The short film based on The Deserted House by Alfred Tennyson was my first true collaborative project. I worked on the film with Hala and it was an effective introduction into collaborative filmmaking.
As it was the first time I would be working on a film knowing I would have to compromise some of my own visions to fit the ones that both of us filmmakers would agree on, I did not know what to expect of our finished product. However, I did find the collaboration to be easier and more efficient that I originally had in mind. Having two visionaries allowed the project to expand beyond the narrow mindset I had for the film.
Although the pros outweighed the cons, there were still several issues that the collaboration presented. These were primarily concerned with the editing aspect of the process. My partner and I found ourselves constantly wanting to take the scene or shot in a different direction in the lighting, length, and placement areas. I was surprised to find that the issues rested mostly in the post-production of the film rather than the pre-production planning stages or even the shooting stages which went by very smoothly for a first time collaboration project.
One of the key things I took from this first assignment is the truth that collaborations are crucial in the world of film because not only does a filmmaker learn from other filmmakers but the fact that there is another person with different experiences who has different perspectives in many areas is so important for early filmmakers/auteurs. The film itself is enhanced when two different visions mesh into one to create a sequence that has the best of both of them. The influence a filmmaker has on another is a very powerful one that can open doors that were once locked in the filmmaker’s mind.