That bike ride yesterday was awesome. But today’s blog is about learning to say yes to new opportunities. A few months back I noticed facebook add for a disc golf event in Vilce. Since this sounded like an interesting and not yet very popular activity in Latvia I decided to make a little video about it. I’ve played this game a couple of times in my life and it is a lot of fun. You never know who you will meet when you step outside your door in the morning. That is why I always look at forward to new acquaintances. At the disc golf park in Vilce, I met with Vladimir and after verifying that I can film the event I set out to chase a group of locals who played through the course.
So about saying Yes to new opportunities. First of all, you have to get your ass up and go to places you haven’t been and meet with new people. Then you have to be sincere and truthful while you are doing it. I had zero expectations while filming this video. But the next day after I posted the video, Vladimir contacted me offering to help the Vilce people with bringing awareness to terrible road condition leading up to the town. I gladly accepted as this gave me a real story to film and someone would get a use out of it.
Yes, I am a simple man with simple needs. I feel joy when I am useful to others. It gives me pleasure to be able to help. And I hope that my work conveys that. There are opportunities everywhere, especially outside your own comfort zone. So take a chance because each new person you meet can be your new friend!
Today is an early morning. I had to meet up with my friend Nauris. We planned to do a bike ride so I figured why not to test my ability to film something vlog style featuring him. It was going to be a long day so I packed rather light. My gear consisted of a power bank for my phone. manfrotto mini tripod. The Samsung NX10 that was gifted to me by a friend. A towel, fresh pair of the socks, water bottle and some snacks.
Nauris started his day with vlogging into his GoPro. I figured that it would come out kind of cool to mash up one event from different cameras. Day turned out to be a scorcher our goal was to make it to the dunes to do some trail riding. But it was so hot that after a few uphills we rode down to the beach for a swim. Thereafter we decided to have a lunch and have a talk on camera. But since I was unprepared for this we mainly just had a good time having conversations about life.
This is what I learned from this day. You can never shoot too much B-roll. Always have some water with you. Plan your meal when out for a whole day. Can’t shoot an interview without a mic on the subject in an outside restaurant setting. That’s why that footage wound up on cutting room floor. But hey, now I know something that I can improve on!
I Love my dad! He is a true inspiration for anyone really. A few days ago when I was talking with him he mentioned that there’s no work in mid-summer. He gets up in mornings and goes to work and sits around waiting for someone to show up with a broken shoe. I’ve realized that a person who has been an honest hard worker all his life can go mad being in a standby mode. So I figured I try to help him out and make a short clip that might remind approximately 100 of my followers to service their shoes at his shop. Yes, everything you consume on the screens is made to gain your attention. That’s how advertising works.
I was getting my boots out of the drawer and I had a vision that it would be cool to follow the shoe to the cobbler. As if to remind that’s where you should take your worn down shoe for repair. From the previous videos, I realized that to make something someone would want to watch it has to be engaging. That’s where the B-Roll comes in to play. That is various shots placed in a sequence that adds visuals to the main story.
I wanted to make this video as a surprise for him. So most of it was shot with my dad not even noticing what the heck am I doing with a camera in my hand. After I got all of the footage I thought I need. I rushed home to do the edit and post the video. After the video was up the next morning I was surprised to see that video has been liked 20 times and shared 16 times with about 1000 views and 4 messages. That made me happy, people recognizing my dad and are showing him real internet love. That was awsome! At the end of it all, some customers came to visit him. But he was surprised that so many people watched his video on the internet. And I said that Is because you are special and well-known master of your craft.
Would you look at that beautiful and sunny morning. I promised myself that Today I was going to make something better than yesterdays last video at last minute. So I started to think what can I show that might be informational and interesting to watch but at the same time is very common and mundane.
Mom called and said it would be nice if you could come over and mow the lawn. That’s it I’ll do a video of how to properly check your lawnmower and do mowing and clean up. Nice and short video should have plenty of things to show with two camera angles. Two things became apparent, tripod or a stand of any sort is a necessary thing! And when acting stuff out a monitor is necessary or you become slow with recording your errors and adjusting framing in post. Everything I’ve done has been run and gun style. Making something look good as we are used to see on tv is where the magic happens.
P.S. Great big thank you to my friend Dimars for gifting me his camera to help me out in this early stage.
The day when I said my “fuck it”. You can dream all you want regarding your big life dream but unless you get over yourself and start actually doing what you want you will never get to know your true self. That was the case for me. I spent the whole day thinking how or what to film and only in the evening when the sun was setting I took my phone in my hand and went out on a balcony and tried to shoot my first video. And right away I had to do several takes because I didn’t like how I looked or how I stuttered. Or the lighting was off and wind blew in to the phones mic. Of corse I didn’t even think about the story side what I’m going to say or why. I was so focused on making my first video for a challenge day one That no matter what my stubborn self always makes everything work out in the end.
I wanted to make my first video showing off the graffiti left by kids who come and use stairways in my building as a place to hang out and smoke and drink. Just as they leave graffiti in my apartment building. Same way I wanted to leave a mark on my social wall. That was going to cement my fate and prove that I am sticking to my plan.
Day one done – I learned only one thing, I don’t like how I worry what I look or sound like.