A Good MonthThis is going to be a good month.
There are many reasons it's going to be a good month, all of which I could convey with a convenient bullet-point list. I could then include a pie chart and well-designed info-graphic illustrating the exact reasons September is going to rock. But one thing September is not going to bring is more time for me to create such items in a blog. So for now, I will revert to meandering ramblings.
First, iPad. Apple finally sent an iPad they promised the school district several months ago in association with a video I helped with. It came, it's "mine" and it's the best thing since sliced silicone wafer chips. It fills a void I didn't know I had, and it gives the family one more item to smear its collective finger grease on. It's an awesome piece of technology that has proved its worth in my life and shows exciting new potential for media creation and consumption.
Secondly, Film Club is back! Auditions for the 2010-2011 Film Club group are Tuesday night at Springfield High's auditorium. If you're interested, it's open to the public and starts at 7pm. We have 20 spots and expect many more students than that to try out. Auditions can be no longer than 60 seconds and should convey a students' creativity and originality. I'm dying to get the year started, I have a lot of fun ideas and I think we'll have a really great group of kids.
I thought it was only fair to subject myself to the same criteria I forced upon the kids, so I made my own audition video. I'll post it here tomorrow night. But one more reason that September is going to rock is that for the first time in, well, ever, I finished a video more than 24 hours before I needed to. I wrote the script over 24 hours, filmed it in one afternoon and spent a couple hours in post-production.
Something boring for you but really fun for me is the school district website. I launched a whole new site this summer, and while there is a lot more work that needs to be done asap, overall the new site is functioning very well. It was a huge challenge to completely re-write the entire codebase and include all the features I had on my to-do list last December. The end result is a site that uses less than a third of the code of the old site, which lends itself to much more rapid development going forward. Sweet. Moving on.
The St. Louis Film Racing contest is happening at the end of September. That's where we have to make a movie in 24 hours. Like last summer, Denny is flying into town for the weekend. Expect another Dan & Danny video that will, once again, change your life.
In addition to the million other things I have going on, I have decided that since I turn 33 next month (3's are special to me, so it's an important birthday), I am going to start focusing my efforts on things that will take me closer to whatever my goal for life is. Sometimes I get caught up in trivial projects or get lazy on the weekends or just do things that don't really lead anywhere.
Of all the jobs I've had and all of the stuff I know how to do (and enjoy doing), I think what fits me best and what I'd be most happy doing is running my own small media company. I envision the work including videography, photography, graphic design and website development.
I'm not making any huge decisions now that impact my current job. I love where I'm at, and I love what I do. But try as I may, there's always been something inside of me that kinda tells me that I need to go in that direction. I half-heartedly tried to be a freelance graphic designer for a few years awhile back, and while I was not that successful, I didn't really try that hard. Put it this way - I earned about what I should have given my efforts.
So what I've done is I've decided to start getting back into the world of freelance projects on a very small scale. I have a new name (Heinzel Media), I have a slightly new logo and I have a new (and very much not-at-all-done) website: heinzelmedia.com.
I figure that's all I have to do, right? Now I just sit back and wait for work to roll in. Just sit right back. I see the phone, and it's going to ring soon. Of course, I won't pick it up. But they'll leave a message. Probably.