Planting ideas through images; the making of a documentary.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

When you play old-time fiddle, you have a lot of friends who are dancers. People ask me the difference between a fiddle and a violin and the best answer is a fiddle is a violin with ATTITUDE. But the next best is; you know it's a fiddle, if it makes you jump up and dance.

All this because yesterday, I spent all day building a little scene of my movie, then tore it all apart and, not happy with the results, built it back up again.

This is a scene familiar to many artists, casual knitters, and pretty much anyone who does anything creative, but yes, it's frustrating to end the day having worked eight hours to reap less than one minute.

O.K. it was more like 25 seconds.

Two steps forward, one step back. What comes to mind is a diagram of footprints with x's and arrows, usually set out on a floor for someone to follow.

So maybe I could consider my peripatetic progress on this film as-- not a set back-- but a dance.

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