So, I finished the preview for my big editing contract with the Pacific Zen Institute today - feeling mightily fulfilled and intrepid right now. It's quite the good little four minute introduction to everything the Blue Cliff is about, and I had way too much fun making it. I'm just happy that the clients were as happy as I!
I really enjoy working on smaller pieces, with music and fun, snappy cuts. Larger projects, like the actual Standing at Blue Cliff are fun in their own way, but lack the immediacy of the smaller pieces. I think that it has something to do with the nature of the piece - in the short video you get to tell a story instantly, and it all comes together with a relatively short amount of time spent on it. It takes longer for larger projects, so you don't get to see the good stuff right away. But finishing this preview has made me really appreciate everything that the larger project is too - because the preview was culled from pieces of the larger project! I can tell now that there is still so much great material left to work with, and I'm coming up with new ideas for how to put it all together.
I guess the point I'm reaching from here is a pretty simple one, but I think its simplicity doesn't at all undermine its relevance. You may not be able to see the forest for the trees, or the cave wall for the darkness, but if you give it time you'll find that the smallest sources of light and goodness are merely the glittering tips of the iceberg. With all art - including the art of living - you just need to keep peeling back the layers until you find the treasure you've been looking for.
I'll let you all know when it's up and available.
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