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.
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.
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.