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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Work On Yourself As A Human Being


Work On Yourself As A Human Being

What does it mean to be a human being?  We think, eat, listen to music, create art, go places, etc.
However, what does it mean to be a human being when you get right down to the brass tacks?  Does anyone know for sure?  Can you tell a difference between a 'good' or 'bad' person?  Why? And the better question, how?

These are a lot of questions.  One of the foundations of knowledge is searching for the truth. The truth is hard to come by, at times, other times, it is easy as when the sun rises.  Searching for the truth within yourself is the life mission of being a human.

Here are a list of questions that you can ask yourself to rate at how you are doing as a human being.

1. Are you happy with yourself?
2. Do you work on improving yourself?
3. Do you think more than just about yourself?
4. Do you help build people up instead of knocking them down?
5. Can you be describe by others with positive adjectives and phrases?
6. Do you help others even when it is hard?
7. Are you creating something to leave the world in a better place then when you were born?
8. Do you push yourself to learn things you have no knowledge about?
9. Do you feel that others want to be around you?
10. After you pass away, what will the world remember the most about you?

There are a lot more questions you can ask yourself, however these will help you with your path.  We as humans are not perfect.  All of us have and will make mistakes.  The best of us will learn from these errors.  Others will continue to make more mistakes and never improve.  Perhaps one day they will.

Don't worry about the designation, enjoy the journey.  Pause, even if it is only for a moment and look around you.  The glory and beauty of the Earth.  The great people that are around you. The wonderful sun shinning down on your face. The cool breeze of the wind that touches your face.  There is so much around us that is awesome, we see it everyday, it is, at times, hard to appreciate.

I still believe in the power of a smile.  Giving a smile to others, makes a world a better place.  If you are feeling a bit down, think about something that is amazing, and smile.  Pass that smile to another person.  Then they can pass it down to another, and another, so on and so on.  Just a little bit of positivity can change the world for the better.

Computed.

Here is a video to make the world a better place:
How To Eat A Piece Of Pizza In One Bite

Monday, April 30, 2018

Helping Others To Help Humanity




Helping Others To Help Humanity



It wasn't that long ago that I a young man.  Right now, to those in their sixties or seventies, I am still a young man.  To the twenty-year-olds, I'm not young.  Not old, however, definitely not young.  In the middle of young and old.  Stuck in the middle of youth and age.  Not bad.

I would like very must to make it to an old man.  Working out, eating better than most, not smoking or using alcohol, helps out a lot.  Being at one with the world, not letting stress get to me is another.  In my youth, I figured out that if something is going to happen or not, worrying and stressing won't change it.  Let it flow, that is the tempo, can chill us all out.  I can hang loose when everything is falling apart because I know when it's time to act, I need to be cool and relaxed.  This has helped me through some hard times and events.

In my life, when I could, I would help others out.  With a ride, fixing a minor car problem like changing a tire or jumping a car battery, opening the door, help carrying things, etc, all of this is easy.  Most would do this.  Most do this daily.

To really help humanity, what have you done to make this world a better place?  What have you done for humanity?  What can you do to make the future brighter and brighter?

Helping humanity for the better is hard.  Easier for some, most of us it is just plain hard to do.  Why?  Giving a friend a ride or paying for their lunch isn't a big deal, however, to help humanity, what does it take?

Knowing yourself is one part.  Being honest and true to yourself is important as well.  Listen, look and feel the world.  Nature will let you know if something is wrong or off balanced.  Listen to your body when you eat or work out, it will let you know if you are doing something bad to yourself. 

Work hard, learn all that you can about what interests you.  Take time to listen to others that you care about and even more to ones that you can't stand.  Realize that the world will be here long after you are gone, and there's nothing you can do about that.  So use your time now, to help this world.  To help others.  To help the wind.  To help the music in the air.  To help the beauty all around you.  To help yourself so you can help everything else.

Be nice, respectful and stay grounded.

And be cool, it's all good in the end.

It does compute.

Here are some photos of me helping the world out.








Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Inspiration

The Inspiration



The inspiration you give to others is amazing.  You really don't know how much you have influenced others in your life.  Many times you never will.

