“Fish Head” Swims Upstream
Ahhh,,, my indie film “Fish Head”. I’m hesitant to even disclose when the ideas first starting taking hold for this film. Not too long after my wife died. It has taken on various incarnations in it’s struggle to live. Always to put aside for this or that ( including Lazlo). Mostly for the reason that I felt good with most of the story, but there was still something I had not “cracked”.( May as well do this while I think about it.) In my writer’s rooms, we would take story ideas and knead them, punch them,, and after a while if we could’nt crack it, we would put it in the “crock” pot to simmer. To see if something would gel later on. Sometimes they need some prodding. But I feel a story wants to live when the time is right.
I’ve done several storyboards, animatics and some animation, but still it needed to be worked, reworked, and then reworked. I would toss it in desperation, but it always stuck it’s head back into my business asking not to be abandoned.
I feel I finally cracked the story recently. I’m picking it up again and shooting for a finishing date that is most likely too optimistic. Thanks to a talk with my artist sister Dianne about finding time that doesn’t exist, I am working on it for two hours every morning before my other duties and project commitments kick in. Always have too much going on. But I have my “day jobs” I guess you could call them.
Craziness. “Just finish the damn thing”.. some friends say. It’s a bit like a novel I suppose. Nobody may like it when it’s done, but I will. And I love working on it. That’s the most important to me. As long as my family is fed.
Craziness… more to come.