By Kate Bryant
It only took my whole life to get here, but I’m making a movie! It’s true. Half the time I stare at the computer wondering, “What the hell am I doing?” The other half I spend taking deep breaths into a paper bag telling myself, “Yes, you CAN do this; and gosh darnit, you WILL do this.”
I just have to finish designing the website, write these 50 grant proposals, launch the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, find an editor, hold a casting call, hire some interns, write the ad to hire the interns, remember to eat, remember to walk the dog, hold down the side biz that’s also not making money, and somehow keep my sanity intact.
What I learned from my first business endeavor is, it’s hard going it alone. Finding people with expertise is absolutely what’s making this film possible. I brought on a producer — someone who is also learning-by-doing, but it doesn’t hurt to have someone else on board for the feedback and support alone. And in turn, he brought along the DP.
My movie is a new kind of animal: the multi-pronged one that’s just the nascent inklings of an entire movement. Because, well, that’s how you make a doc these days…if you want it to result in social action.
Creating the website, the outreach, the distribution plan — these are all running in parallel with the research, production, and cash-raising. And guess what I’m doing next? That’s right, bringing on people with experience in those fields.
So what is the movie I’m making? It is called The Pay Gap (working title) and it’s about pay equity. Women still just earn 77 cents to a man’s dollar, and it’s high time we closed that gap. If you haven’t already, please check out the Facebook page and hit the Like button.
Sure I’m still faking it for now, but with a supportive audience like you and some talented collaborators, it won’t be long before I can finally say I made it.