There are many reasons why I decided to become a filmmaker. Many of the reasons are fairly normal; The thrill of creating something new, the joy of collaboration, the allure of fame, etc. However, one of my primary motivations is quite different, I think. I make films because of the strange and random situations I get to experience in the pursuit of making a film project. When I am in a unique situation, I always think that I would never have had this experience if I wasn't in this business.
The following is a list of things I have done with the end goal being some kind of motion picture project(in no particular order).
- Saved Matt Czurchy's pants, so he could go home.
- Met someone in a parking lot because they had a russian accent.
- Shoveled Mud until 5am
- Met friend in London for two hours just to shoot a music video.
- Sat behind Morgan Spurlock at a swank Hollywood awards show.
- Went on a very long quest for enourmous wings.
- Been Backstage at a fashion show.
- Hiked the longest glacier in the alps with the father of trick skiing.
- Watched goats walk through a restaurant terrace.
- Been at a long-out-of-business 50's diner at dawn.
- Sped through downtown LA, shining a strobelight out of the window.
- Went to SF to meet the EFF.
- Drove an hour and a half to give someone pants.
- Cleaned a room full of rodent bones.
- Video production with a still camera.
- Attended a World's Strongest Man competition.
- Had Sushi with a web startup that eventually went belly up.
- Had Free champagne and free reign of a hip dance club.
- Ate Spaghetti with H.R. Giger.
And countless more.
From what I can tell, filmmaking is one of the only jobs that can give such unique experiences while still being the same job. Does that make any sense?