Big things being prepped on my end. Got some new stuff, and new ideas. You're just going to have to wait until Day 365 to see what I've got.
Anna and I love abandoned stuff, and there's one place nearby we have never really checked out for whatever reason. We just keep forgetting to give it a visit, and so today we took the afternoon to walk around the place. It was also a chance to use my DSLR for some fun stuff, which I haven't really been doing a ton. (I used it for a small project last week as well)
When I go through my "film-only" phases, I find myself use my DSLR with new eyes. It feels fresh, if not a small shift in style. I always use the camera differently, and take fewer shots. The great part about unlocking the power of my DSLR is that it's significantly cheaper than, say, a pack of Polaroid film (which is insane). If you find yourself growing tired of machine-gunning photos, try using exclusively film for a few weeks. It's hard on your wallet, but it's fun and teaches you to see digital photography completely differently.
That's not to say I'm going to stop using film; I'm getting better at balancing digital and analog, however choosing a camera for a certain outing has become harder. Being limited to 8 very expensive photos (Polaroid film is about $3 a photo these days), you learn to discern and be more particular with what you shoot. The best part about limiting yourself with digital is that you don't have a ton to edit later, which is always nice.
This is one of those reviews that is hard to write, because there is so much packed into it, it's hard not to spoil. I would love to open some sort of chat room discussion with those of you who have seen the film, but this review may be lacking in depth as to not spoil the reader. I'll stay away from discussing plot points and focus more on what I liked and why this film is important in our media infested world.
Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, a man who's wife goes inexplicably missing. The more that is revealed about the couple's marriage, the more that Affleck is seen as his wife's killer. Rosamund Pike plays Amy Dunne, a writer that Nick met in New York 5 years earlier and married. Her character is very well-developed through flashbacks of their meeting up until the present situation.
The media is very quick to crucify Nick, based on his sociopathic demeanor. He doesn't seem to feel anything throughout the film, which causes the public to see Nick as a pretty obvious suspect in this kidnap/murder case. He is quickly perceived as the bad guy based on the fact that he isn't a good guy. The movie uses very fluid flashbacks to show how the Dunnes got to this dark point in their marriage, and how Nick goes from attractive charmer to uncaring, numb husband. No one in this film is painted as good or completely bad, which makes it almost impossible for the audience to form an opinion or come to their own conclusion on the situation. Gone Girl is almost a commentary on how much public perception and the media could mean nothing and everything. Tyler Perry (Nicks attorney) and Carrie Coon (Margo Dunne, Nick's twin sister) have to get Nick to wake up to the fact that everything he does is under a microscope, and that perception is greater than truth in this world.
Without David Fincher's special brand on this story, it wouldn't have been nearly as effective. Trent Reznor killed it (no pun intended) with the soundtrack; it's still ringing in my ears. The cinematography reminded me a lot of Fincher's The Social Network and even Fight Club at some parts. There's nothing like the dark, clean look of Gone Girl, but it interacted so well with the soundtrack that you can't get it out of your head. The fact that I can't stop thinking about this movie is 50% the story and 50% the visuals and soundtrack. Fincher knocked this one out of the park, and his haunting style can't be matched.
It's nice to be able to go to the theater and see some truly great cinema in October, which I feel is pretty unusual as the summer movie season is over. You will no doubt get wrapped up in Gone Girl, and you will carry it home with you long after you left the theater.
I live on a mountain so more often than not, my house is on the same level as the clouds. If it rains, clouds completely take over everything around, giving everything an eerie, foggy look. It's pretty cool. About a month or two ago, I found this sweet cliff near my house, and the view is incredible.
After it rains, the clouds lower on the mountain, which makes the world below completely disappear. You look down and see endless white, and to be honest, it's pretty scary imagining that the world simply was erased. Once the wind picks up and blows these clouds, they start breaking up, revealing the rest of the world, but not completely. Everything under the mountain becomes a alternate reality.
