PHASE 2 COMES TO A CLOSE AND I WOULD LOVE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE MY INSPIRATION FOR THIS PROJECT AS WELL AS REFLECT. THIS IS MY PHASE 2 INSPIRATION & CONCLUSION.
What a month it’s been! With all my Shoots & Interviews completed I want to take this moment to share with you what has inspired me through Phase 2 and how I stay inspired through this project.
Inspiration is great, to be inspired, evoked…encouraged. However, inspiration has no influence without action. The inspiration…inspires us to act. Without action it is simply a dream, a hope, a what if?
What inspires me constantly and pushes me daily for greatness is Bucc N flvr, Flavorshop Dance and my mentor Lenny Len. They inspire me to put their influence into action.
Bucc N Flvr’s mission is to Spread Love, Spread Light and Have Fun! With this in mind, every decision I make I do a double check, am I Spreading Love, Spreading Light and Having Fun right now? Does this shot reflect that? Is this interview going in that direction? It’s so simple yet vital as a member of the Bucc N Flvr community.
Every moment of connection I’ve had with my Artist/Professional I’ve had to keep this mission in mind and I have to say it’s been easier to move through this project. Also by seeing Bucc N Flvr on a regular basis I continue to create through freestyle and choreography, constantly creating through trial and error in my dance. Flavorshop Dance. Oh, Flavorshop Dance! Flavorshop Dance can be described as,
“Dancers and Studios Worldwide will now have the opportunity to learn timeless Flavorshop class material, Flavorshop ON-DEMAND is a library of full length step by step class tutorial videos, taught by award winning choreographer Lenny Len.”
In my words Flavorshop Dance is a worldwide community of dancers sharing the same mindset of “Life with Style” and striving for excellence. The Canadian community of Flavorshop dancers are a community of Artists all on the hustle to train, understanding the technique, the language and the style through Lenny Len’s 3D dancing (Sonic, Definition and Groove) and using their art to help their community. These artists include Queenie Seguban (my first Artist/Professional), Ryan Dela Cruz (my videographer) and Sean Butler (Calgary’s The Tomorrows choreographer/Flavorshop Calgary).
These Artists of Flavorshop Dance have used the mindset of “Flyer Learning” and placing it into action. As I spread my wings through this project I join these Artists soaring the skies.
You’ve heard me mention his name and how my mentor always pops in mind to remind me as Director. His name is Lenny Len and he is the founder of Flavourshop Dance and my mentor.
“Soul Choreographer and Music Video Director Lenny Dela Pena “LENNY LEN” founder of the infamous FLAVORSHOP (Toronto), an alumni of the Legendary DODAT DANCERS, is an entertainer, teacher and soul movement enthusiast who’s objective is to spread and elevate the knowledge of like-minded artist’s growth through Film, dance, music and most of all feel.”
Ahhhhh Lenny! I can’t even begin to explain how much I’ve admired Lenny. I saw Flavorshop for the first time on Youtube when I was 16 years old, from that moment forward I worked myself up to go to Lenny’s class, which was held at DLM in Toronto. Long story short I began training in Flavorshop in 2010 and began training under the mentorship of Lenny since 2012. In my time working with Lenny, he’s transformed me and guided me as an Artist. He’s taken me under his wing and graciously opened his studio to me to learn and observe. If it wasn’t for Lenny I wouldn’t be the Artists I am today and what I strive to be. Lenny has broken so many borders as a dancer. From being a choreographer, teacher, mentor to Director. He is what inspired me to utilize my experiences to educate young dancers beyond Television and Stage and into the Cinematic experience.
As I conclude Phase 2 and write up this Conclusion, I can’t believe it was only a few weeks ago that I was preparing for my first shoot with Queenie; writing up my interview questions and creating a Shotlist. I was going on this endeavor for the first time exhibiting/showcasing my work as Director and it felt daunting.
As the project came into fruition, I learned to stand firm as Director for shots I really felt were essential to the spirit of this film; as well as have confidence whilst learning to adapt my shots to the type of Camera or Lens we were using. Through Phase 2 I gained more knowledge about our Camera and Len’s; I began to really experiment when my Videographer would offer an idea, new approach or try something new he learned.
My approach to the Interview completely changed from how I perceived it was going to be and how we executed. The interview portion of Phase 2 was going to tell THEIR story, it was going to be the basis of my entire project and I felt the pressure.
However, it’s dance! Movement tells our story; it is the counterpart to our words, often times our substitute. By having the Artist/Professional dance first then interviewed, gave them the opportunity to speak through their movement and explain with their words.
I learned so much about this project and myself during Phase 2. My project was just words on paper, checklist and ideas. With Phase 2 completed Queenie, Shenika, Sandra and Kristine are literally bringing this project to life. I can envision this film much more than before and I know what I’m looking for in our sea of footage.
I meet with my Videographer this weekend to begin uploaded our selected footage to our editing program. Next week I would like for you to meet the man behind the camera. He’s the one capturing and making this film possible.
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