Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Bing Bong

That's who Emily is.

But this is Aaron, and I know it's not Wednesday but Emily insisted on me blogging today instead.

Today we finished the first MFA Thesis. I was the script supervisor and I actually ended up enjoying it more than I thought. It was really cool because opposed to the D1's, I was able to work for a multiple day shoot. Which meant I had a lot more continuity control. I sat right next to the director every day and gave suggestions and communicated directly to the DP about eyelines and whether the matching shot was on a 35mm or an 18mm. In a lot of ways I was in charge of making sure people didn't screw up.

But this thesis show wasn't quite what I was expecting. It was very relaxed. We didn't use any overtime. The actors were...so-so. It just was...ok. I'm waiting to work on a thesis show that actually makes me excited about making movies and raises the bar on the quality that comes out of FSU. I can't wait to make my thesis. Or even my D2. I want to do things I've never done before. I want to make a quality product that I'll enjoy working on and hopefully other people will enjoy. It's a lot of pressure though. What happens if my story idea falls short? Or if my ATL isn't top notch? What happens then? I can't worry about these sort of things now. This semester I'll be writing things for my D2. I'm setting a goal for myself to explore. To really push myself out there and do the best I can do. And I also want to make it my goal to always be myself in this process. Too many times when it comes to stories or filmmaking in general I tend to want to be something I'm not. That gets so tiring.

Today I started my season on NCAA 2010. I'm 4 games in and Cody Green is in third place on the Heisman Ballot. He's a stud.

I love my wife. She started her new job a couple of days ago and I am so grateful to have such a wonderful wife. She is such a blessing in my life every moment of my life. I've missed her a lot over this past week. We really try to make the most out of our time together. She is strong, loving, and dedicated. I admire her more every time I think of her. Which is a lot, trust me. I wish she was always there with me on set so that I could hold her hand.

In the back of my head I always envision living life free of a job, traffic, housing, etc. My dream is what Jefferson dreamed for this country. To be a country of yeoman workers. I saw this wonderful sign in Jimmy John's the other day. I know that most signs in Jimmy John's are silly, but this one made sense. It was about how a fisherman is fishing and he catches just enough for him and his family. He plays his guitar all day and drinks with his buddies. A man comes up to him and tries to convince him to expand his fishing business which would eventually turn into a billion dollar coporation. The fisherman asked the businessman "then what?" The businessman told him he could retire. "Then what?" You can fish, play guitar and drink with your buddies.

In a lot of ways I feel like that's true. What we really enjoy in life is what we should spend most of our time doing. Is there this real need to make vast amounts of money? For what? We work years and years so that one day we can retire. Retirement actually means "living your life." The whole idea of that just seems ludicrous. But there are people out there who absolutely love their jobs and they are doing exactly what they want to do. This rant really isn't directed towards them. I just hope that when I'm working that I will always love what I do and that I will never look at it as work. That is one of the most important views in my life. That's exactly why I went into film. I never had more fun than making films in high school and college. Why in the world would I want to do something different? To make a few extra bucks? You've got to be kidding.


tylerartz said...

Aaron- You and I have similar philosophies on life/work. Do what you love, love what you do. Very cool.

Emily said...

A., you make me laugh. "Traffic" as one of the major stressors in your life (job, housing being the others) is so you. I love you so much. Thanks for writing a day before you were supposed to :)