We want to begin by telling you how much we cherish each and every comment. We've met some amazing people through blogging and are honored to call so many of you friends - good friends.
That alone would have been reason enough to attend BlogPaws, simply the chance to spend quality time, face to face, with people now held dear.
So I wanted to thank you for sticking with us while we've been scarce, and apologize to my Herd of Three for absences like this that my work can cause.
I wanted to give you a bit of a glimpse inside what I do for a living - probably as a way to assuage the guilt!("gee, uhm, I wonder... if they knew what it was like, maybe they'd forgive me more...?" You know, that kind of ridiculous thinking!)
I'm a director of everything from tiny little "how to" videos, to PR pieces and feel-good stories, all the way to the larger scale film productions like the series I'm involved in now. You'll be able to see what I'm working on in a few short months, but in the meantime, as a director, it's my job to ensure it all happens.
Directors have to answer a thousand questions a day: "do you like this vase in the shot?" (props) to "should she wear the purple or the green shirt?" (wardrobe) to "do you want him to sit or stand?" (director of photography) "I'd really like to rent this light for $200" (gaffer) "can we be out of this location by 5?" (location manager) all the way down to "when would you like to break for lunch?" (production assistant).
|Even the placement of salt shakers is carefully considered!|
And if it's someone who's never been in front of the camera before, it's my job to engage them in such a way that they forget the big, scary lens they're standing in front of, and instead give me that part of themselves that makes them so uniquely them. That's not an easy thing for a person to do, when surrounded by a crew of strangers and a bunch of equipment and lights! And it's one of many reasons I'm behind the lens and not in front of it. ;-)
(this slideshow was from an earlier production for a holiday series featuring singer/songwriter Jewel.)
Everything we do is about communicating, about making sure that what we film is deserving of your attention. We have to earn your interest, and so we strive to make our production as interesting, captivating, riveting as possible.
Most days on set are earlier than a normal day, and they last later for me than for the rest of the crew (mainly because of those thousand questions!). It's exhausting, mainly because you pour your heart and soul into what you're filming. But it's rewarding and creatively fulfilling.
I especially love those shows where I get to tell stories and give you a glimpse into another person's fascinating life -- and hope that I can make it as interesting for you as it is for me. We recently produced such a film, and I was thrilled beyond words to be able to tell the stories of three fellow bloggers -- friends that you know and love. Hopefully it'll be released soon and I can share it with you.
In the meantime, please forgive that I've been absent this past week, and will probably be more so in the following weeks as we continue to film this new series.
Please know that Allie and the boys'll be back visiting you as soon as we possibly can. And thank you - thank you! - for your patience.