Screenwriting has begun. Storyboard and concept art started last night. Delays may have just hit, but I stand ready to cope. More prep time is not bad. I just do not want to allow myself to get derailed. When inspiration hits, you have to take the lumps. Got 2 interviews shot for FRAMELINES segments.
Man, do I feel a fire burning inside. Iíve gotten a ton of prep done on these upcoming little shoots for the Tech Tips, just got done with a story meeting with the writer for the next short on deck. I set the deadline for a draft of a 7 page script on Friday, then we I do a pass on it this weekend, then we have until the following Friday to work out everything together, merging the 2 drafts into a single script. We are flying with this, and I want to shoot it and have it edited complete before the end of the year.
We shot a new roundtable, panel discussion last night for FRAMELINES, this one on Cinematography. This time we live switched in 24P, a first for us. A Good time was had, work was a joy, and there is less post than ever on this.
And here I thought leaving the school would have given me more free time. Couldnít have been more wrong. A non-stop whirlwind of post work, shoots, and meetings awaited me from the first moment on. I havenít had time to breathe. I was really hoping to get some rest and relaxation at some point.
Life has been in transition for me for months. From the health scares earlier in the year to multiple recent changes in job related situations. Life is clearly sending me a signal. Time to change directions, head onto a different path. I hear you, and I am on my way. The destination isnít clear yet. All I know is that whether or not I take the first steps, the path has changed under my feet.
Was just dealt a devastating financial blow. Doesnít feel good to lose work, especially when I have put years into this kind of client. Iím not destitute or anything. It just doesnít feel great, ya know? A lot of plans, like taking another vacation, first one in 3 years, just went to pot. It also puts a damper on some film work I was going to do this fall. I wonít have the $$ to make what I want the way I want it. Decisions have to be made and soon.
I love the International Indie Gathering. Itís a film festival and indie film convention combined into one. I come every year to this event and have a blast. I worked so much this past week, between edits for 3 different companies, wrapping up several projects, teaching 3 classes, and dealing with a flea infestations with my feline roommates; I am exhausted. And yet I drove 2 hours and setup shot in the vendor room.
Got another edit for me done. Only one more in the queue that has been shot and not edited. After that, I will need to start getting back to my weekly Greenscreen habit. In the past several months I have outlined several more Sonnyboo Podcasts, some funny to me, others more educational, and some personal. There are several short films in my head itching to get out. The fermentation process takes time as I want a script to be a lot tighter than I would have accepted in the past.
Iíve been ill again. It seems having a compromised immune system isnít much of a picnic. A simple cold can demolish me along with a simple cut gets infected inside of a day. And sleep can be quite elusive at times, which makes the recovery take longer. I hate getting sick all the time. At least I got to a simple :30 second edit I was sitting on for months. Next up a few more edits from the ďshot not cutĒ queue.
Spending a little time in Cleveland and Northern Ohio lately makes me miss my roots a little. Not too much, as I am very happy with Rossland and life therein. Editing at home has made a huge difference on a near complete lack of stress where work is concerned. Production, Post production, and all that entails keeps my head spinning like a top.
The Summer of Ross continues. Not a lot of sun. A lot of good food. Had some drinks last night and that had been a while. I might make some more electric lemonade tonight as the sun sets and sit on my back porch chatting with the roommates. The vacation from doing my own projects will soon end. I need to get back to work on things for me. I wonít lie and say it hasnít felt good to take time off. Stress is the one thing I have no experienced in weeks.
I was excited to read about the new Star Wars ďAnthologyĒ movie, meaning a non-Episode I-IX movie, this 2nd one about Han Solo. The directorís from the LEGO MOVIE and 21 JUMP STREET reboot are at the helm with Lawrence Kasden and his son Jon writing. Lawrence Kasden writing anything is a great sign. I have a theory or two about the content of the Han Solo movie.
Buried in edits, freelancing and doing work and doing favors. I am never fully at rest. Taking the summer ďoffĒ has been one of the busiest times of my professional life. I did an edit for one client for a full day, taught for 4 hours, went home and edited on a TV spot for another 3 hours. The one huge boon is cash money. I want to stockpile some money away as savings and for some more responsible adulty items. Growing up sucks.
Ugh. For a summer off, I sure feel busy. Teaching classes, shooting new material for FRAMELINES, and paid work for clients means Iím not so much getting time off as much as I am not doing anything for me. In the end, it will be okay. The butter is churning in my brain. Some ideas are forming and soon I will be making the movies again. And not just simple podcasts either.
Last weekend was fun. The HORROR HOTEL, from the INDIE GATHERING folks, was a chance to sell some DVDís and books. Given the genre, my old film HORRORS OF WAR/NAZI ZOMBIES was at the forefront of interest. This time, I was intent on giving away a lot of stuff for free, so some FRAMELINES DVDís and prints of articles I've written for Videomaker Magazine went out to as many people as could take them.
FRAMELINES and the Tech Tips just got a 3rd Emmy Nomination! Your faithful narrator has been humbled and honored to receive the nomination for a regional Emmy. The Tech Tips have been a passion project for me for the last few years. Making new ones and helping people learn filmmaking make me feel good, a way to give back to the wonderful karma that has been in my world.
I hear from teachers and students all over the world, from places like Thailand and Australia, from High School through college level about these videos. It warms my heart to hear from folks who tell me I showed them something they didnít know or that it helped them understand something that just didnít make sense reading it on a page.
For this, and the incredible 3rd nomination of an Emmy, I am eternally grateful.
My summer just got booked up real fast. I have been invited to be a panelist or moderator for indie film panels at 3 different events, two of which are coming up in June. Next weekend Iíll have a vendor booth to sell my wares, but this time Iím bringing a ton of free stuff to give away, some articles and bonus materials. I will be quite visible in the indie film world this summer.
The past few weeks have been a flurry of furry. I adopted a little kitten. I was told she was 8 weeks old and already eating hard food. Turns out that was a lie. She was a little over 3 weeks old and had not been weaned off of her mommaís nipple. So that meant bottle feeding a kitten every 2-3 hours like an infant, plus she was too young to sleep on her own since she wasnít capable of maintaining her own body heat yet. That meant light sleeping out of fear of rolling over her and crushing under my enormous fatness.
The past few days have been a bevy of movie trailer hitting the web, intentionally and unintentionally. Along with the trailers come the inevitable memes and remixes. STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS hit weeks earlier than expected via a live streaming from the sanctioned Star Wars convention and then the BATMAN V. SUPERMAN trailer went from bootleg camcorder video to official release within 24 hours. One thing is certain; marketing is changed forever now.
I just watched the new trailer for TERMINATOR: GENISYS. I am unenthused. I remember seeing the teaser trailer in the theater several weeks ago and it generated laughter, not the kind they want I assure you. I was excited for the last one, TERMINATOR SALVATION. I liked the idea of a movie set in the future world. I was disappointed. I still have never seen TERMINATOR 3 all the way through, although the ending was good. The TV series TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES was pretty good (trivia note: Sarah played by Lena Hedley from GAME OF THRONES, not played by Emilia Clarke, also from GoT).