Finding Dennis

•January 10, 2011 • Leave a Comment


This month marks the next chapter in our short film, “Finding Dennis”.  Our tale of a brother and sister reunited after the death of their mother hit the festival circuit last week!

Finding Dennis Movie Poster

Filmmaking, I am discovering, is exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time.  On the one hand, my cast and crew and I get to see the outcome of our hard work.  While it was a two day shoot, it was a second and third floor, no elevator, lots o‘ equipment shoot.  The kind that beats you up in the first hour and doesn’t stop until the the truck is packed at the end of the shoot.  And with the sweat came some great relationships.  We were all strangers to each other at the beginning.  Now we are vested in each other.   And that is cool.

On the other hand, what if it doesn’t make it into a festival?  After all the time, energy and money have been spent, what if no one wants to see it?  What if the hours of writing, producing, shooting and editing yield a film which never makes it out of the gate?

As Steven Sondheim made famous, “Look, I made a hat! Where there never was a hat!”

And that is cool, too.

New RM Commercial

•December 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Here is a quick preview of the new Robert Michael Commercial. Check it out.  Let me know what you think.

 

 

Knowledge and Effort

•December 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Some quick thoughts for this morning on why we do what we do as artists.

A little late…

•November 5, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This video was supposed to go up about two weeks ago.  It’s not pertinent now, but as it’s only :30, do me the honor.

My first time on air, live.  Another first…let’s keep checking them off!  That’s where the good stuff is.  Face your fears, and move on.  You don’t have to overcome them.  Just experience them.  Maybe you’ll learn something.  I did.

 

Art and kids

•October 5, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Today I witnessed the beginning of creativity in my 5 year old boy. Choir. Some of you may know that I can’t sing. Not even a little bit. Oh well.

Either way he has started his journey, a journey I started with my grandma when I was his age.

My grandma is an artist. She is an 80-something years young, legally blind artist. For my entire life, I have never received a birthday card or Christmas card that was store bought. To this day she makes every card she sends out. Hanging in my bedroom is a portrait she gave my wife and I as an engagement present. It’s me, dressed as a clown, proposing to my wife, who is smoking (she doesn’t) while sitting on a box of dynamite. And then there was a Nelf. Yeah, there’s a story there.

So, as I sit here witnessing the beauty that is art being stimulated in my little boy, I think of my grandma, and hope that I can have that effect on somebody. Hopefully my children, but I’ll settle for anybody.

Photowalk with Emotions

•July 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Today was that day. By 10:30 today I was emotionally frozen. Deciding to not let that affect my work, I went for a walk. These walks are a very positive part of my life. My mind has permission to shut-off and just react to what is around me. In the world of commercial work, deadlines, paperwork, etc, there just isn’t always time.

As I had to run some errands, I decided to do my walk at a strip mall (Oh, yes, I am from New Jersey), After my errands, I grabbed my camera and went. I shot about 150 frames in an hour and a half. What struck me when I looked at them in the computer was the sense of isolation that came from many of the frames. It wasn’t intentional, but it was there. A reaction to my morning.

I guess the lesson from today is this: your emotions, regardless of your ability to control them, affect everything you do. Don’t fight it. Let it ride and bask in the fruits of your labor!

A man on a mission

•July 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This week I have realized just how lazy I have become with my personal work.  It is easy to get caught up in business side of this industry.  So, my photo/video walks have started again.  It feels good to go for a walk with the camera, throw the stuff into photoshop, and by the end of the day have (hopefully) a mini series.

If you have a camera, I suggest not only shooting, but playing with them afterwards.  Put them in different orders, make them black and white, or even red and white.  Have fun.  Be fun!