Waiting for something is often very challenging, especially if it’s something we’re looking forward to. However, it’s part of life, and it’s also a part of filmmaking. The fact is, you can plan – or think you’ve planned- for anything and everything that could go wrong. In reality, you’ve only planned for the things you’ve thought about. Sometimes there will be obstacles that will spring up during your production that are totally out of your hands, and that you didn’t anticipate being an issue.
Making films, even at the micro budget level, is an exciting thing to do. We wouldn’t be making them (especially at the indie, low budget end of the scale) if we didn’t enjoy it. So when something comes along to stop the momentum of our film, it can be quite frustrating.
With ‘Runner’, we had hoped to have finished with the production stage of the project by now, and be well into post production by now. However, we’ve had a few delays along with way, ranging from issues with schedules to securing a location. Again, not exactly unfamiliar problems for anyone making a film.
As clichéd as it sounds though, they are also opportunities to make sure that your final film is the best it could be. Taking ‘Runner’ as an example, the delays to the start of filming has allowed us to make sure that we’ve got the finances we need to make ‘Runner’ the best we can make it. The alternative would be keeping on schedule but arriving at our shooting date unprepared. In that position, it would be hard to imagine that we’d be able to make a film that would all be happy with.
One challenge I’m experiencing with a delay is that, before they happen, you’re all ready to film. You’ve prepared and know the script. However, when you’re delayed for a while, it can feel like you lose some of your motivation, or lose a sense of the script, the themes, shot ideas, etc. The answer to that is to re-immerse yourself in the script and your characters. Basically, anything that will remind you of the world you have created and will shortly be bringing to life. That could include looking at any test footage, storyboards, listening to any music that may have been composed for the project, as well as any teaser trailers. It will all help to remind you of why you’re making the film in the first place, as well as keeping that enthusiasm going until the big day arrives, and you finally start filming…at last!