There’s no secret to the fact I’m not as creative as some of my friends, however, this doesn’t stop me trying to do my thing. Last year, I made a short film on zero budget, in five hours – this included the writing, shooting, packaging and encoding.
Due to the lack of budget, and the lack of time, the technical quality of the film was poor. I always meant to re-shoot it when I had better editing software.
The film was shortlisted for an international short film festival, and I considered that a success, however, I was interested in what my friends thought and what suggestions they had for me improving the story and the concept. I shared a link with 15 selected friends who I admire for either their own creativity, or their love of written work and/or film.
Five of these friends watched the film and got back to me with feedback within a couple of days. I chased the others for feedback several times and got no response. Of course, I didn’t expect everyone to have time to watch it, or to even be interested enough to watch it, but at the same time I was disappointed in the lack of time people had to help me.
I think the reason their lack of interest in helping disappoints me most is because I have supported most of these people’s creative pursuits – I’ve read their poetry and books, I’ve bought and listened to their music, I’ve been to see them play live, I’ve even given them free copies of my photographs of them for their websites and Facebook. I’ve given them much more of my time (and money) to support their work – why don’t they reciprocate?
I’ve been trying to think why people weren’t interested. Is it because their lives are so busy they can’t find 10 minutes to help? Did they watch it, but think it so bad that they didn’t want to upset me with negative feedback? Did they expect it to be awful and just not bother? Or is it that their egos are so big they just don’t give a damn about other’s work? Or is our friendship just one way?
I don’t give to receive, but a little bit of mutual respect from fellow creatives who claim to be friends would be appreciated. After all, I am just learning and developing and want to get better at the things I do. Their advice could help me shape and improve my re-make, or even help me decide whether it’s worth re-making or whether I should move on to my next project.
I’m not losing focus on the comments from the friends that have responded. Their input is really valuable and in a couple of weeks’ time, I will be taking the advice onboard when I re-work my short.