Do I have the patience to do it? Do I want to take a path that I have never previously considered? Can I really afford it? Do I want to do it? How about the other thing I planned on doing?
These are some of the questions that ran helter-skelter in my mind, disturbing my peace. It all started when my Broadcast Scriptwriting lecturer challenged me to go a step further and turn my script into a film. You see, film making ranks very low on the avenues I want to pursue. To be honest, I only took the class because it is compulsory; I’d have opted for short television features – that I can do. However, as usual with all my classes, I give it my very best. At the beginning of each semester, I purpose to enjoy and learn from all my classes. This is what I did and I have to admit, I enjoyed writing script more that I thought I would. I’m sure I learnt a lot too because my review didn’t have too many red comments, but film making?
I presented my final draft yesterday morning and it went something like this:
Lecturer: Are you taking a project class next semester?
Lecturer: I am willing to contribute my money towards the production of this script.
Me: eeeeh, uummhhm, eeh. I wouldn’t know where to find the cast.
Lecturer: I am serious Terry. Think about it, speak to Baba watoto and let me know.
Me: Yes sir, I will think about it.
I was flattered that this very critical man thinks my script is fantastic for a production. That was until the reality of production set in and the questions wouldn’t just let me be.
I shared the thought with the mister as we were going home in the evening. I told him about the resource and constraints involved in film making. I left the good that could come out of it. The thought of transforming my script into a film was scary.
But as the good book says “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning
.” I think today I woke up with my morning. I am seriously considering the challenge. I say considering because I am in a process, I have not reached the destination of a made up mind.
I have been answering the helter-skelter questions in equal measure. Yes, I have what it takes. Ye s, I can still do my earlier planned project and take on the production as an independent film. And who said I cannot get funding to do the film? Haven’t I always expressed my wish to be a media entrepreneur / job creator rather than a job seeker? This might be the beginning of a mogul.
I am realising that I have put myself in a box of future plans yet my future is as grand as I would dream of it to be, it is unlimited!
The things that hold you back are finite and limited,
yet the dreams that push you forward have no such limits.
~ Ralph Marston
I am purposing to speak to myself of the possibilities and opportunities that producing my script hold, and I know I’ll get there!