It’s that time of year: funding responses. At the end of last year and for all of 2016 so far, I’ve been submitting work to grants and funds. After nearly ten years of corporate and advertising work, I’m finally serious about growing The X Gene into a fully fledged narrative screen production company. We’ve done stuff before. Short films, TV productions, theatre and web. All of it was around the edges until now.
When I started out of film school, I thought it prudent to get good at my craft before I embarked on a feature film sized project. I also saw how ridiculously tight, competitive and limiting government funding is. So we started Green Rabbit and then I started The X Gene to do two things: get good at producing, and make connections with the private sector. Filmmaking is way more of a business than the other arts, and alternative sources of money, multiple revenue streams, are the life blood of business.
So with our feature film projects front and centre, I’ve been open to every possible revenue stream available to us. Australia Council, Film Victoria, Creative Victoria, Screen Australia, AMP Tomorrow Fund, Awesome Foundation, micro grants, oh my. Any possibility has been seized upon. I’ve also started pitching to potential private investors and brands, but right now I’m in the opening week of when all these established grants bodies email a yay or nay.
There’s a crazy number of articles on ArtsHub about how to deal with rejection, so I’m bracing myself for some rough thumps to the old ego, some fists in the hopes and dreams department. I just remember what Stephen King says in his book On Writing:
“By the time I was fourteen the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing.”