that we still had so much backstory and character elements that it would actually be super-easy to find extra material to add in. We also acknowledged that the story was calling to be a feature.
So, we're writing a feature!
I'm absolutely excited but also a bit nervous. Funding and development of a short film -- I can definitely do that.
But a feature?
New territory here! Can we get funding, how do we even think about distribution, festivals, etc?
But honestly, it feels right, and I think I'm finally at a confidence level where I can take this on without more than growing pains as a result.
Now, it's off to expanding, writing, and rewriting, rewriting, rewriting. And obviously the production span has extended from several months to a year or more.
But, I'm immensely proud of it and I think we have a great story. The best part of the evening was when one of the actresses said that it resonated deeply with her, reminding her of her family relationships. Wow.
We've really got something! Here we go!
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