Episode One

24 11 2009

I’ve known John Wood and Lisa tangentially for about a year and a half.

They’re acquaintances of the sort that you run into at a party or a show, but I don’t know them much beyond that. Still, in the limited time that I’ve spent with them, they’ve always radiated a certain happiness, a kind of energetic stillness. It was with this energy in mind that I approached John about doing a short documentary about his Learning Music project. This is a project in which he makes an album a month every month and a project that in many ways provided the inspirtation and groundwork for Sparrow Songs. But in order for the piece to work it needed to be something more than that or more to the point it needed to be about something more than that.

When we went to his house he invited us into his studio, which sits in a converted garage directly under the house. In the moment that I saw his studio the whole piece came together: It was like an engine room of a ship (and in my view of their relationship that’s exactly what it is). He heads down there and sings and bangs on xylophones and doubts himself and harmonizes and works and works and works. Then he comes upstairs to his wife and dogs and the house and the relationship is better for him having been down there.

It should be said that I got married at the end of June. Single friends ask me what it’s like to be married. Married friends ask me what it’s like to be married. I can’t really say, because I don’t know what it’s like to be married — it changes everyday. Still, those questions were rattling around as I approached this first piece. Lisa and John have a happy marriage and to me, they’ve found one of the secrets and they’ve found it early.

Episode One works to communicate all this, but more than anything I hope that in the brief, fleeting moment while they’re singing and harmonizing and trading looks, it shows how it feels.

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This is the Why, pt. 1

4 11 2009

Here’s the skinny: my thesis film for UCLA, Blue Boy is making its way in the world and screening at festivals and I’m thankful and happy about that, but at this point I’ve grown weary of asking anyone for permission to either make work or show work.

Meanwhile I’m also learning that asking for permission to make work or show work (through agents, festivals, investors, etc.) is one of the things you spend the majority of your time doing while working in film. So the solution is to set-up a schedule and framework to make work and show work all on your own (this seems to be a lesson some learned a while ago). That solution for me is this project, Sparrow Songs.

Gates






This is me.

4 11 2009

God willing you’ll be interested in this project, in the idea of it and in the films we make.  Chances are, if you’re reading this, we’ve probably met.  If not, this is what I look like.  I look stressed in this photo and that’s pretty indicative of how I look generally.

If you ever see me at a festival, or around town and you’re interested in this project or the aims of it or anything else please come up and say hi.  After all, part of this is about community.





This is a test.

4 11 2009

We’re  just trying to get this thing working…