For the last few years I've dreamed of writing and filming a feature-length movie but after watching this video, I'm starting to reconsider.
I've been filming videos professionally for about six years now. I've never had to create anything extremely polished before, but I've worked on many gigantic projects that have taken close to a year to produce. A few of our photography tutorials are over 20 hours in length which makes editing something that is only an hour and a half seem like a breeze. I'm certainly not an expert at any one aspect of filmmaking but it seems like I know enough about each individual facet, i.e., location scouting, finding talent, lighting, filming, directing, and editing, that I could pull it off if.
Well, there's nothing that can bring you back down to reality faster than hearing first hand from someone who had your exact same dream, about how their entire project fell apart. Austin McConnell's video about the creation of his 2013 feature film “Sprouting Orchids” is one of the best videos I've seen on YouTube in a long time. His brutal honesty and detailed account of the creation of this movie is eye-opening, depressing, and inspiring at the same time.
Every single one of my fears about creating a feature film came true with McConnell's project. His budget didn't allow him to pay everyone, locations canceled last minute, actors' schedules conflicted with shooting times, the crew became increasingly disinterested, nobody showed up for the premiere, and critics gave the movie overwhelmingly negative reviews. It's so rare to get such a detailed and honest look at the creation of a project that wasn't a huge success and that's what makes this video so special.
I'm so glad I stumbled upon McConnell's YouTube channel and this video. It hasn't convinced me to give up my dream of producing a feature film but it has certainly brought my expectations back to reality. I finally understand why so much preplanning is needed for a project like this. A feature film requires a team of people and the last thing you want to do is let them down.
If you have any interest in making a movie or simply collaborating with a team on a large project, watch this video. At the very least it will inspire you to consider details you may have naturally overlooked.
[via Austin McConnell]