Facebook’s renovation to the Group feature was long overdue. There has always been confusion between what should be a Fan page and what should be a Group page. The new format for Groups seems to answer that question. Groups now serve as a personal social network that plays perfectly to collaboration and sharing. Facebook’s NewsFeed used to serve as the focal point of Facebook usage, but that was before your 6th grade math teacher and creepy neighbor added you. I want my NewsFeed to be filled with information that is pertinent to me not the play by play of a girl’s life that I met at a party 2 months ago who is really cute. I don’t want to delete her, but I’m not overly invested in how she feels about Monday mornings or her college’s football team. Facebook has an algorithm that tries to populate our NewsFeed with things we’d enjoy but their magical formula is sometimes skewed.
Groups now gives us the ability to focus our social network. I’m a creative person. I want to see links about art shows and technology. I also want to share those types of things and I want a certain group of friends to see them. Groups now allows you to build a network around a project or topic or interest. Here is what you need to know about maximizing your experience with Groups.
Starting a Group
Create A Group is located on the left side of your NewsFeed:
Pressing Create Group gives you a box like this. You name your group, add members and select privacy settings here. You can change your Group name and privacy once you’ve created a Group. The one thing questionable about Groups is the member settings. When you add someone to a Group, they have no choice in the matter. They’re added immediately. Sometimes people get upset by this. The best way to combat this is simply by asking if they want to be added with an explanation of the purpose of the group and why they are being asked to join. This also acts as a seed as to what their contribution in the group is hoped to be. The strange thing is once you add them, you can’t remove them. They can remove themselves, but you get no say in the matter. When choosing your privacy settings, keep this in mind:
- Open means anyone can join.
- Closed means they have to request to join.
- Secret means it will not appear in searches and only members can add members.
Once you’ve created a Group you can Edit Group and add a description.
If you are a member, you will want to check your settings. You can be notified when anyone in the group posts, only when a friend posts, or when someone you specifically subscribe to posts. You can also be notified via email. The notifications are great for keeping track of projects and their progress. However, a word of caution: they can get annoying, so make sure you only enable notifications to users, posts and groups that you’ll be interested in or feel the need to respond to.
Using A Group
A Group page looks similar to the way all Facebook pages will soon look with all your Share options across the top. You will notice the addition of Doc.
A Doc is a Note that all members can edit. The formating is simple, but it’s nice for to-do lists or collaborative documents such as spec docs or a document that will be presented later on behalf of everyone. Users making changes will be listed on the right side and the note can be commented on.
There is also the real-time collaborative Group Chat with all available members.
Why use Groups for your project?
Giving a project a home online gives it a place to grow. Get your closest and most creative friends to build a Group and see what you can do. Posting on a Group means your art and ideas aren’t posted above or below a drunken rant by your college roommate’s brother-in-law in someone’s NewsFeed. Both may be entertaining, but it’s not about fun, it’s about….atmosphere. You wouldn’t have a mosh pit at a jazz show. I can appreciate both, but not in the same place.
The collaboration features are there. They are not perfect, but they are better than any other Facebook feature and they’re certainly better than Google Wave. I’ve even started using Groups as a place to organize my projects that don’t currently have any collaborators. If someone comes into the project, they can catch up easily. Emails and Word Docs have worked great for many of us for nearly two decades but Facebook’s Groups lend themselves better to a community.
Every month we pick one theme. If it were April, we might pick umbrellas. Everyone takes that and does anything they’d like with it. If you are into photography, take a picture that relates to an umbrella. If you ever even wanted to be or thought about being into photography, take a picture that relates to an umbrella. This is about doing what makes you happy once a month then sharing it with some people. There is no concrete deadline, we all have enough deadlines in our lives.
This is about having a group of people that wants to remind one another to create something once a month if that’s what we love to do. Sometimes our favorite activity gets lost in the shuffle of life. This group will be called ‘Ion’. I created this page a year ago with a similar goal and low and behold, it got lost in the shuffle. Now it’s back. So join this page and let’s figure out what we want to start with.
You can join the page here: http://www.facebook.com/IonCollective
Please share this with anyone who might be interested. I just posted a status on Ion’s page asking for suggestions about our first theme! Let’s start creating because after all, life is about 4 things: Think. Create. Love. Evolve.
The cardboard sign has a smell of desperation. We usually associate the frayed edges and sloppy writing with the poor. Most cardboard signs mention help, eat or money. Passersby judge a person behind a cardboard sign on a number of outside indicators. Their looks seem to dictate their validity more than their plea. “The really dirty looking guy with no legs is definitely in a tough spot, so I’ll give him my spare change.” “The young kid behind that sign looks a little more shady, he’ll probably just use the change to buy booze. ” Regardless of how much money they gather or how badly they need it, these people usually draw a look. A simple Google Image search will even show how some folks in need have taken on a certain sense of humor with their message. Boredom, not poverty or hunger, brought me to my first experience with a cardboard sign.
I attending my first Blink-182 concert at the age of 14. At the time I was really into acting as a career. I had a callback that day for an audition I went on weeks before, but nothing was going to stop me from seeing blink. As a side note, the callback as for Dell’s ‘Dude, you’re getting a Dell!’ commercial. If you know the way I speak, the chances of me getting that role were pretty high but blink was worth it to me (at that time anyway). I digress. We arrived well before blink’s set with no real plan. Far too young to drink in the parking lot, we were forced to converse with one another. If you listen to the average 14 year old to 14 year old conversation, you know there is not always substance or depth. We resorted to the one thing every boy likes to talk about: girls.
Miraculously, I kissed a good amount of girls in middle school. That made me the guy other 14 year olds would come to for advice. I remember dishing out advice like ‘Be yourself.’ ‘Hold her hand at the movies. That’s if no adults are with you.’ I was a real casanova. One friend finally asked, ‘How do you get them to kiss you though?’ For me, it was simple: ask. I was about to conduct my first social experiment. I ran over to Y100′s radio booth and asked if I could borrow a piece of cardboard and a marker. I wrote ‘I Want 2 Kiss A Girl’ on it and stood right by the entrance. I told you cardboard signs have the smell of desperation.
