Sunday, March 16, 2008

Editing "The Pass"

I have all of my releases and permissions for this new short film, and after viewing the two newly developed reels from Alpha Cine, I am ready to beging editing.

Here is a sneak peak at scenes captured digitally from the view screen on my Vernon 808 editor:

Keep in mind that this is not how the final product will look, but it gives you an idea of the production. The unfortunate thing is that I am not happy with the final scene in the film (not shown), and I can do nothing more than shoot that scene again. As I begin to edit, the film cartridges will be ordered and the next phase will begin. This will more than likely push me into April.

Additional Venue

I acquired an alternate venue for our local music showcase occurring this November, and I wanted a possible second, maybe even a third location for movies, performances and awards. After riding high with the news of our after party location, I spent a weekend in Victoria where a good friend, Joe Higgins, agreed to play on the 14th. With that came the possibility of two more of our good friends that said they would come down and perform. I think we will have many returning favorites this year.

I spoke with a local theater about Sunday, November 16th. It took some time to get a response, and I was very excited to receive such. We spoke about the event and the details, only to arrive at the roadblock of their requirement for liability insurance. This was puzzling to me, since most establishments of this nature carried insurance for their building; why would I supply the same? The other thing is, I am not a business nor am I a nonprofit. The final nail in the coffin was the rental fee for four hours time. The rate was beyond our means, and to me, it was not a reasonable fee for the time allowed. I am certain there are allowances to insure their operation, and yet the fact remains that such a price kills our operation. The final word is, we are still looking.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Plowing Through and Forward

A great many things have happened since my last visit to blogland. I have regained my status as lone, roving wanderer, a nod to my Bohemian self. I’ve walked the downtown streets and captured art and circumstance, I spoke with the homeless and saw hope in spite of tragedy, and I found the flicker of Seattle. I have been renewed only to grow weary and uninspired again…sigh. The path of the artist…

I attempted the RPM Challenge, and almost succeeded. I changed from a miked amp configuration to a direct application and recorded a dissonant orchestral opus of thirty-seven minutes…it was then I realized that I forgot to change the input setting on the VCR (on which the recording was to be captured), and thus, nothing was recorded. In addition, my old relic of a drum machine blew up on me. Despite this challenge, I will continue to record.

I still have not viewed the footage from “The Pass”, my latest Super 8 short film. This will come in the next few days. My idea of cranking out film after film is not going as swimmingly as I had hoped. Nonetheless, my goal of having this new film complete by month end is sound, and I look forward to seeing the results.

I have not heard from Brett despite repeated attempts to contact him. First and foremost, I am worried about his well-being. On the other hand, this does not bode well for “Solid”. As money falls into place, I can shoot the final scenes. After that, I don’t know what to do.

Fae is in Tulsa, dealing with family misfortune that is slowly becoming positive. I search the Net, trying to lay down a foundation of friends and colleagues and yet my projects don’t quite seem big enough to occupy their time as of yet. I need a good interpersonal drama to stimulate their talents. My problem is that I am so visual.

I took my reel to reel into NW Audio yesterday. After Fed-Ex busted the hell out of it, these guys will be able to fix it, and then I can record my music and poetry the way I want. It made me reflect on how much of a dying trend these skills and the related equipment have become. Even with the resurgence of the old equipment, the newbies are still liable to throw the device away if it is broken rather than have it fixed. I am doing the same, and looking into a new drum machine, although I am still keeping the old.

After that, I went down to Green Bean and bought some fresh coffee. Ahhhh, the smell is so great, I want to eat it! I had a bit of lunch and a cup of coffee, and then I made my way to Shilshole. I taped a few scenes and helped a stranded motorist before returning to the Bean. Now I sit, disillusioned and tired, as usual. I have so many things to do. My immediate struggle is how to promote the festival in its own community.