Profiles of autodidacts

Twenty-two Megabytes

Hello Readers,

Apologies for not having posted since last July.

It’s not like I haven’t been writing.

In my alcove standing at my 1940s Hamilton Drafting Desk, with a view of San Francisco Bay, I’ve been writing.  Promise.  Twenty-two megabytes worth on Google.


It’s just not something I’ve felt like I could share here.  It’s been my secret.  My baby.

The stuff I’ve been writing is for my new film project.

Unless someone asks me, I’ve been pretty quiet about it.

But lookout if you ask.  I’ve seen my friends shift their stance when they do.

There eyes say,

“Oh no, here she goes.  Why did I ask?  Why won’t she shut up?  She doesn’t follow cues.”

Anyway, I took a snapshot of all the documents I’ve created.  Check it out.

Screen Shot 2016-01-10 at 2.48.45 PMWhat?  You can’t see it?  Basically there are oodles of topics I’ve written for my current short documentary digital film, such as:

Early phone interview questions
Interview questions for Subject including background, creative process, problems and philosophy
Interview questions for Directors re:  Subject’s taste
Interview questions with Experts
Working titles
Filmmaker’s (Director’s) perspective re:  story
Descriptions of the look and the mood of the film for camera and colorization in post
Justification, Treatment, Outline, Synopsis of film
Research on art in sound and it’s relevance to my film
Research and thoughts on Beatnik and use in my film
A list of prospective music
Transcription of footage and audio already recorded
Shot lists for various locations
List of B roll needed
Items needed including:  photos, objects, and sounds needed from subject and for the film
Custom Photo, Audio and Video Releases, per individual
Letters to Directors/Producers
Emails and texts to my Subject, Phone conversation notes
Periodic Tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts, updating status about project

Well I told you, once I get started I can’t stop.  Honestly, I have to leave town to forget about it.

I will finish this film eventually, but until then, I’m enjoying the process.

Right now I’m stumped by Legal, Consent and Copyright Issues.

I’ll keep you posted;-)





5 Responses to “Twenty-two Megabytes”

  1. patricia

    I hope I’m not one of those people who seem to be shifting her stance when you talk about your project–I enjoy hearing about it! Seeing you inspired about your own work and your future makes me excited about my own. It all seems like such a natural evolution of all of these years of homeschooling. Keep writing and working, my friend! (And I really like that photo of you!)

    • Kristin

      Hi Tricia,

      Actually, you’ve always been very kind to ask or to listen to me go on about my film project. And you’ve helped me out numerous times with C by being her contact at park day while I’m on a shoot. It’s hard for me to ask for help and to make arrangements like that; and I’m very appreciative of your continued support.

      Our future beyond homeschooling the last of our three kids is sort of a big unknown, but not completely. At least we don’t have to figure out what it is we want to do. We’ve never had the luxury or time to pursue our interests like a job; soon that will change. We just can’t imagine what it will be like to have free time!

      Honestly, I credit you for getting me on a path to carve out time for myself and be creative. I recall sitting in your kitchen sharing my dream with you to make films again while you made me a perfect homemade chai tea–and listened. Always a good listener. And you got me started blogging.

      I guess that’s another reason why I like to treat you to decaf almond cappuccinos–so please don’t argue with me about doing that until our last year of homeschooling is over.


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