The importance of getting genuine feedback.

Something that a lot of artists, be they musicians, painters, photographers, or filmmakers struggle with is self critique. We are both our harshest critics and our biggest cheerleaders (or else we should be). We will both love and hate a project and will constantly try to nit pick at little details or second guess decisions all in the name of “perfection”. We want what we’re creating to be perfect all the time because we, as artists, like showing off our art but we don’t like showing off something we don’t think is “good”.

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Better late than never

So today’s offering is a day late because hey…life happens. Like most budding filmmakers I work a day job to make ends meet and feed my cat. Sometimes day job and film life butt up against each other and yesterday was one such…butting? Anyway, I attended the monthly Film Cafe meeting in Cleveland which began shortly after I punched out of work and my film was showing after the main speakers where I was then given the opportunity to answer a few questions about the film from the 10 people of about 30 that deigned to watch some local films that weren’t theirs.

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Finding My Voice

I am two years into this filmmaking journey and even though I was well aware of the things I didn’t know about making movies, I guess I never realized just how much I didn’t know. Being a first time director and hiring a crew it was very easy (and tempting) to rest on the laurels of the crew to carry you through the production but that’s a surefire way to invite disaster on your set. Thankfully I was able to resist that temptation because I’ve been blessed with very competent crew members so far and have actually learned a lot more working with them than I could have watching tutorial videos or reading a book.

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The month of June

I haven’t blogged since May and it’s because I can’t bring myself to talk about nothing. It’s not that I’m not doing anything because the exact opposite is true. I have so much on my plate but none of it is visually ready to be talked about. Filmmaking is a visual medium and looking at pictures is way more interesting than looking at walls of text (at least for me) so unless I have something to show, I normally keep quiet or tweet about a random craving for iced tea that I had.

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