UPDATE - 3/8/18, 12:50PM: So the last week totally got away from me, so much so that along with not having what I'd planned on sharing this week anywhere near presentable, I also totally forgot to actually share this post more than once on either Facebook or Twitter. So lets try this again, and I'll have some cool stuff to share next week, I promise!
So I decided it was time to build myself a website - two main reasons:
1) as a place to show off and organize my work.
2) to give me a platform for a blog.
I thought I'd try out Weebly for a bit to build the site. I've played with Wix and Wordpress on other projects, and I thought it'd be worth giving this one a shot on a (currently) non-critical website.
That all said, its a work in progress - right now its only the main page and the blog, most of the pictures are placeholders, and the rest is... in progress - In time it'll have this, my blog, along with other fun things like a reel that I haven't had time to make in 5 years, a place to show off some of my photography that I'm proud of, and more of my video work in a clean organized fashion, so keep an eye out on my social media for updates. (I might even eventually get a sign up form and be able to email you when I post new things to the site, if thats something you'd be interested in, let me know!)
Of course the primary purpose of a website for any artist is to help in getting their work shown. My problem is that most of my work is "a work in progress" - I've got two shorts shot - waiting to be edited, a 48 hour film project that I have yet to have time to upload to YouTube (coming soon I promise!), a music performance I shot for Overtone that is almost done, a full recording of CCCT's production of Titus Andronicus to edit, other promotional material for Clear Creek Community Theatre, theres I-don't-know-how-many scripts written (or half written) sitting on this computer, and of course then there's the work that I'm actually being paid to do... so its fitting that the website is a work in progress as well.
So for now we'll stick to the main page and blog. And add the rest later.
I'm hoping that by publishing this, and getting it out into the open, I'll have another reason to focus on the projects that aren't yet done. I'm hoping you, my friends and family that follow my work, will follow along with me as I work through the old project and get started on the new ones.
And then there's the blog - some of you may know I started, or attempted to start, a vlog a few months back - the primary purpose of the vlog being to give me practice talking on camera - since its something I've never been too fond of, but is clearly a needed skill in today's independent world. The other reason I created it was to try and keep myself focused on my work that needed to be done. Of course, what happened was I focused too much on needing to get the vlog done, trying to make a point of shooting whenever I felt like being on camera rather than whenever I felt like I had something worth sharing.
That's where the blog comes in - I've decided that I'm far more suited to writing than talking on camera - I love writing and its something I can do from wherever, in whatever time I have in multiple sittings (I actually started writing this blog post three days ago) - rather than finding myself a window to sit and talk on camera and then edit it.
Of course, the vlog won't go away entirely - I even plan on adding a page for it here on the blog, it had just become too much work to keep up with, and then I'd get behind and then I'd be so far behind on it that I wouldn't work on it and it just sat there till I found time to get on camera again - in short, it was getting in the way of itself. So here's what I'm going to do - I'm going to try to write at least one blog post per week, what about I'm not sure yet - behind the scenes tidbits on projects I'm working on, my thoughts on whatever movie I just saw (by the way, The Hitman's Bodyguard is a blast), or something else entirely (though I will try to avoid politics whenever possible).
And then I'll try and get the vlog back onto a more reasonable schedule of once per month, rather than the more amorphous "once every week or so" that I was attempting.
So - stay tuned to the website for updates, and I thank you all with your patience as I slowly build this out.
Thomas Meek is an independent filmmaker living and working in Houston, TX