Shockingly, 45 girls gave me a kiss. Kisses on the cheek, on the lips, and one girl even slipped in some tongue. I drew quite a card that would cheer and boo when girls did or didn’t kiss me. When we drove home that night, Y100 mentioned my sign on the radio and that is pretty much the greatest achievement a 14 year old could have in my eyes. 6 months later, blink came back and I resurrected the idea. It was officially my favorite hobby. Over the course of the next year and a half I went to 5 concerts and kissed 552 girls in total. Shortly there after I had my first sex-ed class and realized I should probably bag the idea.
Nowadays, I can’t go to a concert without remembering my ‘I Want 2 Kiss a Girl’ sign. I have no interest in bringing it back but it’s interesting to remember the crowd I had behind me, the people that kissed me and the excitement that silly sign brought to my life. What’s more interesting than all of that are the impressive results. I kissed 552 girls. People pay attention to cardboard signs it appears.
In trying to draw parallels to my cardboard sign experience, I was met with a grim discovery. No one else is holding a cardboard sign with a smile. Their messages, though sometimes humorous, are very sad. They are desperate people in terrible situations. I remember hearing adults tell me I shouldn’t feel bad for these people because they brought it upon themselves. They failed in life and that’s where I’ll end up if I fail. Growing up with hardworking parents in a beautiful house, I could never imagine being like one of those homeless people. I mean how hard can life be? At 23, I can tell you the answer: really hard.
Right now is a remarkable period in history. I’m a young man trying to build a future in a ‘the sky is falling!’ economy. Even with minor economic growth and multiple stimulus plans, people around me still seem to be struggling. They’re not holding cardboard signs in the street, but no one is being given an easy path. Looking at neighbors and friends, some are closer to the street than they are to the comfort I had growing up. As I examine the debt college left me in, I can’t say for sure where I stand. All I know is: I wake up each morning with a smile. Why? How? Well it’s simple. I love my life.
My bank account may hover around empty, but my tank is full each morning. It’s fueled by passion, creativity and most importantly love. I love the people in my life and they love me more than I even deserve. They can’t pay my bills (well some can and do amazingly) but they can get me from day to day feeling great. That joy makes me productive and it’s that productivity that will pay my bills. It keeps me off the street and it keeps the smell-of-desperation-cardboard-sign out of my hands.
I can never payback all that people have given me, so I do my best to pay it forward. That’s why I picked up some cardboard and a sharpie at the XPoNential Music Festival in Camden a few weeks ago. Similar to blink, I wasn’t drinking and I had time to kill. A guy at one of the booths gave me a scrap of cardboard from an empty box that once housed keychains. I wasn’t looking for kisses this time around and fortunately, I didn’t need food or work. I needed to make some people happy. I put the felt tip to the cardboard and asked myself what made me happy. I immediately thought: “Friends. Family. Love.” Then I smiled. I decided to make people smile by asking them what they love.
The reception of this sign was certainly different than my previous venture into the world of cardboard signage. Most people just stared blankly at me. I immediately wondered if 14 year old me would have gotten better results. More importantly, I asked if 14 year old me would have given up. I decided I was going to stick with it. I walked around and things improved, especially after Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros breathed new life into the crowd and a breeze made the whole outdoor venue much cooler. Here is what I captured on my iPhone:
I’m not sure I changed anyone’s life forever that day, but it certainly made my day to bring that love out of people. Plans for another sign weren’t exactly in the works, but then I met the guys behind Million Dollar Road Trip. I shared this video with them and they loved it. I went to Philly a few days later to meet with them and we came up with a new sign that is centered around what we’re both trying to accomplish. Our friend MC drew it up and now we are ready to ask people all over the country this one question:
I’m not on the road with them, but I look forward to sharing their goal: inspire people. While they trek the country, I’ll be bringing this sign with me where ever I can and filming the results. I realized cardboard signs don’t need to be the home to sad words from people in need. Actually, they can be the complete opposite. And so, the Cardboard Chronicles begin. Let me know where I should bring the sign, make a sign of your own, whatever. I just want to do my best to make the world a little better and as I have found out, cardboard signs get results!
Without my friends on Facebook and Twitter, who would watch my movies? The answer is no one. Well no one whose last name wasn’t Simmons. This made me realize how much I appreciate each and every one of you. But when it comes to the movie making process, why should I have all the fun? I decided it was time to stop broadcasting and starting interacting!
Tuesday July 20th, I embark on my first Choose-Your-Own-Adventure film. Using Facebook and Twitter, you will be in the driver’s seat of my newest movie. A few months ago I filmed ‘One Small Step’. At the end I flew off into the sky and proclaimed that I was moving to the moon. Now it’s time to come back to Earth.
I’ve filmed 40 seconds of the sequel to ‘One Small Step’ so far. In this portion I crash back to Earth and then we fade to the title screen: ‘One Giant Fall’. This is where the interactive part begins. Together via Facebook and Twitter, we’ll decide what happened between my departure in ‘One Small Step’ and my abrupt arrival back to Earth. Here are the first 40 seconds of ‘One Giant Fall’:
Now we’re staring at a blank slate. I need you to help me fill in the blanks.
So how do you get involved? I’ll be posting my first question at Noon (EST) on Facebook and Twitter. You can answer it yourself or give someone else’s idea an endorsement. I’ll chose the most logical or the most popular idea and film it immediately. Once I’m done, I’ll pose another question. We’ll do this until 7:30 PM. I’ll be posting all the questions across my different profiles. Add, Follow or Like whichever you’d like.
Twitter users can use hashtag #OGF to answer or keep track. I’ll be posting filming updates and photos throughout the day as well. If you won’t be near a computer all day, you can message me your phone number and I’ll use texts to get questions to you.
If you’re not familiar with my One Man Film stylings you can find my work broken down into trilogies and categories here. If you still have questions or you’d like to learn more, you’re welcomed to continue reading. If you feel like you’re ready to rock, then sit back and turn on your imagination!!
Characters and Story
Since I don’t know many people in Ocean City, any characters we introduce will be strangers coaxed into appearing on camera by me. With that in mind, let’s not make this an outlandish episode of Punk’d. Our goal is to create an interesting chain of events that leads to me crashing on the beach. As if one Ashton Kutcher reference was not enough, think: Butterfly Effect. We want small, short events that all have a hand in dropping me from the sky.
I’ll be shooting with my Sony HSC-DX1. While it’s mainly a still camera, the video is tremendous. Actually, I’ve never shot my films with anything but a digital camera in movie mode. This has allowed me to get cool angles and take risks that you couldn’t with a $5000 dollar HD camera.
