We say farewell to September 2016 today. Thank you, it's been fun, but I'm tired. Three kids started classes in three different schools; I am teaching an Audio Production course; with SUNY Potsdam's Oral History project we produced physical product, 300 limited edition CD's, and today at 3pm at Snell Theater in Potsdam we celebrate the end of the Take the Lead Campaign - I produced two videos for this event. Oh, and in my spare time, I was able to drop a digital single- Utility Project's cover of a Watson Family traditional tune "Groundhog." Oh yeah, and on the 26th we screened For the Love of the Mambo to a crowded Roxy Theater Cinema 10 event.
The month began with interviews and B-roll, some students don't show, some people are not where they're supposed to be.... It doesn't always go smoothly and it's hard to manage at times being a crew of one. I had a sinus infection at the beginning of the month which caused some vertigo, something I'd never experienced before. Try shooting and conducting an interview when you feel like the room is spinning. I know, regular life for 'rock docs.' And then about a week ago I sprained my ankle playing basketball. It's much better now, but I was still gathering B-roll at the time, hobbling on crutches with a camera bag in tow.
My favorite moments from the month? I think I had a few... as mentioned before I never tire of witnessing hard working professors convey the joy of learning.... I also had a few surprises, the most dramatic was a student who- now I try not to judge, I do, but a student who I honestly didn't want to interview, after an initial meeting I thought we were both wasting our time, but he proved me wrong. In a BIG way. (Incidentally he's not pictured here...) Some people blow your mind with their ability to express themselves concisely and sincerely. This student did just that. The piece wouldn't be the same without him. And I'm glad I ignored my first impression and charged ahead into the abyss.
October promises to be another busy month. A job w/ Alcoa is coming and I believe I'lll be cutting some spinoffs of the SUNY piece for the web. AND a piece for PACES. Maybe there will be some time for more music this month. I really hope so.