The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.



As we near the end of the year, things of course lend themselves to some form of introspection.  Of course when you write you live a great deal in your own head anyways and like any type of editing physical or mental after a bit you’re left just seeing the bad bits you just couldn’t fix.  Of course my experience with editing is that for the most part if you tell the story well the audience never notices.  Oh sure there’s always those few who love to point out the faults but that’s the price they pay for not having a life.

I lost a best friend this year.  The price we pay for getting older.



I miss him terribly but I’m glad he’s no longer in pain.

This year also saw my return to writing for film.  It wasn’t an easy choice but when somebody comes to you with your dream project, you have to say yes.  The downside is I’ll be postponing the Translab trip another year, maybe two but on the upside I’ll be on the Isle of Man  for the greatest road race in the world come May.  Now I just need to figure out a pitch for a Dakar film and life would be complete.

Much to the exasperation of my much suffering wife I went through two cameras this year.  I traded in my trusty Canon Xti for a T2i and had a crapload of fun shooting with it.


But like most shooters, you suffer from the grass is always greener syndrome and when Canon came out with the T4i and the new line of STM lenses, the hook was set but in the end I ended up going for a slightly used (very slightly) 7D.  And as much love as I have for my Xti and the T2i this rig is simply amazing to use.  For the first time I’m using a DSLR in full on manual mode because it’s the way that feels most natural.  The ISO suppression at high numbers is insane and I’m able to shoot in light conditions that would have left me gasping just a short while ago.  It’s allowed me to take things to another level.

I’m looking forward to shooting with this camera for a very long time.

I’ll try to keep everybody updated as the film project works it’s way along.  You can bet it’ll be a rocky road.  It always is.



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