Screenwriting has begun. Storyboard and concept art started last night. Delays may have just hit, but I stand ready to cope. More prep time is not bad. I just do not want to allow myself to get derailed. When inspiration hits, you have to take the lumps. Got 2 interviews shot for FRAMELINES segments.
Man, do I feel a fire burning inside. Iíve gotten a ton of prep done on these upcoming little shoots for the Tech Tips, just got done with a story meeting with the writer for the next short on deck. I set the deadline for a draft of a 7 page script on Friday, then we I do a pass on it this weekend, then we have until the following Friday to work out everything together, merging the 2 drafts into a single script. We are flying with this, and I want to shoot it and have it edited complete before the end of the year.
We shot a new roundtable, panel discussion last night for FRAMELINES, this one on Cinematography. This time we live switched in 24P, a first for us. A Good time was had, work was a joy, and there is less post than ever on this.
And here I thought leaving the school would have given me more free time. Couldnít have been more wrong. A non-stop whirlwind of post work, shoots, and meetings awaited me from the first moment on. I havenít had time to breathe. I was really hoping to get some rest and relaxation at some point.
Life has been in transition for me for months. From the health scares earlier in the year to multiple recent changes in job related situations. Life is clearly sending me a signal. Time to change directions, head onto a different path. I hear you, and I am on my way. The destination isnít clear yet. All I know is that whether or not I take the first steps, the path has changed under my feet.
Was just dealt a devastating financial blow. Doesnít feel good to lose work, especially when I have put years into this kind of client. Iím not destitute or anything. It just doesnít feel great, ya know? A lot of plans, like taking another vacation, first one in 3 years, just went to pot. It also puts a damper on some film work I was going to do this fall. I wonít have the $$ to make what I want the way I want it. Decisions have to be made and soon.
I love the International Indie Gathering. Itís a film festival and indie film convention combined into one. I come every year to this event and have a blast. I worked so much this past week, between edits for 3 different companies, wrapping up several projects, teaching 3 classes, and dealing with a flea infestations with my feline roommates; I am exhausted. And yet I drove 2 hours and setup shot in the vendor room.
Got another edit for me done. Only one more in the queue that has been shot and not edited. After that, I will need to start getting back to my weekly Greenscreen habit. In the past several months I have outlined several more Sonnyboo Podcasts, some funny to me, others more educational, and some personal. There are several short films in my head itching to get out. The fermentation process takes time as I want a script to be a lot tighter than I would have accepted in the past.
Iíve been ill again. It seems having a compromised immune system isnít much of a picnic. A simple cold can demolish me along with a simple cut gets infected inside of a day. And sleep can be quite elusive at times, which makes the recovery take longer. I hate getting sick all the time. At least I got to a simple :30 second edit I was sitting on for months. Next up a few more edits from the ďshot not cutĒ queue.
Spending a little time in Cleveland and Northern Ohio lately makes me miss my roots a little. Not too much, as I am very happy with Rossland and life therein. Editing at home has made a huge difference on a near complete lack of stress where work is concerned. Production, Post production, and all that entails keeps my head spinning like a top.
The Summer of Ross continues. Not a lot of sun. A lot of good food. Had some drinks last night and that had been a while. I might make some more electric lemonade tonight as the sun sets and sit on my back porch chatting with the roommates. The vacation from doing my own projects will soon end. I need to get back to work on things for me. I wonít lie and say it hasnít felt good to take time off. Stress is the one thing I have no experienced in weeks.
Buried in edits, freelancing and doing work and doing favors. I am never fully at rest. Taking the summer ďoffĒ has been one of the busiest times of my professional life. I did an edit for one client for a full day, taught for 4 hours, went home and edited on a TV spot for another 3 hours. The one huge boon is cash money. I want to stockpile some money away as savings and for some more responsible adulty items. Growing up sucks.
Ugh. For a summer off, I sure feel busy. Teaching classes, shooting new material for FRAMELINES, and paid work for clients means Iím not so much getting time off as much as I am not doing anything for me. In the end, it will be okay. The butter is churning in my brain. Some ideas are forming and soon I will be making the movies again. And not just simple podcasts either.
Last weekend was fun. The HORROR HOTEL, from the INDIE GATHERING folks, was a chance to sell some DVDís and books. Given the genre, my old film HORRORS OF WAR/NAZI ZOMBIES was at the forefront of interest. This time, I was intent on giving away a lot of stuff for free, so some FRAMELINES DVDís and prints of articles I've written for Videomaker Magazine went out to as many people as could take them.
My summer just got booked up real fast. I have been invited to be a panelist or moderator for indie film panels at 3 different events, two of which are coming up in June. Next weekend Iíll have a vendor booth to sell my wares, but this time Iím bringing a ton of free stuff to give away, some articles and bonus materials. I will be quite visible in the indie film world this summer.
The past few weeks have been a flurry of furry. I adopted a little kitten. I was told she was 8 weeks old and already eating hard food. Turns out that was a lie. She was a little over 3 weeks old and had not been weaned off of her mommaís nipple. So that meant bottle feeding a kitten every 2-3 hours like an infant, plus she was too young to sleep on her own since she wasnít capable of maintaining her own body heat yet. That meant light sleeping out of fear of rolling over her and crushing under my enormous fatness.
The last couple weeks have really sucked. My health took a massive turn for the worse. What started as basic conjunctivitis quickly turned into a serious threat to losing all vision in my left eye because of the MRSA I have. Yesterday was a flurry of doctor visits getting shuffled around from one emergency place to another. Luckily, all is well as the new medication is working wonderfully and fast. I am so grateful to those who came to my rescue on this one.
Weather warms, heart lifts, and yet the body crumbles. I have conjunctivitis and it really hurts. I cannot see out of my left eye. At least I got 2 things edited before I this travesty kit. I have decided that this summer I intend to take it way easy, just relax and do a minimal amount of film/video work. I want to drink wine and watch the sunsets, have people over to grill out, and watch movies into the wee hours.
Weeks later and I am still sick. Coughing, voice gone, throat shredded. I hate feeling like this. When I was a kid, getting sick meant staying home from school and watching TV. Now it means terror of not making a mortgage payment because no work = no pay. Everything has been pushed off to the side because I canít stay focused for very long.
I have had a really strange week or so. I went from being violently ill to a hotbed of writing for college to almost getting fired which transformed into a new job and a raise. How funny that someone trying to get me fired turned into a significant increase in my annual salary. Karma loves me. It must explain why so many good things keep happening in my life of late.