This is a piece I submitted for an assignment. I had to choose an image and then explain how the image related to my character from the perspective of my character.
I am just like everyone else, with dreams, hopes and drive to get somewhere to make something of my life. But here I am at cubicle fifteen describing to you why I think this picture describes me.
Every day I’m forced to put on this crappy hundred-dollar suit, choking myself with this tie (that I still haven’t quite figured out how to tie). Then I walk to the subway and cram myself into a smelly, sticky car with like a million other people all wearing the same damn hundred-dollar suit. When I finally get off I walk about twenty steps before I’m crammed right back into an elevator with another bunch of suit monkeys. We all pile out on the sixteenth floor and scurry to our desks, hoping we can avoid our supervisor and get through our day without doing any more than we have to. I spend the next 8 hours shifting papers, putting them into manila folders and sticking them into filing cabinets where I’m sure no one will ever read them again.
4:30 arrives and I reverse the process and find myself in my apartment eating macaroni and cheese that has been rewarmed for the third time and watching what is probably the seventh airing of American Idol for the week. I don’t know who is winning and I don’t particularly care. It’s just noise in the background while I check Facebook to see if anyone is talking to me. Eventually I fall asleep only to be woken up too soon by my alarm clock to do it all over again.
The picture is a promise to myself that I will not be held back by this situation. The suit will not define me but I will define the suit. I am the cool, mysterious guy, charming, smart and debonair. There’s also the “take no prisoners” me, with words just as quick as my trigger finger. Anyone who gets in my way is dropped with a snarky one-liner that gets a chuckle from the bevy of ladies that surrounds me. Finally there is the superhero, just waiting to burst out in my brightly colored costume and save the day. He spends the days disguised as this mild mannered office worker but at the first sign of danger he appears to save the beautiful lady as she is put in danger time and again by his nemesis.
I want to keep that promise but it is hard. This suit and this cubicle have trapped me so long that it is killing those parts of me. There is nothing mysterious about me. In fact, I just summed up my entire life in a couple paragraphs. The witty comebacks are only said in my head hours afterward and most of them begin with “yo mamma”. My nemesis is the cranky landlord who lives across the hall and the only superpower I seem to have around ladies is invisibility.
It’s not as bad as it seems though; this isn’t going to be forever. One day I will be all those “Mes”. For now I have to keep them hidden inside but don’t worry because when the time comes they will be unleashed and the world will not know what hit it.
90% of my attraction to film/theatre production is that everyday I’m learning stuff. First thing I’ve learned these last couple weeks is “Don’t volunteer to finish other people’s work”. A bitter lesson that I’m suffering from because I’m sitting here with a 90% completed magazine that is waiting on other people to finish.
Second thing I’ve learned this month is that the process behind creation does not differ. Superficially it may seem that film is different from print, which is different from staging a show, different from writing a script… and so on. However that is not the actual process that I see.
The first thing to producing everything is to have a clear destination. This is not to be confused with a goal. Goals are very vague shifty things, a destination is more definite, obvious, clear-cut. “I want to go to Jamaica” is a goal, “I want to go to Jamaica on the 11th of May, 2011” is a destination. Once you have this destination in mind the next step is working out precisely how to get there, this is plotting out one’s workflow, another precise art that is overlooked. I want to shoot my film but how exactly do I do it? Do I have the right tools? And with the tools that I do have, How do I get from point A to point B. Sitting down and working out exactly what my production workflow is has saved me this last month. While doing the magazine I saw the tools I had and I examined what the people who asked me to save it wanted, then I asked questions of the software that I had.
This establishment of destination and plotting of the course is followed by simply executing the plan. Things happen but that is part of the experience.
I find that these 3 basic steps are the same throughout the process of creation and if any of them are taken for granted the whole process falls apart.
The last thing I learned is color correction (and colouring) or “How cool are the tools that we use!” I’ve never really fancied venturing into it but having played around with it with my stills I’ve decided it is worth a shot. One can never stop expanding the tools that you have at your disposal.
next stop…oscars 🙂