A friend of mine is a director. Our families were camping together in June when he mentioned that he liked one of my recent short stories. He said it might be fun to turn it into a short film. We tossed some ideas back and forth as we stood around the campfire that night, but then the guitars came out. We moved on to singing songs by Roger Miller, Violent Femmes and Taylor Swift (“King of the Road,” “Blister in the Sun,” pretty much the entire T.S. catalog—don’t judge).
Fast-forward to last week. A few of us dads were slam-dunking on an 8-foot basketball rim while our kids waged an epic Nerf gun battle nearby. My director friend passed me the ball and off-handedly mentioned my short story again. “I talked to a couple of the production companies I work with,” he said. “They’re gonna help me fund our short film.”
Our. Short. Film.
Last night we sat down and started working on ideas for the script, locations and casting. My experience with movie-making is mostly limited to music videos and student art films. So I came prepared with a list of friends who I thought would “do me a favor” and play one of the two main parts, let us shoot at their house or loan us a song. He pulled up IMDB and told me we were going to aim a little higher. I finally realized I was out of my depth when he started talking about stunt coordinators, filming permits and drones.
I have no idea what the future holds for this project, but right now it’s safe to say that I am incredibly excited for whatever comes next. I just hope they’ll let me come to the parties when it hits the festival circuit next year. Stay tuned…
S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.