They form rolling hills of their own, kinda like how lava in Hawaii forms more islands. Anyway, I feel like I'm getting too metaphorical and descriptive for my own good, so let me get to the point.
I love what he clouds do, and I've wanted to do some new double exposure work. In order to do that, I've had to watch and time when I go out to shoot these clouds. I've been using Polaroids and 35mm film thus far.
Here's a few of the in-camera (Haven't pulled out my DSLR for non-work related things in a while) double exposures I ended up with after an hour of shooting in the same spot:
I'm sure I'll go out and take more soon, but that's a project I've been working on lately. It's something different, an introduction to a different use for double exposures outside of portraiture. If you follow me on Instagram, (@willmalone), you'll be able to see my day to day comings and goings.
You may have or have not noticed that I have been using my iPhone quite a bit for the 365 lately. That, my friend, is because I'm trying to see how far I can push this camera, and see what it's capable of.
Unfortunately, due to some technical issues, I'm not able to upload my videos to my blog just yet, but that's coming. I've been doing some moving pictures lately (shocking, right?) and it's been pretty fun and new. Here's some stuff I've been able to capture with the awesome camera of the iPhone 6:
I have more coming and I don't think I've come close to pushing it as far as it could go, just wanted to share. I want to do some studio portraits with it (probably not as cool as Jeremy Cowart's iPhone photoshoot, but I can try can't I?)
I'll try and get my video content up soon, and I'm working on more as well.
Life has changed a good deal after leaving college. Much of it for the better, but honestly, life has just gotten plain hard. Because guess what? I am passionate about a profession that makes it really hard to make a good living. Every morning I wake up wondering why I couldn't have been interested in engineering or being a doctor. What was I thinking?
My passion of photography has gotten the better of me time and time again. I love it too much, which makes me sick to my stomach to fail or mess something up. I even quit photography all together one time, which was an interesting few months in itself. Probably picked up a camera one time in a whole year. That's when I started the 365 Reloaded, it was my love letter to photography, my triumphant return to my passion. I was getting back to work.
When I taught my DSLR Workshop a few weeks ago, I had an awesome class of people who just wanted to learn. They had no experience, and just wanted to be able to use their cameras. This is the mindset that is needed to be a photographer: the desire to learn. There's a quote from an artist, I forget who at the moment, but it basically goes like this: I don't know anyone who can pick up a musical instrument and is suddenly a musician, and the same goes for photography. You don't just pick up a camera and that makes you a photographer. In that year I "quit", I still claimed the title "photographer" yet I did no work, I didn't practice, and I learned nothing new.
Photography is hard. Being a photographer is harder. I love what I do so much, and I have a desire to learn everything I can about the medium. That love doesn't come without a struggle, and a bitter hatred of being a photographer some days. Today, being a photographer is probably one of the most inconsistent career paths you can choose, and every day is scary. Not to say it's impossible, but you have to be all in, you need a love for the art.
Having a regular job sounds great some days; a consistent paycheck would be awesome. But honestly, I don't think I could stomach a job where I'd have to clock in a the same time in the same place every day. Maybe that's selfish of me, I still haven't decided.
I know failure is seconds away at all times, and that's why I can't have another tantrum and "quit" again. I may have learned a lot about myself in that time, but my photography fell behind. Picking up a camera and becoming a photographer comes with so much responsibility and work. From what I've found, it never stops. Say goodbye to weekends, and many nights. Really though, I wouldn't have it any other way.
If you're someone who believes being a photographer is just pressing a button, you have no idea. Just ask my wife.
All over the internet you'll see comments: Which one should I get? Is the iPhone 6 plus too big? Well, today I got an iPhone 6 and determined that it's the perfect size smartphone for almost any hands. My wife's hands are quite small, and she could use it, and my hands are decently large (I have unusually long fingers) and I can easily reach across the screen.
