WEEK IN REVIEW: Ay! When's the deadline, again? / by Love You Back Productions

 "...a smidge more on edge." Photograph taken at Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans.  Art installation is part of  Propsect 4 The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp . 

"...a smidge more on edge." Photograph taken at Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans.  Art installation is part of Propsect 4 The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp

It's important to point out, right now— early December, right before xmas and the new year, we're all a tad more stressed, a smidge more on edge.... If that sounds about right, then hell yah!  

For this WEEK IN REVIEW, it's timelines timelines timelines and what else? Deadlines.   Y'all get what we're saying, ay?  Before the holiday, everyone gets crammed, smushed and revved up with project DLs.  Well, to remedy holiday busy-i-ness, winter time stresses, we've got the medicine— solidarity.  We're all in this together. 

First, checking in about our Kickstarter because....well, it's been awhile.  (Spoiler: this info was sent as Kickstarter update earlier this week.)

LAST FRIDAY, Julia, "Corner Stores" Director, trudged through the cold New Orleans sleet to meet with Darcy McKinnon at New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC).  Together, Julia and Darcy hammered out a 2018 timeline for "Corner Stores" production:

January - Collect interviews, cinéma vérité footage

Late January - Connect with y'all!, send Kickstarter rewards with love

February - Organize footage, create rough edit of "Corner Stores" 

Late February (Post Mardi Gras) - Present rough edit of "Corner Stores" to Story Incubators, receive feedback on documentary

March - Revise rough draft, add music score

Early April - Finalize documentary

April 18 - "Corner Stores" documentary finished and submitted to the New Orleans Tricentennial Story Incubators

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To give you the feel of— Julia at a meeting.  Here's Julia shaking hands with Zensuke Omi (camera operator for the "Corner Stores" Kickstarter video).   Julia and Zensuke basked in all the inspiration at the New Orleans International Contemporary Artist Exhibition: Prospect 4.  This photo was taken at the Contemporary Arts Center, on December 3rd, 2017—

Julia hanging out with Zensuke Omi (camera operator for our Kickstarter Video). Julia and Zen take in all the inspiration at the New Orleans' Prospect 4 Exhibit, Center for Contemporary Arts. All very exciting!

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On WEDNESDAY, Julia had a wedding documentary deadline.  She had 3 days and 9 minutes of video production to complete.  It was a rodeo.  Fortunately, the wedding documentary entailed the marriage Love You Back Productions' most eccentric, oddball couple—Mario and Rebecca McDonald.  The day of the wedding was Friday the 13th in October, nonetheless.  I'm sure y'all can guess the wedding's theme...

I'll give you a hint.  One word: murder. 

(If you're reading this, you're bound to be thinking, Huh??? Watch the video and you'll understand.)

Understand, now?  As the lovely, witch-ly bride, Rebecca, explains it, "he embraces my weird side, I embrace his weird side."  Put a smidge more succinctly, Mario responds, "we're weird-ass people." Now I only wish every wedding was as dark and magical as on this year's unforgettable Friday, October 13th.

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One of our inspiration videos: A video by Zagat published on May 27, 2016.  "Army ranger, Darling finds that providing sustenance for his community through farming is an honorable way to continue to serve his country - and perhaps change the way the average American views dinner."

On THURSDAY, I held a 3-day old baby lamb.  (No photos, YET.)   Again, if you're reading this, I'm sure you're having another, Huh??? moment.  Here's the context:  Weenta and I will produce a short commercial for our favorite Crescent City Farmers' Market farmers, Our Family Farm! 

Regina and Daniel Wadsworth of Our Family Farm have been selling us eggs, hydroponic lettuce, and meat bones to us for the past 2 years.  So, we know these farmers, personally. Finally one day, Daniel proposed a collaboration.  In the spirit of saying "yes," we wholeheartedly agreed! Here's an excerpt from our short commercial video treatment:

"Love You Back Productions will create a short video that takes viewers on an energetic journey from Our Family Farm in Amite, LA to the Thursday Crescent City Farmers’ Market in New Orleans, LA. The central focus of the 30 second video will be Our Family Farm’s humanely raised lamb and goat meat."

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 Photo courtesy of  Jordan Blanchard Photography .

Photo courtesy of Jordan Blanchard Photography.

Today is FRIDAY.  Weenta and I have 4 more weddings to finalize, export, package-up, and send out before December is over.  After a November full of fundraising, we couldn't feel more relaxed and happy to be doing the work we do!   

I must say, the business of wedding films and videography is truly gratifying.   There's no better experience than sending a finalized wedding film to a bride and receiving her reaction.    I'll just say this—we receive tons of emojis and plenty !!!!!!!!!.

Memories and storytelling, it's what we do.   Thanks all for tuning in to our WEEK IN REVIEW.  Talk next week? :) 

 Photograph taken at Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans.  Art installation is part of  Propsect 4 The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp . 

Photograph taken at Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans.  Art installation is part of Propsect 4 The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp

Happy holidays!

Julia