I wrote the post below, “Fame vs. Flame,” right after we finished shooting my first feature film as a writer-director. I’m re-posting it now as I prep to leave for a production meeting on my new feature–due to begin shooting in just three weeks! I still deeply believe what I wrote.
Fame vs. Flame
“Fame! I’m gonna live forever, I’m gonna learn how to fly. I’m gonna make it to heaven. Baby, remember my name!” Lyrics from the title song of a once-famous movie that, ironically, most people under 30 have never heard of.
I just finished directing my first feature length film,Over-the-Rhine, an intense, emotional drama about forgiveness and redemption (post-production will take another three or four months). To accomplish this, I have been entrusted with an amount of money that, although tiny by Hollywood standards, is nevertheless terrifyingly large. By that standard, at least, it’s the biggest event of my life.
It’s my goal as a filmmaker to impact people’s lives. But will I? How many people will remember Over-the-Rhine (or my name, “baby”) a thousand years from now? Heck, how many people will remember it five years from now?
“Fame is fleeting,” the expression goes. But fame doesn’t…
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