I have various sized tripods but beyond that I’m a little unorthodox. I use zip-ties like it’s my job. I’ll worry about that stuff, I just didn’t want anyone suggesting a shot that required a jib arm or scissor lift!
I live in Ocean City, NJ. We’ve got a boardwalk, a beach, and a beautiful downtown area. Most submissions won’t require a specific location, but if your submission does, keep in mind what I have to work with in Ocean City. Remember, we want to keep this filmable.
Feel free to ask any more questions and don’t be afraid to make a bold submission! I’ll try anything once :)
See y’all back on Earth
When I was in college, I had a 4 hour break between an afternoon and night class. I’d usually head to my sister’s house in Fishtown to grab a nap or play with her kids. One day, I passed out on her couch for a few hours. I probably could have slept all night, but someone was rubbing a little bit of sandpaper on my forehead or something. I opened one eye and I was greeted by quite a curious sight. It was a little black kitten. I’m not sure if he had huge eyes or just a really tiny head. Either way, he was the cutest thing I had ever seen. Having been on a ‘Children of Men‘ kick, I did my best Jasper impression saying, “Well hello amigo” and put my arms around him. I woke up an hour later and this little black kitten was still purring in my arms. This kitty wanted love and he was in luck, because I was in love with him instantly.
Amigo came home with me a few weeks later and has been the best part of my day for the past 3 years. I’m glad I adopted him and to think it only happened because my sister Jenn decided she’d foster some kittens despite already having 3 cats of her own in addition to 4 dogs, 3 kids, and a husband. 3 years later, Jenn is at it again. She’s 8 months pregnant and she still wants to help the felines of Philly find a forever home. So I introduce to you Bitsy, Bandit, Honey, Boots, and Sunny!
You’ve got your pick of the litter!
Here are some more details about the kitties from my sister Jenn Perry: “They are about 5 weeks old right now, there are 3 boys + 2 girls. They are all really well socialized, love the kids + are not afraid of the dogs. They are being fostered through the SPCA, so the $75 adoption fee applies – However, they will come fully vaccinated + fixed. We are looking for loving homes who will keep them indoors only. There are currently 26 litters of kittens, equaling nearly 150 kittens at the shelter right now,the sooner I have homes lined up for these babies, the sooner we can get another litter in here ;-) Please help spread the word! thanks!!”
Please share this with your friends! Thank you!
Bonnaroo 2008 featured the likes of Kanye West, Widespread Panic, Jack Johnson and Pearl Jam. With a bill like that it’s usually hard to pick which act was your favorite. That’s why I was surprised by the fact that I could so easily say: “Vampire Weekend was my favorite band at Bonnaroo.”
I had never heard of Vampire Weekend when I arrived in Tennessee, so I wasn’t expecting too much when I saw them my first night there. I was impressed that a band with only one major CD could put on such a good show. When I left Bonnaroo, I picked up their CD and just like their set at Roo, it was quality from beginning to end.
2 years later, I was still a fan and was eagerly anticipating their follow up album “Contra”. The first single was a song called “Cousins”. It was a catchy tune that I couldn’t get out of my head, but it was the music video that made the song unforgettable. It was shot with one camera and a dolly in an alley. Being a filmmaker with a love for simplicity, the video just resonated with me. I watched it 20 times in a row. You don’t need to watch it 20 times, I just ask that you watch it once:
So what draws me so much to this song/video/band? Well, putting aside the copious amount of talent on display, I think it can be summed up in one word: passion. Anyone that has read this blog knows that passion and I have a love affair going on. I’m so attracted to people with passion. Passion is one of the main components of my Ion philosophy. If you don’t know what I mean when I say Ion, I suggest you check out this post from a few months ago.
Ion is my meaning in life. I’ve made a YouTube video to describe it and if we’ve ever met, I’ve probably introduced you to the idea. I’m working on the Ion book currently, but until that’s completed I’m using this blog as a drawing board. So what’s the correlation between Ion and the video I posted above? Funny you should ask.
Ion is living a purposeful life by sharing the greatest gifts you’ve been given. The ‘Cousins’ video has Ion all over it. We’ve got Vampire Weekend sharing their music and filmmakers attaching a unique visual to it. Understanding the amount of creative prowess that went into the finished product is a great way for us to discover and understand our own Ion. So let’s start at the beginning.
A man or woman woke up and went to work. They grabbed a coffee, took the subway, and texted a friend on the way. Then they had an idea. Whether that idea just appeared in their brain or if they were asked to think something up is irrelevant. The fact that it all started in someone’s brain is the important part. It was an idea that started in the brain of one person who is not all that different than you or I. We have ideas too, right?
The creator then took the idea and probably wrote it down. Tweaked it a bit. Seeked input. Then it was time to test it out. Below are two videos of test footage for the ‘Cousins’ music video.
What started as action figures and still photos turned into one of the coolest videos you’ll see this year. That is impressive. That is Ion. That is the best of many people’s abilities coming together to create something awesome. It’s not the cure to cancer or the solution to economic collapse. It is however 2 minutes and 37 seconds of fun, talent, and creativity.
So I ask you…what’s your Ion? What idea do you have that you are passionate about? What do you want to do? Whatever it is, if you’re passionate about it, it’s worth doing immediately. So take that idea, drink your coffee, text your friend, do what you do and give the world your best. Trust me, at the very least, I’ll appreciate your efforts.
Think. Create. Love. Evolve.
Mumford and Sons covered Cousins. Sharing talent with the world. Love it!
18 months ago I purchased an iPhone. This was my first venture into the Apple OS that I had heard so much about. The iPhone was not too revolutionary for me at first glance. I pressed the little phone button and I was presented with a touch-screen keypad. Texting had a learning curve thanks to the keyboard. And all those apps I heard about were nothing more than pointless games. I loved the idea that I could browse the internet in such an attractive fashion, but nothing was life changing about it. Then I really started digging for Apps. I found an App called AppMiner that kept track of new Apps and Apps that were on sale. Here I started finding gems that made my creative process easier yet broader and I found Apps that made day-to-day tasks more manageable.
A few months later I received a MacBook Pro from work. Once again, I was ready for my life to be exponentially better and it didn’t happen. I wasn’t smarter. I wasn’t more creative. I was just more confused. My Computer, Control Panel, right-click, a mouse, where art thou?! Then it happened again. I started to use iPhoto to it’s fullest capacity. I learned iMovie and started producing quality content. I found all the free applications I could that helped me manage my files and life.
