I am always fascinated and inspired by the process used by the artist who breaks through and does something worthy of attention: how they find their way around the typical roadblocks and challenges, how they work to innovate and create something original that re-engages us, and how they go against the convention or formula not to be rebellious but simply because it doesn’t serve them. They are willing to try new things and they are willing to fail to see what new discoveries can be made. In short, they are artists as opposed to craftsmen who follow the conventions of their medium.
This project demands that we be artists because we simply can’t afford the conventions of big commercial film production. At the top of our artistic approach is how we will deal with the shortness of time to execute the project successfully. We will have to find ways to speed up the entire creative process. We cannot languish in things that are not working, not because they don’t have value, but because we just don’t have the time to work through them. So we must continually be flexible and open to letting things go that eat up time – even things we love and have become attached to. Creative decisions must always consider the time required to execute them. For example, if it takes too long to flesh out a character, then we must choose a different character.
This project will require us to redefine the process to truly serve us. For example, what exactly do we expect to gain from improvisations? How can we run improvisations and rehearsals so that they produce the most fruit? Answering questions like these will help us cut down the time it takes to achieve good results.