Originally, I was sold on the Plus (I'm not unsold on it), but due to technical difficulties, I couldn't get one. My only choice was the 128 GB White iPhone 6. (I fully welcome the huge hardrive after having to delete half of what was on my iPhone 5 to upgrade to iOS 8) After holding the Plus, I don't think it's as absurdly huge as it sounds, yet I'm still iffy on carrying it comfortably in my pocket.
If you're looking for the safe bet, the one that you will not regret no matter what, get the iPhone 6. It will not feel too small under any circumstance, and it won't feel too large. It's a perfect, comfortable size for web browsing and whatever else you do. I have even been reading my Kindle Books on it, and it's pretty nice.
Camera-wise, I'm hugely against the specs argument with cameras of any kind, but there is a pretty massive difference between the camera quality of my iPhone 5 and my new iPhone 6. The focusing is insanely fast, which is the biggest issue I had with the 5. Photos are just sharper, and the Slo-Mo cam opens up a world of creative video ideas. If you want a great camera, you won't be disappointed. It may not be a huge jump from the 5S camera, but coming from a 4 or 5, you'll instantly notice the difference.
iOS 8 was pretty bad on my iPhone 5 (I would avoid upgrading if you can for now), and I had to charge my phone 3 times yesterday. On the iPhone 6, it's still a little buggy, but not nearly as bad. The battery has been pretty good, but after having the terrible battery life of the iPhone 5, any boost in battery life is welcome. The fingerprint sensor has been a game changer with password input. It's super responsive and saves tons of time.
If you're coming from a 5S, I don't know if it would be worth it to upgrade, since the only real difference is the bigger screen. If you're coming from a 4, 4S, or 5, (or earlier) this is a pretty big upgrade. It's a great phone so far, and I'm pretty excited since it's my first iPhone I got on launch day. I'll be doing a lot with the camera, so stay tuned!
Last night, via the 365, I launched a new mini-series I'm working on called Modern Photograms. A photogram, as it was known in the film days, is a photo using objects on light sensitive paper. Like these on the left from the artist László Moholy-Nagy (say that 3 times fast)
My series takes this idea and brings it to the modern era where regular people don't have enlargers or light sensitive paper on hand. In 2014, most people have scanners and computers, which are the only things I'm using to create my photograms. Check out the Willmalonedotcom Facebook page and my Instagram for more!
Last Saturday, (Sept 6), Thomasville Center for the Arts hosted a DSLR workshop with me as the teacher. It was an introductory class, so I taught the basics of digital photography to those who used to use film or had never even picked up a camera before.
I had a presentation for the first couple hours of the class, then we applied what was learned from that and went outside to get some photos. Unfortunately, it ended up being way too hot to be outside too long, so we did some photo exercises inside.
One of them (I can't take credit for this idea), was to pair up and use natural light and knowledge of your settings to take a portrait of your partner. My mother and grandfather took the class, so as examples I took two portraits of them. We tried it out with the lights off in the building to challenge students to use the small bits of window light available.
I had a blast teaching, and hope to do it again soon. The students were awesome, and I think everyone had fun. I may even try and get a group together here in Chattanooga. We'll have to see!
If you're interested in learning more about your camera, you should shoot me a message. I'm always willing to help, and really enjoy teaching. Maybe you could even teach me something, since I'll never stop learning along the way.
I consider myself a pretty tech savvy person, but I have yet to understand all that goes into cell phone plans. For some reason, no matter if I have an upgrade or not, I always run into some issue that keeps me from buying a phone online. Today, I spent almost 3 hours at the AT&T store figuring out some huge annoying issue, due to the over-complicated system that is the cellular telephone monopoly of America. It's terrible, but we have no choice. We have to be prisoners to their system, we have to pay the hidden fees and listen to their lies every time they change our plans. They hold all the power, and we are forced to cooperate.
This morning, I woke up at 3AM (like a typical Apple drone) to preorder my iPhone 6 plus. All went well, things worked how they should. It was easy. Too easy.
