The last year or so of my life has been pretty darn good. I am enjoying life on a semi-daily basis for so many reasons. I am keeping busy, doing work for myself, my clients, and teaching my students. I have a home that I love deeply. The core group of friends I choose to spend time with elevate me and provide support.
At the moment, I need to indulge the need to vent a little about people that have become an irritant.
Shot 5 new greenscreen segments last night at the studio. One of my classes did a field trip so I could show them more advanced lighting, which of course was set up by someone that ainít me. Iím not a gaffer (chief lighting technician), nor am I much of a camera operator. My main job was to be on air talent, read the lines from the teleprompter, then teach the almost unteachable.
Working hard to wrap up several episodes of FRAMELINES, closed captions going on the last 3 episodes for delivery this coming week for broadcast, and scheduling a few shoots, some large, some small. Got an epic greenscreen shoot this coming week that will get a ton of FRAMELINES as well as Sonnyboo Podcast elements. As I said in a recent blog, these things are a band aid to my need to make something more narrative soon.
I had almost forgotten about an idea I had for FRAMELINES, whereby we made an episode of all Tech Tips, something that was educational only. I took the best of what we had in Tech Tips, and had enough material for two full episodes at 26 minutes and 46 seconds each (the standard for our show). Host segments were shot and I am rendering the greenscreen elements out as I type.
Finished the 20th episode of FRAMELINES and could not be happier to get another episode completed. Outlining another 8 episodes with material yet to be shot, shot not edited, and completed clips. Some of the shoots I want to do in the near future related to getting the 2nd season all the way finished.
The creative process, the one inside your head, takes a toll on everything else. Much like dreams, no one can say how or why thoughts form in such a way when your mind wanders. And even more rare is the compulsion to take ideas like those and form them in reality. These days I value the end product more than the conception.
Had a nice time at my own mostly unplanned New Yearís Eve Party. Have gotten back to work. Editing, planning, and making. I plan on continuing the utterly fantastic year that 2014 turned out to be and make 2015 even better. I foresee even more changes in my life, some good and some bad. The trick methinks is to have more good than bad on average, not letting the downside drown you.
Good lord have I been catching up on sleep lately. Just deep, intense dreams, snoring cat next to my head, and a blissful feeling of relief when I wake up. Great times continue to roll in. Rossland kicks ass kinds of ass, big ass, little ass - all kinds of ass. As the year wraps up, time to contemplate life a bit.
As this holiday commences, I ponder some of the past year. One of the things that has changed the most, especially in the last 6 months alone, has been my eating habits. I have had a love of cooking in the last few years, but nothing compared to recently.
FINALLY! Some time off that I can afford to take. Iíve got one edit from a client that is probably 75% done, but I can work on it from home to finish the 2 alternate variations. As it is, I am attacking some of the other work in front of me in the queue. Two more very short FRAMELINES Short Takes are next up. Iím exporting the greenscreen footage already keyed as I type. After that, a few other things kick in.
I do not envy Sony right about now. The controversy abound in the email hack scandal bringing about several points of view. Nothing remains private or sacred in todays world. Everything can be devoured and disseminated by the vultures. Even I must admit to more than a passing curiosity at seeing those in power lose it to their own hubris.
Hmmm. Contentment breeds not the need to create. Iíve had time to myself, a decent amount no less and all I can do is relax, sleep a lot, and read every chance I get. I sat in my library for hours at a time with two felines burrowing in for heat and near comatose behavior. Lest I forget, I have also been quite a bit more social. With humans, no less.
What an odd time in my life this is! Iím truly getting happy. Not from external sources, as in no woman is making me happy (or miserable). Money doesnít bring me joy, nor does this jubilation come from anything other than waking up and feeling good about what I am and what I am doing. The last few years have led me here, to this place where I am content.
A bit of a slowdown in terms of Sonnyboo output resulting from paid work and classes. This isnít a bad thing, as I like keeping my house and car, and I really really like eating. A lot, both in terms of volume of food particles and how much I enjoy the particles I intake. In the meantime, my mind has been creatively working through several problems (I hate buzzwords like ďchallengesĒ).
People are funny things. So I put out the last Movie Cliche on TIME TRAVEL and the strangest reactions were people getting so angry at the idea to the most hilarious assumptions as to how I felt beyond the statements in the video itself. Rather than engage a whole lot, I just kinda watched and giggled a bit. My intent was not to troll, but rather that was a happenstance based on the crazy feedback.
Finally got this set of very intense, albeit short computer generated animations for one of the podcasts clips. It took over a year because I needed a PC fast enough to handle some of the graphics I am creating. Yesterday just felt like the day to work on this.
Still not a lot of editing done (for me, plenty for clients and then some). When you have 8-10 hours of content to edit, your schedule kinda goes out the window. I have been doing wacky schedules with morning classes, afternoons off to watch TV or movies, then editing during night time. I prefer this, especially squeezing enjoyment out of the last warm days of the year. What I have carved out time for is writing a new short script.
Not a lot completed over the weekend. I just wasnít feeling the creative process. I wasnít frustrated, as I filled my time with social activities and housework. I installed an outdoor light all by myself. We painted the door frame and garage door. No, this is not as satisfying as doing something creative like writing or editing. Hopefully I can make up for this lost weekend during the week. Except I am teaching several days.
Got a new edit system. I doubled my RAM, doubled the CPU, and moved my 10 terabytes of storage over. Upgraded to Adobe CS6, been sitting on the discs for this for a while. Itís working well for me and to be honest, the speed increase is noticeable when I do graphics and animations. Since I am about to tackle a few graphics intensive projects for myself, it times out well.
I got to editing on the new Uncle Peteís Play Time clips, got 2 out of 3 cut. Already sent them off to the animator. Today will be working with the unfinished Movie Clichť segments too. More importantly, Iíve got a script in my head that is reaching what I call the fermentation point.