Out of all the great things LCD has done for me, the thing I might be most thankful for is teaching me this lesson: filmmaking takes a LOT of hard work. You think you're a perfect director and you've got everything prepared and everything's going to be fine?
Well, wait until that cloud messes up the lighting in your shot.
Wait until a tech issue prevents you from filming a certain scene.
Wait until you're filming outside in the hot summer sun. Wait until an actor complains about doing a shot multiple times.
Filmmaking is tough, and those things listed are just the tip of the iceberg. And yet, throughout the entire program, I can't say there was a moment I didn't want to be there. I was always learning, always being challenged, always enjoyed collaborating with others, always loved the energy and passion we shared. It also didn't hurt to have some of the best teachers an aspiring filmmaker can wish for. In fact, calling them teachers doesn't cut it. They were more like honest friends who just happened to help me learn. I never felt talked down to, but whenever I felt overwhelmed, they were there to back me up. The honest truth is that filmmaking is hard, arduous, and exhausting. But if you're willing to put in the effort, it's also creative, inspiring, magical, and just a lot of fun. And if anyone's going to teach you filmmaking, it should be LCD. I'll always remember the lessons they gave me.