Seven years. I can’t believe I started this blog seven years ago. And the funny thing is, And So It Begins was born out of necessity. When I was a journalism student in college, one of my professors demanded that each of her students start a blog. She didn’t require us to buy textbooks for her course, and, according to her, the tradeoff was that we create own our blogs and update them regularly. We were allowed to write about anything, so, naturally, I began writing about film. Several years later, after numerous changes to layout, design, and my personal taste, I decided to do something I was honestly hesitant to do, and that was discuss my own filmmaking.
Basically, I wanted to make sure Wait was finished until I began writing about it regularly. And with only a few more sessions of sound mixing/design left to go, the film is all but complete. Distribution for Earrings was easy; I put it on my Vimeo page for free and let the world do with it what it saw fit. Releasing Wait will be more calculated and time consuming, and in the interim of the movie being completed and released, I’m going to be talking about it more often on this site.
So, to get things started, I thought it’d be fun to reveal the film’s official poster here first:
That’s Wait’s star, Micah Parker, who I met for the first time when he came to audition for the part he eventually played in the film. Since then, Micah and I have become close friends, and we had a blast shooting hundreds upon hundreds of pictures to get that one perfect shot for this poster. I was dead set on having Micah look directly into the lens, but when he looked down for a fraction of a second, I took this shot, and quickly realized that it was the best of the bunch. I have about 450 pictures from this photo shoot of Micah looking into the camera (from four different set-ups), and I have only one of him looking down. Sometimes, it only takes one.
The poster was created by my good friend Taylor Scott, who also designed the similarly-themed poster for Earrings. I hope you dig the look of Wait’s one-sheet; the mood and tone Micah, Taylor and myself were trying to evoke is exactly what I wanted (hint: the stark red and blue colors are significant to the final film). I promise I will share Wait as soon as I’m able to, but for now, I offer my most sincere thanks to anyone who spends part of their day reading this blog, or watching my work. You all keep me going.