0002: I’m Making A Film

Well here we are over a year later. I’m finally getting around to that second blog. 

So, September of 2019 I started writing my first screenplay ever. Now it wasn’t a feature length but still daunting to someone who sucks at writing. I began writing, reading, rewriting and doing that about a 100 more times. Fast forward to now and we have what seems to be a completed short film thesis screenplay. Wow. Pretty cool feeling. But now, gotta figure a budget, raise funds, find actors, audition actors, find locations, scrounge together a crew, market the film and shoot it this October (2020). Due to COVID we have all been under a time crunch, that is why I was unable to get to this till now. 

When I think about it all at once, it’s overwhelming. But day by day I chisel away it and soon it will be a beautiful short film honoring my Taita. Oh yeah, you are all probably wondering “But Al, what is this film even about??”

This story, in one word, is about Taita. Also known as my grandma. Taita was diagnosed with Alzheimers when I was young. So there’s that small part of me that remembers what she was like before being diagnosed but such a large part that saw her deteriorate and the toll that Alzheimers took on Taita. But it wasn’t just me that saw this deterioration, it was the 20 grandkids, 6 sons and daughters, the handful of great grandkids, and so many more of our family.

We all saw Taita turn from an up beat independent, to a quiet, dependent woman. For all of us it was difficult to accept. So this story is for all 6 brothers and sisters, 20 grandchildren, handful of great grandkids and everyone else who was lucky enough to know Taita then and now. With this film I want to honor who Taita was and still is to this day. 

This short film is about a grandson, Nicholas as he copes with accepting Taita for who she is becoming because of Alzhiemers. It’s the raw and real conversations and emotions that take place when you experience  someone you know and love become a totally different human right in front of you. It’s about the lessons and legacy Taita is leaving behind for us and the hope that one day we can share them and live them out with generations to come.

I can’t do this alone. I need to raise $1800 to fund this project. That goes towards actors, locations, catering (for everyone on set), props and wardrobe.


On the “Shop” page of my website, I will be selling limited edition “Taita Short Film” T-shirts and crewnecks, I will be doing portrait sessions or if you would like to contribute financially, you can Venmo me at @Alan-Imber.

 All sales will go 100% towards funding the film. Thank you so much for your support and prayers!

If you made it this far, thank you for reading it means the world to me.

As always, keep creating. Till next time,

- Alan

0001: The Search for Your Style

Creating or finding your own style in photography or cinematography can be a bit tough especially today. As creators, we are bombarded by media before we even have our first cup of coffee. So in a world such as this, with content bursting at the seams, how can you find or create your own style?

I think before we even dive into that it is important to remember that you shouldn’t stray from what you like. Often times we are tempted or naturally drawn to give in to what other people like and that can be dangerous. If you are not happy with what you are creating or you find you are making something to “fit in” (I hate that phrase but we are going to go with it), then stop and take a break. Make what you like and run with it. If you are creating what you want and you are doing it diligently then the rest will come, people will admire your work. So enough with that rant. 

If you are having trouble finding your style, here are a few tips that I find help me when i’m lost. One: So I create a mood board of things I am interested in, (that can be color pallets, articles in the frame, light, etc.) I pick a few things I like till I have (what I think) is a good looking board. 

Two: I then get a pen and a piece of paper and just write. I usually turn on some music and honestly write from my heart or anything that comes to my mind. This helps me see visually on paper whats going on in my head. 

Three: After that, I just start a project (whether it be something I will actually turn into a working piece or just a project for learning and growing). I Don’t really overthink anything ( I know thats hard to do), but I just go for it and then when I finish I finish. I evaluate the project and pick and choose what I really think is good and discard what I don’t like. 

And that’s pretty much it guys. Finding what you like is really trial and error and self-reflection. I believe each of us is created with a passion and all it takes sometimes is finding the “why” to that passion and from there it takes off. Thanks for reading, and until next time, keep creating.

- Alan Imber

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