by Bri Castellini
It’s… going ok?
Resolutions: 2018 Edition
Produce 2 new projects I write to completion.- IN PROGRESS
Back in January I filmed my latest short film, co-written and co-produced by my buddy Colin Hinckley.
We also just completed crowdfunding for my second of the year, season 2 of Sam and Pat Are Depressed! That shoots… starting this weekend… so we’re on track!
Write a feature-length screenplay- PROBABLY AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN
I’d love to be able to end the year with a new feature script, but this has been a challenging one to say the least, and given my workload at my day job (and the four projects I’m producing in full this year- the two I mentioned above and two that I was hired on earlier in the summer) I don’t see this happening. I could surprise myself, especially as I don’t have anything lined up post-August, but I’m also not gonna force inspiration that isn’t coming.
Post a blog twice a month and a personal YouTube video once a month.- PARTIAL FAILURE
I’ll definitely meet the blog post criterion, but I’ve already skipped… two months of videos. Well, vlogs. I’ve shot/edited around 20 videos in the past two months for the Sam and Pat crowdfunding campaign, so it’s safe to say I had other things going on. There was also a part of this resolution that had to do with doing more interesting shots in vlogs which also definitely is not happening.
Write 2 new TV scripts- one original pilot, one spec script.- IN PROGRESS
I’ll definitely have a new original pilot written unless I do nothing from now until January 2019, but I doubt I’m gonna get to the spec script. In terms of my personal creative/career priorities, like the feature screenplay, it might just not be my year.
Close caption all previous (and new 2018) projects – IN PROGRESS
Brains, Sam and Pat season 1, and Relativity are all entirely closed captioned! What remains is Ace and Anxious, both Brains extended universe projects, and anything new I release online (might be Sam and Pat, might be Buy In, might be neither). This one I’m pretty confident I’m gonna complete. The hardest stuff is already over!
Save $1500 – IN PROGRESS
Savings so far: $1060
I’m on track AF!
Leave New York City at least twice.– COMPLETE
Trip #1: New Jersey to speak on a panel/ participate web series screening!
Trip #2: Toronto for work
Technically I also left the city for Hoboken for a web series shoot, and I will be home in Colorado before the end of the year as well. So DOUBLE completion!
Eat out less than three times a week and do something active every day.- FAILED
This happened for a little while, then work started piling up a pretty excessive amount and I had another infected ingrown toenail issue which made walking pretty painful, so I have not kept this up in a while. I wouldn’t say it’s entirely my fault, but it’s a little my fault, and it’s definitely a failure overall.
Take a photo every day- FAILED
Having a cell phone that makes a noise (that I cannot turn off without jailbreaking it) really hampers your ability to do this well, because taking photos in public, even of random stuff, is super embarrassing. I have definitely taken MORE photos this year than previously, but the letter of the law was not met, so this one is defo a failure.
Talk less, listen more.- IN PROGRESS
I feel like I’m doing alright at this? I definitely forgot this was a resolution, but in general I am making a concerted effort to talk less in conversations as I tend to be a bit of a bulldozer. I’ll keep a closer eye on this one for the rest of the year.
6 IN PROGRESS!
3 FAILURES/PARTIAL FAILURES!
Not great? But not terrible either. This year has been stressful in a way I’ve not ever experienced, which I’m sure I’ll write about next month when the main stuff is over. In the meantime, I should probably memorize my lines for Sam and Pat this weekend…..
*if anyone wants to help me CC Ace and Anxious, let me know!