Tuesday, July 28, 2009

8mm Film--Mimi and Tom

Okay...so I apologize first for not posting this sooner. I've had it completed for a week, but am just now getting around to posting something.

Hope you enjoy...I had a blast filming this wedding. Tom and Mimi were so sweet together (as you can tell in their first dance). I don't know (other than seeing Neil when I walked down the aisle) that I've ever seen a man look so sweetly at the woman he was getting ready to spend forever with. It was really a pleasure to get to know them both!

Just double click the little vimeo screen below and you should be able to view it full screen (as a side note-the first time you view it, the film will drag because it takes Vimeo a little while to download the film--so I'd watch it twice, or just be really patient).

Mimi and Tom-Wedding from Black Daffodil Films on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Take off.....

SO...the film arrived and I've spent the better part of two weeks editing it.  I even took my ENTIRE iMac to the beach with me so that I could work some while on vacation.  Though, I guess it doesn't really qualify as work when I looked forward to sitting down with the film each night.

I'm really excited about this one...it'll certainly be different than the last.  I hope to export it out to Vimeo sometime today and have it posted soon--so be looking out.

In other (and equally as exciting) news, dad and I met with an amazing wedding planner yesterday in Georgetown--Danielle from A. Dominick Events.  She was wonderful and the work their firm does is amazing.  Check them out when you get the chance---Danielle has a blogsite for all you girls out there planning weddings.  She has some great advice and some wonderful resources even if you are not in the DC area.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday is here and so is my FILM.  YAY.  

NOW, I'm waiting on the film to load on to my Mac and then I'm getting started..well tomorrow I'll get started with editing.  A full day running with dad, playing the the water with Layla, looking for wedding gowns with my sister-in-law and visiting friends has left my brain empty.

I'm aiming for having a little teaser by the end of the week...so check back soon!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

waiting on Friday...

I'm posting mainly because I've been WAY slack with this blog and I know some of you all use this to keep up with Black Daffodil.  Sorry guys!

Filming went great the other weekend and I'm playing the waiting game now.  I'm expecting the processed film to be back by Friday and will get started right away.  I tried some new techniques with this film, so I'm really excited to see how it looks.  I heard from my guy at Spectra Film and Video that the film was going to be beautiful shot the way I shot it...but we'll see.

Hopefully by the end of next week, I'll have a little teaser for you all.  I think my hubby is already stressing over the music on this one.  I argued that he'll top the last one easy--he always does.

Thanks for hanging in there with me--despite the neglect of this poor little blog.  I will post more often...I will post more often...I will post more often.  There.  Better.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


YAY for selling my first 8mm wedding package!

I am so excited...it feels like such an accomplishment.  I think what makes me so incredibly excited is that the groom, who I've had the pleasure of getting to know via phone calls, has some knowledge of Super 8 film and LOVES it.  His grandfather worked for Kodak for nearly 40 years and was always bringing home new "movie films" for his cameras (speaking of which...I'm trying out a new film on Saturday...I think I may have found my sweet spot with it).  It was so nice not to have to sell someone on the beauty and romance of film...it was nice that he had already fallen in love with it.

Although the bride and groom are from DC, they are getting married in good old NC.  So on Saturday evening, I'll drive down to Denton, NC to a small, one room, white church with no air conditioning and creaky old benches to film.  Doesn't it just sound "moody" already?  From what I understand, the church isn't used anymore, but it is on some old family land...I think it actually used to be a school house?  Anyway, they'll tie the knot at this adorable little church in the middle of a tall grass field and then head off to Revolution Mill in Greensboro for the reception.  I've photographed some weddings at Revolution Mill with dad, so I'm excited to see how it looks on film...I can't imagine it being anything less than perfect.

The best part of it all, Neil is going to be tagging along at the reception to film a new "product" for me...I can't wait to share it with you guys, because the idea is super cool...but I'm going to keep it under lock and key until I have something to show.  

Saturday will be very busy...but loads of fun.  PLUS I get to work with my two favorite men...my husband and my father.  
I'm excited about working with my husband for the first time....

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Guess what I just found

WHEW...after searching high and low....and feeling like I'd have to settle for less than I pictured in my head (sometimes my ideas are quite elaborate), I finally found a small part of my new product packaging.  I guess there isn't a huge demand out there for DVD packaging with a vintage feel.  Now, if I wanted super modern (but o-so-common) tin or leather packaging, I'd be all set.  

You can imagine how elated I am right now.  I also found a company in the UK that has been extremely responsive to my inquiries and is putting together a proposal for the boxes that will house my final product!  I guess it helps to get up early and get a quick start on the day.

YAY for making progress!  Now...off to reward myself with a nice grande cup of Tazo Berryblossom White Tea...YUM!  Read this post (here) and I think you may want to join me.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

She's done

So happy to be showing the full film to you guys!  Just in case I haven't said this already, I was able to work with two pretty amazing photographers on this project.  Check out their websites here and here.  They continue to be a source of encouragement and inspiration....thanks guys.

