Many locations for yesterdays shoot was fun and exciting! We climbed in trees, walked down railroads and had a fun experience downtown.
After three years of film classes, and a little more than a year of photographing, I am honored to start on a new direction in my high school career.
A student at my high school has began making a movie. While being a busy director, he also the screenwriter, and created the screenplay, an amazing makeup artist/prop designer, and will act. After talking with him yesterday and sharing my portfolio, I was on board to be a set photographer for his film.
I am proud to support all of my friends in this movie, titled Monstrosity. My friends are actors and several people from my high school are helping with the movie. It’s fun to see people from different talents of our school connecting to make a great movie.
This is my fourth time working as a set photographer between Los Angeles and here in the Central Valley. I had my first experience with Monster Killer http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5129422/ where I really started learning about more about the camera and how shutter speed, aperture, and ISO worked with each other.
I wasn’t used to making pictures in difficult lighting situations and had to self teach myself on the spot. The first day I was nervous, but I kept shooting. Throughout the shooting, the producer was very kind and taught me about what I need to look for when shooting on set. My experience with filming helped me greatly and before I knew it, I was making better pictures. I learned a great deal about a movie from all aspects of the business including the actors, sound man, cinematographer, director, producer, and editor. The producer said that I was better than most of his set photographer’s in the past who have gone to college to learn set photography. I was proud to have learned such a great deal after working on the movie.
My second and third experiences were down in Los Angeles. A friend-Prop Master- who resides in Los Angeles, let me spend some time down there with him. In addition to showing me around the busy city, I experienced several great things. I was able to help build an entire set from scratch for a music video. The music video was for a upcoming K-Pop Artist, Chad Future’s “Hello” song. After planning all aspects of the set, we had to go out and buy all of the supplies and then piece everything together. Additionally, I did set photography for the video.
After I arrived back home, I sent Chad the pictures and set that they were great and that he would hire me to shoot photographs for his next music videos! For me, the experience was inevitable. I got to meet with actors/actresses, producers, directors, and other photographers who taught me.
I met other great directors that live in Los Angeles, and as soon as I move down there after high school, they are going to help me out and give me opportunities to work as a set photographer.
And now I will be doing set photography for a student film and I feel like my work will be great!
We filmed one scene today in a neighborhood and it took about 1.45 hours and it went very well. The final product will be entered into film competitions and I am excited for the results!
So Follow and I will Keep you updated on the journey of my life :)
we let go all the time, of feelings, of people, of fear, we let go because we want to, because we have to. At the end of the day there is no choice. we let go because if we don’t, we’ll never move on.
Scotty’s Donuts|Visalia Ca Adriane Hale
With me, my entire childhood, has been Visalia’s own local donut shop, Scotty’s Donuts. This location is accessible through drive thru on Walnut, near Mooney, or you can pop by the window and pick out your snack/meal. In addition, they have the best, crunchiest ice in town! You never go wrong with Scotty’s, so the next time you are craving something sweet and want a steaming cup of coffee, or have a birthday coming up, stop by the donut shop!
“Mediocrity is self-inflicted, Genius is bestowed”-Walter Russel
The level of how much you care, reflects on the accomplishments you achieve in life.
A common misconception of being mediocre, is that it is the fault of another person. Most cowards point fingers at, “him” or “her”, blaming them for their own- personal- sorrowful, failures. But in fact, mediocrity is the result of a person who is satisfied with being only, o.k. with everything action in life. When things become too difficult to handle, their first instinct is to give up. Though most believe a personal failure is another person’s fault, the mediocrity of oneself is self-inflicted by not withholding a desire to achieve more in life.
To achieve greatness, far beyond mediocrity, one should acquire determination to strive towards a goal. Then they are the select few who keep moving forward, realize life is about how much you can take, and keep moving forward. Furthermore, the title of genius is bestowed upon those who have earned their place after pressing on through difficult times. An inspirational example is J.P. Morgan, who, during the Panic of 1907 of North America, acquired the attitude of, “I get what I want,” and- while the American people were getting settled for worse to come- he diligently worked to save America, twice, from declaring bankruptcy. In addition, Steve Jobs is the greatest-most recent-hero of today. He took advantage of every opportunity and constantly strived to better himself, and never settled for anything less than what he knew was capable of, which was nothing. Jobs once said, be driven by what you love and never fear failure, and don’t waste your time being trapped by dogma.” Genius is a title earned by those who have been marked as heroes because of their accomplishments which strived far beyond mediocrity.
Everyone in America, no, everyone in the world, should not settle with being mediocre with everything in life, but strive to achieve greatness, because, “as [you] let [your] own light shine, [you] unconsciously give other people permission to do the same, as [you] are liberated from your own fear.”
Visalia, CA|Adriane Hale
Rueben poses for a dramatic portrait in the living room. It is now his profile picture, what a guy!