Now a days, my fingers touch my MacBook Pro and iPhone more than they touch pretty girls, cute dogs, and PCs combined. Without these two pieces of technology, my creative flow and business affairs would be much more difficult to produce, maintain, and develop. Realizing that a large portion of my life is contented on two devices by Apple, I’m always ready for the next big thing from them. I had heard rumors for a while about an Apple slate/tablet. I was eagerly anticipating it’s announcement. I was excited when 48 hours to the iPad’s unveiling multiple sources confirmed it’d be called the ‘iSlate’. For 2 days I searched everywhere for info on the iSlate. Then Steve Jobs took the stage and unveiled the iPad. As Shakesphere said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
Once the iTampon jokes calmed down, the specs of the iPad began to emerge and so did plenty of opinions. “It’s just a huge iPhone.” “No USB?” “iTampon! LOL!” Great, thanks for the input internet. I read through and saw what it was all about. Yes, it runs on an iPhone-ish OS. So? People who think that it’s bad that the iPad is just a big iPhone are clearly not using the iPhone to it’s full ability. This is a revolution in computers!
We’re 5 years away from Back to the Future 2. The kids in the throwback cafe in 2015 are unimpressed by Marty’s video game skills simply because you need to use your hands. I’m with them. I thought by this point we’d driving flying cars and here I am driving a rusty old Jeep with four wheels that never leave the ground. The iPad is the future of computers. One screen that you can do anything on. Sure it’s short a USB port and a camera, but it’s a step in the right direction. It’s mobile as heck. WiFi or 3G. It is amazing for movies, music, books, internet, spreadsheets, word processing, and I can not wait to see what video editing apps start coming out!
The future has arrived in the form of a half-inch thick, sleek little tablet that will change how people work on computers forever. I won’t be purchasing one this weekend because I simply don’t have the money despite how affordable they are. But I like the step Apple has taken and I like where we’re going with it. Sadly, we’ll still need roads.
Local ska band On Display has just entered the studio to record their next album. To celebrate this, I decided we should make a music video for one of their new songs, ‘Wake Up/Break It Down’! I talked to On Display about what we could do. After a few conversations, I realized the best way to sum up On Display, their songs, and the ska genre in general was to look at their fans. They are what ska music is all about. I knew this would be a good jumping off point for our video.
Sticking a bunch of fans in front of a camera would be fun, but that didn’t really capture the magic. The only logical thing to do was try the exact opposite: stick a bunch of fans behind the camera. Everyone owns some sort of a camera in this day and age! So I ran off a few dozen fliers before On Display’s show at the Trocadero a few weeks ago and I handed them out to fans. The idea was simple:
I’ve complied some videos and I’m expecting more. I promised we’d choose a winner, but letting me choose just didn’t seem in the spirit of the project. So I’m turning it over to you. Below are the videos I’ve received. Each was filmed from a different angle with a different camera. I’ll be cutting all these together over the next few days to create a polished video, but for now check out some raw footage of people having a good time to the tune of On Display’s newest song “Wake Up/Break It Down”
We will be announcing the viewer’s choice winner at the TJ Flats Show on March 16th. Be sure to check voting guidelines below!
Brittany Banks’ Video
Liam Lynch’s Video
Sarah Ryan’s Video
Joe Wicklund’s Video
Jon Light’s Video
Roger Munsey’s Video
Katie Thackray’s Video
- A Director’s Credit,
- An On Display T-Shirt
- Drummer Paul Matuszak’s drum sticks from the Troc show!
To cast your vote, go to the On Display’s Facebook Fan Page and leave a comment on the Wall with the name of the director you want to win!! Whoever has the most votes wins!
You may only vote once a day! Good luck! Happy Voting! And stay tuned to On Display’s Facebook for the premiere of the official “Wake Up/Break It Down” fan-filmed music video!
Ps. If you have a video, use YouSendIt.com or MegaUpload and send it to RySimmons@gmail.com. I’ll add you to this post!!
This post will be the last in the Rest of My Life Series. This is not because I have reverted back to Slacker Simmons. It also has nothing to be with lack of productivity, progression, or positivity. No it’s quite the opposite. Life has taken off. I feel real now. I feel like a real human. I feel like a guy who could be president, become a husband or a father. Anything really! I feel like a grown up.
Joe Rogan has a great stand-up comedy act from 2006 that talks about becoming a grown-up. I’ll spare you the profanity and paraphrase. When we’re kids, we look at grown-ups as a different species. Then one day at the super market a girl calls you sir or ma’am and you say, “I’m a grown-up! Holy sh”— sorry, I forgot that I was removing the profanity. If you’ve got a taste for out-there,-but-oddly-brilliant-foul-mouthed-stand-up comedy, I do suggest checking out Joe Rogan’s DVD (It’s 8 bucks on Amazon!). I digress.
I’m better today because for 21 days I decided I wanted to put my best foot forward. I think I did an OK job of that for the previous 8,469 days, but the past 21 have been special. I’ve set goals, prioritized, and most importantly, I did it. I did what I wanted to do. I didn’t accomplish everything I wanted or needed to. That’s for Day 22 of the Rest of my Life and beyond. But you won’t be reading these progress reports weekly. I’m going to stop talking about me, myself, and I. Instead, I want to talk about you, him and her. That’s what I’ve learned in the past few weeks. Connecting with people is by far the most rewarding and prosperous activity anyone can do. It’s what life is truly about. Forget about you and take a look at the other 5.999999 billion people on this planet.
Our fellow humans are remarkable people. How remarkable? Look at everything around you; someone created that at some point. What have you created recently? Well then get on it! I need to get on it. In the words of Ben Harper: I can change the world with my own two hands. (More in-depth/existential stuff another time!)
I’ll still be writing a blog (almost) everyday, but it’s going to be things that are important or interesting or informative. Reading a step by step account of my life is of no benefit to you. All our journeys are quite different. You’re path will surely be different than mine. If you want to follow step by step, follow me on Twitter or Facebook or if you want to know what I’ve been up to, maybe we can grab some coffee or a beer!
Life is beautiful. Looking forward to more creation, collaboration, and evolution. But just in case you never read anything I ever write ever again, I want to leave you with these really important words. They are my mantra and they have laid my path from hereon forth in life: Think. Create. Love. Evolve.
