We've wrapped production on "The Stranger," my MFA thesis film. I completed it with the help of a phenomenal cast and dedicated crew. I actually don't feel very different. There's more time in the day; but the end of the filming was anti-climactic. I'm not sure that's a bad thing. It means I have momentum to move forward into post and the next project.
It was interesting - with this project I could see what could be better in real time (vs. a few weeks later). Most of those things couldn't be amended due to time, budget, etc. But it was nice to know I'm learning and becoming more aware in the moment. I can see the progress we've made from our first projects here at FSU. In a year and a half, we've improved in our story, technique, and resourcefulness. It's been so encouraging.
Of course, none of know what we'll be doing upon graduation - if we'll ever direct again. But the knowledge of our capabilities and the life skills we've acquired will serve us wherever we go. I wrote more about those life skills in my medium article, linked below.
A dream came true when some friends and I ventured to the Kennedy Space Center to see a satellite launch. What a beautiful, breath-taking experience.
This was a fun experiment I did with a hollographic poster board, a few sparklers, a work light, and a jar. I love the light trails the tiny explosions leave. Their truly beautiful.
In two days, the first draft of my final project at FSU will be due.
We've been through seven weeks of development at this point and we're all eager to get something tangible in front of us.
I've chosen to co-write my thesis. Although I love writing my own scripts, I think it's such a valuable experience to have. Plus, Carolina Garrigo brings a alternate perspective and humor that, if we can reconcile with my sharp, stylistic nature, will create a depth neither of us could achieve on our own.
Over the next two weeks we crew each other. Then we'll launch into workshops to do some test shoots as we finish up our scripts, cast, and begin the logistical undertaking that is making 16 thesis films in the spring.
We'll shoot January through May. Take a week off. Then hit post-production May through August while also working on marketing for our films, job-hunting, and preparing for graduation.
Our screening, August 5th, 2017, isn't all that far off.
Amid all that, we're showing our first year graduate students the ropes to prepare them to shoot their first projects in a few weeks. They'll also crew our thesis films.
Next week, I head to New Orleans Film Festival to participate in a pitching competition and interact with some other filmmakers from outside of FSU. I'm incredibly thankful to have a moment to peer into the outside world and gather some new inspiration.
Updates on that and the thesis progression coming soon!
I took the below photo of the gentleman, and he took the other two images of me. I added the warm wash and offset effect and text. It was a quick, fun edit just for the sake of the images seemed to be screaming for them.
I also had the chance this past semester to design t-shirts for my class. With the approval of the school, we added to the logo and made ourselves feel an inch more professional.