So here we are, T-minus three days until our big World Premiere and I'm totally not freaking out at all. Not one bit…
Okay, maybe a little.
For as fun and exciting Film Festivals are, they're also just a bit stressful. You have no idea how stoked I am to get the movie out in front of people are really start gauging reactions. I mean, we've done a bit of that, but those were very much stacked audiences for us. This will be the first time the movie will be out there standing on its own merits, for better or worse. But that's not the part that's stressing me. Its what comes next that is.
At a filmfest, a filmmaker gets to mix and mingle with their contemporaries, make new connections, and maybe even find someone to make another project with. You know, basic networking stuff. And I'm TERRIBLE at that stuff.
It's not that I'm not outgoing, or engaging (did I mention how humble I am?), or unable to hold a conversation, it's just I have a devil of a time thinking about business possibilities while in a social setting. It's just one of those things that I have a really hard time doing, and in a business that's mostly relational, that's kind of a problem. Hence, the stress.
The last time I was at a festival was when I took Background(ed) to Breckinridge in 2008.
It was one of those "put you up in your own condo" fests that was a breeding ground for Oscar nominated shorts. And I ended up going by myself! I was so outta my league, I didn't know what to do with myself. Where I should have been hitting up parties or hanging out in the filmmakers lounge, I ended up just chilling in my room sending pictures to a girl I liked (get your mind outta the gutter!).
Needless to say, I didn't really take advantage of the opportunity.
Live and learn though, right? It's now six years later and I'm way more prepared for the world filmmaking. Or so I tell myself.
So I'm doing my best this week to get myself all primed for solid connections. I got business cards ready to go, I got some brand new things to wear, and I'm generally psyching myself up to go out and talk to whoever I can. Also I'll have Andy around to give me the push when I need it.
Here's to success! Hopefully by this time next week we'll have all kinds of friends of the blog that we can tell you about.
If not, I'm sure we'll have plenty of stories coming out of this next week. Either way, make sure you keep abreast of everything by subscribing to the Twitter, liking the Facebook page, and or checking out the Youtube stuff. We'll do our best to make sure to update those as we're doing our thing.
OH! And, if you're in San Jose over the next week COME SEE US! There's going to be a big crowd of LitToM alums at the Saturday night screening, and then fewer as the week progresses, but Andy and I will be at every screening. Some come, enjoy the movie, and say hi.