Ideas for New Writing Projects

Ideas for New Writing Projects

This is sort of an exploratory, thinking-out-loud post. I haven't really had a writing project since doing the [SFPC blog][1] almost two years ago. I moved to NYC to write more, but I've spent most of my time here freelancing, having panic attacks about how I'm going to afford to live here, and just kind of living, trying to enjoy my time here.

I'm moving away soon, and I'll have more time to write. In this post I'll ruminate on what I might write about, and how.

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The Motivation to Write

The Motivation to Write

I've always wanted to produce more writing than I do.

Since I can remember it's been a struggle to finish just about anything(writing my Amazon book was like pulling teeth every day, for about two years) and I'm wondering if there are ways to live that are more conducive to writing.

My hypothesis is that there are certain conditions that are favorable to "the writer's life". It's not so radical, I know, but that's the premise of this post.

I threw together a list of five things that usually get me writing again.

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Getting Back to Writing

Getting Back to Writing

It's been a year since my last post. A crazy and intense year of living in New York city.

The truth is that I've always wanted to be a writer. The problem has always been my belief that there's no way that I could ever make a living as one.

This belief is buttressed by these two questions: 

* Who would pay me?
* What would I write about?

I don't have complete answers to those questions, but I don't feel like I need them to pursue writing as a career and a lifestyle.

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Sell Your Creativity, Not Your Skills

Sell Your Creativity, Not Your Skills

For 10 years, I've made my living as freelance cameraman and video editor. For five years, I operated a small camera rental business as well. It's been tough, but I've relished the freedom to make my own choices, to live and die by them, sometimes even go broke by them, on a few occasions.

Recently, I've realized that it seems I've been going about this freelance thing all wrong.

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"There's No Money in VR"

"There's No Money in VR"

VR is a seductive medium. It has the potential allows you to be anyone that you want to be. It can put you in others’ shoes, others’ skins. It can be experiential and also very abstract — sometimes both at once. And then there are things like Google's Tiltbrush, which allows you to draw in 3D space — something akin to drawing on air itself.

Despite the myriad possibilities of the VR experience, for "content creators"(I abhor that term , there are not a lot of opportunities to make a living in the medium. Simply said, there are no business models. 

For content creators, there is no money in VR.

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Don't Do What I Did: Honest Advice about Freelancing in Film and Video

I recently finished my first book, Don't Do What I Did: Honest Advice about Freelancing in Film and Video. 

It's basically a guide for those considering freelancing or just getting started in film and video production. I've spent the last two years working on it, off and on, and finally, after eight drafts and countless proofs, edits, tweaks, I can put it out on Amazon and call it 'done'. 

Currently, it's only available digitally but I'm working on a print version and an audiobook as well.

It's available for pre-order now and will be released on August 10th.

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Recent Work: Fire Mud Rope Water

Recent Work: Fire Mud Rope Water

Last year I directed a documentary shoot about my friends Laura and DK. They practice rope suspension together at historical places and monuments in Dallas, Texas.

The film, Fire Mud Rope Water, follows them for a day as they plan and execute a hang at an old bridge on Dallas' Trinity riverway.

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Shoot Day Recap: DPing for See Spot Run - Compass Datacenters

Recently, I was #blessed to shoot with my good friends at See Spot Run. This is our story: 

We arrived for our 7am call at the offices of Compass Datacenters - me, gaffer Juan Rocha, junior producer Amanda Presmyk, and SSR chief Jeff Ayala. Amanda had mercifully brought Starbucks and breakfast tacos, and with a few gulps of coffee in us, we loaded up our carts and hopped in the elevator.  

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Working for Free

So I'm going to start posting sections of the book that I'm working on which is titled, Don't Do What I Did: How to Make a Career in Film and Video.

The book is written to be a handbook for those starting out or considering a career in film and video production.

What follows is a section titled, "Working for Free", which is something that I actually haven't done for a while, since I've been editing a feature-length documentary, as well as writing my first book. I'm focusing more on creating my own content, as you can very well see, but if the right opportunity came along - working on a cool, worthwhile project with good people - I'd definitely consider it.

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