I'm Jeff. Join me in my quest to become a successful filmmaker.
Today I got to realize a dream and be in the vicinity of my favourite wrestling title, the WWE Intercontinental Championship. I ran the ropes in a wrestling ring and got to work with a WWE Superstar so all in all day 2 on set was pretty special. Oh and you were pretty great too @seleziyasparx 😉🎥 (at Battle Arts Academy)
Fear does not exist in this documentary, does it?
Pain does not exist in this documentary, does it?
Defeat does not exist in this documentary, does it?
What do we study here?
THE WAY OF THE FILM SIR.
And what is that way?
STRIKE FIRST. STRIKE HARD. NO MERCY SIR.
I can’t hear you.
STRIKE FIRST. STRIKE HARD. NO MERCY SIR.
Let’s sweep the leg of this documentary boys!
Tomorrow I’ll be embarking on the most important film shoot of my career so far. It is a documentary which I am producing and it’s set within the amazing world of professional wrestling. It will be shown around the globe in film festivals into 2015. This project means so much to me; it’s been the source of the majority of my stress for the past few months but I am thankful for it every moment. This is a launching pad for myself and my crew to get noticed in the industry and hopefully come out of this with some contacts for our future endeavours. Needless to say, all this has led me to feel quite nervous about the production. As well as excited, enthusiastic, thrilled, anxious, etc.
This flurry of emotions has been wrestling (see what I did there?) with my mind lately and distracting me from my duties. A huge help has been my crew, friends and family to assure me I’m doing my best. In addition to that I’ve recently had an interesting perspective shift about the whole process that has been unimaginably helpful. That is what I’d like to share with you here.
What I’ve done is put this film on a pedestal from the beginning, believing it to be my greatest filmmaking achievement. This is likely to be true for now, but what is also true is that this is only the beginning. One day if I’m lucky I’ll get to look back on this movie and laugh that I ever worried about it at all. In the grand scheme of my own trajectory it is a mere blip. A stepping stone for sure but one of many on the path. I feel this is important to do in my life. I don’t step back and look at the whole picture enough, always worrying about the big bad problem in the way. The things we considered problems even just a couple years ago can seem ridiculous when looking back. So right now in this moment this documentary is a mountain. It’s blocking my path and I need to climb it. The good news though is that one day this mountain will feel like a foot hill and the new mountains will too. It just takes time, patience, and experience.
This is one of my favourite things in life. Finding the things that scare you, or worry you and then thinking of ways to shatter your own expectations and overcome your fears. I’m my own worst enemy when it comes to criticizing my own work and such. Which I know is why I’ve felt this way about this film. I often second guess myself especially with something new and important like this. I guess ultimately what has helped me deal with it in the final days before the shoot is that I now know I will have that moment in my future where I get to reflect on this and laugh…and then worry about the mountain that I’m dealing with at that point in my career/life. It’s all relative I suppose. There is always going to be something to overcome. But what I’ve learned is that nothing in this life worth having will ever come easy and I don’t need easy I just need possible.
Wish me luck!
Tonight a little culture. In VIP #swanky #highlife #Cineplex (at Cineplex Odeon Varsity and VIP Cinemas)
A Jeff Reynolds film
JORDAN BROWN as Jordan
DOUG MOREAU as Dad
JAX MOREAU as Baby Boy
BRENDA REYNOLDS as Mom
JESSICA REYNOLDS as Sister
Music composed for the screen by Jeff Reynolds
Special Thanks (Alphabetically)
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