Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Beyond the Veil - Lindsey Stirling

Watching Lindsey Stirling movies and getting super inspired to create a music video. I love the stories she creates.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Best Scene in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

I'm watching The Hobbit trilogy again. I love these films. Peter Jackson really brought Tolkien's wonderful story to life. My favorite scene in The Unexpected Journey is where the eagles save the day.I  was mesmerized, not only by the incredible cinematography, but the story of rescue. All was lost and then Gandalf used his magical powers to speak to the butterfly to bring help.

Giant eagles soaring high in the sky, toss those evil dog creatures into the abyss and gently carry Bilbo and the dwarves to safety high on a rock.

There's nothing like a good story!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Lindsey Stirling

I've become a huge fan of Lindsey Stirling the dancing violinist. Her videos use stunning cinematography to tell a story. I'm currently working on some short films and her videos inspire me with their beautiful shots and effects. Here are some of my favorites:

Roundtable Rival

Take Flight

Radioactive with the Pentatonics

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Movie Projects for 2016

Oh, my goodness. I'm getting the filmmaking bug again!

My Plans For World Domination Are As Follows:

1) Complete our film "Wyoming Quilts Downton Abby Women's Collection" documentary. I'm co-director, writer and production assistant. We want to submit this film to PBS, Wyoming PBS and enter a short version in the 2016 Wyoming Short Film Contest.

2) Create a short film of my own for the Wyoming Short Film Contest.

3) Create short inspirational films for church.

Ready. Set. GO!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Day 3 of Hustle - How?

It's Day 3 of the 30 Days of Hustle Challenge and the question for the day is HOW?

The WHAT is write a play for the Tiny Play contest.

The WHY is because I want to use my writing to inspire and bless others and because I love to tell stories.

So HOW am I going to do this?
1. Work on the play for 30 minutes a day (minimum).
2. Think about the story I want to tell. Research the Kennedy legacy, which is the theme of the contest.
4. Post inspiring images and quotes about this project on my bulletin board in my work space and create a Pinterest board called "Tiny Play Project."
3. Pray - as a writer, this is key. God is behind all that I set my hand to because He is my life and the author of all creativity and wisdom. Thank you, Jesus.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

30 Days of Hustle Challenge!

I have joined Jon Acuff's 30 Days of Hustle challenge! I am to choose one thing to hustle on for the next 30 days. I originally chose "write a first draft of my novel," but then I realized that I am NOT a novelist. I had aspirations of being the next John Grisham, Stephen King or JK Rowling. I'd begun a novel many times over the years and never got anywhere. I kept getting stuck in the muck. I would feel overwhelmed, depressed and inspired.

You're not supposed to feel this way when you're doing something you love and that you're good at. So what do I love and what am I good at? (Yes, I'm ending sentences with a preposition, so what?)

I'm good at writing plays and scripts. So that is my goal for the 30 Days of Hustle challenge!

More specifically, I will enter a play in the Tiny Plays for Ireland and America contest. The deadline is February 19. The winners in each category will receive $500 and have their play selected for a stage reading in Washington, DC and in New York City at the Kennedy Center. Winners also get transportation, hotel accommodations and tickets to the staged readings.

For me, it's not about the money. It's about writing a play that inspires and encourages people, and having it performed for an audience. Here is a song that Jon Acuff posted to inspire us.