"Eating Alabama" was made by my professor, Andrew Grace. He’s an amazing teacher, and has continued to be a huge part of my college career beyond the classroom. I was lucky enough to do some shooting for the film too, so that’s exciting. As for the Shakes, it’s crazy to think that they went from playing local dive bars in Tuscaloosa to playing Conan in just a few months.
It’s exciting to see my home state doing so many creative things, and finally being recognized for them. I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a lot more of Alabama at the national level pretty soon.
We got our invitation to the Cannes Short Film Corner this morning…so that’s pretty exciting. I haven’t really been focused on that or really even paused to think about it much. Instead…
I’m thinking about new things to make. I’m thinking about new skills I want to learn. I’m not thinking about science or math or the mysteries of the universe. I’m thinking that with every amazing moment captured that I see, my desperate desire not to suck is multiplied by ten. I’m thinking about making bad-ass pictures because it makes me feel like a bad-ass.
That’s my battle-cry for the day.
In other news, I’m really wanting to start working on some series. I haven’t often had the time or probably I just lacked the consistency to follow through on several ideas. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my life in list form, the notebooks I fill and the boxes that I check. Hopefully, I’ll take that idea somewhere fun.
I’ve been gone for so long. I actually feel pretty badly about this, but I’ve been doing lots of stuff. I promise, okay?
Here’s a quick catch up.
-I’m graduating in May, and soon after that I’ll be moving somewhere and trying to start a career. More than likely I’ll just be poor though. Holy cow.
- I’ve been taking lots of pictures. In fact, I’m so backed up right now that I’m wondering how I’ll ever get to edit all of the ones that I want. I still have hundreds of pictures from Texas that I haven’t even looked through yet, plus lots of stuff from over the break.
- For my photo class, I’m going to work on a new series of images through screens, glass, steam, and whatever other materials I can think of. I’m really excited about it. I just need to find the time to do it right. I’ve been extremely inspired by http://www.matthewtischler.com/nightscape/index.html lately, and I really hope to put some of my own voice into his insanely creative style. While shooting for our http://afterthestormproject.blogspot.com/, I was able to mix in a little bit of the screens with my normal shoot. I’ll post that and some other images later. I can’t wait until the full ATS project comes together. We’re working with incredibly awesome http://bombayfc.com/ to make an interactive, living website that will help track the stories springing out of the destruction and redevelopment of Tuscaloosa.
Our TV pilot is finally finished (I’m using the word “finished” loosely”). It screened last week to a huge crowd at the Bama along with the other TV pilot from our class. Whatever gripes I may have with it, I think people genuinely responded well to it, so I’m trying to be more relaxed about it now. I wanted to pull my hair out on most days last semester, but I’m glad I did it.
Also on the film front, we had http://www.campusmoviefest.com/ this week. Campus Movie Fest is normally one of the most stressful weeks all year because we all kill ourselves trying to craft our opus in only one week. This year, Marcus and I decided to give ourselves a break and just have fun. IT WORKED because we ended up coming home with Best Picture for our film “Buyer’s Remorse: Part 2”. So we’ll be moving on the LA in June to compete at the Int’l Grand Finale. More importantly though, it was honestly the most fun I’ve ever had on set. No crew, no script - just relaxing and really being loose for the first time in a while. There were some really good films this year, and lots of our friends also took home awards. Boom.
And finally, I’m really excited about my next project coming up. At work, we’ll be doing a commercial for our upcoming event, the Druid City Arts Festival. We’ve been brainstorming for a little while on ideas. The whole festival just has a big celebration atmosphere to it, and I think we’ll be playing around with the idea of expression and explosions of color to coincide with the start of spring. Maybe something along the lines of the new http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktBEEsCQYLM but with a more festive, celebratory feel. Exciting stuff.
So…that’s my life right now. Hope yours is great. I’ll be back soon.