I’ve been feeling a little stifled in my creative endeavors recently.
Video for work: I am editing a video for work about our work in Niger. The problem is that I didn’t film any of the footage, and the footage that I DO have is all zoom-in and zoom-out’s no static shots accept interviews. And very little B-roll to cut-away to. My dream is to actually travel as a videographer and media trainer on one of the MANY trips my co-workers go on. I want to be able to tell the story from beginning to end: editing AND filming.
Ultra Kawaii: I love cute pets and I love making people happy with videos of them. I have been so blessed to be able to work with such talented people as Ben Ross, Dave Seger, Justin Johnson, and Tim Shey. But the show itself consists again, of other people’s footage. We have worked hard to make the editing style and presentation of the show unique and I know it takes a certain eye to be able to curate the best parts of other people’s videos. But making the show doesn’t fully scratch my creative itch.
My Blogs: There is one comment that I frequently get online and in real life: “why don’t you post more?” I then go on to explain that I make videos I make in my free time are for Ultra Kawaii, and on top of a full time job, taking care of a house, spending time with my wife, and editing for NNN, it is hard to find time to film and edit my normal personal video blogs. Those are my favorite videos to make… I just haven’t been able to make them.
Visual Design: I have always loved designing and tweaking the look of my websites and other graphic elements on the web. I took months working on the look of Wandering West Michigan, and loved every minute of it. I have enjoyed working with people at NNN collaborating on the graphics for videos and the UK website. But when it comes down to it, I can make plenty of cool graphics but I don’t know the best ways to turn them into websites. I know what an animation should look like but I can’t animate it. And to get the people who DO know how to do the stuff I can’t usually means HIRING them. I want to be able to work creatively with people without having to pay them!
Freelance: There is a market for freelance online-video production in Grand Rapids but I don’t have the connections to make it successfully on my own. I would love to work on a documentary, or even collaborate with someone to produce videos for local companies or non-profits, but I don’t even know where to start. My dream is to make a online European travel show where I show how to travel Europe on a college student’s budget. I would stay in hostels, hitchike, and stay with locals for free lodging and tours. However, the reality of someone willing to pay for my flight and expenses for this kind of project, is kind of unrealistic.
I am just not sure what to do to get that creative spark back… guess I will just keep rolling along until it is time to design my flower beds this spring…