Doubt and Initiative

How many plays have I started to write and never finished? How many outlines have I written and forgotten? How many great ideas have I swept under the rug? Out of laziness. Lack of initiative. Doubt. Fear.

The concept for Jump the Fence scared the crap out of me because I was so worried it would be another great idea that I wouldn’t have the guts or work ethic to follow through on. But I thought the idea was so good and I WANTED it so much.  I remember getting pumped up on the phone with Britt. “This is not going to be another one of those things we never finish. This one is GOOD, let’s DO IT!”

We decided to assemble a team.

If we don’t have filmmakers who want to work with us, then we don’t have anything at all.

So we began approaching filmmakers.

We talked to a documentarian who loved the idea and immediately jumped on board.  Next we approached Ale Paschoalini, he was our closest filmmaker friend at the time. To our surprise and delight, he said yes too! This was a very exciting time because we knew that no matter what (if we were willing to go into debt,) we could go to Brazil, make a film with Ale and document the process. It was a start.

Having these two filmmakers on board gave us the confidence we needed to press on. With this new confidence, I approached the other filmmakers in a different way. Instead of saying something like, “hey, we have this interesting idea, wouldn’t it be nice if…” I said something like, “We are doing this, we have these people on board already, do you want to be a part of it?”

The goal was shoot 12 films in 12 countries in 12 months and after a couple of months of sending emails, we had 10 directors on board, all over the world, planning to make films with us.

That’s when it really got really real time real real. Now we have people counting on us. People who are changing their schedules in order to work with us. People we don’t want to let down. And I had NO IDEA what I was doing!

I asked advice from a producer I know, Lara Cuddy, who was gracious enough to sit down and talk with me. I asked her what she would do next if she were me and she gave me a ton of great advice. Perhaps my favorite thing she said addressed my insecurities about this being my first project. She said that nobody has experience making the film I’m making. It’s its own new thing with its own unique set of challenges.

That made me feel better.

After our talk, it became clear that there were really just two big things to figure out.

How much does it cost?

Where does the money come from?


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