It was about 3 weeks ago now that I decided I needed to take a plunge. I was coming up on my 33rd birthday, and was realizing that it’s been 11 years since I graduated from my aerospace engineering degree at Carleton! I had spent less than 1 year of that time working as an actual aerospace engineer, and the rest of that time I had spent pursuing various adventures, backpacking, scuba diving, flying, and building a new career path (in a very unexpected industry – agriculture!), as a videographer/storyteller/non-profit web startup developer.
So it finally hit me, that after 11 years of all these adventures and a very strange career path, I couldn’t really call myself an aerospace engineer anymore, but I also couldn’t call myself a “filmmaker” because aside from my self produced travel documentary “Winging It” that first brought me into the world of video back in 2006, I have never actually produced “a film”.
After a bit of soul searching and being slapped in the face by an incredible story idea that is just begging to be documented, I finally decided that the solution to not being able to legitimately call myself a filmmaker, is to make a damn film! What’s really cool and exciting is that as soon as I made the decision that yes I’m definitely going to do this, everything just started clicking into place. I’ve been exploring the story idea, talking to people who are connected to it, discovering all kinds of angles to approach it from and amazing characters who I could centre the film around. One of those people, is a man named Ed. And yesterday, Ed was going up to the Parlour on Main Street for a haircut. So, naturally I asked Ed if I could come with him and film him getting his hair cut. Seems like a natural thing to do if you’re a filmmaker, making a film. Ed said yes, and the whole thing took less than 20 mins. I got some fantastic footage of Ed getting all trimmed up and cracking jokes with his hairdresser, Justine. This Sunday I’ll be spending the afternoon with Ed doing a lot more shooting for the film, and I cannot wait!
It seems so silly now, but one of the things that had been holding me back from even seeing a film project as a possibility was that I didn’t have the right kind of camera that I would want to use. It’s not even a terribly expensive camera or anything, I just really wanted to shoot an indie film on a DSLR, instead of using the ENG style camera that belongs to FarmOn which I’ve been shooting with for about 4 years. Well, this morning I got a phone call from my accountant, with the exciting news that (thanks to a new family tax credit allowance) I’ll be getting a rebate this year that was almost the exact same amount as the price of the camera I wanted to buy, almost down to the penny. Taking this as an obvious sign from the universe I decided it’s time to take the plunge, have some faith, put my money where my heart is, and gear up! So this afternoon I went to McBain Camera in Red Deer and purchased a Nikon D750 and a Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G prime lens. I was like a 7 year old boy in a toy store, walking out with his dream toy!
It’s still only the beginning, and I have a long wish list of other camera and sound gear that I’ll need, but I am beyond stoked about this new project, the new camera, and my newly renewed faith and confidence in pursuing this creative path. As part of the journey I’ve decided I’m going to blog about the film project from start to finish, so I invite you to join me for the ride. In my next post, I’ll finally describe what this “film” is going to be, and why the story is one that I think so badly needs to be told.
Thanks for reading,
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