January 14, 2011


I just finished the edit on a corporate video for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, which means that I can consider them an actual client now. They're technically my employers in the more traditional sense of the word (as in, I put on a goofy blue shirt and wait tables for them), but for the Matt that's not a waiter and is trying to run a business, they're clients, damn it.

The whole thing was conceived and finished in under a week, which I'm realizing is how I prefer to work if I can. Projects that last for months and months, unless they are very personally and creatively rewarding, can be unbelievably difficult to juggle.

The video is called "Extreme Hospitality," which is probably enough to give you an idea of the kind of footage I've been working with the past week. Even if I could post it on-line somewhere, I'm not sure that I would. Fortunately they've encouraged me to be a little tongue-in-cheek, so it was fun.

Since 90% of the waiters in Chicago are artists or actors, it's pretty smart for Kimpton to farm out weird little projects like this to those of us who actually want the work. Besides helping me pay my rent, they apparently invest in the professional growth of their staff by encouraging freelance creative work like this. Not that I want to make "Extreme Hospitality" videos for the rest of my life, but every little bit helps, friends. Every bit.

January 11, 2011

So Far.

I'm not long into 2011 and my plate is getting pretty full...

I'm finishing a corporate video for my bosses at Kimpton by the end of the week, starting an "Intro to Too Much Light" class at the Neo-Futurists for the next chunk of Wednesday evenings, and likely putting on my Producer's hat for a short film in February.

Somewhere in there I'll start writing a feature.

I don't like to use a new year as a ritual for setting "resolutions" or fixed goals. If I could claim "stay busy and productive" as a mantra, however, then I think I'll be in good shape.

January 6, 2011

There Will Be Dust.

Although few people visit actual websites these days (preferring instead to use post aggregation and RSS feeds), I feel the need to mention there will be a few changes around here. I will detail them now:

I'm going to keep blog posts and tweets in separate "feeds," though both easily readable together if you visit my actual site. I thought at first that a unified feed would lower the hassle of content-overload that people are confronted with these days. Instead it was annoying, and gave me no incentive to actually use my blog as a blog. So, behold that little "TweetBox" thingie over there. Hopefully the site doesn't look cluttered with two boxes of text... Does it look cluttered?

Also, I've added content to the "About" area of the site, so that clients, peers, and people who don't know me in real life can get a better idea of how much of a smart-ass I am. A few refinements to that section are still forthcoming.

Lastly, the "Film" and "Photography" sections will be fully online later this month. Unless something awful happens to me or Christopher (the site builder).