Monday, February 23, 2015

Winter 2015 Update

Much has changed since I've last posted here. It has been quite an eventful past few months since my last update in the fall. I recently had a free moment and decided to update the now 7,000 of you who are reading this blog. I'll start by picking up where my last post ended. To say this year has been absolutely amazing would be a lie. To be honest, this year hasn't been all the best. In my previous posts I told you faithful readers that this year was different. That much is true. But I wished it had been different in a different way. I'll start out with the great news. The second season of Monuments Memorials & Museums has FINALLY been released. I'm super happy with how it turned out and is definitely an improvement from the first season we filmed two years ago. I'll have the link to the complete season as well as other things that I'll talk about in this entry linked below for those that want to check it out. Those series of videos that I was able to produce with the best production crew ever are what I consider to be some of my finest work and I've been honored to work with such an amazing and talented crew. There is simply not enough I can do to thank them for all their work throughout the years.
Since my last post sadly members of this award winning production team are no longer with me for reasons not of their own fault but because of a number of changes at my school this year that have ensued some foreseen trials. Because of some schedule changes some members of the production team wouldn't have had a study hall this year to do work in their already busy schedules. Because of a poor lack of planning on the part of the administration we lost five of the seven production team members for this year. This was unfortunate for me as the members that were left were fairly recent additions that weren't as familiar with how everything flowed as well as it did before. This was of no fault of their own just simply what was. Throughout this year I've often wondered what could have been. I miss everyone, and because of how the schedules are set up this year I rarely seen any of them  at all anymore, and I miss it terribly, not a day goes by that I do not think of the amazing 7 member production team of myself, Isaac F. Davis, Caroline Nice, Victoria Alexander, Elisabeth Powell, Rachel Burch, and John Van Bergen. I sometimes wonder what their opinions are on the whole matter , but that's beside the point. Through it all over the past two years besides this one we've gotten the opportunity to do amazing things, and I wish to do those amazing things again.
This year the four of us that remained produced an entry into C-Span's Student Cam competition again. This year we entered our documentary on the "Colonial Parkway" and I will say it is a fantastic product and I'm happy with how it turned out. My production company "World Productions" also produced Williamsburg Christian Academy's homecoming court. Even though we had to cross through enormous amounts of red tape to get the thing off the ground, it was truly a remarkable experience and brought me back to some of the amazing things I was able to do last year. In other news, the four of us have moved on the presidential homes project that I briefly mentioned in my previous post. This third season will serve as a companion to the two seasons on the series in DC. We'll begin shooting the three houses in May. I only wish I could have had the original team back together again to film in the spring as happened in the past two years, it is going to be different, but we'll see how it goes.

In addition to those changes that hit a little closer to home, the school that I attend has also gone through some rather unfortunate changes. This fall I had to make the difficult decision to halt production on our weekly news show "WCA Weekly" another painful decision that had to be made due to the lack of production resources. After three years of stealer production, Isaac stepped down at the end of the third season and against my better judgement and what I now see I should have ended the show on a good note after the third season. I had wonderful plans for this fourth season but was unable to deliver on a successful product due to a lack of production resources and enormous red tape that I had to cut through for months just to get something off the ground. Between everyone we made the difficult decision to end production. This further contributed to the feeling of discouragement of myself not being able to pursue my interests going into the second half of the year. In addition to that recent leadership changes have forced some teachers to resign, and all creativity and passion for the school to be stifled. The best part about it has been that those in charge hardly recognize a problem at all. That itself is truly frightening.

My personal life has also been affected, some for the good and some for the not so fortunate. Don't get me wrong, I've made some amazing new friends that have stretched me and grown me and have presented some new opportunities, however at the same time I miss what was at the end of the school year last year. There things looked to be on the up and up and progress was being made was looking great. Things however turned down and continue to look that way for the foreseeable future. Perhaps some new changes await in the spring, and even better things next year as I will be a senior and a new chapter begins entirely. I just I wish I could finish my high school career on the amazing steps of my freshmen and sophomore year with some of my best friends that made it all possible.

