Just Do It!

I was recently lamenting with a very good film friend of mine about how I was concerned that I didn’t have much to show for the past 1.5 years. Like, I haven’t premiered a movie or won any film festival awards.

Chill out, I’m just joking. That’s obviously unrealistic. However, don’t we all do this on some level?

I’m tracking my film journey like I would track years of school. So, I’m about to complete year 3 of “Film School.” Here’s my accomplishments:

  • 2016, Video Production Course- Arlington Independent Media
  • 2016, Short Documentary- “Artists and Makers”
  • 2016, Move to NYC- “Film School”
  • 2016, Sketch Writing and Video Production classes at The PIT
  • 2016, PA and Slated Shots on a Time Square shoot
  • 2016, BTS Photography on a short narrative called, ‘Grandpa Gene’ in Riverside Park, NYC
  • 2016, Fire Watch on an ESPN shoot in NYC
  • 2016, 30 second submission to Project Greenlight’s ‘Ode To Coffee First’ competition, “Coffee Anytime” 
  • 2016, short narrative, ‘Chase’ shot in NYC parks.
  • 2017, wrote short screenplay, ‘Aafa.’
  • 2018, wrote and directed, ‘The Lake.’
  • 2018, DP on ‘You, Me, and the Sock.’
  • 2018, started writing first feature length script, ‘Small Town, U.S.A.’
  • 2019, submitted ‘Aafa’ to three film festivals.
  • 2019, wrote a pitch for a webseries called, ‘The District.’
  • 2019, in pre-production: ‘Overpass,’ and ‘Yoga Mats Chats.’

So, I feel much better now looking at the above list. I think sometimes we can’t see the trees for the forest, as they say. I know that working in the film business is a long-game. It’s going to take years to accomplish some of the goals that I’ve set, but we all have to start somewhere.

I was listening to the Indie Film Hustle podcast episode #306 and Alex Ferrari talked about how filmmakers are programmed to fail. I realized listening to the podcast that I let fear get in the way of actually taking action. So, I’m taking action. I’m moving forward with 2 screenplays and plan to start pre-production. No more excuses. I have the equipment and the ability, so I’m going to stop getting in my own way and JUST DO IT!

Coming Soon! ‘Yoga Mat Chats,’ and ‘Overpass.’


“Dream it. Write it. Shoot it. Share it.” – Christy Fleetwood, Educator and Filmmaker


Film Bucket List

In the run up to the 2019 Academy Awards I started following Julie Cohen, the director of the Oscar Nominated Documentary Feature “RBG” on Twitter. She posted a picture of her in a hoodie that had an embroidered “Oscars” logo. I tweeted the following message in response:

Film Bucketlist Tweet

This got me thinking: what is on my bucket list?

Christy’s Film Bucket List

*In no particular order.

  1. Premiere a film.
  2. Have a film or script accepted to a festival.
  3. Submit to a film festival and win the highly sought after badge of honor: the laurel!
  4. Shoot on film. (NEVER done this before)
  5. Generate excitement for a project and raise money via crowdfunding.
  6. Shoot a film with an actual budget.
  7. Distribute a film via a streaming service. (Free and Monetized)
  8. Get a super swag Oscars hoodie. 😉

** This list will be forever under construction.

What’s on your Film Bucket List? Let me know in the comments below.


“Dream it. Write it. Shoot it. Share it.”

– Christy Fleetwood, Educator and Filmmaker



Film Festival Rejection Letters

Rejections are the best! I bet you didn’t expect to hear me say that. It’s true, but give me a moment and I’ll explain. First, let’s take a trip through my rejections. Here we go!

  1. Zero Film Festival in New York City. Submission: “Chase” 2016
  2. Project Greenlight Digital Studios and Peet’s Coffee video contest. Submission: “Coffee Anytime” 2016
  3. SF Indie Fest Screenplay Competition. Submission: “Aafa” 2019
  4. Indie Film Hustle and Filmaka Web Series Competition. Submission: “District City” 2019

To date I’ve had 4 rejections, but guess what? It makes me want to push even harder. In fact, I’ve printed all of my rejection emails and have tucked them away nice and neatly in my binder. You know why? They’re like medals! In every failure we must find a lesson to learn, an area to improve upon, and grit to keep going. As my Uncle Johnny use to say on the golf course, “You’re just half an inch away from striking that ball perfectly.”

So, cheers to failure and just keep swinging!


“Dream it. Write it. Shoot it. Share it.” -Me


Tutorial #1: Time-Lapse

So you finally broke down and bought a fancy grown-up camera. However, it’s not super user friendly. Don’t worry! There are lots of resources out there to help navigate all the functions on the camera. I have personally used YouTube quite a bit to answer questions that I have had about operating my Canon Rebel SL2. I am by no means an expert, but if you are interested in learning how to shoot a time-lapse video, take 30 seconds and check out my video. It’s really super easy. Happy shooting!


“Dream it. Write it. Shoot it. Share it.” -Me




Scheduling Creative Time

We all struggle daily with being pulled in multiple directions. I often refer to this as “adulting.” I’m not a fan. I mean, going to work, doing laundry, scrubbing toilets, and grocery shopping are all super lame. Needless to say, these are all things that have to be done and thus, we suck it up and do it. However, what is that one thing that you just absolutely live for? What is that one thing that you just have to do in order to keep your heart happy? For me, it’s film-making.

How do we possibly find the time in our busy schedules to work on our passion projects? Well, in my experience it’s a matter of being intentional. I make lists and schedules. Is this a bit neurotic? Eh, I don’t think so. My day job requires a lot of work outside of the work day. However, I plan ahead and make a schedule so that I intentionally balance work life with film life. Quite frankly, I’m not sure that I would write or edit if it weren’t for setting aside the time to do so. Consequently, not “arting” would absolutely make my heart shrink.

It’s important that creatives allow themselves to actively pursue the arts and in order to do so it requires being intentional. I know for me it has not only made me happier, but also allowed me to find peace in my day job knowing that it’s not completely suffocating my other endeavors.

So, friends. Make a list, grab a calendar, and make your plan for creative time! See you in the local coffee shop.


Coffee and Editing