An account of the recent developments of the ‘Citizen’ project. – Part 3
To balance my previous post about an inspirational stream of consciousness, I want to acknowledge the other side of the film production coin, the productive side, the side that keeps you grounded, no doubt, and focused. In fact, especially being a first-time feature filmmaker the development process has been an uphill battle. It’s been a battle, with myself, with others, with time, money, the subject matter. Just the research and a lot of the writing took me to dark places many times. But if it’s not a battle, you’re not digging deep enough. If it’s not a battle then it’s probably not even worth pursuing. At least that’s what I tell myself. If you deal with crime and violence, the dark side of the human condition, the things that are “wrong” with society, you become constantly aware of your surroundings and what might be beneath the surface. It took me some time to put what I learned and experienced in perspective, shed some of the resulting cynicism and actually start to have faith again in our future.