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If you think WE are nuts with our gear and images, you should hang around some film makers for a while.

So, I was asked to shoot the local film festival and little did I know before signing on the dotted line I would be running all over town for 4 days shooting 8-10 events. When all was said and done, though, I had a great time and met some very interesting people from all over. You ever tried talking with people from Macedonia that don't speak English very well and you don't speak -- well, whatever that is they speak? :biggrin:

Here are a few outtakes from some of the events in an attempt to give a little flavor of the festival.

It all started with a "get to know everybody" mixer at a local patio bar. Surprisingly enough, there was a lot of film making talk going on. BTW, see that sky -- that funky yellow sky? That's not blown out. That's smoke -- from the fires in Georgia and N. Florida -- and that's several *hundred* miles away. Amazing.

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Then we also had some breakfast meetings. This one in a 120 year old home -- great venue

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and food to match the venue -- very tasty. My compliments to the chef.

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There were also film maker workshops

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like the one presented by this guy from NYC

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and, surprisingly enough, film making was discussed! :biggrin:

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There was a private reception for the film makers at the local art gallery

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and, surprisingly enough, film making was discussed.

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And just what would a film festival be without showing some films? The old movie house downtown has been renovated by the local community theater group and is used for the film festival screenings.

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The local TV news did a few interviews

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(they missed their chance by not interviewing *me*) :biggrin:

They had a bluegrass band on the courthouse grounds (these kids are GOOD)

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As well as an outdoor movie screening on the old courthouse grounds.

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Whew -- that's a bunch of images. I better save the awards ceremony shots for another post if anyone is interested in seeing them.

Phil
 
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Nice shots Phil. You did a great job. The guy in shot No. 7 with the cap backwards is a relative of mine. His name is Rex.
 
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Nice shots Phil. You did a great job. The guy in shot No. 7 with the cap backwards is a relative of mine. His name is Rex.
How cool is that -- I popped and posted a relative of yours! It truly is a small world, huh! If I have my "people" straight -- and I may not since I met and talked to so many -- it's my understanding he is a promising young film maker and the guy talking to him is his mentor from LA (no, not Lower Alabama but the other LA in California). :biggrin:

Thanks for your comments, Rex. I appreciate them. I will be turning over some 200 images to the CVB Film Commission on Tuesday. It was a fun shoot.

Phil
 
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Phil, what a great fun job to have!
Yes it was, Dude. As usual, the people were more interesting to me than their product -- the films. To hear their passion for the art and learn of the problems faced just to put a few minutes on screen was a learning experience for me. A lot of effort as well as cash is expended.

Phil
 
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How cool is that -- I popped and posted a relative of yours! It truly is a small world, huh! If I have my "people" straight -- and I may not since I met and talked to so many -- it's my understanding he is a promising young film maker and the guy talking to him is his mentor from LA (no, not Lower Alabama but the other LA in California). :biggrin:

Thanks for your comments, Rex. I appreciate them. I will be turning over some 200 images to the CVB Film Commission on Tuesday. It was a fun shoot.

Phil
That's right Phil. He is a talented young man in many ways. A great guy also.
 
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The Awards Banquet

The culmination of the festival was the awards ceremony including the presentation of checks and trophies. It was held in a local auto museum -- a great choice because the venue itself drew a lot of interest from the participants.

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and surprisingly enough, film making was discussed. :biggrin:

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There was a cool little jazz band playing during dinner

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and a few too many speeches made after dinner

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and then the awards were handed out

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and the "best in show" winner was VERY surprised when she won. There was even a tear or two. :cool:

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"and the winnahs are:"

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(Yeah, I know nobody asked to see them but I went through the trouble of uploading so I was determined to post 'em) :biggrin:

Phil
 

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