Today, I turn 30. It seems to be a bit of a monumental step in life, whether real or perceived, but I am using this occasion to officially announce my new project, Filming Florida. If you’ve read through any other bits of this site before making it to the blog, you are probably starting to realize that Filming Florida is not a small undertaking. It is big, ambitious, and likely more than a bit crazy. If you know me personally, you hopefully are also thinking that it sounds like me. It’s a project only I could dream up and consider embracing.
Filming Florida as you see it today as I launch, is just the beginning, but it is also the culmination of several years of ideas bouncing around in my head. It is the result of a couple years of thinking, pondering, and maybe even a little scheming. It is the combination of my somewhat disparate interests, ideas, and skills finally blending together to form a single cohesive, yet multi-faceted, project. It is a project that is uniquely me.
So what is Filming Florida? Filming Florida is many things. It is my personal journey rediscovering Florida, the state where I grew up. It is the exploration of the natural side of one of the fastest growing states in the country. It is my odyssey as an image creator moving from still photography to the moving image and filmmaking. It is an experiment to see if a one man crew can shoot, edit, and produce media on a regular basis while constantly working in the field. It is a free ticket to behind the scenes of a massive multimedia production. It is an exploration in using cutting edge technology to tell stories in ways never before seen. Ultimately, it is the project that produces a film, book, and multimedia exhibition about the natural history and landscape of Florida.
Filming Florida officially starts today with the launch of the website and blog. Over the next couple months, I will be working to prepare for the start of the field work and media creation phase of the project which will start in January. That gives me just over two months to continue planning, preparing, and fundraising so when 2014 arrives I am ready to hit the road, start shooting, and releasing media through the blog and my two video series, Behind the Lens and Nature Profiles.
I really hope you will join me on this journey over the next few weeks, months, and years as I throw myself into this ambitious project and share my experiences, my successes, and my failures. Starting today, I’ll be posting to the blog as well as across my various social media sites and I look forward to connecting with you there.