The Best Laid Plans

A story about the best laid plans.  

Lisa asked if I would kindly shoot her dancing today so a friend who couldn't be here could see it.  Of course, I'm going to say yes.  I get it in my head that I'm going to do this as professional as I can, I get there early and figure out as best I can how I can get a couple of different angles.  I decide to use my T5i on one side, and my iPhone 7+ on the other, but to really get something awesome, I set the phone to shoot in 4k so I can punch in and get close ups of her face.  I have this all planned out.  

Comes her turn to dance.  I'm in position, it's going well until about halfway through the dance until a little girl on a chair in front of me tilts her chair back, and falls backward.  The chair and the girl land right on my foot.  At that point, making sure the very scared little girl was ok became the priority, so...yeah.  

I didn't mention this at the time, but the combined weight of the back of the child's head and the chair screwed up my foot, and that foot is one that doesn't need to be screwed up any more than it already is.  I didn't want to worry anyone, so I didn't mention it and got on with it.

Now comes the time to edit the video.  I have two angles, but it's increasingly clear that the music during the performance can’t be used because the environment in the room is too noisy, and there’s also the screaming child in front of me to consider.  I go and look for a copy, only to find that every copy of the Lilac Variations is slower than the one I have.  I get the name of the CD that’s used, and even THAT is slower. The CD player is running faster than playing the mp3 I ripped. 

I take the next day and a half to edit the video as best I can under the circumstances, and here’s the result. 

There’s a moral here.  Despite all the best planning going into a project, or an event, or even a get together of family and friends, things happen.   Maybe the propane tank for the grill runs out.  Maybe you have a screaming kid that falls backward and fucks up your foot.  My point is that unforeseen circumstances will always come up.  It’s easy to get caught up in that and get pissed, but why would you do that?  At that point, is it worth it?  Chances are, you make a bad situation worse. 

Just roll with it, baby.  

UPDATE: I originally posted a version of this to my personal Facebook page, and one of the commenters remarked that a real professional would keep recording and let the parents do their job.  I have to be honest, the thought did cross my mind to do just that. But in the end, for me it’s not a question of whether or not I’m a professional, it’s a question of what kind of human I want to be.  I stopped to help the child.  I may not have the best possible finished product, but I do have a clear conscience, knowing that my compass is still working. 


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