I’m 23. Between the age of 13 and 18, I was going to at least 30 concerts a year. I was the kid who screamed every lyric. I’d dance and bump into you endlessly. When I went away to college, my ability to make it to shows declined. I was going to school in the middle of nowhere, I had no money, no car. It would have been very tough to deal with if my musical taste hadn’t changed at that time as well. My iTunes turned from local pop punk to a much more mellow mix of musicians. The Dead, Jack Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter, Phish, ya know, the Bonnaroo crowd.
I found so much enjoyment in the Jam band scene. Though I couldn’t go to nearly as many shows, I was constantly keeping my eye on the summer tour schedule. It was best to go to festivals, such as Bonnaroo. Pricey at times, but the sheer volume of artists was unequaled. The best part for me wasn’t even the music, it was the fans. Everyone was so happy. So kind! I felt home in the parking lot of a Phil and Friends show. Then came a monumental shift. It was the Dead’s last show at the Spectrum. It was supposed to be about saying goodbye to an old friend, and saying hello again to some older friends. But the scene had shifted.
The code of conduct in the lot was never exactly hugs, not drugs. It was more like lots of hugs on lots of drugs. I was able to deal with it because the centerpiece was still sharing and caring. But that night back in May of 2009, I felt like I was attending a funeral. The funeral was not for the building a few hundred yards a way. The funeral was for the scene. It was gone. I looked around and the hugs/drugs ratio plummeted and all that remained was the whisper of: ‘doses, doses’. For those of you not in the know that is a reference to psychedelic drugs. The crowd was split between the successful 40somethings that gave up dope around the time of Jerry Garcia’s death and the dopes who picked up their first joint after Kurt Cobain’s death. These kids cared about their fellow man and the music about as much as they cared about their hygiene. The scene was over for me. I cut off my long locks 5 days later. Being associated with those folks was not what I wanted or needed. I saw this as a turning point in my live music experience.
The scene of bonding, appreciation, and fun was just not there. I didn’t think I’d ever find it again either. Until February 28th at the Troc. There it was. Alive and well. Everything was different, but it was all the same. The bond was there. The smiles were everywhere. The music was all that mattered. It was amazing. Ska music has brought these people together. I’ll admit, ska is a young man’s genre. I felt a little old and out of place, but the only thing bringing that out was my own insecurities. These kids had sweaty arms wide open. So long as I was dancing, I was a part of the crowd.
It was refreshing to know that while some of the kids there probably had smoked or drank a little before the show, no one was out of their minds. No one was going to forget the show. Heck, with the line-up, it would be hard to forget if you tried. On Display, Homeschool Drop Outs, and Big D and the Kids Table. Each act came out, looked the audience in the face, and said ‘Let’s have a great freaking time!’ And that’s what we did. I ran around like a fool in the circle pit. I lost a shoe, but got it back quickly. I even organized a music video shoot for On Display.
The point is: I’m impressed with ska. The musicians, the fans, the atmosphere. It was perfect. It was just what I was looking for and not a moment too soon. If you’re not into ska, I say you are missing out on a fun genre that is growing increasingly impressive here in Philly. If you’re looking for some good tunes to go with this great weather. I highly suggest checking out Philly’s own On Display.
Here is the video I organized for On Display shot by the fans on their cell phones! Enjoy!
Two weeks into the rest of my life and things have quickly picked up steam. It’s amazing what a bit of effort can do. Because all of this has really just been about applying myself. Less talk, more do. What results have I seen? Well I’m moving in 26 days! I’ve got a job with other amazing opportunites on the horizion. One small step.
Friday was Trend Camp. Saturday I filmed all day! Sunday I helped organize a mobile music video for On Display shot entirely by fans. Today I’m hanging/working with my Dad at the Sixers game! All that is gravy, but I’m still left with one big question: what can I do tomorrow to top all of that?!!! The requirement: it must be productive, it must make me happy, and it must benefit at least 1 other person. Well that narrows it down to the Sky! Glad I know my limit. Let’s part ways and remember: Think. Create. Love. Evolve.
Have a positive and productive day you beautiful souls!!!
A long time ago I set out to create a place on the internet for people to trade T-shirts. The logic was based on my experiences with thrift stores. I go thrifting usually once a week. I buy any cool t-shirt that is close to my size. Every few weeks I realize I’m out of space in my dresser, so I donate a bunch of shirts back to the thrift store. My friends would do the exact same thing. Upon realizing this, I decided it was time to cut out the middle man.
Initially I started a Facebook group: T-Shirt Exchange Program- Facebook’s Official Thrift Store. At this point, Facebook was not nearly as popular as it is today. The idea didn’t really catch on, so I put it on the shelf for a little while. Then my friend Meg asked me about relaunching the idea under a new name and this time we’d utilize the Facebook Fan page feature so we could get content into a users News Feed. Thread Trade was born. As that page grew, we still struggled with the process. How could people list shirts easily? How would they exchange them? I knew we had to make our own site. Luckily for me, I’ve got tremendous friends. Frank Clark, a Drexel student, offered his services and has been working very hard on the site. A launch for the site is still a few months away as we continue to iron out the process and design. But I wanted to get the ball rolling on this.
This brings us to Tuesday March 16th! This great ska band from the Philadelphia area, On Display, is playing a show at Tijuana Flats on Street Road. They played there a few weeks ago and packed the place. I spoke with On Display’s infinitely talented drummer, Paul Matuszak, about setting up a table for Thread Trade. He liked the idea and even offered some of his shirts! So how does a live Thread Trade event work?
Here are the steps:
- Bring a few shirts with you or wear a shirt that you wouldn’t mind trading. We’re only doing t-shirts for the first event.
- Come to the Thread Trade table and browse our selection
- Like a shirt? Make an offer and get a new shirt!
It’s as simple as that. We’ll also be accepting t-shirt donations! This should be a lot of fun and I’ll be posting more details to our Facebook and Twitter accounts! I hope to see you all!!!
I promised a post about Love today, but I think I’m going to put that one on the backburner for the time being. Instead I’m going to just give you a really quick run down on my life and what’s ahead.
The questions I’ve heard most from people following this blog: “What is different?” and “What are you doing?”
Let me tell you about the projects I’m working on.
- Thread Trade. Thread Trade is a t-shirt trading site. Currently, the ball is a little out of my court but it’s in the trustworthy hands of my friends Frank and Maria. They are my coders and they’re building the framework. Their tremendous work ethic has put this project on track and heading in the right direction. I anticipate that this site will be ready to launch at the beginning of summer!
