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Saturday, September 15, 2018

A Shared Life: Fall In Chicago 2017 (October 16th - November 19th)

After returning from two weeks on the road, as I made my way to work on Monday October 16th, I was reminded that my vacation was over by a co-worker’s voice message during my commute. on Wednesday October 18th, there was a Fall Fundraiser dinner for Cornerstone Community Outreach to thank those who have donated to help keep the shelter in operation and help keep me in a job! There was a video for Stewart Brown during the program & he happened to be sitting next to us so I got his reaction as his video played.

On Saturday October 21st, we went to the Haunted Flea Market in Wheaton, Illinois. I was able to score some xBox games. There was a couple singing Man Of Constant Sorrow and we passed by Sven Goolie before we left.

Friday October 27th, I decided to get myself an iPhone 8. I couldn’t justify paying for the iPhone X but I waited to see the cost before making a decision. Unfortunately, I had to wait for a case and screen protector to arrive by mail so I thought using the plastic covering that came with the phone would suffice in the meantime. I came to realize that it interfered with the microphone when capturing video so later that night as I captured footage of the Nocturna costume contest at Metro, there are some audio difficulties. I did the best I could to solve this but it is hard to hear some of what is going on. This problem also plagued some show footage over the next few days until I was able to get the proper screen protector and case for the phone.

Saturday October 28th, our friend Cindy joined us for a road trip to see mewithoutYou at Hi-Fi in Indianapolis. Elphie came along but visited with friends while we went to the show. We stopped at a Primanti Brothers before the show for food. This is one of the clips of show footage where the audio is messed up due to the plastic being on the phone instead of a proper case and screen protector. We returned to Chicago late in the night so Cindy slept for a few hours at our house.

Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Ever Hurt by mewithoutYou LIVE @ Hi-Fi (10.28.2017)

Filmed LIVE at Hi-Fi in Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday October 28th, 2017 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Sunday October 29th, there was a Catacombs show at Wilson Abbey featuring Leper, Desiring Dead Flesh, Parental Petulance, and The Magnifiers. For more on that show, follow the link, there were some more audio difficulties due to using my iPhone 8 for part of the show. I had run out of space on the Canon Rebel T6. This was the first time seeing The Magnifiers and they were a pleasant surprise.

Leper LIVE @ Wilson Abbey's Catacombs (10.29.2017)

Filmed LIVE at Wilson Abbey's Catacombs in Uptown Chicago, Illinois on Sunday October 29th, 2017 using an iPhone 8 and Canon Rebel T6. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson

On Tuesday October 31st, Halloween, Elphie and I celebrated five years as a couple by going to Asia Buffet and Grill. It was some good food and I know we both ate our fill.

We held our annual Halloween House Party on Saturday November 4th due to taking the road trip and the rest of October being busy. It was a fun night hanging with friends while playing videos from White Collar Sideshow, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and, since it turned November 5th as the night went on, V for Vendetta. The following day, Sunday November 5th, Josh and Anastasia had a Guy Fawkes Day party at their house during which Helen ate nasty Jelly Belly’s from a game with played with Dave Canfield a couple months before.

On Friday November 10th Chicago got its first snow. On Sunday November 12th, Debbie came back to visit so we picked her up at the airport and spent the next several days eating our way through Chicago: November 13th Chicago Pizza at Falco’s, November 14th Kuma’s Corner, November 15th Honey Butter Fried Chicken. Elphie and Debbie also went to the Art Institute of Chicago on November 15th. We all went to the sold out Subterranean for Listener, Levi The Poet, and Comrades. It was a good show and we got to hang out with the artists a bit afterwards. I bought a fun shirt featuring Dan Smith.

Comrades LIVE @ Subterranean (11.15.2017)

Levi The Poet LIVE @ Subterranean (11.15.2017)

Listener LIVE @ Subterranean (11.15.2017)

Filmed LIVE at Subterranean in Wicker Park Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday September 15th, 2017 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson

On Sunday November 19th we attended Disgracegiving at Wasted Youth. It is a suspension event from Disgraceland Wasteland with a whole lot of food. It was a good time. Clips I captured included a guy pulling himself up and some sort of full body suspension that I had never seen before.

Additional soundtrack to this project is Halloween by Insomniac Folklore.

This footage was filmed using an iPhone 6 and 8 by Elphie and Joel A. Swanson. Editing was done using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini by Joel A. Swanson

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Chicago Tiny House Fundraiser @ Wilson Abbey (08.25.2018)

Chicago Tiny House is an organization with a mission to end homelessness one tiny house at a time. The plan is to house homeless folks in tiny house communities throughout Chicago in safe, cost effective housing with supportive services on site. The current plan focuses on veterans. More information can be found online at http://chicagotinyhouse.org.

Brien Cron, founder and president of Chicago Tiny House asked me to capture footage during the fundraising dinner held on Saturday August 25th, 2018 at Wilson Abbey. I did plan to come anyway due in part to the musical performances so I asked Brien to provide a memory card and I would oblige him by filming the event. At the time, I was dealing with a backup of data on my system so I did not have space to clear my own memory cards in time. I also figured Brien might want the raw data as well.

It did not take too long to edit the footage. Most of it was simply fading in/out after finding the best opening and closing spots on the footage. I added titles for each speaker and musical performance. I still have not solved the 12 minute limit so there are a couple spots where I was not quick enough on the draw to restart the filming when the limit was reached but overall, I feel I captured what was wanted.


Introduction: Scott Ingerson and Silent Auction
This is one of the parts where I did some extra editing. I filmed coming into Wilson Abbey, some of the signage, and the items up for bid in the Silent Auction. I included this with the introduction from Scott Ingerson for the evening. I also included the song "Urban Hobo" by Glenn Kaiser into this part of the project.

Brien Cron
Brien gave some background on Chicago Tiny House as well as a update on where things are currently in the fundraising campaign and gaining support to make this happen. He also explained what is still needed to make this a reality. I added Brien's slideshow from his presentation into this part of the project. I felt it might be helpful. It was the most editing I did for the speaker and performance clips.

Ryan Wendt - musical performance

Alan Mills - Uptown People's Law Center
I think this was my favorite speaker presentation due to the information Alan shared was informative and helpful in the work I do at Cornerstone Community Outreach. He also shared information about the history of Uptown Chicago and the effects of gentrification on affordable and low income housing.

Teel Short - musical performance

Glenn Fitzjerrell - Mission USA
Glenn shared a bit of his history working with the homeless and why he is excited to work with Chicago Tiny House as well.

Leper - musical performance

Closing: Scott Ingerson and Brien Cron
Scott and Brien closed out the evening by thanking those who were there and/or participated. Brien also announced the 50/50 raffle winner who graciously donated the winnings back to Chicago Tiny House.

Slides from Brien's presentation:

Footage filmed using an iPhone 8 and Canon Rebel T6. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson.