There’s no doubt that as we become more and more technologically evolved, the amount of stress we are exposed to increases. Cell phones, laptops, Wi-Fi all keep us connected to the grid.
We spend less time with our family and friends, we find ourselves multi-tasking on the commute to work all in an effort to try and get it all done.
We sleep less, we eat worse yet we say what a life saver technology is.
Filming nature and wildlife is a natural stress reducer for me. You have to be patient. You have to spend a lot of time just being in nature. When you have nothing but time while you’re waiting for the light to be just right or for some wildlife to make an appearance you start taking in the sights and sounds around you. I always feel better when I come back from filming nature and wildlife.
I noticed something a while back when I was editing some footage I had recently shot. I had some background music playing while I worked and I noticed as I edited the footage I became more relaxed. The tension in my jaw muscles was gone, my shoulders dropped and relaxed. My mind slowed down and just for a minute I was disengaged from everything around me.
So I wondered if it were possible to just break away for sixty seconds and see if that would make a difference.
Check out some of the videos below and let me know what you think.
The winds have finally died down and I had an opportunity to get out and film some traffic for the beginning part of my film. Still a long way to go but felt good getting out and filming something!
It's still windy in Eastern Iowa but tomorrow is supposed to be much calmer. I share the results of my high wind stabilization test
It's Day 4 of the 41st UWOL Challenge. Wind has been a problem here the last couple of days. The forecast calls for very cold temperatures and high winds until Friday. So, I thought I'd try some stabilization tests to see if I can shoot in high wind conditions [...]
The nice thing about challenging myself to do a video every day for this challenge is that it pushes me to get something done every day. Today I listened to music tracks to license for my film. You'll also learn more about my unorthodox style of filmmaking.
Well, it's kind of unusual but it's day 2 of the UWOL challenge and I already have an idea for my film. Usually it takes me a lot longer to come up with an idea that is feasible but I think I may have got lucky and found my idea [...]
Today I learn what the theme is for the 41st UWOL International Film challenge. Stay tuned as I make a new video every day as I work to create a four minute film in 30 days.