- Philadelphia Focus on Autistic Learning. The degree of my involvement here is still TBD. My current role is working on a video for Pepsi’s Refresh Project. We are looking to wrap up shooting Friday and submitting for March voting! I’m really going to need all your help with this one, so I’ll keep you posted!
- I have been and will be filming a lot more. Saturday I’ll be with a friend of mine John McGarry shooting some of his comedic sketches. I’m also working on my follow up to One Small Step.
- I’ve also been taking the reigns on the family business ever so slightly with a lot more to come.
And that is all I got for now. I need to run because Lost is coming on! But really, life is good and getting better. I wish you all the best of luck and love. Let me know what I can do for you! In the mean time, remember: Think. Create. Love. Evolve.
As I said the other day, I’ll be discussing the meaning of life, liberty, and love. I’m not defining them for the masses, but rather what they mean to me- today. I dealt briefly with Life on Friday. Today is all about liberty. For the purpose of fully understanding liberty, I’m going to use the word ‘Freedom’.
We’ll divide freedom into a few subsets. There is circumstantial freedom, mental freedom, and fiscal freedom. My biggest obstacle is fiscal freedom and the goal I’m setting forth hinges greatly on my ability to conquer that hurdle. But my good standing in the other two types is what will allow me to do that. Let me tell you a little about where I am in life. In terms of circumstantial freedom, I’m in a position that some would (and have!) kill for. I don’t have a full-time job. My family is well enough to take care of themselves completely. I don’t have any type of commitments or contracts to honor. I don’t have a girlfriend to consider or appease. If I wanted to pack up and go right now to let’s say- Amsterdam? Circumstantial freedom would be the least of my concerns. My absence would not devastate anyone’s life. That is not to say that friends or family would be emotionally unaffected, but in terms of necessity, I’m not responsible for anyone!
Circumstantial freedom is a luxury that not many folks my age and older have. I do. So this should help. Next is mental freedom. Mental freedom is a multifaceted term. It is my free will. It is my mental health. It is the lack of any barrier in what I believe I can achieve. If you’ve asked me what I want to do with my life in the past year or two, I’d give you a dead serious answer of ‘I want to save the world.’ The capacity and the outlet of that declaration remains to be determined, but I truly believe I can. This idea is not the result of an inflated ego or that idealistic streak that comes to most young adults. It is a firm belief that I have the power, that we all have the power, to change this world. It begins in little actions and they snowball into bigger things. That is my mental freedom. Freedom from cynicism. Freedom from doubt. Freedom from fear. I believe in myself and this world because I am a free man with free will walking around this world with only gravity holding me down.
Fiscal freedom. This my friends is the tough one. It’s tough for me, it’s tough for you, hell at some point it was tough on Bill Gates. We need money. I’ve made the pitch that money is imaginary in a sense and can be ignored, but my imagination won’t stop the phone calls or letters that are looking for compensation over imagination. If I could pay for stuff with my imagination, I’d be a rich man. But I’d always be driving an imaginary car and living in an imaginary cardboard box. You need real money to be happy or at the very least sane. Everything costs something. And you know what, that’s ok. Because even though I’d like to believe that money is evil because it’s going to evil, faceless corporations, the truth is it’s going to them to pay their employees. Sure the guy at the top might be taking most of it, but the less he makes, the less the guy at the bottom makes. Everyone wants money because everyone needs money.
The great desire to win the lottery doesn’t stem from a person’s greed. It stems from a person’s disparity. Their desire to focus on more important things than their 9-5 job. Whether those important things are worldly or purely personal, I can not fault someone for wanting free money and lots of it. It’d make everything so much easier. Where does my fiscal freedom stand? Well let’s say Harriet Tubman has found herself in more flattering position that I am currently. I paid off a $10,000 debt to my credit card company a few months ago, but I still have an overhead to maintain. I have one credit card payment each month still, student loan repayment just kicked in, and then there are the necessities such as cell phone, car insurance, grocery shopping, you all know what the cost of living is. So even when you think you have fiscal freedom, it’s fleeting. But creating a budget, sticking to it, and doing what you must to get by is all I can do. I’m working on it.
So in terms of freedom, liberty, I’m there. I’ve got more than most and that’s why today is the day to do what I can and what I want! What do I want? Well I answered that on day one! So far this journey has not been tough, all it has required is a little bit of effort. I can do it. I’m doing it. Tomorrow I’ll be writing about Love and this is the one blog post you don’t want to miss. For now, I leave you with a song that is inspiring to me on a personal and worldly level! Believe in the world. Believe in yourself. Believe in a better way because you’re the only person stopping yourself from doing so.
When you read life and liberty, 90% of the time it’s followed by ‘and the pursuit of happiness’. But I’m not pursuing happiness. I’ve got that. I’ve got a beautiful family. 23 years of life filled with more stories and smiles than some could experience in 230 years. I’ve got people in my life who I believe are truly special. So how can I not be happy? This journey is not about finding happiness. It’s about evolving and growing.
Over the next few days I’ll tackle the topics of Life, Liberty and Love and their meaning to me in this journey. Today’s word is Life and what a good life it is. The best thing that happens to me each day is waking up. Be it at 6AM or 2PM, I have opened my eyes for at least another day on this beautiful planet. That is really where it all starts isn’t it? Everyday starts with my eyes opening and a breath of air. Couldn’t ask for a better way to start my day! That is life. Life brings with it passing hours and choices. Sometimes these choices are as simple as ‘What to wear today?’ Other days will be much more trying. But at least I have the opportunity to have another day in my life. To add one more story to my biography. That’s the best part of the day.
Day 3 started with open eyes and a breath of air. It soon turned into another great day. I was off to Fishtown to pick up one of my top 5 favorite human beings ever. He is 4 years old and his name is Satchel. Satchel is my sister Jenn’s son, one of her 3, soon to be 4, beautiful children. I love driving down 95 to Jenn’s house. That place is the definition of Life. 4 adorable dogs, 3 anti-social cats, 3 little people who taught me what Love is. And that’s only half the roster! Jenn and her husband Jimmy are also there. The impact they’ve had on my life can not be understated but I’ll save that for another time! So I exit 95 and turn onto Jenn’s street. I have my own key so I open the door and I’m immediately blessed. The dogs greet me. I pet em all, give em kisses. The kids all turn their attention to the door and subsequently me. I’m usually met with smiles unless it’s really close to nap time. Then there is my sister, one of my best friends, who I am wonderfully similar to. If my day ended with just those greetings, I’d say it was a darn near perfect day!
