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UNTITLED - a short film that introduces the audience to the inner workings of Tyler King and myself
Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening - Robert Frost
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! - Dr. Seuss
Obsession - Charles Baudelaire
Dream-Land - Edgar Allan Poe
The Mouse’s Tale - Lewis Carroll
Obsession - Charles Baudelaire
I Can Read with My Eyes Shut - Dr. Seuss
Every Thing on It - Shel Silverstein
I’ll tell thee everything I can;
There’s little to relate.
I saw an aged, aged man,
A-sitting on a gate.
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
“You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
And you are the one
Who’ll decide where to go.”
Great woods, you frighten me like cathedrals;
You roar like the organ;
And in our cursed hearts,
Respond the echoes of your inner soul.
Bottomless vales and boundless floods,
Surging, unto skies of fire;
Into seas without a shore;
With forms that no man can discover;
When singing songs of scariness,
I feel obligated at this moment to remind you
Of the most ferocious beasts of all.
“I’ll be judge,
I’ll be jury,
I’ll try the whole cause and condemn you to death.”
But the darkness is itself a canvas
Beings with understanding looks, who have vanished:
“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”
There are no happy endings.
Endings are the saddest part.
So just give me a happy middle,
And a very happy start.
The Gap - Ira Glass
I would watch or listen to Ira Glass' interview giving advice to beginners looking to make a break-thru every time I was in a rut. This same interview inspired others to take his advice and put it into videos or animations or music. I, in turn, was inspired by them and put Ira's words into my projects that I was doing to learn how to use new program or technique.
Tools Used: Final Cut Pro
Transcript of Ira's Advice
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I really wish someone had told this to me. All of us who do creative work, like you know, we get into it and we get into it because we have good taste. But it’s like there is a gap. That for the first couple years that you’re making, what you’re making isn’t so good, ok?
It’s not that great. It’s trying to be good. It has ambition to be good, but it’s not quite that good.
But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer.
And your taste is good enough that you can tell that what you’re making is kind of a disappointment to you, you know what I mean?
A lot of people never get past that phase and a lot of people at that point they quit.
And the thing I would just like to say to you with all my heart is that most everybody I know who does interesting creative work, they went through a phase of years where they had really good taste and they could tell what they were making wasn’t as good as they wanted it to be.
They knew it fell short.
It didn’t have the special thing that we wanted it to have and the thing what to do is…
Everybody goes through that.
And for you to go through it, going through it right now, just getting out of that phase...
You’ve got to know it’s totally normal.
And the most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work.
Do a huge volume of work.
Put yourself on a deadline so that every week or every month you know you’re going to finish one story.
Because it’s only by actually going through a volume of work that you are actually going to catch up and close that gap.
And the work you’re making will be as good as your ambitions.
In my case like I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met.
It takes a while.
It’s going to take you a while.
It’s normal to take a while.
And you just have to fight your way through that, ok.