Thursday, February 19, 2009

A thin line...

I did watch a Thin Blue line. Very good and colourful (Cdn. spelling). I had my mom and Milt watch it. Very interesting comments - they both liked but thought too much repetition of the incident. Not sure why Morris choose to repeat so many times. 

I read about Randall Adams on wikipedia and talks about Morris and his conflict about who owns his life story. Fascinating!!! Would love to discuss this with others... problem is - not one reads my blog yet LOL!!!

Way too busy lately

Man between, work, my course and home life I've had my hands full. I miss not having time to check in daily. I continue to read High Steel by Jim Rasenberger. I'm really enjoying it. I found a great story about Sam Parks that I'd love to screen write. I think I'll reread a few times and later investigate how I can go about it. Does anyone know? Still listening to Story and it's being ingrained into my brain. He suggests rereading the piece your adapting - hence. 

My course is going well. Instructor said I have the most animated and entertaining posts in the group but relevant. I think this blog my 3/4 yr journaling and posting to the course have really been enriching. 

I'm really at a crossroads though. Want to teach, want to make documentaries, want to blog and earn a living. Surely to God I can make something work. I'm worried I'm not focused enough. I'm not sure how to do this. 

I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Ironing out ideas...

I've began reading book on Iron Workers. I've always be curious about them. I like the Native Canadian connection too. The fear of heights and danger. I hope to get ideas from it.

I'm listening a second time to Story by Robert McKee on my commutes. I may have one. I have the index cards to start one day.

Rosenblum, Jeffery Jarvis, Jay Rosen... etc. All predicting the demise of the television networks and newspapers. I'm meeting with an Illustrator buddy tomorrow night. I want to find out how he is doing and what to make of these things. He's best friend with a old highschool buddy that works at our local newspaper. Look forward to the discussion. I'll share what comes out of it.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Checkin in between School work! Okay after really...

Finished Hillman Curtis' book. Not bad. Inspiring. He appropriates a lot of his work and relies on music to save his bacon at times. Easy read though with some good advice.

Watched The Producers doc about the cast recording featuring Mel Brooks. Fun but pretty straight forward.

Lots of school work this weekend. Watched a number of Errol Morris' First Person- The Complete Series while running on the treadmill an hour at a time.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Recovering Reality...and QTV.

Found this recent Errol Morris video on YouTube today. Also found this 25 minutes > more Errol.

A bit about Seeing and Listening

I finished Documentary Storytelling. I enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. I particularily liked the interviews. I hope to discuss all my notes on it.

Watched Herzog's Land of Silence and Darkness. Really well done. At first I thought it was going to be hard to watch but then suddenly i was hooked in. The protagonist was amazing! The video really brought you into a whole different world and it became very touching not over the top though. I just can't imagine what their lives would be like but Herzog sure gave us a glimpse. These are amazing people.

I'm listening to Story on my commutes to and from work. I will listen a few times and hope to internal a lot of the concepts. Although, the principles are for fiction, I think that a good understanding of them will definitely make one more aware of finding the story elements in a piece of non-fiction.

I've now been reading Hillman Curtis' book called On Creating Short Films for the Web. Less scholarly and technical, more cerebral and personal. Should be a good inspiration.

My mom wants to invest in my video career. She wants to help me get set up. She's always been big on the arts and very supportive of them. Now she wants to support me. I've very lucky. I now have to investigate what I really need to get going. I love you mom!