Yep it’s Christmas day. Got film presents! Shotgun mic! Video tripod! But been hard to post every 3 weeks recently. Considering I posted 2 months ago. I’m going to try and post probs more like once a month; 3-6 weeks. But lots has happened.
Enrique Project- Looking at the last update, I realize we haven’t filmed since then, which is 2 months ago. So… IDK how this is going to go, but I wanna do shorter projects. This long one is taking too long. Luckily I got 3 project ideas.
Other film projects- Lots of projects! I wanna film the Archer over break. That’s my goal. It will be a quick project that I can do in one night. AND MY VIDEO TRIPOD AND MIC WILL HELP. So planning on filming that in the near future. Then I want to enter Directing Change again and I’m going to work on a film with my friend Eric. We have some good ideas and nice equipment, so hopes are we’ll do good and maybe win something. Then I wrote a new script (half) it’s an action plot and tells a story through a series of flashbacks, that leads you to believe in a different outcome based on how much of the story you see. I want to do it VERY well, so I’m going to make a shot list, carefully cast everyone, and make sure that it’s the best I can do. Oh… and I made a film a few weekends ago. A fake commercial, just like the good old days (making those are how I got into film). Used my DSLR for the first time doing a film project. AMAZING quality, every frame is like a photograph. Of course the commercial has a ridiculous plot, but it’s a beaut… got some pull focus in there and made use of my Green Screen and lights! Still editing: it has a lot of cuts and visual effects. So you will see “The eyeFix VR infomercial” up on youtube very soon. It was a really fun project.
Equipment- Mangus Video Tripod: fluid head and 64″ max height. So excited, it will help a lot with my DSLR video, because DSLRs aren’t very stable. Then I got a Video Micro Røde mic, It’s very fluffy and I think it will be great!
DMA Work- Wow haha, last time I posted was the my first time being camera director? So I’ve directed 4 events in the IPAB already and have done 6 gigs for DMA total. so lets get started… I GOT PAID FOR WORKING A WEEKEND! 100 big ones; 9 hrs of work. That’s right, I’m getting paid to do videography for a professional media organization. So I worked Saturday night to record the US Bike Hall of Fame 2016 Honorees. I guess Davis CA where I live is home to the US Bike Hall of Fame. Pretty cool, so they had a VERY fancy banquette to honor those new people admitted to the HOF. I had a simple job, re-align the camera for every new speaker. As media though, I got to enjoy the refreshments they offered. Yes, the dessert buffet and open bar (they had sodas… I’m 17). That was very nice… and I met Barry Bonds. That was actually really cool, I shook his hand. Just being at that event I realized how at 17 I’m experiencing a media job already, and it was amazing. It just made me more excited for my future. Anyway, the next day I had to DIRECT 2 back-to-back choir concerts. It was my first time in the IPAB, but Jeff (supervisor at DMA) gave me the run down… but then had to go, leaving me by myself with one other cameraman. Very frightening at first, but got pretty comfortable at the end… but then the other cameraman left. So I had to record the entire 2nd concert on my own; a 3 camera- live directing shoot. But I managed, I had a long shot on one unmanned camera, a wide shot on the other, and then I controlled the close up one at the same time as directing. It got pretty easy towards the end. So after that 9 hour work weekend, I volunteered for 2 more concerts a few weeks after. I worked with Frank W. I was mainly camera man, but we switched off. He’s a really cool guy, and we got talking and he told me about his non-profit org FDYC “Positive Skill Development and Youth Mentoring”. It seems, cool, with youth programs, I think I might be a little above some of the students’ levels, but I might help out with younger kids classes, and definitely help record events for them. Frank asked me to help out to record a toy drive on Thursday, but with finals, I didn’t have time. Definitely want to help out with events in the future though!
Film Camp/Classes- Yep! It’s coming up! and… I am an official instructor of the Davis Arts Center. I am listed as an instructor on the catalogue. So anyway about the class, I am planning to run it the same way as the camp. I may or may write a new script as well. But it’s going to very similar. I just hope that I’ll get enough interested students that want to take it.