Life has been great to me.  I am both lucky and blessed.  There is the gift of music that I have.  Also all of the creative endeavors that I am able to work on.  My family loves me, my friends love me, and there are those that I have never met on the internet love me.  There is so much love for the creative material that I make, I am humbled.  It makes me smile and work harder.

My life is so amazing that it is hard to hear others that have had a hard life.  Many times one kind or inspirational word will make a difference in their lives.  Inspiration can go a long way, being inspirational to others at the right time can help them through rough parts of their lives.  Sometimes it is life, or career, or relationships, or a billion other things.  Leading by example will inspire others. 

I hope you have had a wonderful life as I have had!  If you did, share some of it with those that have not.  Listen, give advice if you can, and inspire them with your actions and words.  What a wonderful place in the world this will be if we all did this!

Computed!


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

One Man Movie Making Machine

One Man Movie Making Machine 
Poster from On The Brick Streets Of Nacogdoches - Short Film of Herbert Midgley

I have been making films since I got a VCR camcorder in the mid 1990's. Then iMovie, firewire and DV camcorders came out in the late 1990's and this changed my very limited videos to something that could look professional.   The idea of making films has been intriguing to me my whole life, however it wasn't until the 1990's that I could afford to get a camera to film.

Today if I was in elementary or middle school, I could just use my smart phone and I have a production studio that fits into my hands.  However for me I had to wait until technology got economical for me use.  Today with all of the content on YouTube, anyone with a little technical skill can make a movie or TV show.

In the early 2000's I became a one man movie making machine.  Once Google Video and YouTube came out, I now had a platform to share my films, educational material and avant-garde art films with the world.  I could wake up, make a film, edit it, compose music for it, bounce it down then post it to the web for the everyone to see.  The idea of having the ability to make and create something and instantaneously share it with anyone online was and still is amazing to me.  I knew that I could use this new medium to make art that no one else could do.  The Internet Legend was born.

This week I passed eight million views on my YouTube Channel.  I know today that some of the large channels can do this with one video, however this still amazes me.  People watch thousands of hours of my work a year.  Wow!  Not bad for a small town country boy.

Over the years I have worked others to make films and of course the classic sci-fi film, THE RISE OF THE ROBOTS.  We had a large crew and it was an amazing experience.  I have worked as crew and other positions on my friends' feature and short films.  Having a crew is great!

However I do love when I wake up and decide I am going to make a film today, and go out there with a camera, sticks, lights and sound kit and make it happen myself.  Over the Christmas holiday I wanted to see what would happen if I starred, wrote, shot, edited, color corrected, made the SFX and composed the music for a short film.  No crew, only me doing all of the crew positions.  How good would it look?  Can I make a cinematic film with only myself as crew?

On The Brick Streets Of Nacogdoches - Short Film is the result.  Watch the film yourself and decide.  Let me know what you think.  I am so thankful to the wonderful actors that gave their time to this project!  Thank you!

Myself, I thought it looked great, moved fast, was fun to watch and the feedback so far has been great.  If I would compare it to other short films I have seen in the last few years, I would say it looks as good and at times, better then many of them.  It could be that technology is making it easier for a solo filmmaking, or that with over 4000 videos that I have posted on YouTube, that I have a ton of experience making films.   Perhaps a bit of both.

To all of my filmmaking friends out there on the internet, I would like to challenge you to make a short film yourself without a crew.  Crew all of the positions.  If you do this, let me know, I would love to see the result! 

Computed!

On The Brick Streets Of Nacogdoches - Short Film

How I Make Films Without A Crew : Behind The Scenes With Herbert Midgley Independent Filmmaker

How To Use A Lavalier Microphone For Your Phone

How To Use A Bounce Board (Reflector) On An Overcast Day

One Of The Hardest Things About Being An Actor

How To Be A Realistic Actor

No Art Direction For Your Indie Film, Use Lights And Gels To Spice Up Your Scene 
No Art Direction For Your Indie Film, How To Use Lights, Gels, And Closeups 
1970's Dude Talks About How To Use Lights And Gels To Change Your Background





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