I went to work at 6AM, and powered through my sleep deprivation with the excitement of my new oversized iPhone.
12PM hits. I receive an email saying my preorder had been canceled due to my address not being valid. Last time I checked, the address I mailed the phone to was pretty valid. It was the same address I had things sent to time and time again. Now, the sleep deprivation, the excitement of a new phone, and my disturbing of my wife by waking up so early was all in vain. I had no choice. I had to go across town and wait in line at the AT&T store.
I told them my tale, and felt their sympathy. They went through everything with me, but alas, the phone I had decided to order would now not be available until November. Good-bye iPhone 6 plus. There were two models that were available for launch date: The 4.7 inch iPhone 6 in silver or gold with 128 GB. Skeptical, I had them show me the cases for me to decide if the size was right for me.
Looking at the above photo, I quickly determined that there's no way this 5.5 inch phone would fit in my jeans. Anna wouldn't even be able to wrap her little hands around that thing.
I saw the 4.7 inch cases shortly after and determined that it's the perfect size phone. In fact, I don't think I could have a phone any bigger that 4.7 inches. I went with the 128 GB iPhone 6 in silver. (I told my friend Woody that gold is a little too Louis Vuitton for me). I've always had the black iPhone, so maybe it's time for a change.
What I learned today is that if you want a new phone, always try to deal with human beings instead of webpages. The people at AT&T were really helpful and made my 3 hours a little easier. Also, webpages fall apart when millions of people are all trying to do the same thing. Moral of the story: I'm an idiot who woke up at 3am to get the biggest iPhone, then by the end of the day ended up with the small one. Fortunately, I won't have to get a new phone for a while.
Summer is now over, but you can still check out all of the stuff you may have missed. Check out my top movies and TV shows from this summer. It'll keep you busy for a little while.
This movie was a pleasant surprise. Filmed over 12 years, we get to track the growing up experience of a young boy from age 8 to age 18. Also, you get to see Ethan Hawke age quite a bit too. The movie is an incredibly rewarding experience, with a lot of emotion along the way.
9. Halt and Catch Fire
Halt and Catch Fire had a rocky start, but really became a show that could easily compare with the likes of Breaking Bad and Mad Men. If you love computers and love the 80s, this show did an excellent job recreating the tone of the time. The ratings were up and down, but AMC believes in the show, which got it renewed for a second season. The more support it gets the better, and it could be one the shows remembered for being part of the Golden Age of Television.
8. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
An age old series reveals how things all got started on the Planet of the Apes. What may sound like a ridiculous plot, ended up being intense and wonderful. The apes are so well animated that they have more depth than even the human characters. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ended up being an incredible film, a summer blockbuster you can't miss.
7. Hell on Wheels
Hell on Wheels has had a rocky go of things, but this summer it managed to make it to its fourth season. There are twists and turns, and the production value is through the roof. The badass main character, Cullen Bohannon, is a rail man who must deal with the skeletons of his past while creating some new skeletons along the way. It's on Netflix to watch right now. Let the binge begin.
6. Edge of Tomorrow
A highly underrated film this summer, Edge of Tomorrow was a creative take on the Groundhog Day- esque storyline. It's action packed, and the seemingly repetitive plot manages to stay fresh and fun. Also, it apparently got renamed after it left the theater, it's now called Live, Die, Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow. That should tell you all you need to know.
5. 22 Jump Street
A sequel to the hilarious 21 Jump Street remake, 22 Jump Street manages to be a successful follow up. It's aware that it's a sequel, so it makes jokes about itself all along the way. It does deserve it's R rating, so don't take kids to see this one. The makers of this film knew how to make a sequel right, and just as funny, if not more funny than last time.
This one was a surprise. Snowpiercer was never really noticed, although it spent a short time in the theater in July. The best part? Two weeks after the theater release of this movie it was released online. It turned out being an incredibly creative take on the post-apocalyptic world. Some may call it the Waterworld of 2014 except good and with trains.
3. 24: Live Another Day
24 finally made its triumphant return with a 12 episode miniseries set in London. If you liked 24 in the past, then you'll enjoy this. It's a trip down memory lane, except it revitalizes a show that may have fit in more in a Bush-era world. Now it addresses a world that lives on the internet and uses drones for warfare. One thing stays the same however: Jack still kicks tons of ass.
I would recommend watching original Coen Brothers' Fargo film first, but the Fargo tv series stays true to the tone of the series. Billy Bob Thorton is the villain (which shouldn't surprise you), and Martin Freeman plays whatever the Fargo version of a protagonist is. It's dark, disturbingly funny, and not for the faint of heart. It already got green lit for a second season, so you better get started.
1. Guardians of the Galaxy
A completely new franchise to the Marvel Cinema Universe and most of the world. Guardians of the Galaxy is a more obscure comic book story, but it ended up being extremely successful and well-liked worldwide. Chris Pratt plays the main character, Star Lord, which should sell you on the film right there. It's fun, hilarious, and a visually beautiful film. You won't be disappointed. Go see it right now.
As I advance my photography career, it's important to have a focus. I learn that more and more every day.
Being the master of all trades is dangerous, because it's hard to to be REALLY good at all of them. I've always enjoyed portrait photography above all others, so that's my official focus. I'm trying to expand my architecture and product chops as well, but for now, portraits are what I have the most experience in.
My website and portfolio reflects my portrait roots, so that's my current focus. Enjoy the update, and subscribe to my newsletter in the sidebar if you haven't already!
I'm super into the iPhone 6 and the 6 plus, in fact, I'm preordering the 6 plus on Friday. I've been holding out despite the temptation to get a 5S months ago. Yeah, the 6 plus is huge, but I'm into it. Hopefully it'll fit in my skinny jeans.
What I'm not really into is Apple's new smart watch. The software is cool, and having a smart watch does seem pretty awesome and useful. The problem is Apple's new follower status. They fell behind, so they're no longer leading the industry. The world's fascination with smart watches has been heard by Apple, so they responded. They responded with a carefully designed watch that looks like everyone else's.
It blends in with the other smart watches on the market, it's been designed more thoughtfully, sure, but it still looks like a computer. It's square, which is a pretty obvious solution to the issue of wearables. It's easy to build a computer for people to wear, but the challenge is building a fashion statement. I think Apple failed in that respect; the watch is cool, but still looks like something that only nerds and gym rats might wear.
If Motorola can wow us with a watch with a round display (which is the most impressive smart watch I've seen thus far), then there's no doubt Apple can. Granted, it's the first generation of the product, so maybe they'll change the look of it in the second generation. The Apple Watch shows that Apple is now in the business of responding the market, rather than leading it. Unfortunately, at a glance, it looks no more special than any other smart watch on the market.
If the world is going to accept wearable technology, it needs to shed the unnatural technological look completely, and start looking like something a normal person would wear.
It's a big weekend for Thomasville, GA. FLAUNT is kicking off tonight, which is a month-long public art event where small business owners set up Pop-up Shops on West Jackson street. West Jackson has been in need for re-vitalizing for some time now, and Thomasville Center for the Arts is leading the charge.
I have also had the opportunity to hang some of my Thomasville series in a space for this event.
There's a variety of shop owners here, but I got to spend some time with the Sturdy Brothers, Ben and Spencer Young. Together they want to rekindle the spirit of craftsmanship and handmade goods here in America. They make duffle bags, laptop bags, key snaps, and many other canvas/leather goods. Their name holds true, their products really are as sturdy as they advertise.
They asked me at the FLAUNT artist party last night if I could come by and do a Polaroid photoshoot with them. My weapon of choice? The iconic SX-70, given to me by my father-in-law. (Thanks again!)
I carry the SX-70 in an old leather case that it came with years and years ago when it was purchased. Needless to say, it's old and is falling apart, so the Sturdy Brothers whipped me up a custom Polaroid camera bag.
These guys are joined by many other artists for this huge public art event. Downtown Thomasville now has murals put up, and West Jackson is looking quite alive. The launch is tonight, so if you're in town, you should join the party.
Thanks again for the awesome bag, Sturdy Brothers!
I took a day trip to Atlanta to go see the Dream Cars exhibit at the High Museum plus a lecture with the the futurist designer, Syd Mead. Afterward, I mustered up the courage to get him to allow me to take a photo of him, and then sign it.
If you've never heard of him, he's famous for working on movies like Blade Runner, Mission Impossible, Minority Report, and then he does advertising work for companies as well. You can check out some of his work here.
Beforehand, a good friend and I explored the High Museum (which I have never been to), and I brought an SX-70 to shoot with.
I have to go to work in a couple minutes, but I'll post some more stuff about my day yesterday when I get home. Just thought I'd share some quick photos, and show off my autographed Polaroid. (Which weirded him out, I'm sure)
There's a place I found downtown here that sells film. ACTUAL FILM. Instant, 35mm, chemicals and accessories. It's nice to have a place to physically go to nearby to get film.
Anyway, the owner had some near-expiration PX 600 Silver Shade Impossible Project film for only $10. At that price, I feel a little more comfortable with taking risks with Polaroid film. This is great film to play with, because it's pretty unstable. The following results weren't great, but it shows how much variety and weirdness this film produces. It's not always a good thing, but when you pay half price for the pricey film that is Impossible Project film you loosen up a bit and don't hurt as much when mistakes happen.
I'm going to Atlanta tomorrow to hang out with a friend, so hopefully I'll get some cool shots with this stuff.
Yesterday's photo of the day was an in-camera double exposure, where I took a photo of some of my film negatives for the first photo, then Anna (my wife) took a photo of me outside. Here's how I did it.
First, I got some poster board from Walgreens and laid the negatives on it.
Since my small studio has terrible lighting (just a small fan with 2 lightbulbs out I haven't gotten around to replacing), by laying it on the floor my shadow would encroach on the poster board when I take the shot. To make sure I could fully light up the scene and eliminate shadows, I needed to shut my studio overhead light off and turn on one of my strobes.
You can't tell in this photo, but I put the strobe on it's lowest level as to not overexpose the negatives. I originally had a receiver so that I could remotely flash the strobe but that gave off too much light. It was better for me to just leave the light as a modeling light and not have a flash after all. So what you see above is exactly as I kept it.
I took the first shot of the negatives. (here's the test shot) I was in Aperture Priority mode with an exposure compensation of -0.3. (-0.7 was a bit too much) This test shot is offset because I didn't really frame this one, simply a lighting test.
I don't have an image of the next part, but I had Anna take a photo of my on our porch still in Aperture Priority with an exposure compensation of -1.3. This way, the black surface of the negatives would be the only thing that contains the portrait of me. The white of the poster board should stay completely white.
I had to make sure that I was well lit in the second photo, because the negatives had so many varying tones that would distort my portrait a little bit. Here was the first try that didn't work so well.
You can also tell that I had too little strobe light on this one due to the orange edges of a couple of the negatives as well as some of the second image bled onto the white of the poster board. My goal was to make this photo kind of dreamy and foggy looking, so a little bleed was fine, except the sharp edge of the second shot was a bit problematic to my goal.
Next, I had Anna zoom in a bit more, and we found a better spot to light my face up. (We also switched to a fixed lens which helped the lighting situation greatly since I could open it to 1.8)
Then, I tossed it into Lightroom (my new fave) and tweaked some VSCO filters I've been playing with. (I'm not sure how I feel about using them yet. I usually alter them a lot after picking them, but I am a fan of the Portra film packs though)
And so there you go. I want to play with this idea more because I'm not fully satisfied with my shot, but it was fun to play with. Now you can do it too, and maybe do a better job than I did. If you've wanted to try out in-camera double exposure, this is a little more advanced. I've been practicing double exposure photography for a while now, and I still don't have as good of a handle on it as I would like.
