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Showing the Whole Picture

Howdy there!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Arg, i’m totally annoyed with the fact that I have not been updating you guys with my progress this month. I won’t lie… I’ve definitely discovered that motion film is NOT my forte. My brain doesn’t exactly think in motion or camera angles or plots. Although I suppose most people’s don’t. And I guess since most of the month was filled with me being aggravated or just flat out avoiding the damn thing.. I figured I didn’t have much to post about. (wrong!)

After talking the other night with the beau, I realized that I’ve gotten a little off track of what I wanted this blog’s purpose to be. This is a place to record my journey – both the exciting and terribly frustrating.

Being the excellent little perfectionist that I am, I’ve conveniently omitted posting much of anything about the struggles I’ve had thus far (hence the lack of posting this month – a LOT of struggle going on!) Which pretty much means I am leaving out HALF the journey!

So from here on out, I am making it a point to write a MINIMUM of two posts each week. I will write at least one post each month that focuses on the frustrations or struggles I’m going through as well. This will definitely help to keep me honest and hold me accountable for not slacking on my projects too – which I quite honestly did pretty badly this month. (and obviously did not want to share with the world my pathetic lack of effort. lol)

So here’s to a new month, and to trying this thing in a new, more comprehensive way!
I’ll be posting later this week with the finished video – as I’m still cutting it all together. I’ll also be posting a nifty little quarterly update about everything I’ve learned in these first 3 months of the project.

Stay tuned! =)

March: Texafrican Safari: A Short & Belated Film

Hello readers!

Well, due to my incredible powers of procrastination last month, my March project is finally complete – halfway through April! If you don’t happen to recall, I shall refresh your memory.. the March Project was to be a short film on World Travel.

This one was definitely more out of my comfort zone than anything I’ve done yet. Even so, I imagined the exciting possibility of discovering this innate hidden talent for motion picture that had been hiding away in the crevices of my creative spirit all these years… and BAM! It just flows! I was so excited about this project!

….for about a day and a half. Until I realized I do not actually posses this hidden talent…

And now, I still have to do the thing! ug. ug-ug-ug. I don’t know anything about film other than watching them while I get popcorn stuck in my teeth. HOW am i going to do this?! It’s probably going to suck by anyone else’s standards. (this is pretty much where I fell off the creative bandwagon and just sat around grumbling in fear and negative energy for WEEKS.)

Amid the negative thoughts, I made feeble attempts at brainstorming.. A Bug’s Eye View of world travel! A stop motion film using props to create a traveling scene! (the thought of trying to create that left me paralyzed with fear.) Great ideas – but they just weren’t clicking for me. Finally, Drew and I decided to go on a camping trip one weekend and just take the camera out and see what happened. Ideas are funny things.. sometimes you can sit on your couch and brainstorm them up like nobody’s business. Other times, it seems as if the ideas do not want to be forced or thought of, but instead just want you to show up – experiment, play, and let them flow in.

This is how my short film idea came – in an instant it appeared as I was crawling around rocks and plants filming random little tidbits around our campsite. Something about this particular film clip (posted earlier here) whispered an idea right into my ear and suddenly I had something! Something that was not the MOST incredible idea ever thought of – surely – but something that I wanted to create… even if it did suck by the end. I was finally feeling the fire! And off I went to make my own African Safari video shot entirely in Texas.

After several weeks of exploring the Texas countryside in search of all things African, a day hanging out with the animals at the Dallas zoo, and a few days of editing and music searching – it is complete! Behold, my Texafrican Safari Adventure in all its glory…

My First Video Test!

Hi all!

Well, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’ve been a bit MIA lately on the blog. Barring some increased workload outside this project (i.e. the one that pays my bills!) I have been just plain too exhausted most of this month to really focus on this project. Yup.. I’ve been pretty near burnout for the past few weeks… but have learned some important lessons about how to work through it, as well as how to keep that creative flow going even when life is throwing you curve balls. More on that later!

I played around a bit this weekend while camping, and came up with an idea for what I’m going to do. I won’t divulge all the secrets just yet, but here is my very first teeny tiny film clip with some music laid over it.

It may appear to be nothing more than a 14 second clip of shaky footage of a rock… but what this really is folks, is a daring leap into the uncharted and scary territory of creating things in motion & sound… fighting valiantly to ignore the inner critic that says “you can’t do this, like wow, this is so feeble and lame in comparison to what others can do”. Not listening. Only concerned with seeing what I CAN do and being proud of it even if it is feeble by someone else’s standards. =)

Check back soon for more teasers, hopefully not all of rocks. ;)

Later Alligators!

Inspiration: Sleep Walking In Bed

Hi everyone!

Well this month has been pretty busy for sure. Have not had much time to work on the project yet… though I have thought up some ideas. The first is to portray world travel in a stop motion video done all on one set. Below is a great video that sparked some inspiration! I just love how they created an entire dream world with objects. So imaginative!

Gianluca Folì : A little short documentary

A friend of mine shared this with me the other day.. since my project for the month is short films, I thought I would share. I just really loved the way it was shot, the music, and most of all his passion and view on creativity! Enjoy!

Gianluca Folì : A little short documentary from Gianluca Folì on Vimeo.

Announcing the March Project!

Hey folks!

Well, I apologize that I’m a little behind this week. My 9-5 job has run into the evening hours a bit, and kept me from posting my 2nd project from February… but I promise it will be up soon! In the meantime, I have chosen cards for the month of March! A Short Film on World Travel…. my head is already exploding with ideas. I feel it important to note that I have never, ever, made any real sort of film in my life and will have absolutely no clue what I am doing (hellooo learning curve! we meet again!) Looks like it’s going to be a long, intense and very fun month!

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