Farmington, NM is an odd town. For many reasons. It's an area that has a great amalgam of culture, a diverse community, and very stoic values. It's also a place that seems to house an inordinate number of artists who believe themselves to be destined for great things.
This is not me taking a shot at anyone in particular; I'm amongst that crowd. It's part of what drives people, drives them to want to be the very best at their chosen craft. It's what gives them ambition. Sure, it can border dangerously on the lands of megalomania, but it keeps those creative amongst us focused on completing our tasks and constantly making our work better. And if you're a novelist, a painter, or singer, than it's not such a bad thing. Such solo activities need that individual drive.
But if you're like those of us who want to make movies, this ego can be a problem. And again, not attacking anyone, because I have one of the biggest egos around. Once again, it comes with the territory. The thing about movies though, is they require a team. And to make it a good movie, you have to have a team whose individual abilities are not only good, but whose ability to work with each other individual is also good.
So often, you hear about movies, and we're talking blockbuster, big budget films, where the producer and the director, or the director and the lead actor, or whoever, hated each other and wanted nothing to do with each other by the end, or even before. There are so many examples; Superman II, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Dune (the David Lynch one), and so many others. But at least that's on a bigger scale, where people have "made it" to some degree, where the egos make sense.
At our level, when we're just starting out, and really just getting our first projects into the pipeline, this kind of egotistical clashing can lead to the same demise that many big pictures can face, but, while we don't lose the kind of money they do, we lose something far more important; ever getting to do a project in the first place.
And that's ultimately why Out of the Void was started. Like-minded individuals who all want to do their own projects, but who realized that the only way to do this was to help others get their projects done as well. No room for ego. And what really makes it great is that it's created an even greater artistic drive in all of those involved. Instead of just having that individual need to see one's own vision brought to life, we get to help more than just ourselves, and see many visions become reality. Not only does this lead to each project being quality, but it gives us the aspect of quantity, and with different projects we can appeal to different audiences.
This is the core of our philosophy; leave your ego behind. It's something you don't see out of a lot of indie filmmakers. They stamp themselves all over everything they do. We just want quality in everything we do. And that's my favorite part of living here in the Void.