“Congratulations Mr. Mason, you’ve lead us into a room with no exit.”
Many of us wordsmiths here understand the value of diving inward, into the labyrinth of the mind, in search of fruit buried within…
In search of the means to express the emotions we feel deeply. In search of the solutions to the problems that drive us mad… We also appreciate the havoc this endeavor can wreak on our personal lives. For, every moment spent in this mental maze is also a precious moment not spent in “real life.” Creativity, self-indulgence, can become a prison. One I am presently familiar with. So I’m seeking your wisdom in the comments.
Last summer I began work on an operatic movie montage, which I’m calling, “A Dark Night.” It’s the theme of Darkness and Light, as dramatized in 5 popular, modern motion pictures:
- Black Swan (Aronofsky, 2010)
- The Dark Knight (Nolan, 2008)
- Romeo & Juliet (Luhrmann, 1998)
- The Rock (Bay, 1996)
- Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)
I believe it has great potential, not only to entertain, but to hit on something true of the human psyche, perhaps. Thus it could become something I feel very proud of making.
I’m currently right in the middle of it, inside the densest portion of Act 2. I was stuck there for several months, chipping away at the creative block a little at a time, a couple nights a week. I seem to have broken through the wall now. The other side is wrought with fresh ideas, possibilities. Solutions are as prevalent as oil in a vast untapped reservoir. And that’s now the problem. It’s a trap.
The story is getting longer and longer. And, as my video editing skills improve through my schoolwork, so does my resolve to make this project as airtight, as perfect as possible. That’s not going to happen without several 100+ more hours of work on this thing. Precious time I probably should be spending on my real life! I can’t let it go. It’s addicting. And I feel compelled to finish it. The question is, when?
What’s the solution here? Have you struggled with finishing a long, draining creative project like this? Please share if you feel inclined. And I’ll check on you soon!
Thanks for reading. Have a good weekend 🙂