These last two months, I’ve had more opportunities to film and photograph events than I’ve ever had before and I’m beyond grateful for the ability to be being able to do what I love, meet new people, and maintain my “normal” job while working on these side projects without completely losing my sanity. However, it requires a lot of time management – sometimes getting up early and staying up late – to keep up with everyday life and these awesome side projects. So, needless to say, it gets a little exhausting at times.
This month I was given the opportunity to film for the Lycoming County Camp Cadet program held at the Little League World Series International Grove in South Williamsport. I took the job mainly because I needed a little extra cash, I figured it would look good on a resume, and we’d get to film all week. That sounded like an all around win to me.
However, that week ended up being so much more than I had originally expected. Through this experience, I gained new perspectives, acquired new knowledge, and created new memories. In the midst of this project, there were three major things that stood out to me.
I’m generally not someone who goes for Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi movies simply because I prefer movies that resemble a more realistic and relatable story line. However, after being asked by a couple friends to go see the movie, I decided to give it a shot. Granted, I have yet to see the original Guardians of The Galaxy movie, therefore, my review is solely based on Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2. Here are some things I enjoyed about the film.
Since this is a movie review, this post does contains SPOILERS; if you haven’t watched Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 yet and plan to, this is your cue to leave if you don’t want me to ruin it for you!
Granted, I’m only 7 episodes into the first season of Madam Secretary, but here are my thoughts on why I think the show is successful thus far.
“Why do you want to make movies anyway?”
Let’s just break this down. How much of your free time (or maybe even time you should’ve been spending being productive) have you spent binge-watching your favorite show? How many nights have you insisted on staying in because watching Grey’s Anatomy recorded just isn’t the same as watching it live? How many movies have you paid to go see throughout your lifetime? My point stands. I don’t just want to make movies, I want to be a part of the industry that consumes so much of our time and thoughts. I want to impact people’s lives through film. It’s one of the only industries out there that has such a substantial amount of power over us — I want to be a part of that.
Today marks one year since I officially released my longest documentary short film to date. It’s the most time consuming video project I’ve ever worked on but anyone in the filmmaking industry knows that a project you’re passionate about can be both insanely frustrating and rewarding because when you’re passionate about the content, you want it to be perfect. Continue reading “Making Strides: Fighting For Hope, One Year Recap!”
The Breakfast Club is among some of the most well known films from the mid 1980’s. After watching the film, I took note of a few quotes I think still hold a significant amount of impact today.
After much thought and personal examination into the type of movies and TV shows I personally enjoy, I came to the realization that they all have one central theme. They all have some aspect of symbolism or deeper meaning embedded within. To me, the story line goes beyond the action, beyond the drama, and beyond the characters. For me, it’s the symbolism that makes it stand out. With that being said, three of my all time favorite TV shows exemplifying an extreme amount of symbolism are as follows.
There are so many different elements that go into making a successful film or television series. So many in fact, that the viewer doesn’t grasp the entirety of what is going on. As a film enthusiast, I was curious to see what makes a film noteworthy to others. In addition to this, they were asked to give an example of one of their favorite films or TV shows, then explaining why it is noteworthy in their eyes. Is it the characters, the life lessons presented in the film, the take away points, or just the overall storyline and action? These were their answers.