Total burnout on this gig. Never got to try the the pancakes.
Six months later, fall of 2011 I had thrown all my efforts into finishing Spirit Lake, as well as earned a giant sack of gold doing commercial freelance work. In the process I had abandoned my personal life, making just about every bad decision I could throughout the year. Depressed and heartbroken, it was impossible to get my feet underneath me in LA. I burnt out bad on my last few freelance gigs and I returned to Milwaukee for the holidays bitter and broken. As I hung out the window of my childhood bedroom late december, burning a spliff, blowing puffs of smoke into the frigid air and reflecting upon my year in L.A., I finally gained some perspective.
Total burnout on this gig too.
I flew into LAX on New Years Eve. Flights were cheap and I couldn't give a shit about any party I was missing. I woke up January 1st, 2012 with no hangover, just a clear head that didn't want to remember 2011. Spirit Lake was finished. I was physically unable to spend the long hours meeting the demands of post-production in LA. I wasn't there to whore my talents out to the advertising industry and I found the social scene to be circus-like, full of posers, donkeys, and douchebags (I met awesome people too). I wanted to travel, drink wine, do art... and live on the beach.
|Playa Grande, Home Sweet Home|
10 years ago on a whim, a friend and I bought a one way plane ticket to San Jose, Costa Rica. I returned to the states four months later knowing I had found the one place I belonged. I've returned many times making it my home away from home. Not wasting any time, I liquidated what few assets I had, geared up a mobile production studio, stuffed up my backpack with t-shirts and surf shorts, and again bought a one way plane ticket to Costa Rica (which apparently you can't do anymore, I got jabbed at the airport for a return flight.).
A few weeks into my adventure, I've finally decompressed, and closing the deal on a Tico hut in Playa Grande. I am drawing panels for a pitch on a graphic novel, and getting Spirit Lake ready for release, putting together a number of promo videos and tweaking the two trailers to perfection. My next two film projects are planned for Costa Rica so not going anywhere soon. 2012 can't go wrong.