Earlier this week I decided I should go to the American Film Market today in Santa Monica. I have been to the market more times than I can count and have pretty much avoided it for the past several years. Finding parking can be the worst part of it so I decided to fork over eight bucks to park in the Santa Monica Pier lot. If you read my posts you would know I love being at the beach (even though I don't go often) so when I stepped out of the car and inhaled the aroma of salt water and sand I was in heaven.
When I was looking for something to post today, I was not planning to write about going to the AFM but as I was scrolling through my files I saw a series of photographs I took in 2010 at Long Beach. I don't think I've really looked at these before. They were shot in black and white and I took enough of this particular scene to probably make a flip book. I really like the timelessness of it.
The reason this post turned into my mention of AFM was that this photograph encompasses the feeling I had arriving there and throughout the day. Unlike any other year the day was chill, fun and full of surprises... possibly because I had no plan (most people go there with a plan and lists of people they want to get meetings with) and I allowed myself to wander with no agenda and just see what would happen. My first surprise was seeing this banner...
In case you're new here, I took the photograph of Taylor Richardson that became the artwork for the movie. I immediately dashed to Suite 651 to say hello to the company that picked up the film for foreign sales.They were awesome. A sidebar on the photo I took of my photo -- I'm so happy I caught that elevator full of people in the background. It almost looks like a silver-framed movie poster with the lettering at the top hanging on that wall.
I stopped in several other suites, some where I knew the people and reconnected and some where I met new people. I talked to a few interesting random people in the lobby and, best of all, I ran into one of the actors from my short film. This may have been the first AFM I have attended where I didn't think "Ugh".
And now, I sleep.