Until Next Time
-Michael Lemley

Monuments Memorials & Museums "The Second Season" Release Announcement

Monuments Memorials & Museums: The Second Season <-------Full Episodes

The Colonial Parkway: The Foundation Of Our Economy (C-Span Student Cam 2015)

Weekly Season 4 Farewell Announcement

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall 2014 Update

It has been forever since I've posted here. But I feel as though I want to keep the readers of whoever reads this updated on what's going on in my life. I'll pick up where I left off back in May. After prom and after school ended I wen't on vacation to Smith Mountain Lake for the first week of my summer . During the rest of the summer I interned at my local church where I learned a lot about graphic design and picked up some knowlege on some video editing tips. This past summer I also saw Lindsay Stirling in Concert. That was an absolute blast. We also wen't to the beach where I had perhaps the best week of my life. This fall I entered Junior year and with that came a lot of new challenges and some that I've never experianced before, some good, and some that I will never want to experiance again. I have a feeling it will be a good learning experiacne for me. Also wanted to update all you loyal readers on the Washington D.C videos that I've been talking about for the past two years or so. The second season has completed production and are just waiting for some of the finial videos to be edited by another member of the production team. The videos I have done were completed last July, but still working on getting the rest of the season finished from my other producer friend. Two trailers have been released for this upcoming season on my YouTube channel. Very excited for this year as we tackle the presidential homes in Virginia. Unfortunatly Victoria and Caroline won'e be joining us but there are some new faces. As I said before, this year is totally different, and while it is different, I hope it brings good things.

Until Next Time
-Michael Lemley

Friday, May 23, 2014

Washington DC Overnight Trip 2014

(Photos from the trip:Washington DC Overnight Trip 5-22-24)

Just arrived back from yet another spectacular day of filming in Washington D.C! Hard to believe but this is the last year we will be heading up in the spring, the last overnight, and the second to last time filming our series in the city. It's been such a memorable experience and I couldn't have spent it with any other perfect people or crew. We've been doing this project for a full two years now and we have really grown to be as family. I've really cherished these filming trips and they have a special place in my heart as together we get to work and experience things that no one our age will ever get to experience. From the wonderful and talented people of Isaac F. Davis, John VanBergen, Elisabeth Powell, and Rachel Burch you all really are my best friends and are always there and make me feel very happy when I get to be with everyone as together we are a small family and really work well together. I will miss all the experiences we've had in DC over these past two years, but hopefully we'll have something that lasts forever. Also forgot to mention but in our trip we also had the chance (since we won a prize in C-SPAN 2014) to meet with our local representative and also get a tour of C-SPAN studios. What high school kids will ever have this experience? Ever? Not many. And that's why I'm so grateful to spend it with these truly AWESOME! Can't wait for the future since so many things will be changing but for the moment I am sitting back and enjoying all that we've accomplished before moving forward into the unknown...

Until Next Time

Prom 2014

Hard to believe, but last weekend I attended Prom 2014 with the best date ever! Elisabeth Powell & I had a great time at Prom and it definitely will be a night I won't ever forget. It was so memorable as I felt so special and privileged to attend such a formal event with such a great friend. Together we had such a great time from taking pictures together to going out to eat at Opus 9 in where someone payed for our dinner. From there we went onto take some pictures in Colonial Williamsburg before heading up to Prom and taking a scenic detour. The actual event was simply amazing and I know I had such a great time with Elisabeth and all of my friends who were there as well. It was just so fun to spend the entire night with a woman and friend of honor. I truly do believe I had the best date there as together we shared so many honorable and excellent traits as people and as friends. It will be a night I'll remember forever. Thanks again Elisabeth, as a friend for being so awesome!

-Until next time!
-Michael Lemley

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Heading Off To Prom!

At my school Sophmores are allowed to go to prom. Originally I wasn't thinking of taking anyone or going in the first place but after some though and some observations i thought I'd ask one of my friends from my Journalism class. We've been friends for quite awhile and she's a great person and woudo be fun to go to prom together. So I asked! She said yes. I believe we are both two well rounded individuals and we're going to have a great time. Can't wait. I really do have some amazing friends.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Production Begins Again In Washington D.C

Welcome to another insallment of the life of Michael Lemley-production blog edition. Today my Journalmism class and I started work on the second season on Monuments Memorials & Museums. Filming begain in the morning at the FDR memorial followed by lunch at the Supreme Court Building. Then location shooting moved back to the FDR memorial for additional B-Roll footage. All of this was shot with the help of 1st AC's Elisabeth Powell, Rachel Burch and Victoria Alexander. We used the Canon XA10 as well as a iPad Telepromter gear from Kessler Krane amounst other things. Location shooting was very intense and my team and I worked very well together to gather a wide variety of shots needed. To be honest I'm very thankful for this prouduction crew. These are some of the most dedicated and talented people you will ever encounter. So very blesssed to be working with such professional people. Anyway that's a recap of Day 1. This weekend it's off to editing and hopefully have a draf ready soon. Next month production really gets into gear with 4 days of production within a week. I'm very excited but it is going to be a long week. Can't wait for all that is to come.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Washington D.C Pre Production (Round 2)

It's that time of year again. Hard to believe that a full year has gone by since the production of the first round of Monuments Memorials & Museums. Hard to believe all that we have done since then. It's quite astounding. We are currently still in pre production and production starts again next month. Can't wait yet again to do work with this amazing efficient team! Until next time!