My first day as president of the video club went really well. In the span of one meeting I helped to shift the focus of the club from one of sitting around and talking to actively doing stuff. We have a film competition spanning the whole semester starting on the 9th and a 48 hour film race in the middle of the semester coming up. I can't wait to see how this all plays out. I've very excited for the future of the club!
A nighttime Blog? Who knew we could do that? It's amazing! So today in class we had a special guest actor by the name of Bill Flynn come to talk to us. He was a wealth of knowledge and shared so much with the class. I can't remember the last time I felt so inspired in a classroom before. It was a great learning experience that I'm glad I was able to take part in. Since I sent in questions ahead of time I had a reserved seat in the front and most likely asked more than my fair share of questions but I couldn't help it. How often do you get to talk to people in the field you are trying to get into? It's a rare chance and I took full advantage of it. At the end of the day he gave me his business card, I thought that was really cool.
If you haven't heard of him check out some of his films! He has talent!
So around 2:30 last night I decided to turn in and go to bed. I figured I'll go to bed at a some what normal hour (don't judge me) and wake up early. By early I was thinking something in the ballpark of 9:30 or so. Maybe write a blog, edit and post the newest Clean Jeans, after all it's Monday and it was supposed to be out last Thursday. So what happened? Why am I writing this at 7:30 instead of 9:30? That's what I'd like to know as well! I laid in bed for 4 hours and couldn't fall asleep no matter how hard I tried! It was hell! Sleep how I miss you. Please call me, we can work things out! I promise!
In other news I once again have 544 twitter followers. The dreaded number that I can't escape no matter how hard I try. I keep losing followers every time I get to 544 and it takes me forever to get back to that number. I feel like someone has cursed my twitter and I can't break free from the dreaded 544 number. Once upon a time I use to get new followers every day. Can we go back to that? It always made me feel good about myself, almost wanted.
My first project in school has stalled out. One actor left the project for a bus tour, believe it or not I'm really happy for the guy just sucks timing wise. My lead actress has pink eye and another actor can't make the call times. Not to mention that someone tagged up our location and the city has now closed it off. This was supposed to be the simple shoot so that I could focus on the second project. It's amazing how things work out, or well don't work out. It could drive a man insane, but this is the life we picked. Adapt or die, it should be the motto of every film maker, as well as every student. Student filmmakers know this well.
So the more and more I try and finish these project I create the faster and faster they fall apart. The faster they fall apart the more disillusioned I become. It's like a whirlwind that keeps circling the drain. I see the end in sight and I keep trying to swim upwards towards my goal and away from my doom but no matter how hard I try I just can't seem to get out of the whirlpools grasp.
Over the last few years I've learned a lot of tricks of the trade and I try everyone single one of them to get out of this situation. None of them work. In fact it's almost as if all the extra tools and tricks I've picked up drag me down faster. I can't support my own weight much less all this added nonsense. What can I do? How do I get out of the water and pack on the race track? Who knows?
I think for starters I have to toss aside all of the extra tools that I have picked up. I need to stop worrying so much about how each project looks to my teachers and classmates and start going back into the projects that I enjoy. That our fun for me. I took something that I love, that makes me feel alive and turned it into a chore and it's slowly killing me. That isn't good and it damn sure isn't healthy. I need to find my own path and stop trying so hard to follow everyone else. Because at the end of the day, who do I want to be like? Everyone else or myself? I pick myself and you should too.
So school has just started back and things are already getting interesting. This semester they split workshop 1 and workshop 2 into 2 different classes, but this past Friday they put them back together to talk about the video club. Now for those who follow this blog or know me in real life, you know how I feel about this club. They don't do anything real. They just sit around and talk every meeting about what they want to do and get nothing done. Last semester I tried to start a second club, an underground club where we could make shorts and have fun doing everything the main club was supposed to do but wasn't. Well Friday changed everything. The teacher in charge of the club came into class and was asking for volunteers for club officers and no one was saying a word. Until Devaughn, from Uncanny Fans. When Tim asked for a leader who could take charge D threw my name out there. I thought it would go unnoticed but almost the second he said it people seconded it, third it and so on until it got to about eight people. Before I knew it I was the president of the club that only a semester before I tried to overthrow. Let's see if I can't change it from the inside.
Well it has been some time since I last wrote a blog. I know, I know, I've been slacking and I'm sorry. Life has just gotten in the way. I'm sure you all know how that is. So what has been up with Trapped in the woods? Well the last time we tried to shoot was a few weeks ago and one of our actors showed up with the wrong shirt and we couldn't get the lights back so we had to use new lights that messed up almost as soon as they were set up. Talk about a set back. It cost us the night. We decided the best thing to do was film one more scene and take a break for the semester. The same actor who forgot his shirt never showed up so we lost another day and the film is now on hold. I don't know why people agree to work on projects if they have no intention of following through with it? It is really annoying but the show must go on.
I have started workshop 2 at NLC and so far it is going good. We got new 4K cameras and I rented it out to film my first project. One of our actors was 2 hours late and we had to rearrage the cast. Never do that! If it wasn't a school project with a time table I never would have. But it didn't really matter. The TA told me there was no charager for the camera that I could rent out so I just had the one charge that only lasted a few hours. The day was a waste. Even worse, when I got home it turned out that there was a charger!! Never trust what people tell you. Always check for yourself!
The only good thing that came out of yesterday was that we got to practice. I got the actors into the minds of the characters. Something I wish I could work on more on set but it is a lot harder when you are also shooting everything yourself. I know it all sounds stressful but I really can't wait for day two!
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