The Dirty Work of Doing

Dreaming is so much more fun than doing. The fantasy award speeches, the imaginary red carpet premieres, the casual drinks with Ewan McGregor who adores your incandescent film and begs you to cast him in your next project when said incandescent film wins the Audience Award at Sundance. (C’mon. What fun are fantasies if they aren’t specific?)

All that daydreaming beats actually having to sit and write your way through a pivotal scene at the end of the second act which is seriously mediocre…bordering on awful.

That’s why I love this little video from the Behance Network Conference’s Rilla Alexander who exposes the dirty truth. Doing is hard.

The video is my new favorite thing and describes exactly where I am with a Caribbean set, Bollywood-style project I’ve been producing for a while now. The key takeaway for me is that you’ve got to break up the idea into little, doable segments and focus on getting it done above all. Like a filmmaker friend who has now made a feature narrative and a feature doc told me recently, “I only know one thing about filmmaking. You stay with the film as long as it takes to get it made.”

So I guess I’m stuck with you…my old idea that I first loved, then hated, now love again.

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One thought on “The Dirty Work of Doing

  1. So glad to see you back and writing. That was an inspiring video, thanks for sharing. It’s true how ideas can seem great one minute and ordinary the next, but you have to stick them. You are sticking with yours and that’s great. You will reap the benefits, I know.

    When I was working on my dissertation, one professor told me not to worry if my research began to feel ordinary or the ideas started to seem stale. For the audience or those seeing or hearing them for the first time, it would be just as exciting for them as it was for me in the months or even years before when it first came into my mind. I try to keep remembering that when the going gets a bit rough.

    Keep on keeping on Third World Girl ! Been a fan of yours since ‘Three Hole Punched’ and even well before that. 🙂

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