How long did it take you to make the finished film?
Five months (pre- to post) and 10,000 hours of google.
In addition to writing and acting in the film, what other aspects of production were you involved in? How did those roles interact with each other (or not)?
I was involved in pretty much every aspect of the film. It was just me and my wild idea. So when I say every aspect, I mean just that. From craft services to sourcing music, crew and talent – you’ve gotta figure that out. The learning curve was steep. And you have to remind yourself – “take off your producer’s cap, or your director’s cap, because you need to be fully present for character!” It was maniacal at times. But, I was not alone. I had an AMAZING team that made the impossible, possible. We were all hungry. And it shows through the work.
They say ignorance is bliss. I had no idea what I was embarking upon when I gleefully said, “I’m gonna make a film.” But truthfully, I enjoyed every aspect of this process – from art direction to lighting (especially), then editing (especially) to color grading (salivating) – it was so beautiful watching it all come together. It was the best, wildest, most exhausting, and rewarding decision of my life. There was a “me” in me that I hadn’t met before then.