Done deal. Shoot dates are set for my next short film. I will be starting casting in a short while, and I will do rehearsals before the shoot, as I always do for films (not necessarily the FRAMELINES sample scenes, which I really should anyways).
Today, a huge amount of progress was made towards getting my next film made. Locations selected, producers ďhiredĒ, and dates were set for shooting. My goal to keep the aims higher will be met. This will be my crown jewel achievement as a director. Iím calling it now.
I am not a graphic artist. I have no formal training, and I do not believe I am very good at graphic design or art direction. Sometimes, I stumble on something I like. I have two books on my desk, both at home and at the office, which are collections of the BLUE NOTE RECORDS album covers. The design aesthetics are so amazing and simple. The color choices, the framing, and even the negative space (I donít know fully if I am using that term correctly).
The old adage about time going by faster as you get older remains quite true. I barely remember the first quarter of 2016, and quite frankly, I barely remember 2015. I am failing to get this short film off the ground although, things might proceed quickly starting next week after a meeting or two with some key people. I havenít entirely lost my mojo, as promotions are working well.
When last I wrote on Ye Olde Blog, the Framelines Interactive Tutorial had just been released and my words said that the hope was it might find itís mark with someone, somewhere. Well, that didnít take long. NOFILMSCHOOL.COM made a post and a tweet, and the stats just went a boominí
I officially released the Framelines Interactive Tutorial. In the first 24 hours, it has had a pretty good response. One of the editors of a TV series I greatly respect said, and I quote ďYou guys did something really generous shooting this and giving it away for free. The footage looks great in 4K and doesnít look cheap like most free footageĒ and that was nice.
Inundated with paid work, FRAMELINES still wrapping things up, and being sick has made your faithful narrator less than available for trivialities. Prep work on my short film have stalled as I get my work ducks in a row. I have storyboards, a revised script, and so many elements in place. I detest that life has monkey wrenched these plans.
I had this idea since it was the last week of a 70mm film print of Quentin Tarantinoís THE HATEFUL 8, I wanted to get abstract and artistic shots of the projection booth, the projector, the platter system, and just the joy of seeing celluloid having light shown through it. This went very well with Scott Spears taking a 4K camera up there and spending about an hour getting all kinds of shots. I turned that into the new title sequence, as well as having a ton of other usable material for the show.
The fire rises still. Near non-stop editing and creation for me. Got a brand new title sequence for Season 3 of FRAMELINES, plus working on the templates for the episodes, meaning all the titles, transitions, sound FX, music beds, credits, and lower 3rds, etc. Iím trying to make it easier to just drop in the intros and segments themselves so the episodes have a consistent feel and look.
Still burning through these edits. It looks like the special ď48 Hour Film Project - ClevelandĒ episode will be 2 episodes. We have enough material and the interviews are good enough to spread it without sacrificing quality. That gets us firmly into Season 3 of FRAMELINES and nearly the end of what I had originally set out to do with the show.
Got so much going on right now. Hours at a time spent in the hospital. Editing for nearly countless hours. Writing, prepping, and just generally marinating in creativity for upcoming shoots. Also gearing up for a massive fundraising campaign for FRAMELINES on top. I am going full speed and not even getting any singe heat nonetheless burnt out.
The hits keep on rolling. The fire that burns continues at full flame. It turns out we have more than enough footage to create the spine for another 6-7 episodes of FRAMELINES. We need several other components to make it work, and yet I am quite pleased with what I have before me.
Finalizing 3 whole episodes of FRAMELINES today. Because of the render times and global warming, I got out to walk for an hour or two as well. So strange to have almost 60 degree weather in late January. The next step, as always, is to get the episodes transcribed and then closed captioning. Broadcast follows within a few weeks of that.
Yesterday was an all day edit session on these long gestating pieces. Some of these things have been in my mental queue since 2013 or longer. Others, far more recent, and yet taking the list down notch by notch feels amazing. I cannot recall the last time I felt this on fire inside. Before my birthday party, I was editing instead of cleaning more thoroughly. Now that the decks are clear from paid work for at least a week and a half, I intend to just churn out so much material that I could just spend the rest of 2016 releasing these pieces.
Today is my birthday. I am 44 years old. Last night, I celebrated with several friends, drank too much and stayed up too late. How do I choose to spend my day? Working on my projects from last week. Iíve got 2 of 3 cats on my editing station, a greenscreen problem to work out on 4K, and several sequences left to edit.
And there is nothing I would rather be doing right now than this.
What is this, 2003 again? I did a shoot on Tuesday and had edits finished by 6:00PM Wednesday. I havenít turned around on my own projects like this in years. And Iím still going. Today will be a greenscreen shoot and then that will get edited and finalized before the end of next week.
All day yesterday, I directed a shoot. I donít say that enough because I havenít been doing that as much as I should. This was a couple years in the making. I wanted to make sure the quality was superior to what I have been churning out. I spent money on props and art direction. I tried several new things and worked with many new people.
It was a good day
After such a strange and busy holiday season, things have settled back down some. Not as much as I wanted. The upside resides in the surge of activity on my creative side. I want to get things rocking and I have a shoot for FRAMELINES early next week already. Iím rushing to get things together for that, whilst also doing paid work.
With a New Year comes new resolve. I need to parlay my happiness into productive works. My plan to continue the list in front of me will come to fruition. Even if I have to will these into existence, I shall. I will not compromise on quality, as I would rather have nothing than something subpar. Iíve done that already. I want to excel and make better works than I have in the past. Why bother if all you are going to do is stagnate? I can think of fewer things that are a greater waste of life.
Well another year is coming to a close. Normally this time of year, I have time for introspection, reflecting on the time that has passed. Not this year. I am busy with work, paid and volunteer. So much is going on, that I havenít had much time for anything.