Amateur Film Making

By , November 11, 2010

One of my favorite cousins made a great suggestion for promoting the new book: a Blair Witch-style promo short film to post on YouTube.

Yesterday Aly and I went to a neighbor’s beach to film. We had the perfect weather for what I had in mind. It wasn’t exactly as I’d envisioned it—I’d wanted a low overcast day with pouring rain. What little rain we got, mixed with snow, soon made me realize that this was another case of “be careful what you wish for.” We ended up with just enough water droplets on the lens, but not too many!

We got some great footage, and hopefully some usable sound. We’re in town today, having spent the night with Michelle and her charges after attending the drum making class (my drum retained its oval shape, sadly, but it sounds terrific!) so we’ll work on editing it today.

The result promises to be confusing, disappointing, even annoying to my peers (much like The Blair Witch Project) but hopefully it’s just the kind of thing that’ll really appeal to the younger crowd!

As we filmed yesterday, a couple of sea lions popped up very close to the water’s edge. I carefully filmed them for as long as I could, then realized I’d pressed the record button incorrectly and missed all of it. Hopefully that’s not the case with our project . . . .

On the plus side, we had a great hike through the new snow, and we found some late chanterelle mushrooms near the place where we filmed! That was a pleasant surprise.

If we come up with something usable, we’ll post it here, of course!

A memorable Veteran’s Day to all (doesn’t seem quite right to say “happy Veteran’s Day”. . .) especially my uncle Eddie, who was injured while serving his country in Germany back in the ’50s!

2 Responses to “Amateur Film Making”

  1. Sounds like a great plan. When can we see your promo video?

  2. Mark Zeiger says:

    Richard, thanks for pointing that out–I should have linked back to it. You can see the video on the blog here:


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