But it didn’t. Satchel was by the door with his jacket and vest on. We were going to see dinosaurs today. We headed to the Academy of Natural Sciences and got parking right outside. 47 minutes already on the meter when we parked! Getting closer to being the perfect day. Satchel and I headed in and for the next 2 hours we were explorers. From dinosaurs to butterflies, we were examining amazing parts of life that we normally overlook. Well actually I don’t think Satchel overlooks anything amazing, I guess I mean we as adults overlook. I can’t describe it to you. Heck I don’t want to. I want you to head down there. Check it out. It’s truly amazing to see how much life there is on this planet! So grab someone you love and go share in the experience of exploration together. Let it sink in. Realize that some of these animals have been around since before man. None of these animals have money or cars. They are just breathing organisms living their lives and raising their families. It’s really riveting if you let it resonate.
Needless to say Day 3 was a success. After Satchel and I’s exploration I ate lunch with my Dad and shot a video for his boss. It felt good to be this active and it wasn’t even 4PM yet! The rest of my day consisted of traffic, reading, writing, and communicating with remarkable people. I didn’t accomplish everything I needed to, but I did everything I wanted to do. Today has gotten off to a slow start, but no complaints. After all, I did wake up this morning. Off to get some work done then off to work at the Sixers game tonight! I’ll leave you with this though. It’s a video I shot at Jenn’s house when her and her family were off vacationing! Enjoy the music, enjoy the love, but most importantly, enjoy life!!
Yesterday I made a risky move. I publicly declared that I’d be better today than I was yesterday and I’d keep that trend going. If I appear to be the same, some may think I failed. If I display my usual habits, people closest to me will know I failed. But I won’t. It may be a long time before anyone with whom I have a strictly web-based relationship will understand how I’m changing and growing. But it’s 3PM on Wednesday, roughly 24 hours after I made my declaration and things are coming into shape.
I realized the key to success is not simply proclaiming a destination or goal then doing it. It is identifying the journey and what needs to happen to achieve those overall goals. These are my stepping stones. Each stone is a step in the right direction. While this seems like common sense, it’s something that I believe eludes an ambitious person. For too long, I’ve believed that someday something would just happen and everything would be different. That is totally possible, but it remains improbable. You’ve got to set small goals that lead to new goals. It’s not a giant leap, it’s one small step.
For inspiration, I look to one of my idols. President Barack Obama. Obama took a long journey to his success, but he took small, albeit impressive, steps. He was a kid at one point. His relationship with his family was hardly typical, but he went to school. He saw the world. He went to college. He became a community organizer in Chicago. He ran for office. He won. He gained recognition for his amazing verbal skills. He was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. He was thrust into the national spotlight. He tossed his name into the hat for the 2008 Presidential campaign against much better known candidates. Then he worked. Hard. Day in and day out. Then on November 4th, 2008 at 11:00 PM EST, Senator Barack Obama was declared the 44th President of the United States.
Could the President of the Harvard Law Review become President? Not likely. Could a 36 year old state Senator become President? Maybe, but that seems like a big leap. How about a man who has been involved in politics for over 10 years, old enough to have experience, but young enough to still be hopeful, could he become President? Yes, he can and he did. But it took all those steps to get him there. With each new era in Obama’s life, it became more likely that he could take the highest office in this country. So I need to remember that.
Can an unemployed 23 year old without a college degree afford an apartment in Fishtown? Not likely. Could an employed 23 year old college graduate be able to afford an apartment in Fishtown or South Philly or another city entirely? Yes he could. But steps must be taken. Yesterday I said I want to. Today I say I will. Small steps will help me make my giant leap. I need to get my life in line first. So here is what I decided to do today to make strides towards achieving all the goals I set for myself yesterday.
- Sorted out my Jury Duty situation. The result may not be tangible, but it is off my plate and I no longer need to think about it.
- After months of saying ‘We’ve got to film something together soon.’ I’ve set up a date to film with the extremely talented John McGarry.
- Realizing that my friend Mike brings so much joy, kindness and positivity to my life, I decided today was the day that I’d pay him back. I’m only helping him with a small favor, but it makes his day better and I’m glad to aid in that endeavor.
These are small steps, but they are important to my journey. A toothbrush is small, but ever go on vacation without one? No good. So consider the efforts of today and the foreseeable future not as monumental leaps, but as a simple checklist while I pack my suitcase. Oh and I’ve listened to nothing but happy music today. Can’t believe how much that makes a difference. So I’ll leave you with this. It’s a happy song by an inspiring man who was inspired by one of my idols. Ladies and gentlemen, Michael Franti’s ‘Obama Song’:
Hi, my name is Ryan and you’ve joined me on the First Day of the Rest of My Life. Yes, it is time to live up to my potential and more importantly, it’s time to grow up. My life is really good right now, but it’s completely stagnant! I’m going no where fast. Let me tell you a little about me before I lay out my goals.
- I’m 23
- I live with my mother in Northeast Philadelphia
- 5 credits away from getting my degree from Temple University
- Not currently enrolled in school
- Main source of income is the family business.
- We’re an entertainment company that provides face painting predominantly but we have and can do just about anything for any event.
- I wake up at noon.
- Go to bed around 3AM usually
- Constantly on Twitter and Facebook
- Constantly reading so I know a little bit about a lot.
- My best trait is positivity and optimism.
- My worst trait is I rarely finish what I start and have such a tough time getting motivated.
- I like almost everyone I meet and would like to be friends with the world.
- I’m a pretty impossible guy to date.
- I make movies all by myself that usually get about 200 views.
- I drive an old, beat-up Jeep with over 150,000 miles on it.
So there it is. That is who I am. I don’t hate it, but it’s not getting me anywhere. That saddens me beyond belief. It’s time to be more. Lots of folks that get close with me, believe I’m going to do something amazing with my life. I want to believe that too but at 23 I’ve yet to contribute anything meaningful to this world. That eats at me.
That brings me to my public declaration that I’m going to be more. Posting this to this blog then sharing it on Twitter and Facebook brings an element of accountability to it. This let’s the world know that I’m ready to be all I can be! Let’s talk about what I’d like to accomplish.
- Graduate college
- Find a job that I love, but more so that I’m good at.
