The year was 2006. I didn’t have a smartphone. iPhones hadn’t even been invented yet. But I had a story I wanted to tell. I watched as a Green Party candidate got slaughtered, illegally, by the Democrats, for standing up for his right to run in an election. I learned that politics is a dirty sport and Green Party candidate Carl Romanelli was a persona non grata in the US Senate race. So I made a film about it. I had just turned 21 years old. I’d never picked up a video camera before in my life. The camera work is rather clunky. The film today looks dated. But I am so proud of this work, because A. It tells a great story and B. It’s still relevant 10 years later.
Yet today, a decade later, there are even easier ways to tell stories. If you own a smartphone, you can tell a story with a beginning a middle and an end. Stop making excuses. Get off your butt. Get out there. 10 years ago, dozens upon dozens of students and young people would have killed for a machine like a smartphone. And today, you have one. But remember: you need a great story to tell first.