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. The work from the past few months can help me survive this slow income. That requires frugality, which does not seem to be a problem anymore. I buy so few things like Blu Rays and with a Netflix account, there’s not a lot of need to spend on those items and the 70″ TV is nearly paid off already. And with a deep fat fryer and a George Foreman grille, I can make restaurant quality meals for myself at a minimal cost. At least financial costs, I can’t speak to the costs of my arteries.
Once the dust settles on these new and archive clips, it will be time to put them all together as whole episodes of FRAMELINES and prepare them for broadcast. I’ve got the whole Cinematographers panel discussion that can be further chopped up beyond the 2 clips out in the world, plus a ton of other material already edited, just in need of the host segments and final touches like music and transitions.
I was supposed to meet someone for dinner, almost missed it because I was so deep into the edit. I said I would call back in 30 minutes. In what felt like :30 seconds, I noticed 40 minutes had passed while I was so deep into the cut and the tweaks.
That kind of time lapse thinking hasn’t happened to me in a long while. I love it. The feeling of being totally immersed in what I am doing that time stands still, or the rest of the world doesn’t; that wraps me in a warm blanket of creativity.
And I have my 3 assistant editors (cats) that purr their satisfaction, then attempt to hide when the edit completes and I require a funky dance partner, as none of them have an appreciation for my fresh steps, yo.
I just got hired to write another article for print. Gotta get that done ASAP. I start pre-production in 1 week on a new short film, narrative. That will be the start of another new chapter in my life. I wrote the original draft in 1999. I am on fire, and the burn keeps me warm at night.
“In constant sorrow all through his days
I am a man of constant sorrow
I’ve seen trouble all my days
I bid farewell to old Kentucky
The place where I was born and raised
The place where he was born and raised
For six long years I’ve been in trouble
No pleasures here on earth I found
For in this world I’m bound to ramble
I have no friends to help me now”
– Soggy Bottom Boys