Amazing 12 Year Movie Project: Boyhood (Spoiler Alert)

I am just astounded by this unique project filmed with the same actors over a period of 12 years. In most films characters are aged using makeup. And if a child is involved there are usually a number of different actors used to play the same character as her or she ages (that always disappoints me as I know these are different people).

I am not surprised that this movie has Oscar buzz. I believe it’s one of those that will stay in your mind for a long time and why I have a deep appreciation for indie movies.

It’s also historically accurate in terms of the perspectives the actors had at the time of the filming not knowing what the future would be. For instance their views about the Starwars movies at the time and whether there would be another more after Return of the Jedi and their views about social media.

Here’s a trailer but if you’re like me perhaps it’s best not to watch the trailer so that you can watch the movie with a fresh perspective. But it’s for people who are busy and don’t intend to watch the movie but are curious to know what it’s about since it’s been all over the headlines lately.

The little boy from the movie (not so little anymore) didn’t watch the movie himself till the whole project was over. I can’t imagine the impact of that. Such a big chunk of his life. And it’s super brave to put your pimply awkward teen years on air for the world to see.

I can somehow relate this to project managers or event managers. What commitment this director of this movie Richard Linklater had to focus on it and believe in it so much as to not give up on it. His own daughter is in it too as the sister to the main character.

I do hope they continue with another movie exploring the character from adulthood to mid life.

I used to manage events and actually felt terribly sad but also terribly proud once an event was completed after 2 to 3 years of working on it. This big projects are deeply satisfying and it’s hard to let go. You just feel so vested in it and I think that’s what makes you put your all into it and do a great job. When you put heart and soul into it and root for the best outcome. And usually the enthusiasm for such a project comes from a good leader.