Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A Good Start

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.”
- A. A. Milne

He who fails to plan, plans to fail.
- Proverb

I always take the beginning of each month seriously. I think of how some much can be done in one month. 2 things I always think of around this time of year, Halloween, and Indie Movies. Of course that's what I always think of.

Today was planned out. It was about getting organized and planning for the festivities for the rest of the year. For Halloween I always want to do something to mark the occasion. For me the best way to do that is to make a video, record everything me and my wife do, work on projects like bake a Halloween cake, carve pumpkins, go to haunted houses, etc. Put it all together as a big tribute to Halloween. I've only really gotten that down once. This year I hope to do something to celebrate the season.

On top of that, I really want to make a movie. Monster Cops episodes and webisodes are a given of course, but I'm ready to make a feature again. Something to screen and put out on DVD. Bobby's Closet is in the fundraising stage, and might be for a while. I'm not shooting that one til we get the full budget, so we can do it properly. But right now, I've got a decent camera (just bought a wide angle lens for it) I've got the editing software, and I've got a ton of free or almost free resources. So I'm going to take my shot at doing the no budget thing once more.

The Midnight Special I successfully shot, edited, and distributed. The only downside to that, was the camera I used to shoot that movie was satisfactory. Now I have a tremendously better camera, not the cinematic style cam I plan on using on Bobby's Closet, but still high broadcast quality. We've got the stuff to make a movie now, so let's make a movie now. NOW!

I would love for this to be in the can and edited before the Christmas season, which means I have to shoot this late September, early October. Which means I need to get organized now. So that's what today was all about. But of course I had to stop by the Halloween Store. And yes, SPIRIT is open.

Now it wasn't all just me drooling over the masks and decorations, dreaming of creating my own Halloween Wonderland. I was actually looking at prices for make up and some costumes. Pricey as hell. But it was fun to look.

After that it was off to Home Depot to buy zip ties and pegboard.

This is all part of my plan to get everything as organized as humanly possible. The cords under my desk are a huge mess. So hard to clean and dust out. Thankfully I was able to use the zip ties and pegboard to get it all off the floor and organized behind my desk.

I have to get organized otherwise any large projects I enter into will just be a big mess. The next few days are all about organizing and getting started on this Untitled Vampire Movie. With the pegboard, I feel it's easier to breathe already. When it's all organized it'll be easier to focus, and therefore easier for me to create something that will blow your mind.

Next up, throw away anything and everything that is not necessary. I mean it, if I can't use it, if it doesn't help me make a movie, or accomplish any of my goals, then it no longer needs to exist. If I want to make something big, I need to make room for it.

You had to give it to him: he had a plan. And it started to make sense, in a Tyler sort of way. No fear. No distractions. The ability to let that which does not matter truly slide.

- Fight Club

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