Lately I’ve been feeling like I need to reflect more on my video and photo projects. It's too easy to rush from assignment to assignment, idea to idea, without thinking about what I've learned from each one and what I want to do next. I realize that what drives me to create is learning craft and exploring ideas. Being focussed solely on finishing tasks detaches me from the main reason I got into this game and makes me feel empty.
So I’ve decided to revisit some recent projects and express the challenges I faced, the lessons learned, and some thoughts for a next project.
The first project to review is the video profile I created for Rosanna Perez. We released it in five chapters over social media, but I have it here as one complete story. I love the interview. She was so honest and open. I love the images of her walking around LA.
This reflection made me think that I want to tell the story of a head start teacher who grew up in South LA, teaches there now but attended LMU or another West LA school. I want to see images of her walking through her South LA neighborhood. Some visual images like colorful neighborhood stores, parks, a residential street. The beaches near LMU. I want to use a gimbal to follow her, a slider to connect her to images of her neighborhood and her. I want some pretty city compositions. I want some really wide shots of the city with her walking into frame.