Run Away

The problem with creativity is it takes time to develop. We take it for granted that it will always be there inside our brains and souls whenever we need it. During the busy seasons at work and life I find myself searching in an empty room. It seems I used up all the items in my creative storage.

Thinking is the most important element when it comes to creativity. If you live on deadlines like me, you will discover there is no time to sit and daydream. When this happens, the best advice I give to you is to run away. Run away from every distraction that is haunting you down, find a place, sit and breath. You will surprise yourself at what ideas come in to your mind. Life flows though your mind like a dream, remembering and connecting different thoughts together.

When you hear stories of the great creative thinkers and inventors one thing they have in common is they took daily walks. When you look at your list of things to do, you will see that it can wait.

For even my phone needs time to charge, so my brain needs time to process thoughts. I have found its hard to be still but those who have discovered it discover some of life’s greatest secrets. Nature its self holds answers to questions we fail to answer on our own.

One Day Music Video

I was asked to create a music video to the song, “Better than a Hallelujah” sung by Amy Grant, by my senior Pastor. She asked me this as she walked by my office. When I say “walked by” I mean walked by. I wasn’t sure what she had in mind for the song but the first time I listened to it I didn’t see much.

Friday she stop by to talk about the project and asked if I could have it done this weekend for the Women Conference The Rock host in the women prisons. In the back of my mind, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do for this song but I smiled and let her know we would have something for her.

When Monday came around I began to think about what I should do for the song. Lately, Ive been praying before I work on a video that will be used to reach out to people. I asked God for help and the moment I did I pictured a story. I texted a friend to see if she could film the following day and began to write out my shot list (thanks to my directing class).

Tuesday, my friend text back telling me she wouldn’t be able to do the filming. So I did what any director would do when looking for actors, go on facebook. I found a young girl from my church and messaged her. She text me back and said her and her mom would love to do it. Beth and I grab our cameras and went to film at her house.

Because her mom wouldn’t be free until later in the day, we filmed all of the daughter scenes solo. When her mom got home we filmed her and then the ending we shot them together.

Today I edited the video together and put a color grade and exported it. It amazed me that I was able to get all this done in such a short amount of time. It encouraged me to do more filming like this for my personal projects. Filming downtown made me feel so alive. Its true what Robert Rodriguez said, “Don’t dream about being a film maker, you are one”

Here is the video. Enjoy.