Today has been one of those off days, and seeing as I've been wanting to update on this particular topic for some time, I figured why not give it a shot? There's nothing else to do today, anyway.
BUT FIRST. Let me talk about my days.
I recently got a job as a runner at a law firm in town! The pay is great, and the setting is very relaxed. The whole job is rather relaxed, and I'm happy to finally get work. Gives my time a sense of purpose. Funny enough, the law firm is where my mom first partnered when she started practicing law. She thought it was a little too coincidental, but sorry, Mom, the law just AIN'T FER ME. *shoots beebee guns* After the first pay day, I used my earnings from graduation, coupled with my paycheck, to buy my first DSLR camera! It's a Canon 70D, and the dang thing operates wonderfully. If I had one complaint on it, it'd just be the damned sensor, which is at a 1.6x crop. Full frame is the way to go, and I can't help but want more when I look at the viewfinder. BUT, it gets the job done pretty well. I bought the camera body along with a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens, a really creative addition. Still, that sensor. I WANT MORE FROM IT, DAMMIT. My dad let me use his Best Buy gift certificate, and I ended up getting about 70% off of a Manfrotto 390 Series tripod. Pretty good deal, if you ask me. Now all I need is a good shoulder rig, a 24mm lens, a 17-55mm lens, some ND filters, a Zoom H4N Recorder, a Rode NTG-2 mic with boom pole, a wind sock filter thingy, a bigger camera bag, a better camera, at least 30 sets to myself, and 3 trapeze artists. Yeah, being a film dude sure is expensive, amirite?
Faith Ford and her husband, Campion Murphy, also hired me along for another production, this time at my very own college! Well, half of it was videoed in the black box theater on campus, the other half was shot at Sentry Drug in town. Thanks to my friend, Doan, I was chosen for a stand-in position. They said they needed someone "tall, blonde, and sexy," and apparently I fit that part. I was veeeeery flattered, but when I arrived on set for the first day of shooting, I ended up being 2nd AC again, haha, which I didn't mind at all. I got a little fumbled with calling the slate for three cameras, but I got the hang of it by day 2, which also happened to be the last day of shooting (but it wasn't anything as bad as I'm making it out to be). And before I forget, this was all for a project that Alexis Crew Productions had privately funded called "Barry Avenue," a sitcom pilot about a guy who seems to be at wit's end, living in an apartment complex, but struggling through life he finds himself supported by a crazy, but hearty, cast of characters that live in the complex. It was a fun show, and it was great to be working with new and old friends. Feeling wacky, I decided to mess around with sound cues for the slate, and since the show was a comedy, I managed to let out a few chuckles and laughs from the actors and camera operators by saying things like, "Scene 4 Epiglottis Take 1," and "Scene 4 Godzirra Take 3," or one of my favorites, "Scene 4 Cumpleaños Take 2." If anything else filmmaking-wise comes to town, I'll be sure to come on-board.
Sadly, I have college to focus on for now. Or maybe I should say,"Gladly?" I mean, most people dream of going to college, so hell, what's there to complain about? I just feel like I could dive right into the work if I moved somewhere like New Orleans or Shreveport and found work on big productions. Susan found work on the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie in New Orleans, so hey - I WANT THAT. But y'know...I have a business degree and all. Yuck.
In the meantime, I've been messing with my camera and Adobe Premiere Pro, producing some of the most beautiful looking things I've made yet. Here are the links to my recent 70D test videos:
Adobe Premiere Pro is such a magical program for wizards and goblins.
Being bored pantsless has left me exploring new music I never would have touched when I was younger. For example, I'm listening to The Beatles' discography right now. I used to think that The Beatles' music was incredibly overrated (and to some degree, I still believe that) but I'm certainly seeing the fun and mystical appeal to their work. Much like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beatle's music fits almost any mood or situation. It's just good chill out music. It's fun music. I've also been checking out Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, Imagine Dragons, and even a smidgeon of jazz.
I've also been trying to read whenever I get the chance. I want to catch up with A Song of Ice and Fire ever since the third season zoomed ahead of me. Seriously, I thought I'd have A Clash of Kings done before the season even started. Then school happened, the third season happened, and I was stuck on page 20 or something, and the novel's just been sitting on my window sill for several months. I managed to read The Wise Man's Fear and a couple of other books. Heck, I even picked up The Way of Kings again, a book that I thought I'd never finish because I thought it was boring at first. After steering through half of the book, the plot finally thickened, the characters developed, and the world became enchanting again. In fact, that book is all about world building. Still haven't finished it, but I only have a few hundred more pages left. I don't know if I'll try my eyes at The Eye of the World again, though. That book was just too...I mean, the writing was lovely, the world seemed interesting, and that fucking prologue is what really got me hooked, but everything else, including the characters and their development, just doesn't seem worth the time or struggle. Though I kinda' doubt it will happen, I hope I at least finish or start A Feast for Crows before the fourth season starts.
Oh, what was this journal supposed to be about again? Me leaving something?
Yep. I might be leaving deviantART. This website is nothing but a shitty attempt at a social network for artists and people who wish they were. The community sucks. Everything is a fucking popularity contest. The fetish stuff on this site makes me want to pray to Lucifer (or something equally as terrifying). The forums offer no creative input. And lastly, who fucking reads these? I've mainly kept to this site as sort of public journal for the past few years, but I know that not many people read my journals or even value my stuff. And even if they did, this site does not do a good job of presenting my drawings or poetry. AND EVEN THEN, my main focus is not my poetry or my drawings or my photos, but my skill as a filmmaker. I rarely visit this site for any productive purpose anymore.
Also, is OneHundredYardStare going to update? I haven't a clue because that will be up to Susan.
That should just about cover everything worth noting. If you want to follow work that I really care about, here are my pages: