film_shootIt is crazy —

The last time I worked this hard on any sort of campaign was March 2007, when I was fighting really hard to get information out on the emergency pet food recall. That saved a lot of pets and I felt good about doing it. When I push that hard for something for myself, though, I always feel guilty. I think this comes from coming from pilgrim forebears who sort of pound into you anything that is promoting yourself is wrong and anything artistic is frivolous and you should really put your energies into churning butter – quietly – and not talk too much about yourself.

But this video matters to me.

I knew it mattered to me when over the weekend before the deadline I shut down, just shut down, because I had told myself I did not have time to make a fun video and submit it I needed to just put my head down and work. And it was true, I did not have time, but —

I stopped work. Really, just shut down and could not work. Just stomped around all weekend thinking, I need to work, what is wrong with me, why can’t I sit down and just work? And finally it hit me, Holy crap, this is pouting!

I did not even know I did pout or knew how to pout. But that is totally what it was, my head just said, Fine, you can try to just not do this fun video that might even result in a fun job and good pay AND fun you can try to not do anything fun at all you can just try to work and work and work and ONLY work and say that is all life is about but the rest of us — you know, your brain and your body — are quitting on you if you do that. And how long do you think you can hold out against that Work Girl?

So I made this short video. I did the imagery and lay out and arrangement and special effects and filters and tracks put it all together and I did the music which is pretty much the coolest part for me because that is the one thing I never work with so a big hurdle. And I had a hell of a lot of fun doing it. And had to pull three all nights after to make up for the time it cost me doing it. And it matters to me. I mean, I may not win, the people running the winery may not even be looking for exactly what I did or am, it is different from what other people did, but I like it and I loved doing it and I would like to at least make the top 50 cut. Even though I came in way late during the last days you could submit and know other people up there have been up for weeks getting votes and it is a long shot. I would like to do that.

Go vote for the video. It matters to me.




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where the art work comes from :
that is from chris carroll

0 Responses to crazy

  1. It’s those “I give up” times that can sometimes spur the most creativity — keep it up

  2. sandysays1

    I voted, Max. I’d have written a “plug” for you but there wasn’t a place to do it. Shamrocks, Horseshoes, Found pennies and anything else that will bring you good luck. Sandy

    PS: Know you’ve been to my site before. My new post, “M Bare Ass” will provide you some laughs.
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  3. max

    Yay! Thank you Sandysays. Hey remember to respond to the vote confirmation email too so the vote counts. I will come visit your site again I love the Golden [smile].

    Davis, thanks for the encouragement.

  4. Tim

    Okay – I voted for your video.
    I’m not an expert at these things, but I enjoyed the different ways the music worked with the pics. The effect was, viscerally, a sense of “Oh! Something important is going on here!” while the reasoning mind struggled to decrypt a meaningful pattern or message out of the urgency. Cheeky!

    Anywho, good luck.


  5. max

    Thank you for voting Tim. Please respond to the vote confirmation email too so they count the vote.

  6. G Eagle Esq

    My Lady

    Don’tcha jerst lurve dose Meerkats … and that ultimate dog

    Nervous as I am about expressing a view contrary to those of your Ladyship’s illustrious Pilgrim antecedents, they do seem to have perhaps misdirected themselves about Christianity

    Surely Life is meant to be FUN


    Who dares wins

    Having voted & confirmed, I remain your Ladyship’s obedient servant etc

    G E

  7. max

    Thank you so much for your vote GE. Smooch!

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