Recently I decided to set a goal for myself to complete in about 25 years, at which point I’ll be 50. I have no idea what I’ll be doing at that time, but that’s okay. It’s a goal to work toward.
With my friends Zan and George we will make a film better than the original Star Wars.
Sound lofty? I think so. Which makes it just about right for a 25 year goal. So, what’s it going to take to get there, and why am I set on working with those two friends?
It’s going to take 25 years of writing practice, failed novels, scripts, screenplays, attempts at self publishing, lots of feedback, and a lot of perseverance. Writing and narrative creation of all sorts are my primary non-physical hobbies, so this goal is an extension of that.
I know that my current writing abilities are far from sufficient to make a story of that caliber, so I couldn’t presume to tell you what the film will be about or what kind of story it will be. I have a lot of time to improve though.
I want to work with Zan and George because they are two of my best friends who I also feel like I work well with creatively. Also both are striking out on creative-leaning careers, which is a good sign that they’ll continue to develop their own abilities as well.
Zan also mentioned working on getting famous by that point, which as he said, “would make things easier.”
So the game plan is basically this:
- Revise my two Nanowrimo novels.
- Get feedback on them.
- Revise them again.
- Try to get a lot of readers, probably by offering them for free and making them good.
- Write a graphic novel script.
- Revise it.
- Get feedback.
- Revise it more.
- Have an artist illustrate it.
- Try to get it published.
- Write another five-ten long-form works.
- Work alongside another creator to make at least two of them.
- Read as much as possible.
- Watch the greatest films ever made.
- Study them in detail.
- Come up with a concept.
- Workout a plot.
- Create a setting.
- Get things rolling.
- Make a film.
- Do it all over and make the best film possible, learning from the mistakes of the first one.