With the current state of affairs, I'm finding it a bit tough to keep level.
I'm definitely optimistic, but the background noise has me noticeably uncomfortable.
Headaches, Lack of sleep, chest tightness, it's almost like catching background radiation.
It's strange though because in all of this I find myself wanting to make even more art.
The times when things are off center, when the world is seeming like a big unclear mess, it all makes me want to say something. It makes me want to do something.
Manikk Realm itself was born out of a time like this.
Reaching in to the depths of the ether and pulling out something.
Reality , truth , or insight, I'm not quite sure. All in all it's become my fingerprint.
The truth of the world is that all is guided by thought. The diet, the intake does a lot for us.
The mind leads the body, the food , is the fuel. So no matter what you're going through in times like this,
remember, you can choose your perspective on the matters that surround you. Even if you're getting hit by this background radiation, remember your agency.
(P.S. , here's an image of Bowser in his favourite spot. )
Today I found a post in a FB group with someone who was upset that volunteer crew wouldn't do tasks that they were delegated.
The key point that they missed was incentive. I'll outline my response here:
"They don't owe you anything, and you didn't pay them. Unless they really care about the project as much as you do (which is next to impossible) , they won't often be motivated to stick with you over the long term.
Pay people. Hire them properly. Or give them a solid incentive to be there. Also in your comment you said You have the passion. That doesn't mean anything to them. Your passion has nothing to do with another person's commitment when they'll be spending money to work with you.
You can't get mad when you don't give them enough value first. Think of them, not you. "
This is a simple thing, but hard for people to get over.
You need to give them a reason to go through it. Production is never easy, but they need to be given something of value. Sometimes its money, an amazing project that will let them grow and have a ton of fun, etc.
Think of them, not you.
In curating work, and in developing art it's often that we think of the far future. Be it a result, some specific desired outcome that hasn't yet come to pass, or a sequence of events sparked by today's action. A key though is to never forget that we've only ever got the present moment in our grasp. If you can understand that you can of course plan ahead but properly indulge into the current moment and in turn very likely achieve the outcome that you seek.
Put simply, stay present.
Tech Specs :
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6k
ISCO Red 2x Anamorphic
Nikkor 50mm f1.8 Taking Lens
Rapido Tech FMJ and FVD 16A.
Shot at full sensor 6k.
I had an interesting conversation with a group yesterday about the journey of healing vs maintaining and cultivating new relationships. In short it really comes down to caring. Caring enough to understand yourself and be 100% real in that. Even if that means you need to take a solo training arc.
(Shot from a music video visualizer)
Kit used : - > https://www.manikkrealm.com/kit.html
One of the more challenging things to attain is a peaceful , unfiltered self belief. It's not a matter of capability going into the future, but the ability to just accept that you're already "it". We're conditioned to seek a reflection to quantify our validity, but I don't entirely believe that it's necessary if one's motivation comes from another place.
I think it was in some table talk with a couple of business owners and rappers, but the idea was about setting different benchmarks. Personally the act of creation is completion. I learned this when painting and drawing back in art school. Essentially the piece should be finished at each stage. If you can attain this both in craft and in mind, then you'll be pretty much okay.
Along with this post I'm sharing a bit of art that a friend and I made. It started off as a vague idea for a visual paired with a song, and then turned into something a little more. I listened to the track and storyboarded something. Aside form visuals I spend a lot of time dancing. Finding that it's a more comfortable way of expression, I choreographed a sequence of movements to represent the words of the song but also the flow of emotion.
There are two versions. One initial and one secondary that links in spoken word as a character piece.
The artist Desiire shared his mind state at the time.
Been taking a lot of time to think about what started me off on my image making journey. First it was stories, and then drawing and painting was a way to bridge that gap. It allowed me to more effectively communicate with people.
When it came to photos and video it was as an outlet after my father died. I just picked up a camera and went half way around the world virtually alone , to just figure some shit out. I entirely fell into the role on a whim through a phonecall from a friend.
