So.. I’ve been spending a "Little" bit of time up in LA lately. It’s different. LA has a very different feel from Orange County for sure. When it comes to the people there are many more different kinds here. Orange County is fairly "cookie cutter" when it comes to homes and people. I’m not saying that’s bad per se .. just very different from LA. LA has a very creative and artsy vibe. One of the things that is largely lacking from Orange County, aside from the many visual artists in Laguna Beach. And of course film.
LA is THE film capital. Just go ahead an try finding a film equipment rental place in Orange County (Trust me. I’ve tried. It’s not easy). One of the reasons I moved out to California was to put more effort into my filmmaking and make it as a filmmaker. I’ve been thinking a lot about that lately, especially in light of my planned upcoming film shoot next fall. And now.. not to mention, Anna works at a production studio, is also a screenwriter, and also plans to direct and produce. Definitely more inspiration for sure and some talk of future collaboration.
It’s hard to explain something when you love it so. Well.. maybe some of you can relate when it comes to running and the lengths we will go through to train, get to a race, etc.. Especially ultra runners who always get the question "why" and rarely can fully answer that question. My love of filmmaking and writing is much like my love of running and ultra running. With both of them I can pinpoint back to when I was inspired. I have never lost my passion for filmmaking but I have been re-inspired.
I thought I could work the film business from the comfortable confines of Orange County. Stay out of the Hollywood "circle" so to speak. But the people I have met down there are not serious about film. Not like I am. The resources are not there. The contacts are not there. The resources. The contacts. The contests. Are all in LA. A friend of mine told me last year about the 168 Film Project where filmmakers have 7 days to make a 10 minute film. The competitors range from complete rookies to industry professionals. It’s a great opportunity for exposure, meeting contacts, etc. I missed the deadline last year but I do plan to participate this year.
I feel the time is now. I’ve been "Dabbling" back and forth with film for years. Now I am in California. Now I have a film planned for next year and am very serious about making a great film that will get picked up and released. This may mean a move to Los Angles for me. Something I am thinking about now as my lease is expiring in 30 days… It may mean finding new trails to run. But not leaving old ones behind. And definitely not leaving OCTR behind – after all – LA isn’t all THAT far from Orange County. I’m not sure what’s going to happen with my plans to put on a 100 mile race. My planned date was shot down and there is a new race that is planned for Orange County in May (100 miles). Maybe another one is not needed. The back up date would be December but that would conflict with my film shoot for next fall and would not leave much time for preparation. Maybe that is a sign to drop that and focus on my film career?
I DO know that a new chapter is opening in my life. One I’m very excited about and very much looking forward to. One that I am taking side by side with another, and not alone. One that may well lead me on many new journeys. There are some unknowns for sure. There always are. That’s all part of the adventure isn’t it??