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!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 In Review (A Look Back On A Great Year)

2013 was what I would call one of the best years ever for me if not the best year. The year was filled with challenges and new opportunities as well as new experiences and just things that overall just made life awesome this past year. What I'll try to do at least in this blog post is outline the year and briefly describe what went into making the year so awesome. At the end of the post I've attached a video basically outlining everything I did this year. So buckle up.

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!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Life Update August 2013: New beginnings and things that never change

It has been almost a month since my last post and many things have happened since that time. This summer has been fantastic and I've learned many things about myself and where I need to go in life and how I can get there. Next week school will start again and while I will miss the pleasures of summer it's time to get back to work as there is much to be done. Our monuments project will pick up again as we still have to make brochures and then continue onto more museums and then onto more monuments. Now that I think about it I'm getting excited again! I love working with everyone and overall I'm excited about the road to come next year and by the end I hope to look back at everything I accomplished. Onward...


Monday, July 1, 2013

Washington DC Film Project Final Products

This past school year I had the opportunity to produce a series of videos about the monuments and memorials in our nation's capital. These are the finial products.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


It's summer. The wonderful time of the year filled with beautiful weather (for the most part) as well as water, pools, vacations, spending time with friends and the like. So far this summer I've been to my school's graduation as well as a few graduation parties. Afterwords I went to Smith Mountain Lake located in southwestern Virginia on vacation for a week. It was very relaxing and refreshing to spend a week there. Upon returning from the like life has been fairly bland for the most part and I've just spent my days in front of the computer watching YouTube videos. I really need something to do with my time and make it more productive. I want to try and finish all 120 episodes of Lost this summer but I don't want to do it all at once. I also miss all my friends. Most of my friends have graduated and have moved on with life and the ones that I do have left I miss very much and think back to the great times we have had...So for now summer is very bland and I wish I could do something more with my time. I know I have many things just over the horizon it's just a matter of them coming to me, or me going to them. There are a few things that I'm really excited about and some things and memories and events that are in the back of my mind that I miss very much and I wish I could relive them again soon....Things are changing.....

-Until Next Time

Monday, June 3, 2013

Fantastic Culminating Experience

Today put a good close on things. I was happy I had this last day. The day started out with breakfast at a pancake house which was really fun. It was really fun to eat with everyone for one last time (for this year at least) After that we went to this museum that I personally have never heard about before but it was pretty cool. Even thought there were some parts of the museum that could have been spiced up a little bit to say the least all that mattered was the fellowship that we had together. That's probably going to be the hardest part over the summer is not being able to have these experiences day in and day out. Sigh..But next year will be here before we know it and then will start this whole process all over again going up to DC and such. Soon.....(and I do need some time to rest and relax :-) All in all it was a great close to things and I'm glad we had all these great experiences over the past year. Everyone who was involved is amazing and I would not have worked with anyone else. :-) I can't wait until we do this again and from the looks of it summer we won't be completely distanced...:-)

Finishing out the school year.....