Applying for internships and classes- not really. I’m going to look for some in studios in LA over the summer, and look into classes at Sacramento City College.
Video/Film Jobs- So Field Hockey is all over. Still waiting on 80 bucks from the coach actually. I only did one highlight video which was disappointing considering there were like 5 parents who contacted me. But I got paid for the one I did make. Pretty long video, only made like 30 bucks, but not bad. Then I did the bike meeting. That was an adventure… well more like 3 hours in the editing booth, But it’s very lively with lots of cuts. Got paid for that as well… thanks dad. But I’ve hit a dry spell, no jobs recently, almost did one for the school district, but they never got back to me. I guess I can just focus on my own films, which will be nice.
PSA for Orchestra- Haven’t done one yet
The DMAC- 2 photo contests later, we still exist. Members are up to about 50… of course only like 10-15 come to meetings, but still not bad. I’ll give you a run down on the progress so far. First meeting went well, good turn out, we were happy. Second meeting was kind of slow with a smaller turn out; Eric did a photography presentation as well. Then we had the club fair; where clubs on campus can have booths and get members for their club. WE. DOMINATED. IT. I brought in my green screen, and had people pretend to fly in front of it, and then I edited in the background. Took less than 5 minutes per person, and was a hit! Everyone was very impressed. We got a ton of members that day as well. Then we started advertising for our photo contest (theme: Fall). The photo teacher put the announcement on the board in the room. 25 admissions. We were overwhelmed. It was A GREAT TURNOUT. Everyone wanted the cash prize I guess. Of course very few of them showed up to the actual meeting to vote, but still had like 20 people. We had a winner and announced the next contest (black and white portraits). At the meeting before the second Super Tuesday (what we call the day we vote on the photos) we had presentation from me and Kyle (Graphic arts president). Oh, and right before my presentation on the basics of filmmaking, the film teacher walked in to watch. So I had to give my presentation to the professional film teacher. Luckily I nailed it, so that was good. Anyway, Then we had our final meeting of the year with the voting for the Black and White photo contest. Even more submissions this time! Had a good contest, the winner was like professional. It was actually a teacher on campus… whoops. But we’re excited for the new year. I gotta start seriously thinking about the end of the year film festival though. I think I’ll talk to people about it when we start again in January. The pressure right now is to get the school to back us, find a place to do it, and get funding. Planning the actual festival is not as much of a problem.
Film Festivals and Events- The season is upon us… almost. Directing Change is the first one to do. I’ll be working with Eric over break to get that video done, Then theres another festival the NCSFF: Northern California Student Film Festival. It’s a new festival that judged by region, and has cash prize, looks like my chances might be pretty good, looking forward to enter the archer or the new script “The Long Run”. Then of course Eyelight, I gotta enter that as well.
Photography and Graphic Design- Lots and lots of photography, my 32 gig SD card is almost full. It’s a lot of fun, I got some good pics. They’re all on my VSCO. I got a photography book for Christmas, and I’m learning a lot about manual photography. It’s a lot of fun, nothing like film though. For Graphic design, I make all the posters and digital designs for the DMAC. This is the posters for the photo contests, fliers, and all the designs for the website and Instagram. So lots of Graphic design work for me as well. Also looks like I’ll have to whip up a design for the DMAC t-shirt, but that won ‘t be bad.
Social Media Videos- nothin’ really
Other News- Over Thanksgiving I went down to LA to see family. I visited my first college! Loyola Marymount: one of the top film schools in the country, private school, in the center of LA. Its really nice, we got a tour, they use really good equipment, and you have rights to your own films. Definitely a school I want to apply to. Also I got some good pics in Venice. Otherwise, just lots of homework and lots of stuff with my friends. Finals were last week, but now its all over. Orchestra isn’t bad, quintet is fun, also just fun to play music with friends. Hoping the second semester will be easier at school, give me more free time.
Alright, next post I’ll have filmed the Archer and finished the eyeFix… hopefully. And hopefully post within in about a month