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?
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.