So my little half-baked idea to put some 6 year old raw footage online to let people practice editing turned out to be a bit more successful that I thought. The webstats for the FRAMELINES website usually gets about 100 or so unique views a day. Yesterday topped out at around 2,400 and the most re-posts of anything weíve ever done. I had no idea this would Ďclickí like this.
Spent the entirety of my Sunday working on exports for myself and I helped a former student with her edit. Rossdonia used to be such a hub for filmmaking activity. All the time visitors arrived, worked and left. Sometimes interns working on the volunteer feature film post production process on other peopleís movies I wanted to help see to completion or people sans an editing station would come over and cut their projects. I like my peace and quiet these days, but I will never stop feeling that philanthropic impulse.
Working on creating this online interactive editing tutorial. Prepping all the raw footage for export for the web. Decided to watermark the shots so they canít be used as free stock footage. Iím still formulating the exact plan on how to implement this. I need to name the shots in specific way to go along with an EDL and also make it free form so that people can entirely edit this their own way.
Getting back to work, making things, feels better. I havenít been in a state of creation like this in a long time. I think this is what I was put on this Earth to do. The past is prologue, the future ahead. Aside from some blood leaking out of my arm and some stomach pains, I feel absolutely freakiní fantastic.
Gonna shoot a new podcast video soon. Might delay a week if I get sick(er). Thus far in my first week of slow down, Iím still moving at a few million miles an hour. Not a lot of free time, not as much self-editing as hoped for. I can find the time soon, as the holidays open up a lot of chances to get work done. Keeping my head down, staying busy. If thatís all there is, this ainít too terrible a life to live.
So thereís a big brouhaha on the Book of Face. One guy publicly posted about a bunch of private stuff that happened between him and someone else, which spiralled into a few other people and what THEY did too. Now everyoneís mad. And our film community is being out in the mix.
Today will be an odd day from start to finish. Got most of my work caught up for clients. Got some business to take care of early in the A.M. Then a stop by the office to do some work for mine own self, then home to do even more edits for me. in between, mailing some DVDís for a film festival submission. Then possibly movie night with a friend.
A relaxing weekend. Low pressure, only tinkered a little with edits, did a lot of cleaning and preparation. This week appears on the horizon to be a low key, get-a-lot-done-on-my-own-projects kind of week. Weirdly, I have a list of things to do, all of them hold my interest, and my only problem is getting to a longer term schedule - the ultimate goal line.
Got a lot of prep work done for the next few edits. This weekend was supposed to be about time off, reorganization and cleaning of my world. I did some of that, but mostly I wrote out a plan of attack and reviewed footage. I had a ton of HD raw footage I had the inclination to repurpose. On one of these tapes, I discovered something heretofore unseen since it was shot. I have an all new tech tip for Framelines that I had absolutely no recollection of shooting in 2007.
Here we go. A decent stretch of time and Iím in the mood to get some serious work done for mine own self. Not entirely my time, as I do (thankfully) have some paid work to get done, but at least Iím not being inundated with a flurry of work and classes all at once. I have stockpiled a ton of footage in need of edits, tweaks, re-edits, and animation to be animated, etc. First, the weekend off for the most part.
Officially fried. Crispy on the outside and charcoal black on the inside. Not the best feeling, but far from the worst. This weekend will get to some of my own stuff, but also a lot of cleaning due to a house guest spending the night Sunday. FINALLY get to use the guest bedroom for a guest that isnít feline. Maybe I will also have found a way to properly mount a GoPro camera to a cat by then too.
Started the new edit of the last Movie Cliche. Will take a little bit oí time but not a lot. I have no idea how Iíll market the re-do. Maybe alternate version, maybe replace it entirely, but nothing definite yet. I donít mind undoing what Iíve gotten out there if itís a better product. Weíll see after the new cut.
Time. Itís nothing more than a measurement of things moving through space. Yet we put such an emphasis on it, like our lives depend on time. We mark time with the Earthís rotation in concert with its rotation around the sun. Whenever we think we have mastered time, we lose it. We often want more time or time to stand still, but it never works any way except the ever consistent march forward. I accept the consistency and infuriating reliability of time. Knowing when yours has run out means dealing with this reality.
Snow. Cold. Work. God, I need a vacation. When I say Ďvacationí, I mean time to work on my own projects obsessively for hours at a time. I put out the latest Movie Cliche podcast and based on a few screenings, Iím not happy with it. It looks amazing, but I am probably going to create an alternate version. I had the actors do improv, far more outrageous takes. I think I should use them.
Yesterday was another good day. A new Movie Clichť edited and released (see below). Two new desks in my basement and everything rewired and looking snazzy. This was the last corner of New Rossdonia that failed to change since last summer. I held off for a lot of reasons, but now the past is entirely wiped clean from the entirety of my home. It feels really good to see it all change for the better. Itís also easier to work and create in this new space.
Ah, a real day off. Did wonders for the creativity. I edited last night for myself from the shoot last Sunday. Incredible footage also helps in making decisions. When youíre picking from all great possibilities as opposed to necessity makes editing sometimes a little harder, except this time I had a vision for how to put this jigsaw puzzle together from the get-go.
That was a productive and busy week. I worked until almost 11:00PM last night, just so that I could have 2 consecutive days of no work for anyone but myself. I have a few edits of my own to do, last Sundayís shoot being the highest priority. We got everything synced yesterday, meaning interns did that whilst I worked on paid client work. During a break, we shot out my latest greenscreen podcast too. Weíll work on the edit for that next week, then I can do the animation for it.
So a bunch of us are going to see THOR 2 after class tonight. IMAX 3D with the 5 minute peek at CAPTAIN AMERICA 2, seems like a good time. Been trying to get THE HOBBIT extended edition on Blu Ray, but itís sold out at every Best Buy in the city. Not sure why the hurry since finding a 4 hour block of time to watch a movie seems like a mirage in the desert of my schedule. And I have time to shoot tomorrow, though...
Work piles up. And here I was worried I wouldnít have enough paid work and I get booked for multiple classes and the jobs just started to drift back in. My own work gets pushed to the side, as well as this thing called Ďsleepí that I keep hearing good things about. Even so, greenscreen shoot on Friday!
Iím dying to get some real time off. Drowning in edits for clients, teaching multiple classes for 13 hour days several times a week. I donít hate it. Somehow, I always find energy when I need it in the classroom or the studio. Itís in the after that I falter. No time to get to my own stuff. Iíve got several things in the hopper to get shot and edited. As much as I am about quality over quantity these days, if I take time to examine what Iím doing and finishing, itís still a lot of material.