Progress. Some progress. Even a little bit makes a difference. Auditions yesterday went well. I saw some really great talent and it shows that Columbus has a ton of good actors. I wonít lie to myself, in that I am a little nervous to get back in the saddle. Not so nervous that I wonít make the movie.
Gotten back on track with a few things. Health issues have abated, at least mostly. I just lost a day or two entirely to the trance of creation. The world just disappeared as I worked on two new books coming out in the next couple weeks. First is the FRAMELINES book on film tips, using some articles and other material. The next one was taking three of my nearly two decade old screenplays and putting them out as a book.
The death of Prince has me distraught. From 1982, the first time I heard 1999, I was hooked. It was the 1992-1996 period that was particularly interesting to me, as I was a musician at the time and Prince was getting into some really interesting phases. I was at Kevin Smithís gig at Kent State when he told the Prince story - you can even see my on the other mic for the next question after that. What I learned most though was that doing art because you love it is more important than money. Most celebrity deaths donít get to me, Princeís death does.
Well that escalated quickly. My shoot has just gotten way more complex in a good way. From some heavy weight casting to key players, things just real and mighty quick. This has caused a delay in shooting as in we were supposed to start next Monday but one week is not enough time. Normally a delay scares me but in this case I was terrified I would not be able to do what I need to do in the time allowed.
Got so many balls in the air right now. This old dog learns new tricks. Trying to form new patterns, new habits. So far, so good. Working out at the gym every other day or so, especially when I donít feel like it. Same with going out, like to a concert. I hadnít been to the Newport in about 20 years, and it was great to see a band when that was the last thing I felt like doing at the moment. Now, with editing. When I donít feel like it, I start cutting on scenes or segments of what is in the queue, even if only for 20 minutes, getting a little bit done all the time.
Got to another Sonnyboo Podcast last night. I donít have a lot left in the old queue of stuff shot and not edited. Been trying to make sure I didnít miss anything. Whenever we get on the greenscreen, I try to shoot a bunch of things so I have stuff shot and ready to get cut when things slow down or when the mood strikes me. This last one was tacked on to the shoot for the two FRAMELINES Interactive Editing Tutorials from a few months ago.
Done deal. Shoot dates are set for my next short film. I will be starting casting in a short while, and I will do rehearsals before the shoot, as I always do for films (not necessarily the FRAMELINES sample scenes, which I really should anyways).
Today, a huge amount of progress was made towards getting my next film made. Locations selected, producers ďhiredĒ, and dates were set for shooting. My goal to keep the aims higher will be met. This will be my crown jewel achievement as a director. Iím calling it now.
I am not a graphic artist. I have no formal training, and I do not believe I am very good at graphic design or art direction. Sometimes, I stumble on something I like. I have two books on my desk, both at home and at the office, which are collections of the BLUE NOTE RECORDS album covers. The design aesthetics are so amazing and simple. The color choices, the framing, and even the negative space (I donít know fully if I am using that term correctly).
The old adage about time going by faster as you get older remains quite true. I barely remember the first quarter of 2016, and quite frankly, I barely remember 2015. I am failing to get this short film off the ground although, things might proceed quickly starting next week after a meeting or two with some key people. I havenít entirely lost my mojo, as promotions are working well.
When last I wrote on Ye Olde Blog, the Framelines Interactive Tutorial had just been released and my words said that the hope was it might find itís mark with someone, somewhere. Well, that didnít take long. NOFILMSCHOOL.COM made a post and a tweet, and the stats just went a boominí
I officially released the Framelines Interactive Tutorial. In the first 24 hours, it has had a pretty good response. One of the editors of a TV series I greatly respect said, and I quote ďYou guys did something really generous shooting this and giving it away for free. The footage looks great in 4K and doesnít look cheap like most free footageĒ and that was nice.
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.