I have a habit of allocating my creative time resources rather haphazardly. If I think of an idea I like I’ll say ‘hey, that sounds like fun!’ and add it to my creative agenda without consulting my internal board of directors. And then when I get bored of the idea a month later I feel bad about adding to my growing pile of unfinished projects.

It’s not that I don’t ultimately have stickability — I’ve been writing the same novel on and off for more than three years. (Mostly off). And I probably would have finished if I’d stuck to it and not been distracted by all sorts of other projects. I’ll always get back to that book.

But the process of writing a book is easy — you just have to sit and type. In the pie chart of creativity, writing is 95% ideas and 5% process. Brickdale Garden, by contrast, is at least 40% process — arrange the lego, photograph it, crop and fix up the photograph, insert it into the panel and then repeat for the rest of the panels. I didn’t mind the process when I started but now I look ahead and think “ugh, it’s going to take me at least three hours to make the next page”. Whereas writing happens at the speed with which I have the ideas.

A couple of days ago a juxtaposition of watching The I.T. Crowd and crap on YouTube reminded me that I could very easily make my own ultra-low-budget sitcom for the internet, and that quickly became part of my creative agenda. I’ve got the first episode planned out — a combination of lego, live action, claymation and animation — and am very enthusiastic about it. My current title for it is “Do You Want To Save The Universe?” for reasons I won’t go into now. (“DYWTSTU” for short)

It wouldn’t be all low budget — the set would be incredibly basic (probably the western side of my bedroom with maybe a table and some old computer equipment) but I’d go to the effort of making some nice costumes, just so there’d be at least something nice to look at. Aside from my generous friends who’d donate their acting talents, ha ha! Of course.

Anyway, now I’m thinking from experience — am I likely to start this project with extreme enthusiasm only for that enthusiasm to dissipate when I find out that there’s much, much more process than ideas?

I think for the time being I should call this a ‘short film’ just so that there’s no implication that it will necessarily be a repeated thing. Yesterday afternoon my friend Patricia suggested that I finish my book first, which makes sense. But I do like distractions from writing, so I’ll probably work on the Lego bits, the costumes and the animation in my spare time — stuff I can do by myself, so I don’t actually asking for anyone else’s time until I’m sure that I like the idea enough to actually complete it.

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