Let’s Roll!! aka Life Happens – a Director’s Blog

That's a Wrap - the ride from Forest City, IA to Omaha, NE November 12, 2013
That’s a Wrap – the drive from Forest City, IA to Omaha, NE
November 12, 2013

*Disclaimer: This is my director’s blog. The ideas, opinions and perceptions expressed are mine and mine alone.

I just got off of a call with the Director of Photography for OUR OWN. And I am excited.

For those of you wondering where the heck the OUR OWN team has been, in all honesty and not uncommonly we’ve experienced the perils of working on a film when it’s not your primary source of income or livelihood. Translation: life happens. And when life happens, momentum slows, alignment deviates, energy redirects. We all have responsibilities and demands, and when life throws you a curve ball, a slider, or a fastball right up the gut, you deal with it and take your best swing.

And we all have to pay the bills.

It’s been 327 days since we wrapped principal photography on our short horror/conspiracy thriller OUR OWN and I’ve thought about the film every single one of those days since. Much of it was worry. Correction…MOST of it was worry. Highly unproductive, yet distressing and tiring just the same. What did I worry about? Coverage, framing, continuity, audio, lost production stills, did the blood look real enough, burned bridges, are my loved ones still proud of me, an uncertain future, global warming (see my first Director’s blog entitled Mother Nature’s a Bitch)…just to name a few. Luckily those days were peppered with some amazing highs to keep me sane…great rough cuts, phenomenal performances by the actors, successful problem-solving with my DP and producers, killer music from Rob (@robgokee), and my vision realized (aka the money shots).

But 327 days later, with all of those highs and lows under my belt, all of the sleepless hours and additional lines on my face later, here I am wanting nothing more than I did on Day 1…to make a kick ass film.

Back to the phone call. My DP Todd Roberts (of @Start_Pictures), Producer Jamie Livingston-Dierks (@authorJamie) and I are prepping for the second and final shoot for OUR OWN to occur later this month. Once we have all of the pickup shots we need, post-production will enter full gear on our way to a final cut. Today, I am one step closer to realizing a dream. And the time, the worry, the struggles will make it all the sweeter.

Thus, the excitement.

In the meantime, I made a trailer for OUR OWN…I hope you enjoy it.

Let’s roll!!!

~ Kim