All good things come to an end....Reshooting and a Conversation with the Fellows..... (Sept. 10-15)

Take 2, reshooting at "Face the Jury" 

 Dancer Charlotte Johnson, New Renaissance Artist, Elizabeth Baker, Photographer, Charlotte Suarez, and Film Maker Nick Gallina

Dancer Charlotte Johnson, New Renaissance Artist, Elizabeth Baker, Photographer, Charlotte Suarez, and Film Maker Nick Gallina

The first time we filmed at this location we did a night shoot and after reviewing the footage we realized that none of the creative team was happy with what we had done. There were many things working against us on the initial shoot, some technical and some personal. The night of this particular shoot I had just been told that I would have to deliver my son a few weeks early due to some sudden medical complications. Needless to say I was a little distracted and disconnected from the filming. After taking a step back and a few weeks off we decided to reshoot tho scene in the morning instead of at night. I developed more material for Charlotte and myself and I invited photographer Charlotte Saurez to capture the morning with her still camera. I'm confident that the material from this second attempt is richer and usable in the film. 

 It was a family affair on set, Charlotte Saurez's son Santi plays with my son Paxton, while my mother and aunt watch my newborn son Isaac. 

It was a family affair on set, Charlotte Saurez's son Santi plays with my son Paxton, while my mother and aunt watch my newborn son Isaac. 

A Conversation with the Fellows

On Monday Sept. 12, I participated in a moderated discussion with the other Rapid Returns Artist Fellows. It was an honor to be among these inspiring and eloquent artists. The ten fellows represented 5 artistic disciplines, visual art, theatre, music, choreography and literature. Hearing each fellow speak I found myself recognizing similar themes and challenges woven through out our careers, and still we all found unique and personal ways to thrive as artists. Creating art is a process, sometimes personal, sometimes communal but always rewarding. Even the perceived failures or bad ideas can reap rewards. I find that the biggest reward is found in the process, the journey of creation. 

Thank you Creative Pinellas and The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners for supporting my journey with this Rapid Returns Grant. You have supported not only the creation of art made by a single artist  but the creation of a more tightly connected community, and helped plant the seeds for future collaborations. 

The End