VOYAGE OF PERSONAL GROWTH | Adam Nelson


As a young filmmaker, I constantly try to make a point of evaluating the personal growth that I gain as a result of making a film: I ask myself questions like, what went well, what will I do differently on the next one, what accomplishment in this film am I most proud of—typical stuff like this.

In the context of making Sea Odyssey, I have answers to all of these questions and more, but truthfully, these answers may hold little value to other filmmakers around the world—and that’s because every filmmaker is on his or her own journey of personal growth.

We’re all excelling at different speeds and are getting good at different things, and that’s always important to remember. When I first started making films, I was often frustrated because my work wasn’t amounting to the grand vision that I imagined my films to be when I wrote them. I’ve always had a lofty appetite for creating something fantastic—something that’s never been seen before and is truly great—and I still have that goal. I want to make films that make people feel and inspire a sense of awe. When I first started out, my visions kept falling short – and that’s totally normal.

Nobody is born a great filmmaker. Admittedly, I do believe there is a partial element of “natural talent” that’s involved in making something special—an important quality that lives somewhere deep within who you are, but the point is: we all have to start somewhere. It seems that the only way to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be is through creating work and learning from those experiences.