Friday, August 26, 2011

Getting the ball rollin'

Needless to say, I'm a bit nervous about starting this senior project. I have a lot of different ideas, but I feel -and fear- I lack the confidence to pick one and stick to it. From Drive I've learned that I need autonomy, mastery, and purpose in my work in order for it to be successful. While at the Senior Retreat, I learned that I need my project to have an impact on others not just myself, and that it should be something I have a passion for. Every idea I've had feels too easy, too hard or as if it doesn't encompass all of these different factors. I'm scared my project will be too easy and will leave me unfulfilled at the end of the year or that it will be too hard and will be impossible to finish.

One idea I'm taking into consideration is to make a movie. I'm not talking about a 5 minute movie like the ones made during creativity week nor do I want to make a full 2 hour movie; I want to create a movie that is roughly 45 minutes long- maybe an hour. There are two reasons behind this project. 1) I want to leave an impact on whoever watches the movie and 2) I want whoever was part of the process to leave with a feeling of accomplishment.

I love when I am watching a movie and at the end I think to myself: I need to watch this again. I love when a movie is so good that it lingers in the back of my head. Those movies that I just have to tell someone -anyone- to watch this amazing movie. I want to create a movie that stays with the viewer long after they've left the movie theater. I don't plan to do that right now, but I do want my movie to have some type of impact on the person watching it. The movies I like best are the ones that make me want to ask questions. I'm not looking to make the next INCEPTION, but I want my movie to incite an interesting conversation or make someone see the world in a new light. I want it to have some type of effect on people.

I can only imagine how I might feel at the end of the year when I have something to show for what I've been doing this whole year. I think it would be better if I could share this feeling with others. I know that I can't make this movie on my own- at the very least I'll need actors, right? Well, I want everyone that helped me throughout the yearto watch the finished movie and have a feeling of "wow I helped create that".


  1. I feel the same way about not knowing exactly what I want to do for My Senior Project. I feel that what I want is to easy too. But I can't think of any better ideas. I love your whole leaving an impact on people by making a movie. But have you thought about what you're going to make the movie about? Or who all is going to be in it? A location? There are a lot of different things you need to consider about movie making. And you need to remember that when other people help you they don't always see things from your perspective so if you are thinking about getting people to act that's going to be hard. I'm not saying you can't do it, because I know you're capable of a lot, but it isn't going to be easy at all. I'm rooting for you!

  2. I agree with Angelica. You need to narrow down your idea. I know that right now you are in the first stages of your final product, but part of these first stages is to narrow down and consider every detail (actors, location, script, time, props, etc.). The reason I’m saying this is because (like everyone else) you need as much time as possible to finish your project. I will be better to knock down all of these details and put extra time into your idea so that the filming (and the rest of the process) could run as smoothly as possible.