I seemed to have blocked out the exact day , and even year, - that I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. but looking back it must have been around the time I made my first video, " Jim and Patti, the movie", followed immediately by "Happy Birthday Becky". They did not get the raving reviews as I had anticipated. Patti said it made them cry and Becky didn't acknowledge my prized video until I asked her several months later if she received it (yes she got it - thank you very much.
I needed something to keep my mind off of this progressive disease that was eventually going to ruin my life and drag me into the bowels of hell - so to speak.
I have always loved photography. People, beautiful scenery, actually photographs of just about everything. I was fortunate to have a mother that never threw a photograph away and a husband that never threw ANYTHING away.
I had hundreds of family photos to work with. For the next few years I made a video of every family member and a few friends. One day my, middle step-daughter put me back a notch or two by calling my videos "nothing more than slide shows". That hurt my feelings but not enough to keep from producing those "slide shows". With some begging I encouraged friends to send me pictures to make a video of them. Most of them did and were pleased with the results. Then I actually had a few friends that asked me to make videos for them.
The medication that I'm on prevents me from sleeping some nights so I will sit for hours thinking. creating and putting pictures together and try to develop a story. A couple of years ago I decided to step it up and put videos in my videos - thus the watermarks. My brother was the first person to criticize the watermarks . Slowly I have been remaking those videos to eliminate the watermarks.
I know my videos are armature stuff but I'm 73 years old, I still have a good mind, I love to create and I have a closet full of pictures. I am having so much fun. I was a banker for 25 years and that wasn't nearly as much fun, however, I did get a paycheck so that was some compensation. I guess my secret ambition is to become the Grandma Moses of videos.
If you would like for me to make a video for you please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I think we could work together and make a Oscar winner, I would be sincerely honored.