I originally began OMFBC as an extension of two things I love: writing and watching movies. It began as a way to convey my experience with film as an entertainment, as an art, as a thought provoking medium, as a challenging dialogue between maker and audience, as pure enjoyment. For me, film is much more than simply watching a collection of images and sound, more than watching a plot unfurl, it is a precious thing, a dear thing that culls light from the ether, an amazing thing that draws me to it as though by fantastical magnetism. With OMFBC, I wanted to tell people how film makes me feel, and so it began as a free flowing list of films I love and feel are worth watching. Some are sad, some are silly, some are painful, some are informative, but all of them move me in some significant way.
As the years have gone by, the format hasn’t changed much. Occasionally I review a new film, and occasionally I give a less than glowing review, and I have even managed a few interviews (high points of my film loving life, to be sure!), but the original intent of OMFBC is and always will be to showcase the magic of film and what wonders it can work when created with love and skill.
OMFBC also serves the valuable purpose of affording me the opportunity to write on a regular basis, and with a subject so rich and ever changing as film, I will surely never run out of inspiration. I have always enjoyed writing fiction and nonfiction, conjuring up people and lives from the cauldron of my imagination and loosing them upon the page. I attempt to write books about people who whom I can relate. I make up stories overflowing with silly sounds and faces for our little one. I write poems about moments and feelings and desires and fears. I write roundabout pieces that began as one thing and end up as a question…
And with that I will quit boring you and come to the point of it.
I recently completed a screenplay that I feel compelled to try and make into a film of my own. My brother DC (who has a degree in film) has the technical know how and the skill to realize this dream of mine from behind the camera, but what I lack is the knowledge of where to begin with this endeavor (fundraising, networking and making necessary contacts, etc). Does anyone have any tips for me, advice cultivated from experience, or does anyone have the name of someone who may be interested in hearing me out? Is anyone in a position to hear my movie idea and help me take the next important steps? I have done some research with DC, and I definitely feel the film can be (and should be) made on a small budget. Tonally, it’s an intense film that will most likely speak to my fellow Gen Xers of the world (particularly the younger of that generation). Essentially, I have a completed script that I feel is very strong, and all I need is the opportunity to sit down with an experienced producer who knows the ropes. So, as I try to educate myself back home, I thought I would toss a fish on the cosmic fryer and see if I can get it to sizzle.
If any of you, my movie loving friends of the blogosphere, are able to assist me in my quest, I would be most excellently indebted to you. It has always been a dream of mine, to craft a something from scratch, to begin with an idea, a feeling, and build from it a thing that provokes, that inspires, that enrages, that ignites conversation.
PS for anyone on the fence, I can assure you the screenplay isn’t nearly as boring and tiresome as reading this roundabout request (I should hope so, BC!).