I’ve always loved the movies ever since I was boy growing up in the early 80s. All different kinds. Comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi – It didn’t matter. I loved being told a story. As I got older, I started writing short stories. They were bad. Of course. I had no idea what I was doing. Does anyone when they first start out?
Then I got a job at the local movie theater and I met people who also loved movies. We made shorts, but more realistically they were comedy sketches. They were funny and crude and for a time, we were known for a certain Santa sketch that I will reveal nothing except that it was a bit risqué and possibly bad.
As time moved on, a production company was formed between friends and we started creating content before the idea of creating content for the digital space was on everyone’s agenda. I was uploading movies to iFIlm and TriggerStreet in hopes of winning contests. We made shorts and commercials on our standard-definition camcorder that shot 16:9. We thought we were the poo. After returning from a 2 month film program in New York City, we made a few short films and finally decided to go for a feature.
So what to do? Who to talk to? Where could I go get advice?
Nowhere. Sure, there were people who could point you in the right direction, but there was no organization in the state of Connecticut at that time where I could go and learn the tenants of indie filmmaking. No group of like-minded professionals who could help me with crew and equipment. How to cast the movie. How to get permits to shoot on locations.
We were able to figure out all the necessary requirements to get our film made. Mistakes were made, but they’re always made. It was a tough, grinding experience when we made Save the Forest, but it was also a great, lasting memory I’ll never lose.
When the idea of the Nutmeg Institute was discussed, I was instantly drawn to what it could become. All those years ago, I searched for an organization to guide me on my storytelling journey and it was not to be. Today, maybe I can be part of something that will help other looking to tell their story. People looking to get involved in filmmaking, whether it be short films, features, web series, anything. Filmmakers, young and old, who suddenly decide to make a movie can have someone to call and ask what should be there first step.
By providing insight, training and connections to other like-minded souls, Nutmeg can become a beacon in the area for filmmakers and storytellers. And when someone tells their friend that they want to make a movie and asks, “How do I do that?” The answer to that question will be the Nutmeg Institute.
- Michael Field