Inundated with paid work, FRAMELINES still wrapping things up, and being sick has made your faithful narrator less than available for trivialities. Prep work on my short film have stalled as I get my work ducks in a row. I have storyboards, a revised script, and so many elements in place. I detest that life has monkey wrenched these plans.
I had this idea since it was the last week of a 70mm film print of Quentin Tarantinoís THE HATEFUL 8, I wanted to get abstract and artistic shots of the projection booth, the projector, the platter system, and just the joy of seeing celluloid having light shown through it. This went very well with Scott Spears taking a 4K camera up there and spending about an hour getting all kinds of shots. I turned that into the new title sequence, as well as having a ton of other usable material for the show.
The fire rises still. Near non-stop editing and creation for me. Got a brand new title sequence for Season 3 of FRAMELINES, plus working on the templates for the episodes, meaning all the titles, transitions, sound FX, music beds, credits, and lower 3rds, etc. Iím trying to make it easier to just drop in the intros and segments themselves so the episodes have a consistent feel and look.
Still burning through these edits. It looks like the special ď48 Hour Film Project - ClevelandĒ episode will be 2 episodes. We have enough material and the interviews are good enough to spread it without sacrificing quality. That gets us firmly into Season 3 of FRAMELINES and nearly the end of what I had originally set out to do with the show.
Got so much going on right now. Hours at a time spent in the hospital. Editing for nearly countless hours. Writing, prepping, and just generally marinating in creativity for upcoming shoots. Also gearing up for a massive fundraising campaign for FRAMELINES on top. I am going full speed and not even getting any singe heat nonetheless burnt out.
The hits keep on rolling. The fire that burns continues at full flame. It turns out we have more than enough footage to create the spine for another 6-7 episodes of FRAMELINES. We need several other components to make it work, and yet I am quite pleased with what I have before me.
Finalizing 3 whole episodes of FRAMELINES today. Because of the render times and global warming, I got out to walk for an hour or two as well. So strange to have almost 60 degree weather in late January. The next step, as always, is to get the episodes transcribed and then closed captioning. Broadcast follows within a few weeks of that.
Yesterday was an all day edit session on these long gestating pieces. Some of these things have been in my mental queue since 2013 or longer. Others, far more recent, and yet taking the list down notch by notch feels amazing. I cannot recall the last time I felt this on fire inside. Before my birthday party, I was editing instead of cleaning more thoroughly. Now that the decks are clear from paid work for at least a week and a half, I intend to just churn out so much material that I could just spend the rest of 2016 releasing these pieces.
Today is my birthday. I am 44 years old. Last night, I celebrated with several friends, drank too much and stayed up too late. How do I choose to spend my day? Working on my projects from last week. Iíve got 2 of 3 cats on my editing station, a greenscreen problem to work out on 4K, and several sequences left to edit.
And there is nothing I would rather be doing right now than this.
What is this, 2003 again? I did a shoot on Tuesday and had edits finished by 6:00PM Wednesday. I havenít turned around on my own projects like this in years. And Iím still going. Today will be a greenscreen shoot and then that will get edited and finalized before the end of next week.
All day yesterday, I directed a shoot. I donít say that enough because I havenít been doing that as much as I should. This was a couple years in the making. I wanted to make sure the quality was superior to what I have been churning out. I spent money on props and art direction. I tried several new things and worked with many new people.
It was a good day
After such a strange and busy holiday season, things have settled back down some. Not as much as I wanted. The upside resides in the surge of activity on my creative side. I want to get things rocking and I have a shoot for FRAMELINES early next week already. Iím rushing to get things together for that, whilst also doing paid work.
With a New Year comes new resolve. I need to parlay my happiness into productive works. My plan to continue the list in front of me will come to fruition. Even if I have to will these into existence, I shall. I will not compromise on quality, as I would rather have nothing than something subpar. Iíve done that already. I want to excel and make better works than I have in the past. Why bother if all you are going to do is stagnate? I can think of fewer things that are a greater waste of life.
Well another year is coming to a close. Normally this time of year, I have time for introspection, reflecting on the time that has passed. Not this year. I am busy with work, paid and volunteer. So much is going on, that I havenít had much time for anything.
Time flies. I have been so busy within my ďtime offĒ. I still manage to find or create new work. Yesterday served as the template for how everyday should be during this time. Already today, I failed to follow suit. What I did do today was agree to edit someone elseís short film for them. Work will commence forthwith. First synching and transcoding to a more robust editing codec and all the other assistant editor duties I shall perform myself.
This whole major time off thing is either addicting or maddening. When I indulge in the urge to binge watch, I go for many hours in a row and devour entire seasons in 2-3 days. Or I clean and work on self made projects for hours. This newfound time thing rocks except I lose myself to time suckage more than not.
So far so good. Time away from work only one full day, already my emotional state has increased by a large margin. I have a chart. It might be quantifiable. My mind and time are already bending towards the next few projects. I printed a hard copy of the scripts, soon to print the storyboards to immerse myself and let the obsessive side do its thing.
This morning I delivered a DVD for replication of 1,000 copies for a client, ending a long project. Now, thereís nothing foreseeable on the horizon work-wise. That normally would send me into a panic, especially with a mortgage with my name on it. Now now. I have secured financing for the next few months to take care of the bills and work as it comes in without worry. Relief and relaxation entered my life today.
First draft of the screenplay turned in. Storyboards with revisions also turned in. A serious amount of progress accomplished. Sadly, all by people not me. Me, Iíve been booked solid with no real free time to do a lot on my own projects. Hopefully, that will change soon. Iím editing all weekend and then nothing is booked for a while.
The difficulty of maintaining inspiration evades at times. My health keeps nosediving, derailing my energy and focus. Itís nothing too serious, lads not to worry. Enough to knock me down, just not for the count. Scripting continues on the short film next on my deck. Looking like a January shoot date instead of by the end of this year. Artwork being created too, cannot wait to see some of it soon.