photo copy 5Yesterday I went on a trip to Malibu and accidentally met a man named Jacob Blunt. People go on about the place, and apparently a bunch of super rich and famous people live there, so I thought I’d check it out.  I headed up the freeway in the blistering heat for an hour or so and eventually stopped atop a hill where my GPS thought Malibu should be. I asked some Baseball moms watching their kids play Baseball on a fancy Baseball… I want to say “pitch”… where Malibu was exactly.

“You’re here silly”, they laughed.

I can’t pretend it didn’t sting to be called ‘silly’ by people who had dressed their children in 1920’s knee breeches to run around in 98 degree heat.

I’m not sure what I was expecting exactly, but it seems Malibu is a narrow strip of kinda pretty coastline inhabited by about 12000 people. It snakes its way up the coast North of Los Angeles, California and is basically a string of massive houses sandwiched between the highway and the water, or perched majestically on the steep hills behind.  I didn’t know quite what to do once I realised I’d actually arrived, as I’m not fortunate enough to have friends in any of those beachside mansions, but luckily the baseball moms told me that just up the road there was an amazing beach, mostly hidden and free of houses, surrounded by cliffs.

photo copy 6I met Jacob Blunt at the base of these cliffs.

He and a friend were carrying a bike wheel in the same manner that the Ewoks carried Han: suspended between them on a long pole.

My curiosity reached new levels when I spied a rather nice camera taped to the outer edge of the wheel.  When they switched the camera to record and started spinning the wheel I simply had to go introduce myself …

Turns out, Jacob and his helpful friend Ted were making a short film.  Jacob is a editor who works mostly for TV and doing VFX, and is attempting to transition to directing film. He figures the best way to do that is to go out and direct films.  He uses all his own equipment and funds and even invents his own apparatus, such as the mechanism I was witnessing before me.

photo copy 4‘There’s a sequence in the film where someone falls down a cliff, so I invented this spinning camera to simulate that effect. That’s what we’re shooting now.’

‘Boredom is my motivation! It’d be so easy to drown in the sea of doing the same thing, sitting in an office day in day out working.’

“I have to try and do something new and when I do I want to go all out with whatever I’ve got to see where the limits are. I want to err on excess.”

I asked him how he made the transition from sitting around bitching about wanting to do more interesting shit and actually doing it…

‘You just do it!’, he laughs.

‘In my time off work I did some unpaid work with a director I admire and learned a lot.  I love the constant exciting solutions and problem solving involved in the process.’

“There’s always so much resistance to doing things, internally and externally. But once you push past that, it’s amazing!”

The enthusiasm of this man and his bike-wheel-camera-mount was spectacular to witness first hand on that gorgeous boulder-strewn Malibu beach.  He was there ’til sunset, shooting bits and pieces.  I can’t wait to see the film he creates; I’m sure it’ll kick all sorts of ass.  DSM will definitely share it with you when it’s done.  Whatever happens, I’m sure he’s glad he got out and gave it a shot.  I’m sure glad he did.

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