The Myth of the Missing Filmmaker

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OK, so it may have been a while since I've blogged on here. The last time I posted on Filmannex, I was writing my Christmas cards. I’d love to say since then, I’ve written and directed a feature film but I haven’t. 

I guess life has taken over, and it’s been a year since I left university; the university, which gave me motivation and discipline for short filmmaking. I directed six short films in the three years of my studies. And in the last twelve months, I’ve had ideas but no scripts to show for it. In that time, I’ve learned to drive, ran a 10K, and started work as an Assistant Producer for a company called Fuzzy Duck Creative. And I’ve worked on some terrific jobs there, including a Rugby Documentary for Warrington Wolves.

So there are my excuses. That’s not to say I haven’t had a lot of inspirations.  I think there’ll be plenty of people that will point out that they’ve made many short films while working full time, taking care of kids etc. which makes me wonder, maybe I do have plenty of time to make a short film. Maybe just the right idea hasn’t come yet. The idea that’ll get you writing without second thought, and will make you work tirelessly to make it work.

I remember making my last short at university, and I was so stuck for ideas. It felt forced of me to go for anything, until one night I came up with the idea for Pie Money. It was good timing. I’ve found patience is key to filmmaking. Patience to find that right idea, that isn’t forced. Filmmakers go long periods without making a film, they can go missing whilst others set the standard, but it doesn't mean that they're inactive; they're just searching for that right idea, which can take a while

I’ve had some more festival success with my films lately. I blogged a while back about how difficult it was getting Pie Money into festivals. I planned to go back into the edit and make a shorter, tighter version.

Since then, nine festivals have accepted it, and I didn’t take a minute off the running time. You could put it down to perseverance with the applications, or just lack of confidence with the original cut. It’s got three coming up soon – in August, it’ll be showing at Deep Fried Film Festival which raises money for charities through the festival. A wonderful project, I wish the festivals all the best. The Electric Lantern Festival will be showing it in early September. Just a train’s journey from where I filmed my first ever videos, the Kent-based festival is one I’m looking forward to! And in October, No Gloss Film Festival will be showing it – a festival listed in the BBC’s Great Film Festivals Collection.  I also got an email today saying Dawid and Dominik will be showing in the Leamington Underground Festival.

An exciting few months ahead for my previous films, let’s hope somewhere along the line the idea will come for my next film.

About the author


Andy Salamonczyk is a short film director from South-East England. He graduated with a first class honours in Media Production from Staffordshire University, and has had films screened at Empire Leicester Square, the BFI and BAFTA HQ, and picking up several awards including Shooting People's Film of the Month award…

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