While living through the global pandemic, I’ve been trying to be more present and connected to the world around me. To notice more and be more appreciative of even the simplest things. That was one of the origins of this project, to reflect on things that often go unnoticed, or at least unacknowledged. Another is to keep myself challenged and engaged creatively when so much of the work I had planned for the past year has been put on hold or canceled outright.
These films will vary in length from a minute or so to several minutes. Some will tell stories. Others will be purely experiential. So there you have it. Look for a new film posted here sometime on Sunday each week. I hope you'll find them interesting enough to keep you coming back for more. I’ll keep them all posted below so if someone wants to join in and catchup on the previous weeks they’ll always be available.
Thanks for looking in and I hope you’ll be back.
The great thing about a Southern California beach is you never know what you might encounter. On this particular day I was kicking around, playing with a new camera when I came across this couple. I don’t know who they are, hadn’t seen them before or since but let’s hope this walk was the beginning of a lasting marriage.
Film 41 is a twist on the tried-and-true tale of the American West. I did shoot this out west and the subject matter is certainly old so why not have a bit of fun with the myth of the old west.
Well, we’ve passed the one year mark of living through a global pandemic. The virus is certainly not behind us but with continued precautions and vaccines in arms we’ll get there. To mark this milestone, I thought I’d take a look back at the video I shot over the course of the past 12 months plus and create an overview of my personal year with Covid19.
This week’s film is an exercise in one shot filmmaking. The entire 9:00 minute film is one long unedited shot. This film also marks David Stucky’s fifth appearance in the 52 films project. You can see David in weeks 2, 14, 32 and 35. In addition, you can catch him in the feature film Young Cannibals currently streaming on Showtime.
This year I discovered some home movie footage that my cousin had digitized and posted on YouTube. Film 38 is my edit of that footage, now 60 plus years old. I was too young to remember the day this was shot, but it did open a flood gate of memories of time spent at my grandparents house in Kentucky and the love I’ve always felt in the presence of family.
Film 37 has a bit of spring celebrating, mind calming buzz to it. And don’t wait for the plot twist because in my fight against our ever shrinking attention spans - it is what it is.
We all have that bucket list of things we’d like to do or experience. This year, for my wife’s birthday, we checked one off of her list. Film 36 takes us up, up and away.
This week’s film was pure fun. Not at all sure how it came to be, one odd video clip combined with another led here and and then there. Next I added this ... well who really understands the path creativity follows. This is film 35.
Last year at this time we were all just beginning to adjust to living life in a pandemic. My wife and I were on opposite coasts and, aside from a wave across a street, I was living in a word void of people. I began collecting images during that period and week 34 shares a few of my favorites.
Spring is fast approaching and all across the country plants are waking up. Film 33 takes us back to Manhattan for a spring walk around the High Line with a focus on the elevated park’s numerous plantings.
Week 32 takes us back to the Maine woods. This time near Belfast on a hike I took last month with my friend David, who is making his third appearance in the series. I love walking in the woods but I’m not a fan of reenactments in documentaries so after looking at the footage I shot that day, this is what came to mind.
It’s the third week in February, the perfect time for a visit to the beach. Film 31 takes us there.