A little bit of balance came back into my world yesterday. Friday night I broke my expensive and still-new-to-me bed. Saturday it was fixed, got a brand spankin’ new window installed in the bedroom (that was long overdue), and whilst waiting for these things, I worked on an edit. I have my first cut done on the latest Movie Cliche, which was actually 2nd in the queue, but I had an idea and I went with it. I made an after effects project with over 40 layers and tons of animation in it. I used to lose hours, days, and weeks in projects like this. There is my oft-forgotten (I wish it never existed) project called NEW WORLD where I spent the better part of a year working on the effects work in that atrocity against moviedom. At the same time, I learned a lot on every level. I’ve still got some of that curiosity and experience a joy at discovery and tinkering.

Combine that with my body not leaking blood as much, and I had a very good day. Hmmm. Methinks a pattern has emerged.. My attitudes remain positive when the body works like it’s supposed to. When the body goes south, my attitude plunges. I don’t know if I can do anything about that since my body’s warranty expired some time ago. And I don’t have a receipt.

Gonna stroll down memory lane again today. Then I’m going to screen some new material for an audience. Days like this rarely ever result in negative emotion.

Screening a rough cut means getting feedback and making a better final product. I know where there is something a bit rough in this, but I want to FEEL it from an audience. The art of making a movie relies heavily on communication – with the audience(s). What you get ‘better‘ at is predicting how the majority of viewers will react to any given word or visual or sound.

DVD is made, car is filled up, cats fed, and as soon as I get done staring out the new window – which is crystal clear and quiet as all get out – then I can leave.

“There are places I remember all my life, though some have changed, some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain, all these places have their moments”
― John Lennon

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Peter John Ross

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


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