Check out the notes that I took to guide my edit and re-edit of the Senior Chapel video
Part of me enjoys deadlines. That’s hard to say, it’s almost like a confession to say that I enjoy deadlines, but I think the truth is that we all like them a little bit. Deadlines are motivation more than almost anything else and in this Senior Project lifestyle that I think closely equates that of a freelance artist, deadlines are all that can keep me on task and in line. Yes, I do have to account for 36 hours of work every week, but also the Senior Chapel is tomorrow and the Film Fest is on Sunday, yay! I’m excited for these events, but they’re not just a party or a movie where I can just show up, sit back, and enjoy the show. First, I’ve got to make the show, then I can sit back and, relax, maybe.
With that in the back of my head, I might have set the record for the longest inhabitance of a Lovett school building for all intents and purposes other than a lock in, performance, return from a trip, etc. I worked non-stop from 4:30 in the afternoon until 12:30 AM with one bathroom break, no dinner, no nothing and the glorious part is that when I was done it felt like only half that time had passed. The main reason I was able to put my nose to the grindstone so well was because of this deadline. Senior Chapel is tomorrow morning and I am not one to risk showing up in the morning with things to be done and assuming that any amount of time will allow it to be ready when it needs to be. I know that I’ll sleep more soundly this evening because although it may not be ready to screen, the production and post-production of the Senior chapel video is completed. I had a lot of fun editing this video, it was a good change of pace, not only because a lot of the footage was semi-improvised, but the final product is also a much more relaxed and amateurish piece, which sounds like a terrible thing any way you slice it, but it’s not. After writing, producing, directing, and editing Hard Work & Dedication for about 6 weeks now on and off, not having to worry so much about a standard of excellence is very nice. This circumstance makes me consider what it would be like to write and/or direct, produce or even edit a feature length film would take months or even years to complete. Wow, I don’t think that’s up my alley. Granted, doing everything is a very different experience than mastering the art of writing or directing or editing, etc. I do believe that it would be far less exhausting and over-indulging to be able to hold one of those positions on a feature film.
Regardless, the Senior Chapel video is done and HW&D is on it’s last edit (hopefully!), as for the music video… there’s still some work to be done there including planning. That might not get completed in time, but hey, we tried!
Hard work & dedication… sometimes that’s all it takes and sometimes it’s all that it takes.