At last, the episode we’ve been working on for 10 months is out! yay!
I’m thinking I’m going to try and do a mystery quilt this fall/winter.
So far, the rest of the year looks like this:
Film for two (going on 3?) web series
Read some fantasy books on my list (or if all else fails, comic books – I did this last year when I was working, before bed, it was great for unwinding and sleeping without the “I’m going to stay up until 3am to finish this!” side effect)
Game night thursdays (and the occasional Warmachine night/tournament) and WoW/random video games with people – I foresee a good bit of halo.
Quilting (or crocheting or whatever)
And general artsyness, including my show on Friday.
Holidays and gingerbread and shopping are in there somewhere too. 🙂
It feels a little crazy, a little overwhelming and I get a little tired and scared at the thought, but mostly I’m really excited because I like this, I like being busy and doing things – I have some of my coming paychecks already spoken for: backing a few indiegogo/kickstarter projects, Mystery Quilt, and Mists of Pandaria and more than likely GW2 and a phone upgrade…and presents, and art supplies, and clothes, and tech. This is what I spend my money on guys – This is also what I do with my life and I love it, I think it’s fun and that’s a good thing.
If posting is scarce until January (you never know with these things), you know why.
I wasn’t sure how the new set up was really going to work until I tried it. As weird as it is not filming and releasing an episode every week (today would have been dedicated to writing and brainstorming) I’ve found that I’ve actually been able to come up with more creative ideas, and more opportunities for new content are presenting themselves. I’m using the creative energy because I know I have time to figure it out instead of burning it because I need to get things done.
In an upcoming episode – not sure if it’ll be the next one or not yet, I’ll have a snippet debuting my (lack of) musical skills. We spent some of Saturday filming it and putting it together and generally having a blast. This evening I edited the warmachine footage we took of a late night game a few weeks ago (note: I’m not generally that irritated while/after playing, it was just late and I hadn’t slept).
I’m really really excited about doing the next episode, and I really like having enough time to be creative with it, and I think that’s going to work out well. I hope it does, anyway.
I’ve been needing (and meaning) to make a portfolio site to show off my work – both creatively and industrially for a while now. I’ve had a barely-used subdomain for uploading art to for a while that served as a gallery, kinda. I use flickr, so the wordpress-installed-sub was almost never used.
Last night, I realized that I could actually use that for my portfolio and I wouldn’t have to go through the whole process of setting everything up again. The domain was already a little perfect (artist.kieryking.com) or at the very least, useable. Thus began hours of theming and tweaking and uploading and screenshot-taking and copywriting for my portfolio that didn’t come to an end until about 20 minutes ago.
I’m pleased because it works on so many levels – I offer services as a wordpress-website-setter-upper (okay, I call myself a website administrator, because I do a bit more than designing, but a smidgen less than developing – as I use frameworks that already exist. Basically, I just don’t know what to call myself that better suits what I do.) So it only made sense to use a wordpress install and a theme I spent hours perfecting and editing code to showcase my skill, my experience, my projects, and my art (shops).
For future ease, I’ve added the link to my portfolio in the navigation – so if you’d like to see what I do as far as web administration, art, film, and my book, it’s all there, with links!
Last night, I released (and made) the first ever episode of KieryGeek! Before we reach the two-minute mark, I announced some really cool, really exciting book news.
I’m on Amazon!!! With an author profile connected to my book and everything. The link is now updated under “The Balloon Lady (book) > The Book” link in the nav. You can also check out the splash page I set up for my book news – it’s really simple, but there’s a link to the preview (there’s also one in the navigation up top) here.
Also, it’s important to note, that all future epic episodes will be taking place on my youtube channel at youtube.com/kierygeek instead of vimeo (because of the cap). So if you don’t want to miss a bunch of cool awesome things, go check it out, and subscribe!
We’ve been loosely taking behind the scenes footage of our filmmaking process on our iphones. I’ve been mostly taking pictures. Over the last couple weeks I’ve sewn three cloaks, a bag, and a sheath.
Aside from making costume accessories, the other thing that we’ve been doing that we realized is kind of invaluable for filming is hair and makeup. We’re learning that we need to start on that earlier though, because it does take a bit, and I need to update my makeup collection.
I forgot my makeup the first week we filmed (and my mother in law was lovely enough to give us some of hers that she wasn’t using), but last weekend I brought it and laid it all out.
Face, lips, and eyes. I decided that liquid concealer is what we’ll be sticking with, and we’re keeping the makeup simple (the story takes place outside, so it’s not like they’d really have time to look extravagant). I need to get another bottle of foundation or two, eyeliner, and maybe some long lasting lipstick. Updating my mascara might be a good idea too though, as my go-to is getting a little clumpy.
Amanda designed our hair styles, and she does those for us and they look really great. The trick is getting this done before the sun starts to fade, because it always seems to take longer than we anticipated. Though, with the time it takes us to get ready, Alex can go plan where we’re all going to be standing, so even with that it works out well.
Lesson Learned: taking your time with props/accessories/costumes and makeup is well worth it when you look at it on camera.
Saturday we did some wrap up of basic pre-production stuff, and then went outside and started filming. We didn’t stay out too long, because we were freezing, but we managed to finish a scene in 30-40 takes, and get some fun behind-the-scenes footage of costumes/hair and make up, and I managed to grab a couple screenshots of the footage of the cast in character.
Basically, we just walked in the cold.
And somehow managed to look really good and remarkably un-frostbitten in the process.
The script is a work in progress – we only have a few scenes done, but since we can only film on the weekends, we can write and finish whatever props that we need to work on during the week. Thankfully, the costumes are done (we were worried about mine until we raided the closet and found something perfect) so really all that’s left are actual props that won’t come in until later.