The Prodigal Altar Boy

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My Top Ten Favorite Things of the Last 100 Days: #4 Chris Schafer

Prodigal Altar Boy Countdown
Last 100 Days of 2011
27 December 2011
T-4 Days and Counting
Goal:  At least one hour per day working on the movie: 
Details:  Read Karen Everett's article, "Reality in Three Acts - What Documentary Storytellers Can Learn From Screenwriters"
  • What a Story Is Not
  • Act One: Launching the Story
  • Portraying the Inciting Incident
  • Posing the Central Question
  • Act One Climax
  • Act Two: The Long and Winding Road
  • The Midpoint
  • The Problem of Pacing
  • Reversal
  • Act Three: Answering the Central Question
  • Denouement: Giving Good Closure
Traveled to New York for a short getaway and inspiration in the Big Apple
Goal: 30 Minutes per day music practice
Total time: 1 hour

Goal: 15 Minutes per day of exercise
Hey, we're in New York.  I think the hotel has a "fitness center."  If so, I'll make something work there.
Total time:  vacation mode 

Goal: 15 Minutes per day working on the score for the movie:
Worked on creating loop beds in Sony Acid using Sony Loops and Samples.
Total time: 1.5 hours

My Top Ten Favorite Things of the Last 100 Days:

#4 Chris Schafer

Chris Schafer clocks in at Number Four in my Top Ten Favorite Things of the Last 100 Days of 2011.  Full disclosure:  Chris Schafer is in the top ten of my favorite things for all 365 days of 2011 and every year prior since about 2005.  For 2011, though, Chris was friend, guru, motivational coach, inspiration, clothier and just one cool guy to have on your team.  Earlier this year Chris recommended the movie "Exit Through the Gift Shop."
A parallel story of the movie is about a man making a documentary about street art (tagging), and Chris mentioned the film when we were talking about how much footage J had shot for the movie.  He told me about one scene in the movie where the man making the film surveys box after box of unedited tape and realizes he will never be able to make the movie because he doesn't know what he's shot.  Chris said, "Hey, don't be that guy okay?  Start editing."
I watched the movie (it was great and got an Academy Award nomination), saw the scene Chris was talking about, and immediately started a plan to A: catalog/digitize the video I had shot, B: make plans to bring principal photography to an end and C: Make some stab at editing.  My "Last 100 Days of 2011" is the beginning of those plans and I'm happy to say two of those objectives (A and B) are done and while C is also "done," it is only a start down the longer road of editing the film.
Thanks, Chris.  I could not have done it without you.