I spent this last Spring semester learning about documentary film making. When I started a class at UCF taught by Dr. Lisa Mills, I had a vision of what making a short film would be like. I was ready to take on the world, so to speak. In fact I’m so ambitious that I asked to do extra work. My professor encouraged me to settle down a bit and enjoy the process. That is tough for me to do. I often want to jump in and have the attitude of lets achieve, achieve, achieve, without fully enjoying the experience and not rushing. I took her advice and began to calm myself while keeping a good pace and momentum going.
I didn’t realize the complexity of what would be ahead of me. Making a short film involved learning editing software, team scheduling, planning, paperwork and lots of patience. Halfway through the semester, I just about called it quits, but reminded myself of my personal goals and took more deep breaths. I began to really enjoy the smell of the trees, the lush greenery and vines, the wind, all while shooting footage for a process documentary. In fact by end of the semester I contemplated getting a degree such as an MFA in Film because I enjoyed the art of creating so much. Just this past week we turned in our final docs. I am so proud of my work, because I put so much time and heart into it. I cannot wait to continue creating short docs and using filming as a complement to singing and writing lyrics, along with as a tool for many creative projects.
Go Momma, Go!!!