It has taken much thought and with a very heavy heart I came to the conclusion that the best thing for the film is to push it back. There are a multitude of reasons why but the fact is the film needs to be pushed back until summer of 2012.
The script needs to be honed in. It is way too large in scope for such a low budget. I guess I got a little too over zealous and ambitious. This is more of a plus than a minus although I will miss the epic feel of it. But I think the tighter story structure will lend itself to a much better film. Especially under these constraints.
Another plus is that the film may also be shot on a RED camera. For those of you that don’t know the RED line of digital cameras are among the best being used today to make films. So the quality will be greater. I will be going from HD to almost the resolution of 35mm film. That alone would have been worth waiting for.
The reasons are valid as to why I made the decision to push back. I won’t lie and say it hasn’t been emotional because it has been. I spent a year of my life getting the film together only to have to decide to wait another year. For people who don’t make films it might be hard to understand how much you do invest of yourself. And there was so much that went on that I never told anyone about. The amount of work and sacrifice. And while it took time to come to this conclusion I stand by it firmly. At the end of the day you want to make the best film you can. And unfortauntely it means for this one that I need to push back a little further to see it happen.
Does that mean nothing will happen for a year? Quite the opposite. There will be blog posts about the script updates, location scouting, possibly some recasting if unfortunately some of the actors can no longer commit to the project. Which I completely understand. The film is not closing down. It is just reentering Pre-Production.
A delay has occurred but that is all. I love this film and have no intentions of letting it go. There is no reason to. A little retooling and some different approaches combined with a new camera make for a much more visceral and exciting film. Not a negative in the slightest. But in this business image is everything and the fear of being seen as a flake is one I needed to consider as well. But what is worse? People thinking you didn’t make the film you set out to make when you thought you would or making a film that doesn’t work because all of the pieces were not there? Despite my own ego the film is what counts. It’s what will be around long after I am gone.
The journey to make ‘Dark Light’ is not over. Not even close It is just beginning.
To be continued …