So here is the trailer for The Exquisite Corpse Project a film I co-wrote with my friends from Olde English. The premise is pretty straight forward: Ben Popik, the director picked 5 writers and had all of them write 1/5th of a feature. But the catch was that after the first writer (me!) wrote the first 15 pages and the next writer could only see that last 5 pages, and so on and so forth.
The results are interesting and at times really inspired, but what I think makes it a beautiful piece of work is the interweaving doc about the process. It really gets to the core of what it’s like to make something and collaborate, which first and foremost is what film is. I’m currently finishing my first feature (How to Follow Strangers) as a writer/director and at times it feels like all you get are lumps. Trying to balance egos and expectations, make something true and honest while still engaging the audience can be a brutal process. And if you don’t step back every now and again to remember at the beginning, there was a childlike wonderment and desire to play with people who inspire you, it may not make sense why you keep taking it in the butt.
Unless you like taking it up the butt, in which case, more power to you.