Today I'm really excited to share new content that I will be uploading regularly on YouTube. Since the beginning of my filmmaking career I have been uploading all my films, web-series, and podcasts on the O The Anthem YouTube page. Now I have decided to suplement that content with personal takes and informative vlogs. The first thing I decided to add to the page was a look at video Christmas cards I make for my loved ones for the Holidays. In this video I go through how I plan and create the video cards, and go through each one individually. My plan is to have semi regular vlogs that I can create and release quickly, based off of what is happening in entertainment.
I never particularly put any kind of special power into fortune cookies, but for whatever reason I decided to roll hard on fate. It was the first day on a big project for me, and with the Chinese food for lunch it seemed appropriate. The fortune read (above) "Your present plans are going to succeed if you stick to them." To me it seemed like as wonderful a message as any to make the mantra for the shoot. With that, I began working on "A Child's Voice," and would soon find myself fortunate for way more than just the success that came with determination.
Before moving out to Los Angeles, I had the same day job for eleven years. For most of it I had the same shift, 7am to 3pm. Some people were there for the entire time and some were only there for a few months, but you feel this bond when you work with someone. They become friends, and can be close to you in a way that friends of your choosing are not because you see them everyday. When I left, I felt a profound sadness that these relationships would never quite be the same. How could you duplicate a bond of months or years in weeks or sometimes days?
Well kind reader, I can report that film is different. Even in my brief experience on film sets, I learned that I can feel a bond with people in a matter of days, and when you get a call sheet and see a familiar name, you get genuinely excited. It's like when you come into the restaurant and see your work-bestie has the same shift. A few months back I had the pleasure of doing sound on two different shorts, and between the two there was a lot of carry over in the crews. The worries I had previously, over these two shorts was wiped away.
I talked in a previous blog entry about how I was invited on the Indie Film Grit podcast and today is the day where you get to listen to it!
I was really excited with the conversation I had with Tim Patrick, and if you haven’t listened to his podcast than you absolutely should. He has had a ton of really awesome guests and I suggest you listen to more than just my episode as your time permits. He’s a really great guy and it would mean a lot if you support his show.
It was also really exciting to talk just filmmaking, and what you can do to stop the excuses and make a film.
Hey Guys, hope all is well.
It has been a busy and productive couple weeks for me, the punctuation of which was getting the opportunity to do sound for a project on the back lot of Warner Brothers. It was the second back lot I have worked on, but the first time since I became a full time freelancer.
Recently a crew reached out to me asking if I wanted to do sound for a project they were working on, and when they told me that part of it involved shooting on the back lot at Warner Brothers, I was in. I think a lot about a famous back lot the way a baseball player must think about playing in Dodger Stadium. The history lays thick in the air like humidity, and you can’t help but think about all the foot steps you trace with your own. It goes beyond that though, much like sports you are part of a team when you are out there together. Everyone working together with the aim of a singular vision. Doing what you can to produce the best product possible, and working with talented professionals who have incredible skill and desire to maintain a level of excellence.
Hello one and all, I hope you are having a great day.
Before moving to Los Angeles to progress my film making journey, I knew that things were going to substantially change. First there was the obvious, I was moving across the country to a whole new city and leaving behind all my family and friends. I knew to grow I needed to be around more productions and more sets, and LA seemed to me like the obvious choice.
Today is exactly 7 months since we moved into our apartment, and I can say some things for sure. Up top, I really appreciate having Rachel and Rob by my side for this. They are both truly special people to me, and I couldn’t ask for better partners in this whole decision. In addition, the support of everyone back in Baltimore has been huge for me, and your kindness has been very moving.