Hello fellow RT mates,
At this rate, this is becoming my biannual journal entry. How things have changed! I thought I'd share some life updates to get caught up and we can go from there.
Topic #1) Film Festival
- Currently, I am entering the CineSpace 2016 film festival being hosted by the Houston Cinema Arts Society and NASA. Entries are due this weekend and I have been hard at work since late April. Crunch time is now, so I will gladly share my finished project once I submit it this weekend. I can't want for it to be done! On that note, let's talk video production. As almost all of you know, I make videos. I make them for both fun and profit, but mostly for fun, because that is where my heart lies. Last year, (2015), I fundamentally took a break from all filmmaking. I did some tiny stuff for work, but other than that, I cancelled all personal projects going into the summer, fall, and winter. That was a tough decision to make. Video production might be the thing that brings me the greatest joy and satisfaction in life. And it may be the one true thing that I consider myself to be skilled at. I worked on a lot of new projects early last year, like Runspiration Project, but it quickly hit me that with the next stage of my life moving in, this was something that was going to have to wait or halt altogether. I even considered CineSpace 2015, but decided I wasn't going to be able to put in 100%, so I nixed it. Once 2016 rolled around, I felt like I gained my bearings again, and made a pact with myself, that I would make one quality short film this year. I kept the goal simple while still allowing for ambition. I didn't know what that was going to be until I noticed that CineSpace was rolling around again. The decision was made pretty quickly, and soon enough, I found myself reaching out to people and writing many notes. Now, here I stand, on the eve of submission to my third contest entry, ready to take on the global competition. I've learned so much from my past contest experiences, one of them being the infamous Rooster Teeth music video from 2012 (holy crap, really that long ago?) and the Humans In Space Art, NASA contest in 2014. I took my learnings and applied them to this one, too. I started this project with one question, "What can I do to make my video stand out?"
Topic #2) One Year at Willow
- This Saturday, July 30, will mark my one year anniversary of working at Willow Creek Huntley. What. A. Ride. I won't get too deep in the faith stuff, but seriously, I have never in my life had to trust in the will of God more that with the decision to take this job. As I mentioned above, I had to put aside video production to handle some life changes. I mostly alluded to my job transition in the summer of 2015. I was working full time in accounting at a local company with a graphic arts degree. After almost 3 years or employment there, I was presented with a interview process as Technical Director that would cost me over 10 interviews across 7 months and over 112 hours of pre-employment training and preparation. And that didn't include the actual job. Needless to say, I had to choose to bite off way more than I could chew or be stuck in a job that I didn't want. The level of commitment, skill, and technicality of this new job was beyond anything I was prepared for, and the odds were clearly stacked against me. But somehow, the cards fell in the right order and I was offered the role. I took the job and have learned so much its inconceivable. I couldn't be happier with my job today. It hasn't been easy at times, and the challenge level is always high, but that's what keeps you healthy and growing. I could go on about this, but clearly God knew it was something I could handle, even though I couldn't see it. I'm so proud to have made it to the one year mark. I've officially been around the block.
Topic #3) RTX and Austin
- My 4 year streak of RTX attendance has ended. To much dismay, I did not attend RTX 2016. Initially, I decided that it didn't make sense with my finances and schedule, but ended up going to my buddy's bachelor party in Texas anyway that same weekend. Didn't think I could pull it off, but I did. That brought me within three hours of Austin. So close, yet so far. I legitimately got depressed as I read the tweets and posts about the event. I missed being there and seeing everybody. There is a special magic at RTX that I cherish. I don't want to say I regretted being at the bachelor party, because I had a good time and it meant a lot to be there for my friend, but not being at RTX left a void in my heart that needs to be filled. Austin feels like a distant oasis to me. A place to recharge and enjoy life. Luckily, Kala and I decided to plan our own little trip to Austin this October in lieu of missing RTX. I can't wait to be back. I'll definitely share my stories when I get back. Austin, I miss you.
Well, that's my major updates. Hope to write more another time.