While not officially the first post for the blog, this is the first post of any real substance. To start, welcome to the Dark Side of the Moon Blog! We at Silver Moon Films are glad that you’ve decided to take a peek into our edge of the web. I know people always say that it is their “corner” of the internet, but I see the internet as a whole as never ending. If it never ends, then it must be a circle, and if it is a circle, then it can’t have corners, only edges.
“… something is needed to jump start the creative process.”
Well, with the initial blahrg out of the way, I’d like to delve into something that has become a realization just in the last few days for me. During times of little to no incoming work as far as video editing, I notice that I am less inclined to actually want to edit. While during times of multiple projects, the urge to edit seems to increase dramatically. I am not sure as to what to attribute this to, and I can only surmise that my mind goes into what I call “editing mode” and actually thinks and functions slightly different. I also think that in order for my mind to start to be actively in this mode, actually going out and shooting something is needed to jump start the creative process. Up until a little more than a few weeks ago there had been a lull in our shooting schedule. This seems to have coincided with my desire to edit. There is a project that I am doing for my cousin that involves the process of editing her wedding footage into something that is presentable. I have been sloth in getting this done as other things seemed to take priority. While this has been ongoing for a while, once we started shooting again for our most recent project, St. Vincent de Paul: Jackson, the desire to edit came back at once. While waiting to get more footage and edit the new project, I found myself really wanting to jump back into editing the wedding.
Since I was now much further removed from the wedding footage since I had last worked on it, and I was also in a creative mindset while working on the St. Vincent de Paul project, I became aware that I i made different choices while editing the footage. I was able to make the edits with much less effort, the points and rhythm of the sequence just seemed to flow all on its own without my help whatsoever. It was very nice. Along with that decidedly nice benefit, I also made editing choices that I may not have otherwise made. Without going into specifics, I think that overall the piece will benefit from my partial lapse from continued work on it and be a much better and more appealing to the client. Well, in this case the client is my cousin, but the logic remains the same.
“… I need to keep active.”
This has been a great outlet for me to be able to retrospectively look at my own actions and thoughts and to be able to piece together a simple conclusion: I need to keep active. Both in shooting and in editing. This does not mean that I should start burning straight through projects one right after another however. I feel as though I should start working on a few more projects simultaneously and bounce back and fourth between them so as not to get myself into too much of a rut in any single project.
Thank you for enjoying this first post, and hopefully just the start, of what I imagine will be a load of fun both to write and think about. Hopefully in the future I will be able to process and present some of my techniques and be able to possibly help others in their quests to become better along with me. And remember, never forget to howl at the moon if you would like to work together in the future.