Quality Problems

Like most people who self-select as Angelinos, I moved here to make movies. I went to film school, I wrote a lot, produced a feature that didn’t get far, I made a lot of connections. And then I did other stuff. I worked for a studio. I ran a non-profit. I did everything but make movies.

A few years ago I was tangled in a job that was sucking the life from me and I still wasn’t doing what I came here to do. Petrified but desperate, I took a leap of faith and jumped into one no-budget music video with no other job safety net.

A scant two years later, my production partner Erik and I have built Supposable Productions with all the creations you see on the other tabs here. The fact that within two weeks of making that leap we already had five paying projects lined up told me we were on the right path. The fact that in the time since then we’ve been working so consistently that we haven’t had time to create our own company website or business cards tells me we are on that path going full throttle. I love it.

When I first left LA after undergrad, my move was largely driven by a fear of “what if I try my hardest but ten years later have nothing to show for it?”  I couldn’t bear the thought of failing at my dream so I set it aside. Instead I worked dumb, “practical” jobs for ten years and ended up with nothing to show for it. So I finally did it; I leapt without looking and here we are. I love what I get to do every day. I love the creative artists I get to work with. I love seeing where each project takes us with new techniques, artistic challenges, and talented new team members.

I can say I wish I’d learned all this sooner and gotten the nerve to trust in my dream. But then I may not have appreciated all the detours and wrong turns it took to get here. Here’s hoping we get some time to build our business website in 2016. But if we don’t, it’s a quality problem I don’t mind having.

About heidihornbacher

A graduate of UCLA’s screenwriting program, Heidi has written numerous features, treatments, and TV pilots for various independent producers. She’s judged for the Slamdance Film Festival screenwriting contest and co-founded the Slamdance Script Clinic. She and her husband founded PageCraft Writing in 2008 offering script coaching and writing retreats in LA and Italy. Her clients have gone on to find representation, win contests, and become working writers. Heidi has written, directed, and produced numerous commercials, music videos, and electronic press kits for various artists. She’s currently making a documentary film about British artist Paul Whitehead.
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