Epic failure to complete works I intended to do all weekend. I got some stuff shot, pickups and the like. At least when Iím not feeling the editing mode, I punish myself by doing a lot of other, non-creative work. I took apart a bookshelf to plug in a light. Re-arranged my home edit suite, installed a printer/scanner/copier, did laundry, and lots of feline-mood-enhancement therapy.
Got 3 things shot last night. All in 6 hours to boot. I feel fantastic, if not exhausted. My obsessive-compulsive side is partially sated by getting shot some of the projects in the queue. Of course, shooting in my own living room didnít hurt, as in that took the least amount of permission of anywhere I could possibly shoot.
FINALLY! Some time off, at least time off work for other people. This week I have no classes, absolutely minimal paid work. That means attacking a backlog of material shot but not edited. Starting with the latest SHORT TAKE (see below), and then the rest.
Man, does this stuff keep trucking! I canít stop working, still for the cash money. Thatís not a bad thing, owning a house is expensive stuff. Iím yearning for some time to mine own self to get things finished in my personal repertoire. As it is, going to shoot several new things next week. Crew and everything scheduled for these.
This wheel keeps turning. Iíve got a lot of writing done for the next few projects. From a few brand new SHORT TAKES for FRAMELINES (to go along with the other 6 already shot), the next few Sonnyboo Podcasts, and finalizing the next few Movie Clichťs as well. I love being productive in my creative side.
My editing computer at home is in need of upgrading. Usually, every 2-3 years, I get a new machine that is roughly double the RAM and CPU power of the last one. Unfortunately, for over a year, things appear to be stagnating, at least where cost is concerned. I can double the juice, but at double the price. So I will have to make do with some minor upgradesÖ.
Well, Sunday I did do my absolute minimal editing. It was something; a start if you will. I have barely begun to enjoy my new home. I have not read a word sitting in my library. Iíve only had a dozen people or so through here socially. And yet, I did hunker down and finish something small. Next up, some more ambitious post production and preparation for the next several shoots.
Two days off in a rowÖ. I can barely remember what that felt like. Yesterday was making some adjustments to Rossland, all minor, capped off with a movie. Today will start with a movie, then diving head first into a series of backed up projects for myself. I plan on getting completely lost in time, into the editing where the rest of the world melts away and you become one with the footage, play with it until it needs to rest. That is what my plan is for today.
Non-stop. Working all the time, playing around when I can. About to get a drop off of work, so hopefully that means getting to shoot more for myself, finish editing some of my projects, and then getting ready to rinse and repeat for weeks on end. Itís a pipedream, but a nice one.
FINALLY! I got something edited since the move. It was only 36 seconds, but I got it done for me. Working in an hour or so of editing and animation that was what I wanted to do made a nice release of tension after over a month of life unraveling with the move, work, and teaching. Of course it just makes me hungrier to get to the rest of what I have shot and in need of editing...
The Big Screen is mounted, in concrete behind the wall no less. Surround sound hooked up. And no time to enjoy it thoroughly yet. Working 2 jobs, 1 of which has a over-full time schedule, and still have a dozen or so boxes to unpack - mostly DVDís and Blu Rays, as well as books (on filmmaking). Itís like having a movie almost finished, but you donít have time to make the last edits.
The world spins Ďround, and Iím just caught up in the winds, my droogies. Opportunities present themselves for personal and professional at the oddest times in the most unexpected places. I must be doing something right lest things good things would not keep happening for me.
In the midst of this overwhelming project for the day job of making over 200 commercials, my mind wanders to the next project I have in store for myself. Making the 2nd interactive tutorial for FRAMELINES will satiate my need to do something and also get multiple ya-yaís yo-yoíd.
In the midst of a colossal work project, and still living in boxes at my new house. I donít have time to breathe nonetheless finish a movie of my own right now. I have things I wish I could get to editing but alas twas not to be. At least not yet. After the big project, I will have plenty of time and no money left, so finishing my projects will be the only thing I CAN afford to do.
Iíve had a little (teeny) amount of time to reflect on my weekend. As soon as I was handed my award for the Indie Film Hall of Fame, I bolted like lightening. The truth is, I was on the verge of a breakdown and just wanted to be on the road alone. So much has been going right, and this was icing on the cake. I barely kept it together during my blissfully brief acceptance speech (it was timed and was the shortest of the 5 inductees).
The Indie Gathering in Cleveland rocks. I have had a great time this year, as I do every year. I met a lot of new people, saw some great films, sold a few DVDís and book or two. I ate the famed Marieís Pizza, and I got inducted into the ďIndie Film Hall of FameĒ, met Bob Kurtzman (the ďKĒ in KNB Effects right as heís leaving to work on the next Kevin Smith film).
This was my first week in my new home. I barely slept a wink, and yet it feels great. Not the lack of sleep; merely the potential of my future. I have had so much go so right for me lately, it feels like only a matter of time before the bottom drops out. I wonít wallow in that thought as much as ride the wave for as long as the positivity lists.
I have already begun to move into my new house. What a terrifying endeavor this is! Iíve sta put for over 10 years. That means I accumulated a lot of crap, and that I donít like the inconvenience of moving. All projects are put on hold until I have successfully scaled the mountain of relocating my entire existence.
Good lord I am busy right now. So much going on in every corner of my life. Slowing down is not an option. I had the Emmyís last night. A big national ad campaign is about to drop. Iím still finishing several projects in post production for myself. On top of it all, I am about to move for the first time in a decade. Itís no wonder I canít sleep well at night.
I just got some amazing news last night. I have been inducted into the ďIndie Film Hall of FameĒ at the Indie Gathering Film Festival and Convention this year! Holy Cow, I donít know if I deserve such a moniker. Iím still learning. Everything I do, I still learn something new. Otherwise, why do it?