When Ambition Meets Reality
Now that the dust has settled on the first month of school, I figured I'd take some time to reflect on what is always an exciting time of year. The tail end of August is always filled with tons of "we should do this!" and "we should do that!" and "how awesome could this be!"! And maybe this year more than ever the Television Production Department was even more abuzz than ever. A month later and it's tough not to feel a little sting of the grand vision hitting the wall. When reality sets in and there is just not enough time to get things going the way you planned.
First off, the positive. Block is here and it's been great. Great classes, and the time to really focus in and learn the history of communication, and Adobe Premiere has been amazing. I think you folks are picking it much faster than in the past. TV2 we're going to get into some cool camera stuff in a bit, after our first shooting project winds down. TV you're in for a trip. The feedback from you guys has been great and if you're enjoying it as much as you are now, then you're going to love it even more soon. Global, we've been put in a odd spot as we didn't have a super huge project to get us going right out the gate this year. Blessing and a curse, but we've had some time that I would love to utilize with you all. A lot of those ambitious projects involved you, and you had no idea! Stay tuned in our next meeting for more deets. Dates will be set. Time will be put aside. We will make things work. I refuse to let the vision go. This year will be more collaborative than ever, and now we have the numbers to make it awesome.
What's interesting is that work/play is a very real thing. I'm very fortunate to love what I do, and I do it in a way that I expect certain things out of myself. You all know how high my standards and expectations are for you (for those who haven't spent at least a year with me yet, you soon will) so just fathom how high they are for myself. However the play (ambition) always waits for work (reality) to finish. With how I run my classes, clubs, and professional standards, "play" waits a while sometimes. And the more we bring to the plate to elevate our status as a legitimate force to be reckoned with (as well as turning heads in the community and being an desirable destination for future students) But, it's hard not to let that creative scratch come to the surface when it wants to. It's the artist in me. Some of you know what I mean already. When that, "lets make a movie" feeling creeps up, and it's all you want to do.
And do we shall. I'm going to try and find a way to bring some more creative projects to Global. Starting with our first music video, (a huge cast, and dance number!), along with others (smaller projects) and whatever else you folks want to do. I have my ear to the ground for some new film festivals this year (extra-curricular) that we can do. Live sports is still working out some kinks, and we'll get those hammered out as soon as possible.
So the ambition is still there. And really, in those moments when things stand in your way the decision you make to either give up or press onward is presented. Of course it's always easier to do one over the other. What you choose defines who you are. So to that I say, "when there is a will, there is a way."
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It's Mr. Leonard. Teacher, Videomaker, Professional Goofball