Friday, January 16, 2009

Kicking Off Sundance 2009

So, I will be once again giving you all my daily updates of how the 2009 Sundance Film Festival goes for me.

I arrived on Monday, which was an adventure in itself. I got to the East Terminal in St. Louis, which is normally easy to get through security at. There is primarily only one airline that uses that terminal, Southwest, so lines are always shorter. Not when I got there. I actually got through security a few minutes past the flights departure time. But for some unknown reason the plane was still at the gate. To make a long crazy story short, they put the jetway back out and opened the door back up, just for me. Whew! Barely made that one.

Since arriving in Utah, I’ve pretty much been training and getting my theater, the Egyptian on Main Street, ready for the festival. Once again, I am the Midnight Manager with my AWESOME team returning to back me up as usual. We actually were the team that worked (assisted the Press Department) on Thursday with the Opening Day Press Conference. It was nice to see Mr. Redford and hear what he had to say about the Film Festival’s 25th Anniversary.

Thursday Night I spent finishing up final touches on the Theater. It’s amazing how little things can take so long to get worked out. I did make it over to the Library Theater to see one of the Volunteer screenings. I was able to see ‘Lymelife’ by director Derick Martini. The film starred Alec Baldwin, Rory Culkin, Kieran Culkin, Jill Hennessy, Timothy Hutton, Cynthia Nixon and Emma Roberts. No the stars were not at the volunteer screening, but the film was great. I will write a review later and post it for you all to read.

The bad thing about Park City this year is that for some reason is that AT&T has TERRIBLE connections this year. I’ve heard from a few locals that problems on their network started in Park City around Christmas. It’s bad. I’ll have full bars and cannot make or receive calls or texts until minutes or hours later. It is REALLY killing me. Hopefully it will not cause me too many problems or cost me any important and timely information.

Well, I am part of the way through Day 1 (Friday, January 16, 2009), so I’ll post what happens today, later tonight or, most likely, tomorrow. Have a great night and I’ll talk to you all later. And if you are in Park City, please stop by the Egyptian Theater on Main Street any night after 10 PM and say “Hello”.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

2009 Supporting Resolutions

To help me meet and achieve my New Year’s Resolutions I have come up with some supporting resolutions. By trying to meet these resolutions I should be able to accomplish my 5 primary resolutions.

1) Fix my financial situation
A) Work each month to get the collections off my credit score.
B) Rebuild my credit by securing viable credit building sources and accounts.
C) Build a savings account.
D) Sell anything with a value that I don’t use anymore, but could make money on.

2) Quit Smoking
A) Take each hour of each day one at a time.

3) Be More Productive
A) Practice at least once per week for at least one hour on my Glidecam.
B) Watch at least one segment of a training video once per day, preferably more than one
segment or a full training video.
C) Update my website at least once per month, after fully updating it to be current and
D) Build and upload new websites on domains that I own and update them at least once per
E) Write one Blog per week.
F) Write something every 48 hours. Whether it is a Blog, narrative, draft of a script or
outline for a project, just write something every 48 hours.
G) Read at least 25 pages or 1 chapter of one of the production books in my library every 48
H) Build a least one project per week, preferably using tips and tricks from the training
videos I watch.
I) Shot something, no matter how small, per week.

4) Get in Shape
A) I plan to exercise at least 5 days per week. Primarily I’ll start with my simple jumping
jacks, sit-ups and push-ups. Maybe I’ll upgrade to a gym later this year.
B) Walk my neighborhood at least 5 days per week.
C) Eat more regularly, and slowly eat better. Also, cut seriously back, if not cut out, fast
food all together.
D) Stretch each morning to increase my flexibility.

5) Clean and Organize my House
A) Pick up, through away and take out the trash more often. Now, I’m not a TOTAL slob,
I’m referring to draft print outs of paperwork or old paperwork, boxes and packaging
from equipment that just haven’t been thrown away yet.
B) Go one section of one room at a time. And work to get a complete room cleaned before I
move on.
C) Set and keep one cleaning day per week. This is the day when I can make big strides in
one day.
D) Clean out one box/tub of paperwork or whatever is in it per week.
E) Sort all my paperwork and file everything away. Sorting bills and paperwork by
year and job will make a HUGE difference and make things easier to find later, if I need
F) Do my Laundry and dishes at least once per week. Easiest would be on my cleaning
house day each week.
G) OK, don’t laugh at this one… But, once a room is cleaned, I plan to dust it once per
month, if not once per week.

Now, I honestly plan to start all of these this weekend. It is only January 3rd, so I’m not too far behind, if at all. Also, some of these will get put on hold when I’m out of town or working on a film. The reason some will get put on hold while on a film set is just because there will so little time once I return home. But, I don’t plan to create excuses for why things are not getting done. If I screw up and slack off, I’ll admit it. I think that by taking things one day at time, I WILL be able to accomplish all my goals.

Tomorrow I will post a few projects I have on the table, as well as what leaps of faith I am planning to take this year. So be sure to come back and check those out.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year’s Resolutions for 2009

So, I’m going to try and put together my list of New Year’s Resolutions. I’m going to try and keep them realistic. I am going to try and achieve them slowly over the entire year. I’m also going to list how I plan to accomplish each goal.

1) Fix my financial situation

To regain my financial independence and get out of the all the holes I’ve fallen in, I’m going to work as much as possible. I have an interview on January 6th with the City of St. Louis and STL TV for a Video Production Specialist job. Also, based on the STL TV job and what hours I would be working, I’m going to pursue a job on the Jason Reitman/George Clooney movie coming to St. Louis, as well as all the film projects I can throughout 2009. I will also continue to work several nights a week at a couple nightclubs/bars. That will continue until I have too much other work scheduled. I believe by the end of 2009, I could really have my financial situation, credit score and cash-on-hand status in a MUCH better place.

2) Quit Smoking

As of the stroke of Midnight I stopped smoking. I admit that I had one smoke after I was home for a short while, but none since then. So I’m trying. I’m going to take it one day at a time. I believe that by focusing on going one day at a time and really wanting to quit, I should be able to quit this year. I’ll be honest, I might cave and have one here and there. I am only human, but I’m going to try.

3) Be More Productive

I am going to make a conscious effort to make at least one positive step forward each and every day professionally. Whether it is getting something shot, edited or taking the time to watch a training course, I want to do something, no matter how large or small, each and every day. I will have a few supporting resolutions that can serve to fill this goal.

4) Get in Shape

OK, so I slacked on this one today, but I plan to exercise at least 5 times a week, if not every day. I’m not planning on jumping up and running to the gym, that might come later. I’m planning on simple sit-ups/crunches, jumping jacks and push ups. Also, walking my neighborhood will be a normal part of my exercises. I’m going to build up to running, but that will take a little while. If I take each day, one day at a time, I’ll be able keep my eye on this goal and achieve it.

5) Clean and Organize my House

It is no secret that I am a bit of a pack rat. I need to go through what I own and purge what I don’t need or use anymore. I feel if I go one room at a time, one section at a time, I can make big strides as the year moves on. Then, if I decide to move, either across St. Louis or across the country, I’ll be better prepared, condensed and drag less garbage with me. Plus, I’ll have a better looking house.

OK, for now those are the big resolutions for 2009. Tomorrow I’ll be listing my supporting resolutions and the Leaps of Faith I plan to take this New Year. Please assist me in accomplishing my goals and I’ll do what I can to help you accomplish yours.