Okay...so here's the part where I stop talking and let you guys enjoy the film.  

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Editing is completely finished.  Whew.  That was so much fun.  

Now I'm just waiting on my o-so-talented soundtrack guy to finish up the music and it'll be go time.  I can't wait to start shopping this film around...it has turned out to be truly breathtaking.

SO, check back later this week.  I just have the full length sample film up for your viewing pleasure.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Just a little teaser

SO...my film came in--as I mentioned earlier.  I've had the chance to edit it down quite a bit and wanted to give you guys a "sneak peak" of what to expect.  I'm just so excited that I can't keep it all to myself for the next week.  Okay, so I am a little TINY bit impatient--I've even been known to give Christmas gifts weeks ahead of the actual day.  

Anyway, my over-the-top talented husband (I mean, he has more artistic ability in his little toe than I have in my whole body) put together the music...isn't he just amazing or what?  I love working with him (it helps that he's nice to look at while he's working too).

Okay so without further ado, enjoy and please leave your comments...I'm dying to hear what you all think.  Also, make sure you watch it full screen--its nicer that way.

Black Daffodil Films - Teaser from Black Daffodil Films on Vimeo.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Great news...

I just received my film in the mail 10 minutes ago!  This is so exciting.  And I just love getting mail :-)

Hopefully I'll be posting something really soon--hopefully within the next few days!


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hurry up and wait...

Still waiting.... How long does it take that film to be transferred...anyone, anyone?  Maybe the mail is just running slower than normal.   I honestly feel like a horse behind the gate at the Kentucky Derby....just let me RUN already.

I'm signed up for a Final Cut Pro workshop in Charleston at the end of the month and I am so excited to be able to ask some questions about a piece of software that is still pretty mysterious to me!  I've worked some on iMovie, but I think I'm ready to make the leap to Final Cut.  I may be singing a different tune by the end of the month, however.

For those of you who live in the area and are interested, Charleston is having their International Film Festival  April 23-26 this year and it looks like its going to be a blast.  The films are divided into "blocks" so that you can purchase tickets by the block rather than for the whole day.  I'm looking at getting tickets for Block 8 on Saturday which will feature 6 short films.  Which one am I most excited about?  Glad you asked :-)  Doves--which is a story of a man returning home to a small Greek island 12 years following the death of his best friend--where he must face the woman he once loved.  I know...sounds a little dramatic--but fun.  Don't you think?  Maybe it was just island scene on the cover that made me a little excited.

Until next time...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Fire, Water and the Cool Kid

Well, filming is done in Charleston and what a great weekend it turned out to be!

Dad and Richard were so much fun to work with.  I could have written a book on how the two of them worked so well together--it was really THAT fascinating to watch.  I compared it to watching fire (Richard)  and water (dad) work together.   It was unbelievable and I am beyond excited to see the two of them working together.  

Now on to me :-)
I had no idea that my little Cannon 814 would get so much attention in Charleston.  I had over a dozen people go out of their way to come and talk to me about what I was doing and what in the world I was holding.  This was just at the wedding alone.  I also had some bystanders in downtown Charleston and at the hotel look at my camera, then at me, then at my camera again, as a perplexed look washed over their faces.  One man walked over and stood right at my shoulder while I was filming some outside shots of the hotel.  I think I'm going to keep that little Cannon 814 with me at all times when I'm needing some attention--maybe go shopping or to Whole Foods with it.  It literally was a people magnet which is quite strange for me.  I joke that I've never been that cool kid...but now I am--well on the surface (I guess I'll always have that little nerd inside).  It was like Clark Kent changing into Superman.

Okay...I'm digressing.  Where was I, oh yes...the wedding was beautiful and the reception was to die for.  The girls at A Charleston Bride did such a wonderful job planning all the details.  I have never worked at a wedding that was that big (500 people) and that relaxed.  And can I just say, the bride (Caroline) was never without her lip gloss.  One of the wedding planners was by her side the ENTIRE time glossing her lips without Caroline having to worry about a thing.  Now, that's my kind of service right there!  Caroline was like a little rock star that day.

SO up next, I have a date in the editing room coming up.  I mailed the film off on Monday for processing and transfer and should be getting it back in about 2 weeks.  At that point, I'll be mixing the film with the stills that both Richard and dad took.  Richard shot all film, so I am so interested to see how everything turns out.  And I am so excited about sharing the finished product with you all!  

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Charleston Bound

Black Daffodil is Charleston bound this weekend!  I am beside myself with excitement to be filming a wedding with my dad, who I have always found brilliant, and with Richard, who captured my curiosity from the moment I first saw his portfolio.

As some of you may know, I've worked with my dad before and had more fun than I thought possible.  I love that I get the pleasure of seeing my dad when he's in his "sweet spot".  He's absolutely flawless when it comes to what he does behind that camera and on his computer.  I'm constantly impressed with is work and honored to call him my dad.

