I’ve got my coffee and Blue Rodeo’s Casino is playing on iTunes. I’m not going to get any more ready for blog post number one. I don’t mean just for patchworks either. I mean blog post number one – ever.
I was never one of those people that wanted to be a filmmaker from the time I could remember. For me it wasn’t until my twenties that I realized this is what I was going to do. I had just finished touring the world as a performer with Walt Disney’s World On Ice. Our South American leg was cut short so we finished up that Christmas with a week of pizza, beer and a pool in Columbia. With no guarantee of work for the next 6 months it was time to decide what to do next.
There was no lightbulb moment. No flash of insight pointing me this direction. It’s not like I was destined to do this. I never had a Super 8 camera as a kid and I never made my own movies, but every weekend as a child my parents would bring home 3 movies from Video Connection (back then you could pick them up Friday and return them Monday morning which was great for us as we lived near Rivers) and we would watch them over and over and over. Then in my first semester at university right after high school I took a film history course. I walked into my mom’s office and she asked if I was ready for my mid-term. I stared at her blankly and soon realized my midterm was that night. Even though the cellophane wrapping was still on my textbook, I aced the test.
In the end it’s all of those experiences, the bits and pieces put together like a patchwork quilt (you like how I worked that in there) that lead me to where I am now. I’ve been able to work with fantastic people to tell a story about what I love.
I’ve already shot and edited my rough cut of Ron the projectionist. It was at the end of April during what could be the final showing of 35mm film at the Evans. They have to move to digital and are still raising funds for the new projector systems. Take a look at the Evans website to see where they are at with it!