By Michael Miller
Interested in film making? Try Darren Doane’s “30 Sunrise Challenge.” Using any video camera, film 30 sunrises in a row, each one from a different spot, even if it’s 10 yards away from a previously used one. Then edit those 30 sunrises together and put a piece of music to it. “If you can get through those 30 sunrises, the odds are pretty good that you are cut out for filming,” Darren says.
The most difficult part of film making is people, Darren says. “People are messy. I’m messy. When you put 20, 30, 40 people together for five weeks, six weeks, eight weeks, it’s messy. I believe it’s the only short-term job that can actually create monsters. I walk on a film set and I’m like, ‘OK, here we go, another grueling eight weeks of something that’s going to beat me up and possibly destroy my life.’ So I take it one day at a time, one scene at a time. I just want to get through it, I want to make it good, I want to still come home and be a good father, be a good husband, focused in on my kids. I don’t want to come home completely absorbed in this movie and this process and go down this rabbit hole of being an artist and ‘I’m making a movie.’
“I love everything else. I love thinking about movies, I love editing, I love putting the music in there and the score. I love that process, because it’s just you and one or two other people at that point.”