Richard...ahhhh...Richard.  I first bumped into him in early 2000.  After seeing his portfolio, I could barely even talk--I don't even think I looked him in the eyes.  I ran home and told my dad all about this "ta-ta" British photographer guy that I saw in Winston and how his photographs were breathtaking.  Flash forward a year...I'm working in my parents art gallery when in strolls RICHARD.  I hid from him.  I ran to the bathroom and would not come out.  He was obviously there to talk to my dad, but I was a nervous wreck.  Dad and Richard became fast friends and their styles fit together so seamlessly.  Am I excited to see the two of them in action...YOU BET!  Am I still sort of nervous...yep!

So, the three of us are taking Charleston by storm on Saturday.  Pray for nice weather!  We are actually heading out tomorrow for a long weekend with the whole family--so if you are praying for nice weather, could you also pray that I don't forget anything--say a camera or film?  I currently have three different scribbles on my hand reminding me of things NOT to forget tomorrow.    

The ceremony is going to be at the Citadel...WOW, what an honor to film that!  And the reception is here.  Its going to be a great day!

OH-processed film is in and it is amazing--such a tiny little reel.  I'll see what I can do to get some pictures up for you all!  

Thursday, March 5, 2009

You've got mail

Film has been processed and is on its way back to NC!   I am beside myself with excitement.  Ahhhh the small things.  I will definitely make sure to get some pictures up of the reel when it arrives in all of its UPS glory.

On a related note, I spent the better part of yesterday morning while my little one sort of slept in (YAY) starting a list of wedding coordinators and designers to contact.  I even developed a writer's cramp trying to write so much, so fast.  That is the side of the business that will be very interesting to me.  I haven't figured myself out in that area just yet.  I love people...LOVE them.  But, I hate the telephone and I say I am not a fan of big parties...but then I sort of am?  I guess I should say that I like small groups at big parties.  Anyway, I digress.  I'm looking forward to making some new friends in the wedding community and introducing them to something I'm really pumped about.  I really spent a ton of time trying to narrow down my list of coordinators and designers to ones that seemed to fit well with me and my vision.  So-I have about 15 new friends in a four state area that don't really know they are my friends yet--but I'm about to make that change.

Stay tuned..

Sunday, March 1, 2009

A dream is a wish...

I always love seeing people in their element...where they feel passionate about something....when they have found their sweet spot.  So, when I saw that an "old" friend of mine was showing her first movie trailer at a show in Winston...I was game for it.  

When I started elementary school, my mother began working at a local pharmacy owned by one of the dearest men I know.   His daughter, Amy, now runs the pharmacy and she's started a semi-new non profit called Healing Seekers.  You guys have to check out her website when you get the chance...its some pretty amazing stuff that they do.  

The show on Friday night was nothing less than amazing.  There were a couple of things that really made and impression on both Neil and me.  One was that we got to witness Amy experiencing one of her dreams coming true...she was able to bring back some plant species that the World Health Organization is now examining for their use in medical treatments!  WOW.  Second, Neil and I were really struck by the powerful team of people that came together to create Healing Seekers and how they each gave so freely their talents and skills.  It is truly a dream team if I've ever seen one..that's for sure.

Oh and can I just say, we met this little man who, after speaking with him for a few minutes, I would have SWORN was in his mid to late 70s.  Um yeah...he was 92 years old!  He was sharp as a tack--and just looked SO young.  Neil asked him what his secret was, to which he responded, "I just love everyone....and I love living life...and I play a lot of golf."  HA!  Imagine that...sounds simple, huh?  So he stayed and talked a while, but as he was leaving he looked at me and said, "you make it easy to love".  AWH that was so sweet!  I gloated a little to Neil...and was quickly reminded that last week...not so easy to love.  HA!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


So exciting.  My first post, my very first mark on a clean sheet of paper.  Isn't that a great feeling?

I just wanted to share with you all how excited I am to be working with this amazing piece of history.  I'm shooting a Cannon Auto Zoom 814 Super 8 camera and it is beautiful in every sense of the word.  Every part of it is so stinking amazing, from the sounds it makes while filming to the finished product.  I just finished shooting a roll of Kodak Ektachrome 64T on Friday and am anxious to take a look at the results.   I intend to shoot the 64T film along with another higher speed film at a wedding in Charleston in March, so my shoot on Friday was more of a test shoot than anything.  But it was an absolute blast.  I'll make certain to post the completed project as soon as possible.  I'll be joining some still photos shot by this amazingly talented man and the film that I shot.  

Finally, I can't begin to express how my heart is dancing with excitement right now...I can't even begin to tell you all how thrilled I am to share my love of film with you all.   Its a beautiful thing, guys...one that's melancholy movements sparks some pretty intense emotions from the moment it graces the screen.  So stick with me--this ride is going to be F-U-N!

Until next time....