The Prodigal Altar Boy

Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Top Ten Favorite Things of the Last 100 Days #1 – Jesse Wieman

2011 – Last 100 Days
Prodigal Altar Boy Countdown
ZERO Days and Counting
31 December 2011

Goal:  1 hour per day working on the film

Details: 
Read articles from “Documentary” magazine
Total time:  30 minutes

Goal:  30 minutes per day music practice
Details:
Sunday Set List Work:
I Will Bless The Lord At All Times
I Am A Friend of God
Open The Eyes of My Heart
Holy Is The Lord
I Lift Up My Hands
Rig check and patch selection
Pat Metheny Etudes – exercise #1 bars 1-4 5X
Pat Metheny Etudes – Exercise #1 bars 5-8 10X
Total time:  2 hours

Goal:  15 minutes exercise per day
Active rest. 
Total time:

Goal:  15 minutes per day working on the score for the movie
 A Dorian (intervallic) riff work with Adrenalinn III
Amin – D7 chord work to support A Dorian intervallic work
Total time:  15 minutes

ZERO Day – It’s The Final Countdown

My Top Ten Favorite Things of the Last 100 Days
#1 – Jesse Wieman


Jesse Wieman is the man.  I saw some of his work, and he knocked me out with his stencil work.  So far, I’ve commissioned three works based on photographs related to the movie.  The “TQ as Superman” and “TQ with Chalice” have been shown off and on in the blog during the past 100 days.  The two latest pieces “Going His Way” and “Nat Turner Liturgy” make their first appearance in the blog on the final post of 2011.  “Going His Way,” licensed from the Virginian-Pilot, was a photo accompanying and article on TQ during his early days in Poquoson.  Jesse took that portrait and loaded it with context and implied backstory.  I cannot wait to edit this into the assembly cut I am working on. 

The second picture is from a photograph of Dr. Philip Lucas, who played Nat Turner during the Easter mass in Southampton, where Nat Turner led his slave revolt and was sentenced to death.  While at St. Mary’s (now a minor basilica) in Norfolk, TQ based the Easter liturgy around the Confessions of Nat Turner. 

When I picked up these two paintings, Jesse gave me a Christmas gift.  The tag read, “To my biggest fan.”  It was a small portrait of Boris Karloff.  That is why I am his biggest fan.

It was one hundred days of learning and I will unpack that during the opening moments of 2012, where I have 365 days ahead of me (God willing)…

Stay Tuned



Friday, December 30, 2011

Top Ten Favorite Things of the Last 100 Days #2 – Kimberly Mayer



2011 – Last 100 Days
Prodigal Altar Boy Countdown
T-1 Days and Counting
30 December 2011

Goal:  1 hour per day working on the film
Details: 
Watched Karen Everett Week 7 video module  “Crafting Your Film’s Opening Act”
Total time:  30 minutes

Goal:  30 minutes per day music practice
Details:
Warm up on the MojoCaster
Pat Metheny Etudes – exercise #1 bars 1-4 25X
Downloaded and printed chord charts for New Year’s Day Service at Grace City.
Total time:  30 minutes

Goal:  15 minutes exercise per day
Active rest.  Final walk around New York.
Total time: 15 minutes

Goal:  15 minutes per day working on the score for the movie
 “Dies Irae” – 25X on the MojoCaster
Total time:  15 minutes

One Day – It’s The Final Countdown

My Top Ten Favorite Things of the Last 100 Days
#2 – Kimberly Mayer


Kimberly Mayer is a young artist who did a painting of the photograph of TQ as “The Blue Angel.” 

Her painting is the largest piece I’ve commissioned for the movie and by far has the greatest raw impact.  When my mother saw it, she said, “Wow! She really captured his features in that painting.”  Kimberly worked long and hard on this painting and her efforts really paid off.



Thursday, December 29, 2011

My Top Ten Favorite Things of the Last 100 Days: #3 – The Last 100 Days



2011 – Last 100 Days
Prodigal Altar Boy Countdown
T-2 Days and Counting
29 December 2011

Goal:  1 hour per day working on the film

Details: 
Read Karen Everett’s blog on editing.
Total time:  30 minutes

Goal:  30 minutes per day music practice
New York City getaway.  Almost went to Manny’s, but spent time at the Chelsea Market, which was inspiring. 

Goal:  15 minutes exercise per day
Escalating Density Training (EDT)
Smith Squat  (A1) 105 pounds
5 sets of 8 reps
3 sets of 6 reps
Bulgarian Split Squat (A2) Two 25 pound dumbbells
5 sets of 8 reps (per side)
3 sets of 6 reps (per side)
15 minutes
Calf raises on Smith Machine
4 sets of 25 reps 105 pounds
Treadmill work
20 minutes
1.39 miles
Total time:  44 minutes

Goal:  15 minutes per day working on the score for the movie
 New York City vacation
Total time: 

Two Days – It’s The Final Countdown

My Top Ten Favorite Things of the Last 100 Days
#3 – The Last 100 Days


It is amazing these 100 days are nearly at an end.  Like many new things, I had some initial trepidation about this experiment.  I was very enthusiastic in the beginning, but once the enormity of the task hit me, I had second thoughts.  I am glad I stuck with it.  Many of the posts, especially when I was travelling or during the holidays, were hard to get out and I had to stretch my technology improvisation skills.  Still, it was worth it.  Putting out one post after another, getting my rhythm as well as refining the format and content of the blog along the way made was the key to getting this done. 



Wednesday, December 28, 2011

 
Prodigal Altar Boy Countdown
Last 100 Days of 2011
28 December 2011
T-3 Days and Counting


Goal:  At least one hour per day working on the movie:
Details:  Read Karen Everett's blog on documentary filmmaking. 



Goal: At least 30 minutes working on music. 
Details: Looked over chord charts for New Year's Day service at Grace City






Goal:  At least 15 minutes per day of exercise.
Escalating Density Training (EDT)
Smith Machine Bench Press with Lat Pulldown (back to back "supersets")
First 15 minutes session
Bench Press (105 lbs)
5 sets of 8 reps
5 sets of 6 reps
5 sets of 4 reps
Lat Pulldown (70 lbs)
5 sets of 8 reps
5 sets of 6 reps
4 sets of 4 reps
Second 15 minute session
Skull Krusher (pair of 25lb dumbbells)
5 sets of 8 reps
5 sets of 6 reps
7 sets of 4 reps
Hammer Curls (pair of 25lb dumbbells)
5 sets of 8 reps
5 sets of 6 reps
7 sets of 4 reps
Details:  40-60 minutes walking to the Majestic Theater and back to the hotel

Goal: 15 minutes per day working on the score
Details:   Noted the music/score for "The Mountaintop" and reevaluated musical ideas I had for the movie.

My Top Ten Favorite Things of the Last 100 Days:

#3 New York City

My wife and I decided to make a quick trip to NYC between Christmas and New Years just to get away.  At the suggestion of Burt Tapper, we got tickets for "The Mountaintop" and that was a great suggestion.  We loved the play and had a great time walking to the theater and seeing them set up Times Square for New Year's Eve.