Sunday, February 17, 2008

Processing Film, BNC and Non-Profits

I finally got paid. This may not seem like much to everyone else, but to an atypical starving artist, this is a major development. I had been in a drought for a couple of weeks, and now I am free!

What does this mean? Well, I made a few important musical gear purchases, I ordered a part which will allow me to capture video and begin editing some work, and now I can have the film from "The Pass" developed. I still have a few scenes to shoot for "Water from the Mountain", so "The Pass" will receive treatment first. My plan is to have this film edited by the end of March.

So, tomorrow I am making my way to Alpha Cine, hopefully in time to speak with them about my processing needs. I should have the film by the weekend, and then the editing can begin. There are two things that will delay the finished product: we are traveling to Victoria this next weekend, and I may shoot the end scene again. I did not like my location in Bothell as much as I like the scene just outside of the Green Bean, where the film took place. I just received written permission from the photographer whose work appeared at the Green Bean and subsequently a scene of the film. All the proverbial ducks are in their rows.

The snow film just isn't going to happen, at least not with any snow! It is called "Spring in Winter", and I can either wait until next year or shoot it without snow. I have not decided.

February is also the month for the RPM Challenge, and I have new lyrics and poetry written...the next step is recording it! I have until Noon on March 1st.

There are other possibilities taking shape...helping a friend with his film projects, helping another friend with her editing project, and as I try my hand at music vids, I may be producing a full DVD of a local band. Busy, busy, busy!

I can't just stop there! I am finally taking a look at establishing Blue November Creations as a legal business entity, and I am also looking at Non-Profit status for the Film Festival and related ventures. It is going to be a busy week, but I am dreaming without borders, and for that, I am very happy! I will keep you posted on future endeavors. Cheers!

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Plans for Today: The 2008 Festival

I want to take the Festival a notch higher this year, so I have a few ideas in mind to make it more "marketable" without being a used car salesman. I think my biggest problem is press and awareness; the press isn't going to look at me any other way than half-assed, and I don't have a street team. The other point that I have heard over the years is this thing about 'free' admission. It seems that the theory is, no one will waste his or her time on something 'free', because if it's free then it isn't worth anything. I don't know who came up with this incredibly stupid notion, but then again I can see, through example, where it might have some weight. My solution is not to bend with my mission statement, but to curve the interpretation a little; I will place a dollar figure on the event, as a suggested donation to a charity. I'm open to anyone and everyone's insight or opinion.

While I am at Green Bean today, I am going to take advantage of the nearby venues and see if I can expand on the overall proceeding in November. I like the Greenwood community and I believe in it. So today I will be doing a little legwork that brings me closer to my goal of having the major parameters of this year's Festival set by month's end.

I have submitted a commentary on last year's Fest along with my reflection over the last five years to my 'webmaster', Fae. The new call for entries will be announced soon.