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. I’m starting the prep work for the next INTERACTIVE TUTORIAL project, of which I have 2 on deck. I’ll be able to do some raw footage in 4K to future proof it a bit for people who edit this. I think the future of FRAMELINES material is in the interactive parts. People like free stuff. Go figure.

And today we found an SD card with an interview that for the past 4 months we were convinced was lost. It was a failure in the system I created for dealing with the tapeless, data only world of film/video. Without tapes of raw footage to rely on, deleting clips or formatting a card can mean the loss of hundreds or thousands of dollars of effort. I rely on my system to prevent such things from happening, using redundancy as a requirement of everything. I don’t even keep all the files in one location just in case. Once or twice a month, I like to get a physical copy of the files kept either at home or at the office so that even if there is a catastrophe short of an EMP, the work will not be in vain.

Not to mention, the incredible embarrassment this discovery of footage spared me of telling a filmmaker “Hey, sorry we lost your interview, let’s just inconvenience you again for no pay.” At that was something I dreaded that now I don’t have to.

It’s all good. Life I mean. I have some personal things going on, like a brother with brain cancer, how it is affecting the family, friends, and time. At the same time, everything else seems to be on such a huge upswing. Life can be weird that way.

I was mostly content with spots of happiness in 2015. So far, in 2016, I am soaring inside. I love my home, my cats, my friends, and the work I do. This is the best I have felt since 1999-2001, when I started down this path to becoming a filmmaker. I am feeling whole again. Bad habits erode away as I do more work for myself. I’m eating better, walking more, moving a lot, and quick to laugh.

I think I want to hold on to this feeling for a while. Wouldn’t you?

“Didn’t know what time it was and the lights were low
I leaned back on my radio
Some cat was layin’ down some rock ‘n’ roll ‘lotta soul, he said
Then the loud sound did seem to fade
Came back like a slow voice on a wave of phase”
– David Bowie

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Peter John Ross

A filmmaker, a dreamer, and the world's only Dan Akroyd Cosplayer


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