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Hollow World

Sunrise on the highest leaves. Grass, lush and growing, waving in the early morning air. New life sprouting from the soil, reaching for the heavens. An unexplored wilderness to map and conquer, to discover. A million different plants taking root, colors flashing in the sky, and opportunity sailing on the breeze.

All this, and no one to share it with.


Leave the Camera Rolling

I’ve heard some filmmakers advise to keep your shots short, under 30 seconds ideally or even under 10 seconds. This is supposed to make the footage easier to edit, and I can see how it would. However, I strongly disagree with this mentality, and speak from experience when I say:

There’s no reason to end a shot hastily. Ever.

It’s true there are times when you should grab your camera and run in order to protect your equipment and/or avoid certain death. In fact, there are plenty of these times. But if you’re ever tempted to press the button and end the shot in a rush, have some compassion for the editor. It’s so much easier to chop out shaky sections in post rather than magically make lost footage appear.

For example, during my filming of a video for the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, I intentionally took a shot of two people working with a camera and unintentionally picked up the dialogue of train folk in the background. When a conductor shouted, “All Aboard!” I immediately ended the shot, since I had plenty of footage of the two people I intended to film.


What I didn’t realize is how desirable the background dialogue was going to be. My trigger-happy habits caused me to lose the iconic “All Aboard!” audio, which I cut in the middle of the phrase.

Lesson of the day: When in doubt, leave the camera rolling!

Why College?

For many high schoolers across America, college is just the next thing you do. I was one of those high schoolers.

In fact, I was positively apathetic towards college for a long time. Once I started college, though, I listed out a few justifications for attending. Why was I here, anyway?

  1. to get my slip of paper, i.e., a degree.

  2. to network/study people.

  3. to have something to do in the meantime while I write in the background.

These are still my main reasons for attending college, though since I first wrote this list I’ve gained a better understanding of each.

Take, for instance, 1). Not everyone goes to college to gain the formal knowledge taught in classes—I happen to be one of those people, but at first I didn’t realize there were others. I met someone last spring who already knew his subject matter (computer science) inside and out, but he was still working towards a degree so employers “would know that he knew what he knew.”

Then there’s 2). Those four words just don’t do justice to the richly educational experience I’ve had of interacting with fellow learners and learned. You get a lot of fun characters all together at college, lots of different ways of seeing the world, and it’s broadening. Especially for a writer who needs broadening experiences in order to write, college can be a goldmine.

3). Something to do in the meantime? That one is seriously inadequate. My major has proved to be such a worthy distraction from free-writing that it’s not just a “meantime” anymore, it’s a budding career. And if it weren’t for my introductory digital media class, this blog just wouldn’t exist.

I’ve added a fourth article to my list. It’s not for everyone, but I think it’ll suit me.

  1. to get into graduate school!