Its been a crazy 8 months since my trip to France. This is obvious by my posting this now. Gonna start catching up.
Since I was a kid making films in my backyard with my brother and friends, I always thought it would be a great experience to go to France for film school. So many great techniques were invented by amazing and legendary filmmakers. So when I was asked to come to France and be part of the Marseille Web Fest in October 2015, I was both humbled and excited.
For the first time in my long journey as a filmmaker, I was being invited to a festival on the other side of the world because the hard work & dedication I’ve been putting into my work was not going unnoticed. I am still humbled by this and forever will be. Its been a few weeks since the trip and it all seems like a dream. I got to meet some fantastic filmmakers and mingle with some of the best producers in France. The conversations I had, the lectures I listened in on, the overall experience was just breathtaking and enlightening.
With Jason Leaver, creator of “Out with Dad.”
My time there, though short really had a major impact on me. I was in a different country and didn’t know a lick of French. I was a fish out of water and I am sure I stuck out like a sore thumb. But I took in every word, every moment, and every face I could. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever return, so I made sure to take it all in. Not just the city or the Mediterranean, but learning and having conversations with some amazing individuals. It still brings a smile to my face. Theres nothing like talking about your craft with other creators, espeically on the other side of the world.
With my good friend, Chris Stone, creator of “Year of Spies”
We all have moments where we ask ourselves, is what i’m doing really worth all the work? We question ourselves daily and often want to just stop and focus on something that makes more fiscal sense. I still have these moments, but I don’t look at them as moments of weakness, I feel they are moments of strength. When you question yourself about what you’re doing, you are doing so because you’re scared and a little outside of your comfort zone. This is how you grow. Its when you don’t acknowledge this feeling that you get into trouble.
I say all that to say that I do that as well, but we get some great moments in our careers where we get a big smile and just say to ourselves, I must be doing something right or I know I’m on the right path. I said those very statements to myself while I walked around Marseille, met with other creators, as I looked over the Mediterranean, and as I returned home to the open arms of my gorgeous wife. I know I still have a lot to learn, but I am going to continue plowing forward and never look back. I know I’m on the right path.
Thank you Jean Michel Albert and the your wonderful team for making me feel welcome. It was also nice to meet the lovely Kiki Wolfkill and Rob Edwards. Also great catching up with Rich Halke, @kathie Fong, Disle Antoine, Jason Leaver, Chris Stone, Stephanie Stone, Eric Robbins, Bryan Thompson, Suzette Laqua, Young Man Kang (강영만), and so many more. Until our paths cross again 🙂