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Balancing Act – Promo #001

Did you know I’m still working on Balancing Act, my documentary about the work we do? Well, I am…

In this short clip James Carlson talks about how the concept of Bucketworks evolved.

I’m not even sure this will make it into the final film, but I found it compelling enough to put it out there.

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About that film…

How’s that film going?

I get that question every now and then… and the answer is, “it’s going!” followed by “slowly…”

You can follow the progress at balancingactfilm.com

I’ve interviewed Jeramey Jannene and James Carlson, and I’m working on scheduling Nikol Hasler, Mike Rohde, and Davey von Bohlen.

So while it’s true that the process is going slower than I hoped, that is to be expected. I’ve been taking on more paying work, and that gets in the way, but it’s unavoidable (and a theme of the film…)

I did get some b-roll shot this weekend, of course getting time to log and capture the footage is not easy, but for now I’ll keep shooting and looking for developing themes.

As soon as I get a break in the action, I’ll see what I can do to put together some promos so people can see a bit of what we’ve got so far. It’ll happen, but yeah, it’ll take some time.

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The 48 Hour Film Project

If you’re available for a whole weekend of production, and you love filmmaking, you might want to get involved with the The 48 Hour Film Project.

The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie—write, shoot, edit and score it—in just 48 hours. On Friday night, you get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in your movie. 48 hours later, the movie must be complete. Then it will show at a local theater, usually in the next week.

It’s a neat idea, and a cool project that forces a burst of creativity in a short amount of time. While it is happening in Milwaukee the weekend of June 20th, 2008, I sadly, cannot take part… at least not for the entire weekend.

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Balancing Act (Documentary)

Within a week of announcing I was planning to produce a documentary… things are starting to roll into place.

Oh, the working title is “Balancing Act” by the way…

There has been a lot of planning and discussion this week, including assembling the FAB (or ‘Film Advisory Board’) which is a group of people I will bounce ideas off of, and creating some different sponsorship opportunities. So far a handful of people have offered to help, financially, and otherwise.

In the next week or two we’ll set up a web site, and start outlining things a bit more. We plan to keep things fairly transparent throughout production, so people can keep an eye on what is happening.

(Once the site is up, expect most of the updates to happen there, but I’ll still post things here on RasterWeb! when it makes the most sense.)

Pete with camera



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I am shooting a documentary

Shooting a documentary

During 2008 I will be producing a documentary about how people find the balance between what they want to do, and what they need to do. It’s definitely a balancing act; a struggle between making your dreams come true, and having reality set in.

Through a series of interviews we’ll explore how people deal with the choices they’ve made and have to make, to do the work they find rewarding and satisfying.

Filming will commence in the Summer of 2008, with editing wrapping before the end of the year. We hope to premier the film by January 2009.

That bit above…. that’s the pitch. That’s the description of the documentary I’ll be working on this year. It’s sounds like a large project, and it is, and I’ve got about 8 months to do it.

I’ll be shooting on MiniDV with a Sony PD150. Much of the equipment will be on loan from Z2 Marketing, who is a sponsor of this project. I still need other equipment and supplies, and that’s where you come in.

While I thought I could produce this film for no budget, that’s not exactly true. I think I can do it very cheaply though. I’ve had a few people tell me I should apply for a grant, and that’s a possibility (know any grant writers?) but I also plan to get people to sponsor me. I’ll follow up this post with one specifically outlining how I see it working.

This is exciting to me. I’ve been compiling a list of people to interview, and if you know someone you think of when reading the description above, let me know. (It would help if they were in the Milwaukee area, as the travel budget is non-existent right now.)

Anyway… watch this space for updates. Thanks….