The Prodigal Altar Boy

Friday, December 2, 2011

2 December 2011 - TQ vs. Chief Justice Scalia [YEAH!]

2011 – Last 100 Days
Prodigal Altar Boy Countdown
T-29 Days to Go
2 December 2011

Goal:  1 hour per day working on the film
Listened to Karen Everett’s interview with Cynthia Kane of the Sundance Channel
Watched Karen Everett's  "Ultimate Guide to Structuring Your Documentary" Week 3 video
  • Doc Plot Map
  • Cinematic style
  • Protagonist's statements of desire and transformation
  • Inciting incident
Total time:  1 Hour

Goal:  30 minutes per day music practice
MojoCaster warm-up
Pat Metheny – Etude #1 bars 1-4 25X 
“So What” - Miles Davis
Grace City songs
“Say The Name”
“Trading My Sorrows”
“God of Second Chances”
“You Are Here”
Total time:  30 Minutes

Goal:  15 minutes exercise per day
Elliptical Interval Training level 5
30 Seconds >140 RPM
60 Seconds >170 RPM
20 sets
Total time:  30 minutes

Goal:  15 minutes per day working on the score for the movie
“Dies Irae” – 25X in groups of five, allowing me to focus on execution
“Granby Street” –2X played on the MojoCaster and slowed the tempo
R&B riff work from Gospel Skillz DVD
E – B/D# - C#min – A  R&B chordal riff work.  Focus on smooth transitions and tone.
Total Time:  30 minutes

Notes:  Twenty-nine days and counting.  Let’s keep this list of “Lessons Learned” going: 

Lessons Learned for today:

Be open to possibilities.  Goals are just the start.  Yes, you construct mini-goals to help you reach the larger goals, but do not let your pursuit of those goals blind you to other possibilities.  If an unexpected opportunity pops up while pursuing your goals, do not pass it by.  Find a way t take advantage of that opportunity and work it into the pursuit of your goals.

Program in some slack time.  When I wrote up my daily goals for this 100-day countdown, I purposely was conservative with the daily numbers.  I set the minimums low for the tasks so that when I am pressed for time, there are things I can do to hit those minimum numbers and be done with the daily tasks.  Conversely, when I have a lot of time, I can devote more time to tasks.  My original plan was to stay close to the minimums during the week, then put in a lot of hours on Saturday and Sunday.  After the first few weeks, I was able to hit the minimums during the week and put in a lot of time on Saturday.  Sundays were another story.  I never seemed to be able to pack in the same hours I had done on Saturday.  I realized that I have to have some down time, so I allowed myself to slack on Sunday and aim for the minimums.  Using Sunday as a programmed rest day ensures I am fresh on Monday and ready to hit the ground running.

Use the Seinfeld trick.  I read somewhere that Jerry Seinfeld’s secret to cranking out the scripts for season after season of “Seinfeld” was a simple set of tools, a large calendar and a red marker.  He vowed to write something for the show every day and every day that he wrote something, he would put a big red “X” on that date on the calendar.  He said that he became hooked on the satisfaction of seeing entire weeks, months, and eventually years completely marked out, and the result was a continual flow of material.  For me, this blog is my calendar and marker, but I also have a Franklin Covey fold out calendar and I shade in each day I work on the film with an orange highlighter.  January looks a little sparse, but by March, I hit the groove and have shaded in every day.