Friday, July 25, 2008

flip 52.1

OK - this by far is not the best video, but it's my first entry in the FLIP 52 project (a flip vid a week, for a year; life - as seen through my eyes).

It was shot last Tuesday as I took the stage of the Prince Theatre (with my colleague Michaela Majoun), to host the Closing Night festivities of the 14th Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. I thought it would be cool to show you MY view that night - but sadly, I hit the wrong button and began playing a video (versus recording) - so once I did hit record, I was almost done my 'moment' and not one to ask 300 people to sit tight as I start over - I am left with just seven seconds of waving.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A New Direction...


It's been um ... well, it's just been forever since I've posted in this blog. So much has occurred over the past months - the highlight has been that this coming weekend (July 27) John and I will celebrate one year together.

This year has taught me a lot about myself - and about others. John and I both have learned to finally trust someone and let go of our past, so that we can hold hands and reach for what lies ahead. He has become my spiritual mate - and I am grateful to have him in my life each and every day.

With that, I've created a new project - and a new direction for this blog.

2008 has been a year of celebrating milestones; from 20 years at the same employer to 1 year with the man I love - - what better way than to count off the weeks to the next celebration!

Over the winter, John and I each purchased a Flip video camera. If you haven't heard or seen these babies in action - let me tell you, they are a gift from above for capturing video on the fly; auto focus, one button action and simple upload to your computer and online sites via a handly pop-up USB arm!

And, they use standard AA batteries - no drama or price gouging with rechargeable batteries, etc.

The Flip camera makes shooting a breeze and the biggest problem for us has been learning to use it often. So, inspiried by a few colleagues who have been participating in their personal Project 365 (post an image a day for a year), John and I have both decided to use our personal blogs to each post a video clip a week for a year!

Consider it a work in progress - the more experimental, the better. The challenge here is to force ourselves to open our eyes and appreciate the beauty, the passion and even the quirks that make life worth living. Everything from personal experiences to random acts of weirdness that we come across in our daily paths will be up for the Flip! The key here is to just document life - as seen through our eyes.

We'll each shoot a slew of video clips and post them to our Youtube pages - but we'll each select just one per week as our entry in the Flip 52 project and post it to our respective blogs - perhaps with a text commentary or maybe we'll just let the image stand alone.

Work in progress indeed.

For me, its fitting to use this blog to post the weekly video entries - the mission of this blog has always been "remembering before I forget" - - what better way to remember then to simply hit play.

Welcome aboard.