A couple months ago, some of you might remember walking into one of our models at our 55+ community at The Villas at Pioneer Crossing subdivision, in Lehi Utah. and seeing it full of camera equipment.
I got asked at the time, if we were making a commercial for Leisure Villas.
No, I was not.
The movie actually had nothing to do at all with Leisure Villas. I just needed a nice location to film. Using one of our models, along with a different location (because I needed stairs), I was able to fulfill my purposes.
I was simply making a very short, one-minute movie, because storytelling is one of my hobbies.
Granted, the movie was my first attempt ever at making a movie, so it’s fairly amateurish, but it was a lot of fun to make.
Just for fun.
Why do it?
As I said, storytelling is my hobby. I probably shouldn’t even be posting the video here on this blog, but since I’m the one who writes all these blogs, why not have a little fun every now and then. After all, those of you who saw me filming it might be curious.
Also, coming up with two unique ideas for blog posts every week can be a challenge. Originally, I had no intention of sharing the video here. As you can see, it’s not even the best video ever, but give me a little credit, it was my first ever attempt.
Where did I come up with the idea?
I came up with the idea one day when I was attending the annual Timpanogas Storytelling Festival. During their conference for storytellers, I attended a breakout session where the presenter had us practicing story beginnings.
Among the story prompts that we made, one of mine started out with a lonely lady who discovers that her breakfast is talking to her.
I had fun with the idea, but didn’t care to turn it into a full novel. In fact, I had thought to write a short story with it, but then a film company hosted a competition for some gear. The rules were to simply make a one-minute movie.
I couldn’t help myself. My little story idea turned into a miniature script. I didn’t win. I didn’t expect to win. A lot more people with a lot more experience, made a lot more movies that were better than mine. But that’s okay. I’m in the construction industry, stories are a just a hobby. Everyone’s got to have some fun.
Will I do more?
Probably. I like telling all sorts of stories. Part of the telling, is working to improve the craft. I’ve released four novels already, and have two more in the works. Each book gets better than the last one, and it’s that striving for improvement that makes writing so much fun for me.
Videos are just another form of storytelling, like writing, or oral tellings. My goal isn’t just to be a master writer, it’s to be a master storyteller. So surely I’ll continue to practice my craft, in every form that I can, when the opportunities present themselves.
Sorry if this article has been self-serving. I blame it on the fact that nobody proofreads my work before I publish it. But as long as I’m on the subject of me, I’ll put in one last plug: I’m B.C. Crow, and I moonlight as a storyteller. You can read more about me on my website at Blue House Publishing. For a limited time, if you visit my page, you can also download my very first book for free by visiting my promo page.
Without further adieu, here is that one minute movie: