Hi folks. I’ve “gone dark” lately mostly due to the frustration I feel around the viability of my chosen career as a long term course of financial security.
For nearly fifteen years now, I’ve made a living nearly solely from video production, either producing it or teaching it. Lately, it has become increasingly difficult to find clients who understand and appreciate the difference between someone who has “been there and done that” and a hungry recent film grad with a camera. Especially when one of us is willing to do it for beer money.
I’ve announced my semi-retirement from video production previously on this Blog and pointed out that I still retain the skillset and will continue to serve my clients as well as anyone new to the fold who wishes to access my capabilities. In fact, I have a significant regional video production waiting to start in July that will see me driving almost 10,000 kilometres over the course of a month. I’m excited about that project because I am being hired specifically because of what I do best – talking with “normal” people who are generally unaccustomed to appearing on camera.
I’m also finishing up some editing on a couple of pieces for our Provincial Health Services Agency.
But what is really inspiring me right now is working on some “vanity” projects – some not-for-pay projects of my own direction focusing on the immensely talented people I count amongst my friends.
I’m working on a Crowdfunding proposal video for a drummer friend of mine who is looking to go into the studio to work on a concept album of fusion R&B and urban beats, from the view of a 50-something drummer who is BEST known for his rock performances.
As well, a good buddy of mine, Bulent Hasan, is an immensely talented illustrator and digital artist who “draws monsters for a living”. He has storyboarded a number of B-movie, direct to television movie-of-the-week disaster films and has made quite a name for himself in certain circles. He also makes a great chicken kabab. Too bad the guy can’t cook rice to save his life…
Well, he came up with a great new project he calls Retro Rocket Girls you can read about on his Blog over at Blogger:
I’m working on a Behind-The-Scenes EPK/doc on the project just out of love of the story.
I spent 8 hours at his home studio just the other day shooting the creative process of taking the photos from the photo session with the immensely talented Wendy D and turning them into World War 2 style propaganda posters and pinups for the sides of aircraft. I just posted a quick little bit from the last part of the re-creation of Rosie the Riveter as a retro-futuristic superwoman with a cyborg arm, using Bulent’s friend Kathrin as a model.
This is just a snippet of a 5 hour long shoot of the creative process and has not in anyway been “sweetened” yet but this is what is inspiring me lately – telling interesting stories regardless of whether there is money in it or not.
As I quoted in my previous blog post, “if you are a storyteller, tell a story”.
Guess it was time to follow my own advice.
Thanks for reading!