How my first 'business trip' home turned into so much more
My Mum's birthday was coming up and I needed to do some test shoots on location for The Hacker with my brand new camera (which I bought second-hand^^). So off I went, onto the train and off to Schwandorf, my hometown in Bavaria.
What I wanted to accomplish during the ten days there:
- Help my mother have a great birthday;
- Clean out the barn and sort through possible props;
- Shoot some test footage on the GH4;
- Film the pitch videos for our Crowdfunding Campaign;
- Start spreading the word about "The Hacker";
- Hand over the finished film to key sponsors of "Acceptance";
- Help the TheaterBühne, my theatre 'club', pull off an amazing opening night by assisting with catering;
- Bribe my cats with treats into loving me again.
I'm glad to say that I managed to do ALL OF THE ABOVE. The barn where we're shooting is not finished, but prepared for the restoration work that still needs doing and which my sister is generously paying for. I also found a pair of mummified rats while shifting wood - not a euphemism; I literally shifted wooden planks around and found dead rat skeletons. And sorry, my set decorator already called dibs on them ;) I got all footage I needed for the CF campaign and lots of lovely outtakes. The premiere of the TheBü's latest play was a full success and my cats love me again thanks to Whiskas.
That's not all though. Oh folks, that's not nearly all.
Stuff that also happened while I was in my hometown, and which I'll go into more detail on in later posts, updates, etc.:
- It's 90% sure that I found a makeup artist for "The Hacker", yay!
- The city now knows I also freelance... *keeping my fingers crossed for future writing jobs*
- I received very positive feedback on "Acceptance" and the film will be shown at the local cinema at some point in the future, how above awesome is that?!
- I secured a nice amount of funding for "The Hacker" in the form of a paid engagement, wohoo!
- Last but definitely not least - I got a job for after my graduation.
I'm so thrilled! That's two months' worth of bills paid... And a great opportunity to be creative and do what I love doing professionally. *sighs* I can feel my worries about the future receding considerably.