This is an initial sketch of the Rwanda: Hope Rises storyline. Normally I would do this on a sketchpad, but this whiteboard came in handy (it’s in the conference room of Savvy Productions, home of the docs’ cinematographer.)
Admittedly this is just a sketch, and structurally it represents mostly how we move through the story. Expanding on this is where my sketchpad comes in – creating character sketches, adding sequence and tension, creating a beat chart, etc.
Incidentally, this is the first in what may be a series of “sketchpad posts”. My sketchpad has become my most important workspace – freeform thoughts limited by analog boundaries and permanence. I use it to bounce ideas back to myself and see how they work together. Sometimes they’re interesting or informative, so I’ll experiment with posting them here. For now these will remain off the main blog, but if you keep track of this feed you can see what comes of it.
If you’re knocking around here at all, you’ll be seeing a slow evolution. Over the past few days I’ve fixed most of the bugs and completed most of the features. I’ve created a new landing page and updated the navigation & comments… hopefully creating a site that is simple, elegant, and usable.
For those who are a little nosy, a few Easter eggs are waiting (if you have a little patience). There will be more changes over the next few weeks. If you notice anything amiss, feel free to contact me.
The filming of Rwanda: Hope Rises will resume on or about January 13th. Lyn & Jesse and I met recently to review the rough cut and begin story construction towards our last shoot and, eventually, a final edit.
We are nervously anticipating the arrival of our RED One cameras for this shoot. Both Jesse and I initially expected to receive them around Nov. 1st. Now our delivery is sometime in December. Jesse’s nervously doing the rain-dance in the hope that they arrive sometime before Dec. 31st, our departure date.
If all goes well Jesse, Lyn and I will shoot for two weeks at the end of January, picking up b-roll, extra interviews, and shooting a promotional film for our hosts, The Wellspring Foundation. After Lyn & Jesse head home, I plan to stick around for an extra week shooting stills and additional footage.
Then it’s a race to the finish. With some fine planning and precision editing, I hope to have the film locked for a screening in Rwanda in early April.
This music video is from a live performance in February, 2006. The original was projected at wall size, including selections from my documentary footage and some original material. The song is Butterflies & Hurricanes, by Muse.
A long road has led to the launch of this site… you could call it my own little online existential crisis. This site grew from a blog, to a website, to an internet hub, to a centre for world peace… to the anti-blog that it has become. The coding, multiple redesigns, online experimentation – all were in search of a theme.
There is a simple thread running through everything on this site, from the design to the content: to clearly, simply bring to light things that are beautiful and unique.
A few details about me are here in the about page, yanked from the preview site. Most likely you will want to subscribe to the feed, the easiest way to keep up to date.
In a world where less is more, you can expect less from me. Let’s see where this takes us…