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?
The last few days have been a flurry of shooting and prep for post production. Today I shot no less than 6 new bits. Yeah, some of them are all of :30 seconds long but they still count! Iím having trouble NOT creating and relaxing right now. Itís a pleasant diversion from certain stresses, although I cannot stop the inevitable. Just gotta keep on keepiní on.
The Emmyís are right around the corner. I have no chance in hell of taking home some gold, but itís like prom for television people and I want to go. A lot of my friends are nominated and I think several will win. I plan on having a blast though. I did this already and I know what to expect this year.
Didnít get to editing on the next Sonnyboo project. Helping a friend with his Saturday Night Live audition reel took precedent. I love this age where someone in Los Angeles can shoot and send me clips, and in a few short hours, I can turn it around with material gathered from YouTube and Vimeo. I hope he gets the gig. Fingers crossed...
Had a hard drive failure and lost some important footage for FRAMELINES. Itís bad. Normally, we have multiple backups, but this was raw footage that had not been edited yet. A new procedure must be put in place to prevent this from happening again. Redundancy of data is essential in the new tapeless world.
The next few weeks of my life are about to get interesting. Moving, working, editing, writing, and new opportunities arise. FRAMELINES has some new things coming, as along with the Sonnyboo Podcast, we shot several of these things Iím calling ďshort takesĒ to fill the :10 to :45 seconds in gaps each episode of FRAMELINES may have.
Working on the latest Sonnyboo Podcast, having a little fun. I find I am putting slightly more time into the greenscreen portion. This time I did some virtual camera movement, spent a bit more time trying to make the keying a bit more ďrealisticĒ, even though that is never my intent with host segments. It was something new to try. I wasnít aiming for photorealistic, but marrying the host (me) into the background with an eye towards better color matching and cleaner edges prepare me better for when I do want picture perfect keying.
Life takes some topsy turvy turns, my droogies. Your faithful narrator may have some serious changes in the near future. All I have worked toward seems to be getting noticed, in the best ways possible for me. With the plans I set in motion for my life, I had 3 possible options and I waited for a sign and I got it this week. A validation for a mole hill I created that might become a mighty mountain.
What a busy month this is! Moving, web series, podcasts, TV shows, and screenings Oh My! Tonight Mickey Fisherís TV show EXTANT premiereís. I am so happy for him. His story shows that if you simply work hard and do good work - you can really reach the stars. His story, which we covered for FRAMELINES, really brings me so much happiness. I have every faith in Mickeyís writing to make this a great show. Iím in for the next 13 weeks.
Got the next Sonnyboo Podcast written for this week to shoot. Itís a good discipline to keep writing and shooting often even if you, and almost especially if, you donít feel like doing it. I have to find the balance between burning myself out when the inspiration is so hot and how draining it can be to the spirit to constantly create, then market, rinse and repeat.
Editing a new FRAMELINES piece, a follow up on our very first story - Mickey Fisher. Since this piece is going to play in front of a live audience before the premiere of his CBS series EXTANT, I figured Iíd pull out all the stops with finishing and color correction. I have a hard time not being more of a perfectionist in editing now.
The new Movie Clichť is finished and online. Another 3 are on deck. I have some time coming up where I wonít be teaching as much. That will be the perfect window to shoot some more of these. In the mean time, I can do a few more Sonnyboo Podcasts on Ye Olde Greenscreen too.
Finished the Sonnyboo Podcast on Directorís Cut versus Special Editions, then put it online. Already this got decent responses. These trivial informational pieces are nothing more than a stopgap for a creative outlet for myself. Still, I enjoy making them and there is an audience building for them. The key word there remains building, with a future tense.
Okay, lost the house. Havenít been able to finish my edits. Life is hell right now. Panic mode kicked in on Saturday, and has continued pretty consistently since then 24-7. I was supposed to finish an edit for work, an edit for the Sonnyboo Podcast, and I did manage to get an interview shot for FRAMELINES. I must be a fool.
Having a ton of trouble staying focused this week. Been attacking the FX on the Sonnyboo Podcast, but man oh man, I should have been able to bang this out fast. Instead, itís 20 minutes here, 10 minutes there, and nary a finished podcast there isnít. It doesnít help that things are not going well with the home buying, at least thus far.
Started working on the next Sonnyboo Podcast, and will try to whittle away at this today and tonight whenever I get a chance. Will probably be done in a day or less. Iím trying something different, using clips from an actual movie using the FAIR USE LAWS that permit itís usage within the bounds of education/criticism.
Got some simple CGI animation done for one of the Movie Clichťs, and also the sound mix for that example. That one is pretty close to finished, just need the final touches, and flourishes on the host segment and then - BAMM! 1 more down, 29 more to go. My brain scatters a bit as I work on the next Sonnyboo Podcast shot on Friday and still have one of the Movie Clichť examples to even start editing, which Iíve blown off for over a week and would only take 2 hours tops to finish.
I have really really bad news..... I'm going to keep making more and more movies of all types. I'm going to keep writing articles. I'm going to continue making my TV shows. I have no intention of slowing down in the slightest in my promotion of all of these things. If this bothers you, feel free and continue to whine and complain to anyone who isnít me. Iím not interested.
I promote my movies online. A lot. There is nothing new or even original about this. I make movies because I want them to be seen by as many people as possible. I am incredibly proud of the actors, the camera work, and everyone who helped make the movie. I feel I owe it to them to work hard and post the movie as much as I am able to. Hereís where I get confused; how can this possibly affect someone negatively?
Put out the latest Movie Clichť clip (see below). It felt really good to get this done then put it out into the world. It took so long, much longer than it should have. Itís done now. Thatís what counts. I really hope this finds its way out into an audience that likes it. I love it.