Editing a new FRAMELINES piece, a follow up on our very first story - Mickey Fisher. Since this piece is going to play in front of a live audience before the premiere of his CBS series EXTANT, I figured I’d pull out all the stops with finishing and color correction. I have a hard time not being more of a perfectionist in editing now.
The new Movie Cliché is finished and online. Another 3 are on deck. I have some time coming up where I won’t be teaching as much. That will be the perfect window to shoot some more of these. In the mean time, I can do a few more Sonnyboo Podcasts on Ye Olde Greenscreen too.
Finished the Sonnyboo Podcast on Director’s Cut versus Special Editions, then put it online. Already this got decent responses. These trivial informational pieces are nothing more than a stopgap for a creative outlet for myself. Still, I enjoy making them and there is an audience building for them. The key word there remains building, with a future tense.
Okay, lost the house. Haven’t been able to finish my edits. Life is hell right now. Panic mode kicked in on Saturday, and has continued pretty consistently since then 24-7. I was supposed to finish an edit for work, an edit for the Sonnyboo Podcast, and I did manage to get an interview shot for FRAMELINES. I must be a fool.
Having a ton of trouble staying focused this week. Been attacking the FX on the Sonnyboo Podcast, but man oh man, I should have been able to bang this out fast. Instead, it’s 20 minutes here, 10 minutes there, and nary a finished podcast there isn’t. It doesn’t help that things are not going well with the home buying, at least thus far.
Started working on the next Sonnyboo Podcast, and will try to whittle away at this today and tonight whenever I get a chance. Will probably be done in a day or less. I’m trying something different, using clips from an actual movie using the FAIR USE LAWS that permit it’s usage within the bounds of education/criticism.
Got some simple CGI animation done for one of the Movie Clichés, and also the sound mix for that example. That one is pretty close to finished, just need the final touches, and flourishes on the host segment and then - BAMM! 1 more down, 29 more to go. My brain scatters a bit as I work on the next Sonnyboo Podcast shot on Friday and still have one of the Movie Cliché examples to even start editing, which I’ve blown off for over a week and would only take 2 hours tops to finish.
I have really really bad news..... I'm going to keep making more and more movies of all types. I'm going to keep writing articles. I'm going to continue making my TV shows. I have no intention of slowing down in the slightest in my promotion of all of these things. If this bothers you, feel free and continue to whine and complain to anyone who isn’t me. I’m not interested.
I promote my movies online. A lot. There is nothing new or even original about this. I make movies because I want them to be seen by as many people as possible. I am incredibly proud of the actors, the camera work, and everyone who helped make the movie. I feel I owe it to them to work hard and post the movie as much as I am able to. Here’s where I get confused; how can this possibly affect someone negatively?
Put out the latest Movie Cliché clip (see below). It felt really good to get this done then put it out into the world. It took so long, much longer than it should have. It’s done now. That’s what counts. I really hope this finds its way out into an audience that likes it. I love it.
So, got another Emmy nomination. Totally rad. To be honest, I was not expecting it. I feel what I submitted this year was inferior to what I sent last year, which means, winning is a LOT less likely. That’s okay; that isn’t the point really, at least for me. I completely forgot about entering, and when I got to school, someone messaged me a “good luck”, then I logged in to the live stream, just in time to hear my name read aloud. What a strange happenstance! And then I went back to work until late at night, went home and edited some more.
Got the first pass of the sound mix last night. 90% there already. That means stepping up my host segment final tweaks, getting this thing ready for release on Friday. No one is particularly waiting for this, nor is there any anticipation. I just want to do this for me. Fulfilling a promise I made, again more to myself than anyone else, means feeling better on the inside where my squishy parts are.
So I missed my mark of having all 5 pieces edited from last weeks shoot. Instead, I did get 4 done and I watched several movies outside of doing some other work. I feel pretty darn good about what has been accomplished thus far. I’m still on track for a Friday-Saturday release of the latest Movie Cliché, this one not written or hosted by me - which quite frankly most of them aren’t.
Got most of the stuff from last Sunday’s shoot edited for picture lock. No color correction, no visual FX, no sound design or mix yet, but getting the picture lock begins all those other processes. Five pieces cut in 3 days demonstrates a significant improvement in my acumen of late. Being excited about creating new works always helps.
My ploy to deceive myself actually works a little. I started by just doing the normal ASSISTANT EDITOR work, IE creating bins (folders), moving raw footage into them, duplicating the single channel of audio to both (dual mono), and then starting to just watch all the raw footage. Of course, the cutting down of some shots, deletion of takes you KNOW you won’t use, etc. means the whittling away jump started the sometimes elusive creative process; or sometimes referred to as defeating procrastination.
I volunteered to judge some categories for the Emmy’s and also the big local film festival. Got my Emmy ones done yesterday and wow was I impressed. Having a greater understanding of the process means I am even less likely to take home a gold statue, nonetheless even get another nomination. I am humbled by the work I have been seeing.
The shoot went over. Way over. And it was TOTALLY worth it. The horror movie cliches were done as night shoots - how is that possibly a bad thing? We’ve got five of these mini movies in the can. It took almost 15 months to get them shot, but now that they are, it ain’t gonna take that long to get them edited and delivered. This I vow.
The Movie Cliche auditions went well. Very happy, found some people for sure. Some of them won’t get shot for the movies until June-July-August, but it was nice to find new actors and connect with people I haven’t seen in a while. The shoot Sunday has me excited, nervous, and absolutely jubilant.
Things are moving fast. All kinds of paperwork and $900.00 in on the new house already, and there’s no guarantee I’ll absolutely get it. The Movie Cliche shoot is coming up and I need to move pretty darn quick. I must be a complete idiot with all that is going in personally to try to not only do a shoot, but to increase my ambitions the way I have.
Yesterday was something of a nice break through. I was exhausted, burned out, and fried. And still I managed to edit out the latest Sonnyboo Podcast. Plus I walked 4 miles after looking at furniture and housewares for the new homestead. It was a better alternative to sitting around doing nothing. I watched two movies Saturday night and one more last night too.