You don't necessarily need a strobe like I used, just a well lit room. You want to make sure you get rid of shadows in the first shot completely. Also, framing is key. If you frame the portrait without thinking about how you framed the first shot, then the photo won't work. You have to be mindful about composition the entire time, and it may even take a couple tries. (It took me 10 or so tries)
Try it out!
I share a lot of things, but unfortunately, I'm bad with organization. (Especially of the digital variety). I've been attempting to share things from other sources here, on my blog. It's kind of pain to hyperlink a bunch of words I write, and it doesn't really look that good.
Well, I've had a tumblr where I've dumped personal photos for a long time. Time to make it public. It's not a blog, it's an online notebook, a thought dump. If you're interested in what I'm reading or doing day to day, check out the Tumblr.
I included a link in the sidebar, give it a look.
ps. nothing is really changing or going away, just adding another place for me to share. the blog will stay the same as before.
I was checking movie times as I normally do on the weekend, and was shocked to see Boyhood came to my town. It's a film unlike any other, but it's obscure enough to where I was prepared to wait until it came out online. The second I saw it was here my wife and I ran out to go see it.
Boyhood is going to be in film history classes to come, due to how it was made, and how genuine it is. Richard Linklater spent 12 years making this film focusing on one boy life and growing up experience. It's the same boy the whole time, and we get to watch him go from age 8 to age 18. Not only that, but Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke also star in the film throughout all 12 years of filming. Already a mind-blowing concept, the writing and story is just so real and enthralling. You get to watch a childhood, you grow up with the characters and be part of their experiences.
I told my wife when we left the theater that I felt like I had just binge-watched a tv series. There's so much in this movie, which makes it a heavier film. It isn't for the faint of heart; you're in for almost 3 hours of a boy (and a family's) development. It's hard to watch this movie without relating it to your own childhood, and thinking about how much you've changed over time. Everything felt in the movie by the characters feels so genuine that you can't help but start feeling like you're part of it.
So much had to come together for this film to work, which makes it an even more amazing feat. Linklater had to keep celebrities in the film for 12 years, and I know that had to be a constant scheduling nightmare. This idea really hits you when Ethan Hawke appears for the first time and he looks so much younger than he does today. I can't even begin to wonder how something like this was even possible.
It was a great idea to film this over 12 years, but it wouldn't have been complete without a great story to go along with it. Boyhood isn't a summer blockbuster, or even a movie you get together with your friends to watch on Friday night. It's an experience, a re-living of a childhood that isn't glamorized or unrealistic by any stretch. That can be a bad thing, but in this case, an incredibly rewarding thing. I probably experienced every emotion there is during my viewing of this movie, and I can't help but think my money was well spent. This is a movie that will be talked about for years to come, because there is nothing quite like it.
Yesterday I was thinking about how the 365 is one of the, if not the most important thing, I do in order to stay productive and improve my skills. I don't see a time where I would be able to ever quit doing 365 projects, because I'm always learning and will be until the day I leave this earth.
That said, I do want some breaks in between, so I've created this roadmap for the 365 Reloaded moving forward to 365 parts 4 and 5. I've planned it out almost like the Marvel Cinema Universe plans out Avengers movies.
If it's hard for you to read, then here's the plan:
365 Reloaded ends in November, and I will have a short hiatus before I begin my next 365 on New Years Day. Then, I will take another hiatus after the end of that one, and my fifth 365 will start on my 24th birthday. I'm usually a bit impulsive with the dates so I'm trying to make them a little easier to remember.
Who knows what could happen in the next two years, or even if I will make it to a 5th 365, but I'm never going to stop producing unless a more powerful force decided to stop me. (Hopefully not) This is about as much as I'm letting myself plan because that takes away the fun from the 365 (and is near impossible)
So there you have it.