Now I'm at a point where I actually do this for a living and I'm connecting a few more dots along the way.
This shoot specifically takes me back to my art school days. Figure drawing. Form , light , texture and flow. The basics.
Going forward I'm focusing more on the art and letting go of the hang ups of the work mentality. Being business minded won't go away, just I see it as a point of importance to stay connected to the source of it all.
Stills from a scrapped project.
A year ago things were a little simpler, but this year is much clearer.
Shot on 35mm / Kodak Gold 200 / Nikon F3 / Nikkor 50mm f1.8
Testing lenses and looks with my nephew.
Red ISCO Anamorphic 2x
Taking lens: Nikkor 50mm 1.8
Camera - Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6k (3.7k anamorphic mode)
Testing a new anamorphic lens with my nephew.
ISCO Red 2x
Nikkor 50mm f1.8 Taking Lens
Rapido FMJ and FVD
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6k
#horror #cinematography #blackfilm
Today I assembled a blended anamorphic kit.
ISCO Red 2x
Rapido FMJ, and FVD
Nikkor 50mm F1.8 as a taking lens.
More to come.
Also for a full gear list , click here www.manikkrealm.com/kit.html
I've recently learned what I can and can't be casual about.
When I was a teenager I heard someone much older say, there comes a point when you have to start narrowing things down. At first I thought that I could do everything, but in time i learned that it's not entirely about your wants, it's just a matter of needs.
In time I started to see that there were things that I couldn't live without, and others that gave me no energy. Among the things that I did enjoy, a few things turned into more of an obsession. I'd find myself nerding out over image making a little more than normal. Drawing, painting, taking photos, and cinematography really stuck and I'd find myself thinking about those things on my free time. At that point it all made sense.
There comes a point where you'll no longer be casual about a few things. A casual participant doesn't dig deep into technique, or persist to break through fringe obstacles. A casual participant doesn't study for fun.
Lately I've been thinking about the grid. The grid being the ideas that keep us on the tracks that we're moving along.
I've been trying to figure out better ways to break patterns and make new ones. Is it rewards, is it schedules and charts, is it accountability partners?
So far it seems to be hinged on a need. Any wants that happen to be around just don't have the same gravity. They lack the same pull. The question then becomes, how does one develop a need. Is there a rational process that one can take to shift ideas from one category into the other?
It's like walking into a mansion and turning on lights to guide myself along the way. In part I'm already where I need to be going, in part I'm catching up to myself.
I stumbled on an odd combination.
Hoya IR Cut + Tokina 11-16 V
It blooms red with double rainbow rings, and creates a star pattern at times.
I've been gradually messing with kit combinations to get a specific look. After the camera captures all of the necessary data to craft the image you'd like , you can bend and tweak things. Sometimes it's grain , color shifts , levels , sharpness or lack of, lensing etc.
That then gets combined with the framing and lighting approach, and styles of camera movement.
It becomes something of a recipe in your cookbook.
If you want to dig in deeper I recommend checking out the display prep demos by Steve Yedlin.
ALSO , if you'd like to know about the equipment that I use on the daily you can check it out here.
I decided to pick up a new camera. Something that is super solid for travel work, light and easy to port around, but also delivers some solid quality. The blackmagic pocket cinema camera 6k checked all of the boxes for my list. I've personally rigged it up a bit but it's still very portable.
It's unreal how far technology has come. As I stepped out to shoot this clip with my little bro and my nephew it made me think about how this would blow my dad away if he could see it. Grateful for him putting a cam in my hands when I was a kid.
Side note , DaVinci Resolve has been immensely helpful. Recently I've picked up a few things to add into something of a workflow and it's proven very effective.
If you'd like to try out this camera for yourself I'm dropping an affiliate link below.
Also if you'd like to talk about workflow stuff feel free to drop a comment, or hit me up directly through my contact page.
On a journey. Searching for something. Sharing what's found.