Reflecting on 2017

Looking back on how 2017 went, and what I want to accomplish in 2018.

A year is a nice amount of time. It’s long enough to accomplish significant things in one’s life, but it’s not too long as to forget the details of it all. I believe there’s value in reflecting on a project or period of time to see what worked, what didn’t, and what can be done better the next time around.

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My Brother’s Wedding

The video I made and my favorite photos from my brother’s wedding in Maine in August 2017.

This past weekend my older brother got married on the coast of Maine. I took some photos and shot some video (which I edited together above). It was a beautiful weekend. It’s a rare and special thing for so much family and friends to come together.

Here are my favorite photos from the weekend:

Shane and Mary Wedding - 7
My brother and Mary after the legal ceremony
Shane and Mary Wedding - 60
Nicole during the family photos
Shane and Mary Wedding - 71
Ceremony
Shane and Mary Wedding - 25
Me in Boothbay, Maine
Shane and Mary Wedding - 16
A small boat on the water
Shane and Mary Wedding - 112
Sunset

Hanging in There Announcement & Stills

Details on my upcoming first short film.

I’ve been working on a short film titled Hanging in There. It’s my first fictional video project, so it’s a bit of an experiment. I began writing the script and planning the project in May, and I started shooting today.

Dylan, the main character, is unable to leave his apartment. But he’s getting by.

Hanging in There is all about restraints. I’m the only actor, and it takes place entirely within an apartment. Not having to deal with casting and locations seemed like a nice way to get familiar with the process of planning, shooting, and editing a short film.

I still have a handful of scenes left to shoot, but so far, so good. I’m aiming to have Hanging in There finished by the end of July.

Moving This Party to WordPress

Why I moved my journal from Jekyll to Wordpress.

I decided to give my journal a little refresh by migrating it from my main website, which is built in Jekyll, to WordPress. It feels a bit like returning home, as I initially started blogging on WordPress over 10 years ago when I was in high school. WordPress is still just as pleasant to use now as it was then.

Jekyll felt a bit limiting in that it doesn’t have search, there are aren’t built in category and tag pages, and there isn’t a simple way to author posts from my phone and iPad. Plus WordPress has built in comments, which is nice. (Disqus’s ads are offputting to me.)

My main website will essentially just be a directory of my completed projects, as well as an archive of what I’ve written there over the years. This new journal should make it easier to write posts, which should lead to new posts more often.