As Hollywood announces yet another remake I have come to a number of conclusions. Please allow me to bore you with my voice.
Spec scripts are Dead! Writing a speculation script and sending those off to the land of poor economy is a waste of time. Your passionate words are going to end up in the trashcan. Myself with three spec scripts written, one of which is represented, are all gathering dust I am sure. While my agent whom is always optimistic, and why wouldn’t they be, keeps up the positive - I know better. Yes I am sure that I can write for script competitions thinking I can place, win some money and then what? My words, my ideas, my passion is still gathering dust. So instead, a different path, keep the passion flowing, work in the short genre. Make the films ourselves with a little help from our friends.
Arkansas is no Hollywood, thank goodness. The people involved here, in the creative arts, have a sense of sensibility. The talent available far outweighs any negative thoughts one can have concerning script rejection. The possibilities for creating a short work on film, with a true little to no budget, is a reality. The cooperation, the spirit and work ethic surpasses anything I have ever experienced. This is coming from a man who has spent his past thirty years in an industry of professionals - who try to stab you as “they” shake your hand. So far, and I am sure “they” are out there, I have witnessed the Best in everyone I have had the honor to work alongside.
So from this point forward, Lo Gap Media and The Arkansas Talent DataBase (ATDB) will be dedicated to one thing; The Promotion of Arkansas Independent Film and The Arts. Through the Podcasts we will do our best to highlight those involved in all forms of the creative process. We have taken a sabbatical so to speak, but the new studio is completed, and better interviews will be forthcoming. Contact us for an interview of your project. The Arkansas Talent DataBase will be moving very soon to a new Web address, pushing even further into the woods and woodwork for unveiling new talent located around the state. The ATDB is NOT a Talent Agency, we are merely providing a place for all talented individuals and groups to post and reveal themselves. We leave it up to those individuals to contact each other for projects. So far many have been started and completed.
I do wish we could receive more cooperation from the Arkansas Film Commission in the aid to independent filmmakers and projects, but I have yet to witness any of that happening. So we are on our own. Not completely alone though, we have each other. The deep passion of creativity exists here. Perhaps being creative does offer up some introversion, learn to disregard those feelings and work to Network. A new group was formed earlier this year by Gerry Bruno called the Filmmakers Forum. It is a great way to meet others of like minds, network and form project plans. We have learned that from this group of dedicated professionals, projects are seeded and turned into reality.
So after all of these words, if you are still reading this, and of course I can be full of crap. The expectation of being the next greatest wordsmith heading west, good for you. If you want to see those words on a screen, large or small, quit sitting there, get busy, make a short film. Get help from some of the best professionals I have ever had the pleasure of working alongside.
Myself? At the current time I am following a Blind Man, visually impaired, who can see!
Best to All of You.