Journal Entry 12.15.10

My first personal post for this new film. I’ve made several films and other creative projects over the years in my career – but this is a new path I’m forging with this film project. A documentary made in a completely new space, new subject matter, new technology and new ways of communicating with an audience and funders who I don’t even know yet!

Yet, it’s a new world order today. I read so many blogs and industry articles on the latest and greatest, have lived and worked in Hollywood, seen systems work and not work. I’ve done the festival and international markets, I’ve raised financing the traditional way, produced and distributed all in the ways of the past. But this is a new era for filmmakers and creatives – and I intend to be one of them.

Launching this new film project subjects me to things outside of my (the producer) control in terms of capturing footage, stories and visuals that are scripted and planned out. Funding is crowdsourced, fans, supporters and audiences are built and created out of my marketing plan.

All very backwards in the ways of traditional filmmaking. It is scary? Hell yes. I have no idea how I will find fans, friends and followers other than my circle of influence. So I create a game plan to chug away each day a little bit on the film. This again defies my past experiences where  months are planned for pre-production and then production lands for a few weeks or months, then post-production. In this method – it seems most of it happens simultaneously.

Therefore, the need for super structure, organization and being extremely nimble in the face of the everyday surprises seems relevant. From the fans who will participate in the film, to the supporters who will help fund the film, it is my hope that I find passionate supporters who will follow this film’s journey and invest in me, invest in my journey and come along for the ride.

~until next time


About Jodi Nelson

I am a filmmaker launching a new film project entitled 'Single Girl in a Feminist World: What Does A 21st Century Feminist Look Like?' By engaging a global audience of online participants, I will be asking virtual strangers to join in my quest to answer the question, “What does a 21st Century Feminist Look Like?” Utilizing social networks, crowd funding initiatives, web blogs, viral video, second life, flash mobs, virtual chat interaction and traditional modes of documentary practice, I will create a documentary film that exemplifies feminism in its profoundly new image.
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