By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 26, 2013 at 11:51AM
Recapping... I did this in February of last year (2012), and got a few response, so I figured, a year-and-a-half later, with the site's audience now larger than it was back then, that I'd try it again.
I know that a significant chunk of S&A's audience comprises of actors, actresses, directors, DPs, editors, etc, etc, etc. Some are able to earn a paycheck utilizing their artistic and/or technical skills; others - and I'd say the majority - are what we've labeled the proverbial *starving artists*, working diligently, relentlessly, struggling to climb this incredibly steep hill, trying to reach some pinnacle of success - whether personal or professional. And still others exist somewhere between the former and the latter.
Where do you fall? And, as the title of this post states, what's YOUR story, and would you like to share it with the rest of the world?
Think of it as an extension of the successful S&A Filmmaker Diary series we launched almost 2 years ago. I'm looking for your individual stories of struggle and/or success, regardless of what rung on the ladder you are currently on, after all, not only is S&A just a source for news, its goal is also to become a community of cinema lovers where we can all share/debate/discuss/learn/teach/commiserate/etc.
Here's your chance. You might learn something; you might teach someone something.
What's YOUR story? You can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can submit your story in any format - written, or even documented on video. I'll post as many of them as I can. Substance and presentation are key for consideration.
And be sure to attach a photo (large size) for me to include, and if you have samples of your work, include them as well.
It could be a story about a current situation you find yourself in; or it could cover several days, weeks, months, or years of your career. It could be that you just want to vent your frustrations; aspects of, or people in this business that piss you off; aspects of, or people in the industry that encourage you. It doesn't have to be all negative, nor all positive. We're complex people, and so I assume our stories are as well.
In today's post, writer/director Laura Fielder shares her story:
I have always been a writer since the day I was able to hold a pencil in my hand. I’ve written poems, short stories, lyrics and music. I am a trained as a classical violinist with a Master’s degree in music. I’ve played music for most of my life, however the film medium always mesmerized me. I studied film as an undergraduate in college. As an undergraduate I thought of becoming a filmmaker. However, because it was cost prohibited I decided to create stories through words and sounds because of music’s immediacy and accessibility.
Fast forward to marriage and children. My then-husband re-introduced me to power of visual storytelling. After observing the media my daughters were consuming across all media platforms I decided to try my hands in filmmaking. Three years ago I took a film production class at a local community college. My passion was rekindled and I never looked back. I’ve been studying and creating ever since. I have always been fascinated with the human condition and as an educator I see it everyday up close.
I write everyday. I have completed several short scripts and feature length script and stages of completion of several feature length scripts. My stories vary in genres and formats. However science fiction and horror are the genres that speak to me. I am blessed to live in New York City because the city encompasses so many cultures and world that I encounters on a daily basis as an educator. Also New York City has such an indie spirit. What we may lack in infrastructure (i.e. Los Angeles) we make up in can do spirit. I worked on various capacities as a production assistant, writer, assistant director, script supervisor, actor, associate producer, and location manager.
I’ve co-written a short film that was submitted to the Asian American Film Festival in New York City and was an associate producer for another film that was accepted in the Electric Lantern Motion Picture Festival in London.
Although I am primarily a writer, I direct because I want to make sure my story is told the way I envision it. I also produce because I refuse to sit on my hands and wait.
In the three years of fully committing myself to film making, I’ve learned that filmmaking is not for the faint of heart. It takes a certain kind of madness to venture into making film. Recently, I’ve decided it’s time for me to step out on a limb and work on my own project. I just finished principal photography for my first film short which I written directed and co produced.
The production was crazy and exciting. I learned so much about the process of directing and filmmaking in general. Most importantly I learned that this is something that I can do over and over again.