I'm participating in the Seattle 48 Hour Film Project this year and I'm intending to shake things up in the Seattle film community.
I could have joined someone else's team and easily been placed as a PA, but I want to write and direct. That is what I've been going to school for and that is what I'm going to do. So I started my own team.
While searching for potential crew and cast members, I was reminded of why I dropped out of film school. I had a lot of experience and skill obtained from my associate's degree, but because I was at a new school where no one knew me, I was placed as a PA on a student film while other people in my class with less experience were placed as grips.
Despite the fact that I had so much film schooling before I went to this new school, I still had to go through all four years of production classes (including all of the basics, which I had a great foundation on), and that was just absurd.
Even later, trying to get onto anyone else's production, student film or not, people seemed to not want to take a chance on me. Everyone thinks that "just being on the team" is good enough. For me, it's not. I want to do what I want to do and I won't be happy unless I'm doing just that.
I imagine that for everyone to have the best experience, they should be doing what they want to do.
So I have a few first timers on my team with decent positions because I don't want to be like everyone else in the film community that doesn't want to give new blood a chance. Just because they aren't proven in the community does not mean they aren't proven elsewhere (school, the internet, whatever). And as long as you have the drive and passion, I think you can accomplish anything.
So we're doing this. And it's going to rock.
All the doubters and naysayers can think and say what they want, but Neato Kino Films is going to blow the pants off of Seattle. They'll never see us coming.