We're shooting in less than 3 weeks. That's crazy to me.
Roberta's Living Room is a short film I've been preparing for a very long time. It took me very long to write it, first of all... It's only 9 pages, but I wrote it and rewrote it over 4 years. Every several months, I'd open up the script and always find the same places problematic. So I fiddled with it for a long time, and also just waited for the opportune moment to make it happen. I knew it was an ambitious project, and not something I could do with some friends over a weekend.
I suppose the timing all aligned when I left my day job in advertising. In that last month at my job, I won Best Screenplay with it at NFFTY, and the super positive feedback from the jury members really gave me the courage to start taking some actions.
While I was in Europe for artist residencies, I went to Portugal for FEST Training Ground. And by sheer stroke of luck, I met my now-EP there. She happened to sit next to me one day, and casually asked if I had a project I'm working on. And I told her the story. She and the people around us seemed intrigued. So I gave her the script. Two weeks after the festival, when I kind of dismissed it all, she called me and said "Hey, it's Ursula from Spain. I like your script, let's do this." That was the first real thing that set it in motion.
From there, a whole year went by, things starting up slowly when I returned to Chicago... then things getting very complicated with budgets and producers, and too many producers, and me just being an amateur indie filmmaker. They were all frustrating, but necessary steps, I suppose. And I learned so much in that process, to say the least. And in that meantime, I was also away in Korea for a couple months for my solo exhibit.
Things really started happening in the beginning may. The right people came onboard, I found great locations, casting session happened, the first pre-pro meeting happened... I got BEIRUT members to write me music.. we have people building a mechanical coffin for us.. Some money is in the bank. Found more potential investors. It's a whole thing. I'm amazed it's all happening.
Right now, I'm making the crowdfunding video. I kinda hate it. I don't like crowdfunding to begin with, but then I have to be in it and talking too. It's miserable, but I can't complain because I'm otherwise living the dream, plus I'm asking people for their money so..
I can't wait to see how all of it unfolds. I hope I can deliver to all the people I promised it'll be good. Most of all, myself.