Lordy do I feel better now. Still a little groggy and extra sleepy. Tomorrow will be a fun day to shoot. Greenscreen Uncle Pete and just discovering via improvisation what we get sounds like a fun day. Shooting with prime lenses and the Panasonic AF100 will yield really nice clean keys from the greenscreen. I may even try to go directly to the harddrive via HD-SDI if I have time to experiment with that and make it work before the talent arrives.
Back to a 13 hour teaching day. At least I love the subject I teach; film and video. I can find inspiration in virtually any aspect of making a movie. Right now, getting into :30 Second Commercials and Music Videos represents one of the easiest modules to teach. I love me some commercials and the freedom of Music Videos to go abstract and still make sense.
Still not 100% yet. The flu affects my energy level. I am more conscious than before. I can pay attention longer. Still canít move around as much and a shoot day sounds like it might kill me. Perhaps a greenscreen shoot; that doesnít sound too terrible on my system. Possibly even the long over due Uncle Peteís Play Time sequels.
Getting sick sucks. I have a ton of catch up work to do, holidays to contend with, and availability of everyone dissipates like smoke in the air. My goals smashed against the wall of flu and shattered so I cannot get done this month what I set out to finish. It frustrates me, but no more than anything else. Iíve achieved a lot thus far in 2013.
So Iíve gotten hit with a really bad case of influenza for over a week. Not only did this derails all of my shooting and editing plans, it has also cost me a ton of paid work. I could not teach and most definitely could not edit or do graphics work. Thatís the price of freelancing; no health insurance and no paid sick days.
Things move slowly during this post Thanksgiving pre Xmas season. Everyone gets busy. Weather sucks. Our bodies still have the DNA that says to hibernate in the winter making it tough to stay motivated and active. Working on productions seems to fall to the wayside for many. Part of my plan is to get to do stuff that is smaller in scale, less people needed.
Found a simple trick on some social media marketing. I donít want to double post yet I cannot keep track of all the new groups/forums I join. They added a search function so I can find out which ones have which videos. So I can increase my visibility. Both because of this alleged controversy of having yet another person obsessively posting about me, in the very same forums, and ignoring it, just to post more of the helpful and positive works seems to be greatly increasing the good responses.
Got a simple, fun animation done last night. Itís somewhat cosmic and an homage to the great Stanley Kubrick. Mocking myself always seems to bring out the laughs. Not sure why people like seeing a fat guy do stupid things, but who am I to argue? Once the main animation gets done, I can release this long over due Movie Cliche. Although, I might re-record my greenscreen intro. Iím not thrilled with my delivery.
Today was a day of rest. I watched two movies nearly back to back. X-Men Last Stand and the extended cut of The Wolverine. It was a good day. All of the cats were upon me at various points in time and a minimal hissing and/or fighting. Tomorrow will be a day of many preparations. Time to schedule some new shoots, plot out what goes where, and get things where they need to be.
I really thought Iíd have more money before Iíd earn the ire of some psychotics. In this day and age, social media reveals to us people who will eventually cause tragedies like Newtown or Virginia Tech or the Dark Knight Rises shooting. Itís just such an odd thing to witness such blatant psychological disorders. Why I get to be the focus of such attention, I still donít get, but it happens. Whether itís a psychopathic homeless person leaving me messages or a crazed aquarium installer who thinks heís an international film reviewer, I am the center of their world.
Hereís a vote for the Cloud. One of the upsides of being able to edit on any of 3 computers, 2 at the office and 1 at home (not even including the laptop that occasionally also edits). The project file gets updated but has to move from machine to machine. One of the most important updates to the edit got lost in the various revisions and I spent more time looking for this cut in If this existed on a Cloud account, the it wouldnít have gotten lost.
Man am I chewing on this Element 3D plug in for After Effects. I have been using a cheap program called Ulead Cool 3D for creating bevel to 2D text and 2D logos for 13 years. This new plug-in renders it obsolete because I can use the lighting and 3D cameras within After Effects, plus the texturing will be vastly higher resolution, along with depth of field. Ah, this is a joy.
Going back to the courthouse Monday morning. I will enjoy costing a scummy law firm a bit more money, especially knowing they will never get it back. My filings are ready, schedule clear, and your faithful narrator will put some cherries on top of what has been an amateur victory over the evils of our financial system.
Got a new edit done and out there. This was a Tech Tip from 6 years ago that I forgot existed until the Sonnyboo Intern Army discovered it on an HD tape when digitizing for the car chase footage. And serendipitously, the tech tip was about the exact same car chase footage. Last weekend I put out the raw footage of the car stuff for anyone to download and practice editing. Now Iíve got an instructional video to go with it.
Turkey Day. No interest. Iíve got so much work to do and I want to finish edits, add graphics, color correct, and animate words and images. Iím thankful that I have a roof over my head, enough money to buy the place, and a willingness to make that happen from all interested parties. Iím even more grateful for the friends and even strangers that have helped me along the way. If I were to die tomorrow, I feel somewhat more loved than I did a year ago and certainly more than 2 years ago.
I canít get caught up. So much work and not enough time for mine own self. I want to work on my stuff more. Not a lot of money in it, but certainly fulfilling to create your own material. Iím still managing to slug through things, just not to the point of getting them finished.
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.