Director’s Blog – Where to Go from Here

Episode 1 of the Steamworks & Shadows web series has been released on http://blip.tv/steamworksandshadows. I’ve experienced from scripting to editing, so where do I go now?

Obviously, I will be doing secondary editing and special effects for the rest of S&S season one episodes. To answer my own question of where I should go from here, I should talk a little about my inspiration.

I’ve always been interested in film making, and loved watching behind-the-scenes footage to figure out how it’s done. I did a few serious projects from high school through college. I met a very dear friend of mine, Ben Fifer, while in college and he made an appearance in one of my Star Wars fan films. He went with me to three Star Wars conventions, and we loved to collaborate. Ben Fifer was attending school for film making, so he had a passion and drive for it even more than me. After I was done with college, Ben went on to the army to train in media production for the military. I held down a day job, and was distracted from any inspiration for film.

Ben was only just out of basic training when he was sent to the hospital. In May 2011, he died.

It has been over 2 years since his death, and since then I have been on a quest to find what it is I am supposed to do with my life. I knew I did not want to end up in a 40 hr a week job that would be my life and that conventions would be an escape. I wanted to live my escape. When I finally had an opportunity to do creative film again in late 2012, I was hooked. Ben Fifer made me realize that although his life was cut short, I could achieve some part of his dream and let him live on through what I do.

Ben Fifer is the reason I never gave up on Steamworks and Shadows, no matter what difficulty I came across. I dedicated the first episode to him.

In keeping true to the inspiration for film that Ben Fifer has given me, I am opening myself up to new projects along side S&S. I love steampunk, and will continue to do it, but I have decided that I will pursue other projects as I feel inspired to do them. What’s first? Star Wars, Power Rangers, I don’t know, but it’s going to be awesome with Ben Fifer at my side, inspiring me to keep going.

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