Thursday, April 1, 2010

Just Did It

Dearest Readers,

It's a holiday weekend and I'm heading to Dawson City for the Dawson City International Short Film Festival. I've got a few things to pack, some folks to pick up and then we're on the road, heading into Dodge.

The DCISFF is a great fest altogether, as we'd say in Ireland. Great town, great people, marathon films of all calibres. I'm looking forward to it, not least because I have a film in the program this year, a 2-minute animation.

There were ten filmmakers commissioned to create 2-minute films for the DCISFF's 10th anniversary last year and I was lucky enough to be one of them. I'm a rookie filmmaker but the shorts I'd made were pretty big productions with full crew and mad locations (back roads of the Yukon, Paris, FRANCE). For the 10North Project I decided to go small.

The challenge I gave myself was to make a film without a cast or a crew. So I did that. I used a digital camera to take photographs and then I downloaded them into iMovie on this laptop and edited them with sound I created on the iPhone. It's a pretty rough piece but I'm extremely proud of it despite its jagged edges.

Some of you may know that I lead an Inspiring Workshop called Cultivate Your Courage, which is all about learning new tools to do the thing we think we cannot do. Last year, at the end of one of these workshops, one of the participants, an Adult Educator, shared with the group a little song-and-dance number she likes to perform for her students when they've accomplished something new.

This woman, a tiny, compact little fireball, held up her fists, wiggled her hips, sashayed from side to side and sang, "You did it! You did it! You did it!" It was as endearing as it was powerful. Whenever I accomplish something now I cannot help but hear that song.

So, today, for the wee film I managed to put together all by myself I'd like to sing it. Join me, please:

"You did it! You did it! You did it!"

Inspiring Message of the Day: When I accomplish something, no matter how small it is, I will sing the YOU DID IT song for myself. I will also offer it to others when the opportunity arises!

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