Hello, indeed. As we wrap up another 4th of July, it seems appropriate that I, Deirdre Lynn Brenner, am declaring my creative “independence” via this newly established blog. I recently decided to start a production company, Deliberate Productions, so that I may finally pursue my lifelong dream to produce films. I LOVE movies and I especially love the the collective experience that comes with seeing an original and exciting piece of cinema.
The basics: I’ve written a script called Beneath the Surface and I want to produce it next summer in Wisconsin. (Ah, if only it were really that basic.) After sixteen rewarding years in the animation industry, I know my way around production schedules and budgets; but, as I dive into this new world of limited-liability companies, business plans, branding, fundraising, marketing, distribution, etc., I realize that this is gonna be one long, strange trip – one that fills me with both excitement and terror. (Mostly excitement, though!)
As my friends and family know, I’ve resisted this whole social networking thing for a while. Then I attended a recent seminar at the LA Film Festival where some really bright people (including prolific indie film producer Ted Hope and super-smart filmmaker/mixed-media guru Lance Weiler) talked about the benefits these digital platforms bring in terms of raising awareness and enriching the filmmaker-audience relationship. I have now seen the light, and it comes in the form of tweets and Facebook friends.
So, I invite you to join me on this journey. I will use this blog to chronicle the movie-making adventure ahead and, hopefully, inspire others who may be considering a similar path; together we can figure out the process and the pitfalls. I also think the blog will keep me focused and accountable – you’re not just valued readers, you’re my future audience. I’d better produce something, right? And, finally, you can expect a fair amount of chat about films, screenwriting, and creative stuff in general. I’m lucky to know a lot of incredible writers, artists, and overall cool people, so let’s keep the conversation going in a constructive and positive way. (Which means that I will exercise my right to omit comments that might be considered offensive…or mean…or just plain dumb. Yeah, I get to do that.)
While there are many learning experiences ahead, the one thing I know with certainty is that I can’t achieve this goal alone. I’m extremely grateful that you’re here.
Now let’s make a movie!