- Maybe that is expanding the family business to become a more viable source of income or maybe it means going out and getting a job.
- Become healthier.
- Move to Fishtown or South Philly or maybe another city entirely.
- Get involved in more non-profits and positive organizations in Philly. Basically, make a difference.
- Make a decision about my film career. Will I teach? Will I start making larger scale films with more marketability? Will I end that dream and just let it be a hobby?
- Get a more reliable and environmentally friendly car!
- Hit the road and see this country more.
- Find enough financial security to pay my bills and debts in a timely fashion.
- Severe ties where ties need to be severed and strengthen my relationships with people who make me better.
- Get to bed at a decent hour and wake up earlier.
- Spend my time more productively and stop waiting for something to happen.
That’s just the beginning. But this is the end of this blog post. I want to be someone. Not someone famous or important per say, I just want to be someone who is a good role model to my niece and nephews. Someone my family and friends are proud of. I’m absolutely open to all advice and assistance. You can contact me through any of these mediums!
Welcome to the First Day of the Rest of My Life!!
Let’s start where we ended. Claire! Well you know that they had to wrap-up her story or at least begin to. It appears as though our sweet Claire has turned into Danielle Rousseau. Those traps that Kate almost set off were perhaps set by Claire in her new Rousseau-ego. It makes a good amount of sense. She was a pregnant woman on the Island. Her baby was taken from her. Christian aka the Smoke Monster led her away to the cabin. There she was infected. Remember, going back to last season, we saw a young Rousseau and her crew did go under the temple where the Smoke Monster seems to live. They too were infected and she was forced to kill them. So it appears as though Claire has taken on a similar role. Does this relate to the fact that she was pregnant on the island? Maybe.
Let’s look at Dogen’s request for Jack. He wanted Jack to kill Sayid. I don’t know if I blame him. This man did just come back from the dead. I guess it’s important to note that Dogen did kind of kill Sayid under water. But that water is very important. It was dirtier than usual as the hippie guy with the stache noted. Dogen cut his hand and it did not heal him. But Sayid Jarrah is alive and well with a deadly wound nearly healed. Pretty inexplicable. What made Sayid heal? Actually, what brought him back to life? Allow me to present a theory. Let’s assume that young Ben went through a similar ordeal of drowning when Sayid shot him in 1977. Ben obviously lived. And the Others didn’t decide to kill him. I believe what scared the Others is not that Sayid is alive, I think they are more afraid that the water killed him rather than saved him. There is some sort of sickness on this island. Desmond regularly injected himself with something to prevent infection. The lid of the hatch did say quarantine. That seems to say that it is an airborne infection. Russeau’s crew was apparently infected. Dogen said that Claire is now apparently infected. Sayid is infected. Two of those woman were pregnant. Let’s pause for a second and remember that pregnant women die on that island.
Or is it possible that they are murdered? What if new life on that island is a bad thing? And the Others give that poison pill to the pregnant women, because they are afraid that they are infected or maybe that their child is infected. So in the history of the others, they’ve seen a lot. But the island has never just brought a man back from the dead.
Let’s unpause. Sayid is infected. But Sayid is alive. The Others believed that the Water would help him under the direction of Jacob. Jacob is dead. Could Smokey have appeared as Jacob to Hurley? Told him to go to the Temple with the dying Sayid. Kill him in the water. This would then allow Smokey to access a dead body, within the Temple. How does he get in to Sayid? Maybe this infection/virus that we’ve heard about is indeed an airborne virus. If your head is underwater, as Sayid’s was when the water was supposed to be saving him, you can not breath in air. That’s why the Others were not concerned about a man dying in their water, they were worried about a man rising from the dead when breathing in the air. Sayid has been claimed, infected. I don’t know what that means, but if Smokey is behind it. I don’t think it’s a good thing.
Let me know your thoughts!
I’ve filmed with a certain style for the past 4 years. This style is not something I can take full credit for. I’d have to share that with my old roommates and ex-girlfriend. I was going to college at DeSales University which could also be accurately described as Cornfield College. If the weekend hit and you had nothing to do, you had nothing to do. Your best bet for finding fun was driving to the closest “metropolis” such as Bethlehem or Quakertown. Many of you are probably jealous of my close proximity to such hot destinations, but I had a bigger problem. I didn’t have a car. No license to boot. So if my roommates were our pursuing their own adventures, I had nothing but a Nintendo 64, my camera, and plenty of time.
In March of 06, I started dating a girl who went to school in Florida. Considering our poor college student status, seeing each other frequently wasn’t exactly an option. So we’d have Spring Break, Summer, and Winter Break. That’s it. But she was cute enough to make it worth it. She was an artist, so every few week I’d receive a beautiful piece of art made with love. I needed to reciprocate these beautiful gifts with the only thing I’ve ever been half decent at: making films.
One weekend my roommates headed for greener pastures leaving me all alone. I decided I’d try to make a movie by myself and upload it to this new site I joined called YouTube. All I had was a digital camera and a 32MB memory card that held about 4 minutes worth of footage. I also realized the absence of a tripod was going to make things a little harder. But I wanted to give it a try. So I grabbed my camera and at 2:19 on a Saturday afternoon, I pressed record while pointing it at a clock. When the clock changed to 2:20 I just thought to myself, ‘Ok, what’s next?’ How about I film me waking up? So I laid down and pointed the camera in my direction. Next? How about I stand up and walk into another room? I put my camera on the edge of my desk and did so. The closest room was the bathroom, so I turned the camera a little more and walked in. That was the end of me shooting handheld video for the most part. I realized as long as there was a desk, floor, shelve, or wall, I could film something.
My procedure works like this:
- Set a camera somewhere.
- Press record.
- Take my spot in front of the camera.
- Once done, stop recording.
- Move the camera to the next logical shot
- Upload footage to computer when out of space.
- Edit the film.
- Add some music (I rarely chose music before I start)
- Upload to YouTube.
Other notes about my style
- Never take more than a day to do all of this
- Shoot chronologically
- Never shoot anything more than once
- No tripods
- Use other people only when you have to…
- Instead use objects as co-stars
- Use Digital Cameras, cell phones, and webcams rather than a video camera.
That was the beginning and I haven’t strayed too far from that. Here is the video I spoke of with a relatively accurate rating of one star but here is the link to my YouTube where my films have progressed significantly but not beyond recognition.
Please feel free to ask any questions or share your videos with me!