hmmmm, how has running a lawn care business helped me
well, one definate thing, im very good at making something out of nothing, especially with finances. Thats a tool no landscaper should be without. Im used to harsh working conditions. Im used to dealing with people constantly.
Really, filmmaking is a business just like any other. Its just more publicized. Personally, I truly feel like making movies is what I was born to do. I love it, If I never see a lawn mower again I wouldnt care as long as I am making movies.
Truthfully the passion is very similar, landscaping and filmmaking are both professions that allow you to take an idea and make it come to life. In landscaping, I designed peoples lawns and hardscapes, I came up with ideas, put them to paper, and then built them. When we make a movie, its not all that differnt a process.
I come up with a concept, then we make it into a script. Frin that point you lock the money, just like you would a landscape project, obviously the money is a whole differnt league, but your building something much larger, and then you create the product.
the process is very similar
however with movies, I find myself doing a great deal more problem solving, especially with small budgets.
I think that is one of my main problems with landscaping. I lost interest because I didnt feel challenged anymore. when things become routine in your life I truly believe you need to change something or you will grow to regret your choices. With film, I pick the concepts, so I could change it up as much as I like.
The challenge really motivates me though
for example, with "The Ratred Prophecy" we are making a film that a studio estimated could not be done professionally for less than $20,000. We are doing the whole thing in the same professional quality for $500, now yes, we are all working for free, but what about props, location costs, etc. thats where the problem solving comes in. the script calls for someone to be buried alive, and come up through the ground. figure that out without spending a few grand. we did, but it wasnt easy
our next project is a feature length film called "The Disappearing Act" it features a story about a girl who falls in love with a magician. The script calls for all differnt kinds of large spectacle magic tricks, so we have to figure out how to do them.
After that, we have another feature film called "The Mirror Room" about a girl locked in a room of nothing but mirrors. try figuring out how to film that without seeing the camera man in a mirror reflection.
and those are the obvious challenges, never mind the real production challenges.
but dont get me wrong, I still hop on the back of my 52" bobcat once a week