TGHA 2013 – Part III

Earlier this week I shared the news that Derek and I are building a new house together. (Read more about The Great Housing Adventure of 2013 Part I and Part II, if you wish.) It’s an exciting, exhausting, and thrilling time in my life. As a dear of mine always says, “Life is an adventure!”

Since this blog is mostly about my efforts as a filmmaker, I now get the great pleasure of telling you how these things are directly related. I’ve got one word: STUDIO. I’m pretty thrilled, you guys.

Pretty soon I’ll have my very own creative studio!

Basic floor plan of the new studio
Basic floor plan of the new studio

The plan is to turn the loft in our new home into a space I can call my very own. For the first time in my life, one big room will be home to all of my creative efforts: writing, editing, design, photography, and filmmaking. There will even be room for sewing, crafting, drawing, interior designing stuff, and even painting when the mood strikes. (Creativity comes in many shapes and sizes, ya know.)

For the life of me, I can’t tell you how thrilled I am about this studio. It’s tough to put into words. BECAUSE I REALLY WANNA USE ALL CAPS, ALL THE TIME. I’M THAT EXCITED.

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My recent reality

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You guys. You know how I said I had a lot going on? Ohhhhhmygoodness. That’s an understatement.

I don’t wanna spill the beans yet, but there are a lot of things taking shape. And, no, I’m not preggers. Let’s be clear on that one. By the way, when did people start jumping to that conclusion? I find it weird.

Anyway, I’m doing my best to keep up with all of it. I’m incredibly lucky. And I never take that for granted.

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This little cutie

I almost bought this chair last weekend. It was listed at $39 at a local thrift shop. I love the shape and would enjoy re-upholstering it.

But this little cutie will have to wait. I have other, more pressing things to tackle. So, I’ll have to be satisfied with just a photo for now.

Maybe I can do more reupholstering and upcycling in 2014? That’d be pretty awesome. We shall see…

Studio Style

Rustic? Industrial? Modern? Glam? I’m not sure what style to use for my new studio.

So I’ve been pinning like a mad man, trying to figure it out. I’ll may end up with a tiny bit of each style in the room. It will be glorious. Here are some of the images I’m digging on Pinterest right now.


This work area is totally vintage / rustic / industrial. I love everything about it. The white walls, bright light, white wooden floors, and white storage area make me happy. As do the old school printing letters on the back wall. I’m a big fan of old wooden crates, too. That chair wouldn’t work for long hours. But for short spells of sitting, it’d do the trick.

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New studio planning

Work space design inspiration via Ikea

Recently I shared pics from my old studio, circa 2010. (You missed it? No sweat. Click here to read the post.) I’m looking back on that space so that I can plan my new studio. I’m in the middle of production on my next documentary film and I want a work space that will inspire and comfort me.

Here’s the way I see it: my life can get pretty stressful. Having a work space that is functional, organized, and aesthetically pleasing makes the life I lead a lot less stressful. My mind is already overworked enough (ie: cluttered). I don’t need to add visual clutter to the mix. So I like happy and tidy spaces that put me at ease. Those spaces don’t always stay tidy and organized but you’ve gotta start somewhere, right?

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Filmmaking Infographics

I rediscovered this recently: 33 Filmmaking Infographics from Indie Filmmaking Tips. The infographics are broken down into seven categories: working in the industry, making a film, how cinema works, the money, history, fun facts, and individual film infographics. It’s a pretty great collection of filmmaking infographics. Check it out here.