So much for getting back in to weekly posts...
As some of you know, I've been very busy the past month or so. Clearly, its been harder than expected to find time to write a weekly blog post, while also juggling multiple projects at work, volunteer projects I committed to at CCCT (sorting out the blank gun for the show and lighting - more on that below), decorating for Halloween, and still leaving time to relax now and then. And yet, so many of these projects are either in various stages of completion or aren't sharable for one reason or another, that I also haven't had all that much to talk about.
Here's a couple recent ones I can share though:
The other day, I edited an updated reel for an actor friend of mine, Jesse Merrill. One of the projects we decided to include in his reel is an episode of Stop the Threat that he was in, "Crime Spree" (one of my favorites) - you can check that out here:
This was a pretty quick and straightforward edit. Like the last reel I cut for him, he chose the pieces he wanted ahead of time and gave them to me, I brought them all into Premiere and he sat with me as we arranged them around on the timeline in a way that both showed off his talents and more recent work, but also so that it flows well and isn't jarring.
The cool thing about this version of his reel is we did all this while I was at home in Houston, and he was at his place in Los Angeles. Basically, I shared my edit screen with him over Google Hangouts and while it did stutter a little bit on his end, he was able to see what I was seeing and doing every step of the way. All in all, the edit took about two and a half hours, and he had the instant gratification of seeing the finished version before I even hit export. Then I just sent him the file back through Google drive and he uploaded it later that afternoon.
Now, if only I could find the time to cut together my reel...
Another project I can share that we did recently was a webcast I worked on at TPC - along with the presentation itself, we also shot a couple of promo videos - you can check one of them out below:
Finally, this past Saturday (the 13th) I spend the day at Clear Creek Community Theatre getting the lights set for the upcoming production of Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders - I volunteered to do the lighting design for that show. I'm very happy with how its coming together. Unfortunately I was too busy Saturday to shoot a timelapse of the hang like I've been doing in the past, or even take any pictures.
However, I went back during a dress rehearsal Wednesday and took some pictures and it looks pretty great - here's a handful of them. The show opens tonight (10-19) if you're in town and want to go check it out - tickets are available on Clear Creek Community Theatre's website.
Like I said, I'm really happy with how this is looking.
Beyond that, I've also been working on the edits for those Macbeth videos I mentioned in my last post - they're coming along very well - and some of them are just spooky. I can't wait to finish those edits and share those videos.
Otherwise, I don't have anything else new I can talk about at the moment, but there's a couple projects in development that I'm really excited about - stay tuned.
That will wrap it up for this week. Thank you for reading and watching.
As always, if there's anything I've mentioned in this post that you'd like me to go into in further detail about be sure to let me know in the comments below!
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Until next time.
Thomas Meek is an independent filmmaker living and working in Houston, TX