Friday, June 29, 2012

"Why do we fall, sir?"

As busy as I have been lately. I wanted to take a moment to keep up with my blog posts. Everything's been going very smoothly with all video projects, at least as smoothly as this business allows things to run. Fortunately, I'm very content with where I am right now. It's almost been a month and a half since I graduated from college, and I feel I've really gained some major footing. I can now proudly say that I've had some post-college experience in both video production and photography, and I am very content with the end product.

Last weekend, we wrapped production for Nickel 17 Production's short film "Soliloquy". I can't say enough how thankful I am to be a part of this. I enjoyed every moment of it and look forward to seeing the film once it is completed.

I am excited for my next official project, which is slated to begin production in August. Although, I don't want to give away any official details yet, I can say that I feel this project has a lot of potential, and I am very ecstatic to be on board!

Personal projects have also been progressing at a steady pace. I have recently edited and uploaded the original script for my college project, The Waiting Room. This story was written as a rough script for a college class. It was then edited down and adapted into a short story that I needed as a portfolio piece at the time. I've always wanted to revisit the project and refine the script. Recently, I finally decided to put my other writing projects on hold to finish the editing process. I finally finished it and placed it into my writing portfolio.

Now that I'm finished with this, I am starting to work on the script for "Self-Censored". If I have another moment, I'd like to add the treatment to my portfolio, which I finished about a week ago.

I also have several new photos in my Flickr stream! Previously, I took a break from photography to focus more on video production, but after seeing these photos, I am very excited to start shooting stills again!

While everything has been going well with work, it's hard not to ignore that this kind of business can be rough at times. Already, I have faced issues in clashing visions, pricing disagreements, and contacting potential clients. However, this tends to happen to someone who ventures into the territory of entrepreneurship, so I am actually glad that I've already experienced this part of the business. As they say, "You learn from your mistakes," and I feel that I've learned more in the past month about the film/video industry than I ever did in a semester of college. While, this will undoubtedly not be last time I experience the downside of this business, I feel better prepared as I take the next steps into the future. I feel a new business venture coming soon. And, many more projects on the way. Stay tuned, and check out the website, if you have a chance! Thanks!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Real World: One Month Later

I've been meaning to post more on my blog, but I've been very busy as I become more adjusted with life in Pittsburgh. I also haven't had a whole lot of time to work on any major projects, but many short films are on the horizon as I begin the development phase.

I have just finished the treatment for "Self-Censored" (formerly "Sensory Censor"). This was originally meant to be a short story, but I decided to adapt it for film. I plan to begin the script as soon as possible. However, there are other projects that I'm itching to get started, so it may take a bit longer than expected.

Recently, I uploaded my school project: a film called Nihility. I had a lot of fun making this film, since it was my very first fully scripted film, making it a lot easier to direct and a lot more enjoyable to put to together. The film was even featured on the website Nothing But Hope And Passion. I am very happy with this production and plan to take from the process and develop even better independent films in the near future.
I also still have a few projects that are in the post-production stage, including "The Presentation". I'm not sure when I'll get around to finishing these projects, since I have a lot of other things on my plate.

Currently, I am working as a Second Assistant Director with the production company Nickel 17 Productions on a short film project. Production will begin towards the end of June. I am very excited to be a part of this team!   

I have also recently shot my first interview with other members of Healthy Artists! I had a great time working with them and an especially good time speaking with the interviewee. The video should be uploaded within a week. I'll make sure to post a link in my portfolio once it's finished. This will also mark my very first post-graduation production, so I'm very excited to see the final product!

In my spare time I've been preparing short scripts for submission to production companies. I'll make sure to post any completed scripts on my portfolio. Hopefully, I'll be picking up steam with my productions in the next few weeks. I'll keep you posted!

Until next time (which will hopefully be a lot sooner)!