I HATED School. The social aspect was awesome, but the classroom setting sucked for me. The funny thing is though, I actually LOVE learning. I thrive on it! In November 1998 I quit my VCE right before the final exam....so no pass for me. Five years later I went back and did my VCE again from scratch (at the same high school with some of the same teachers!) and passed with success. But, I still hated school! I studied science and psychology. I thought about going to university but ended up deciding against it. No matter how hard I tried, it just didn't sit well with me. My point to this story is that just because school wasn't for me, I knew that I wanted to learn and grow and follow my dreams....even if I couldn't do that through a typical education system. It was scary. The key then was surrounding myself with people who were already doing what I wanted to do. I met amazing people and had awesome experiences....all of a sudden I felt excited and hungry to learn, but in a different way. I would learn through experiences and relationships. I WANTED to learn and study and test myself by growing through actual results....failure, success, whatever. I'm a harsh critic too hehe ;) Now, I actually LOVE studying....and look forward to putting in the hard yards to master my craft.
I remember a couple of years ago I said to myself "I really want to learn lighting". I already knew how to work with natural light and find beauty in every day settings, but now I wanted to learn how to CREATE beauty with my own lighting. I'm by no means where I want to be just yet, but I have learned a HELL of a lot in the past two years and I get really excited to experiment and try new things on every single shoot that gets sent my way.
The cool thing is, recently, (this morning in fact) my brain just decided that NOW it wants to experiment with colored lights. Gels, etc. Awesome. If only school was this exciting hehe ;)
You can find somerecent results from a film I'm shooting called "The Snap Factory", Written and Directed by Luke Launer here :) I lit this with fairly low wattage Tungsten Fresnel's and some LED panels...I'll be sharing more details in my "LIGHTING" section soon :)