It’s the end of the year and I’m feeling done

So it’s almost the end of the year.  Over the past few months I finally adjusted to the graduate school schedule.  When I first started, I was so used to the artificial busy-ness of office life that I didn’t know how to structure my time.  But this past semester I finally started to get how to do it.

Before I knew it school ended and I managed something resembling a finished version of my pigeon movie, Pigeon People, which you can watch here.  I’m pretty happy with it.  When I first started thinking about it I was watching a lot of Italian neo-realism, and I wanted to use the techniques I was learning about like depth of field, location shooting,
etc..  All of those things are part of documentary filmmaking, but I wanted to go a little further in to the verite side of things.  The result is less a sociological look at men and the pigeons they keep and
more of a meditation on how men think of themselves and their relationship to the world.  At least I’d like to think so.

I also produced a sound project which I haven’t thrown online just yet; I’m waiting to put it to some video before I let anyone hear it. Needless to say, it was great fun and it stoked my enthusiasm for
playing music and creating “sound projects.”

And finally, I wrote an essay/wiki called Social Software for Social Change in which I look at the recent trends in open source technology and social software and examine ways to use them for social change.  It’s a big topic and I don’t feel like I even scratched the surface in the essay.  Nevertheless, check it out and add to the wiki if you feel like it.

The end of the year has been strangely hectic.  Nicole and I spend four days in Northampton which were great and relaxing, and then came straight home to greet my parents in my house.  I cooked them and my brother (he of Levy fame) a delicious salmon and couscous dinner.  After a day and half of putting away all of my new stuff, correcting exams, and finishing up loose ends with other work, it’s off to Montauk with Mike and Olivia tomorrow for two days of year-ending debauchery. 

Is any of this interesting to anybody but me?  Maybe.  But sometimes we need to lay out what’s been going on and what is on the horizon in order to get a sense of it for ourselves.   

A year and half ago I left my sexy job as a textbook editor and started program in integrated media arts at Hunter College.  At the time I thought I’d end up doing work similar to what I had been doing — overseeing other people’s work and acting as some sort of gatekeeper — but instead I’ve discovered that I love making films, tinkering with web sites, and talking about online communities.  I’ll do my best in the coming year to make those passions work as a career. In the meantime, I’ll keep writing away.

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0 thoughts on “It’s the end of the year and I’m feeling done

  1. Josh! I watched “Pigeon People”! Great job, great film! Your shots were beautiful and your interviews were very touching. You really captured some nice moments with these men and their birds. I also could sense the trust you built with them to reveal this passion to you. Bravo!

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