10. It's not a fair fight.
9. I would have to compromise my vision.
8. There are performers who can't be on camera due to schedule conflicts.
7. There are crew who can't commit due to schedule conflicts.
6. Shallow talent pool has already sucked up other talent (hazard of living in a small town, I realize).
5. Yeah, I've already been to film school.
4. I don't believe everyone is following the rules.
3. The date conflicts with a CD release party on a project I was a backer of. I'm not sure why the organizers scheduled a night of music on the same night filmmakers will be out making films -- I've never really heard of a festival which schedules over its own programming. Even SXSW splits film and music up...
2. Due to that release party/performance schedule conflict the composer I had asked to score the music (many many weeks ago) will be unavailable -- which is connected to reason #9.
1. That weekend is a rare weekend where my daughter will be on a field trip and I'll have my son (I'm divorced). Considering his age and how little time I have left with him as a "little" boy, I'm going to devote myself to him and not feeding what I think is an unfair event.
The good news is that we'll still be producing this! A bit later in the summer, but now we can focus on writing a great script, securing awesome sets and props, and most importantly use the HUMAN CAPITAL of an insanely great cast and crew. I wouldn't do this without them.
Speaking of "them"... The point of my project is to showcase Knoxville locations, and some of the comedians and musicians and other talented people here. I have a lot of pride in Knoxville's community of artists, and I think it's time we had a proper showcase for them
I wish 24HFF well, and maybe I'll participate next year. This year, unfortunately, there's just too many reasons not to.