January 2013: January 2013 was a time after the Christmas holidays where I was tasked with a project or rather my class was tasked with a project of creating a documentary series of the Monuments and Memorials and Museums of Washington DC. At the time I had no idea how I would pull off these videos or even better yet I didn't really e
ven know really well the people that I was working with. January 2013 was a time of uncertainty as I figured out what I was going to do with this particular project. I purchased some essential gear with the Christmas money I received and hope for some testing and figuring stuff out in the coming weeks. The order was placed as I still wondered about the project. Meanwhile I was in 9th grade at Williamsburg Christian Academy and was working as a producer on the the short film that I was a part of "The Strategist"
February 2013: As the Monuments-Memorials & Museums project and I was struggling with ideas on how to make these videos and what exactly I wanted to do with them it hit me one day, Cinematic News Reporting, I came upon this idea while in the car to our friends lake house in northern Virginia. As for the gear that I had ordered the previous month it had come in and one particular piece of equipment I found fascinating, "The Slider" after my new found idea on how to make the videos I decided one afternoon just to stitch something together with some of the new equipment. The resulting video that followed from that test was stunning. It so far remains as one of the best things I feel I've ever edited. After editing that, I knew exact ally how these videos we're to come out. The problem still remained, the people in my class who I was working with I knew them and we we're friends but to compete this project we we're going to have to work as a team. And so far January and February were mainly about this project that I was working on and still continue to work on. Now that the ground work was laid the real work of the year could begin.
March 2013: In the first few weeks of March 2013 my school (Williamsburg Christian Academy) held the spring musical "The Wizard of Oz" I recorded and edited that production for the school as well as served as the lighting board operator for Crosswalk Community Church's "The Living Passover" both productions went off smoothly and everything was just grand. March also saw the first day of actu
ally going up to Washington DC to do some preliminary work for the Washington DC project. I remember the day like it was yesterday. It was quite a freezing day with temperatures in the 40's. The purpose of that day was to collect information on different shots and ways to see in detail how I was going to produce the documentary this was a crucial day for me and it also gave me the opportunity to bond with what would soon become my closest friends and the best crew I have ever had, though I didn't know it at the time.
April: April was a month filled with trips back and forth to Washington DC. April 9th was the first official day of production at the Jefferson Memorial. At
first I had no idea what I was really doing but as the day went on I figured out what shots I needed and how to direct and produce these videos. It was almost like I moved on to another level of film production that day and it shapes me to this day as well as also helped me direct the rest of the videos in Washington DC. We only had two trips to Washington DC in April due in part to the Boston Marathon bombings that took place however also in April was multiple experiences for the members of my production team in that class to get to know one another better. We became a family.
May: Hard to believe that the year is almost half over but this was a month that I will remember for quite awhile. The first two days in May we spent two days overnight in Washington DC so that we could get shots of Washington DC at night as well as knock out two days of filming up in Washington DC. I really enjoyed the time up in Washington DC with what had now become my best film making people ever. Also in May we finished up production on "The Strategist Anthology" which was pretty bittersweet as we had worked on the short film project for just about two years and we had grown very close together over those two years producing the film. It was sad to see it come to a close as everyone prepared to graduate but it would soon spark the new beginnings of the all new tech team at WCA later on in the year. I also managed to get my learner's permit.
Summer Months: The summer months were a time of learning from everything that had happened over the course of the past 6 months or so and learning where to go in leading a new group that would become the new WCA Tech team as well as preparing for the new season of "WCA Weekly" The summer was also filled with the normal vacations as well. This summer we spent a week at Smith Mountain Lake in June and anoth
er week at Topsail Beach in August. Both vacations were equally refreshing.
The latest portion of the year has been nothing short of amazing. First off the grant that originally funded the first wave of DC projects got renewed in the form of a $2,000 grant from ING. From that we we're able to purchase new equipment for the new formation of the WCA Tech Team as well as the purchase of new gear and the re branding of WCA Weekly among other things. The group for Monuments Memorials & Museums has also gotten stronger with the addition of two new people and more projects all the time that test us and propel us forward. In conclusion 2013 has been an amazing year and one that I won't soon forget. 2014 sure looks to be amazing! See everyone on the other side!