ACHF Arts Access
Minnesota artists are able to expand or further develop their artistic abilities through varied learning opportunities. Minnesota artists are able to develop business skills needed to support their professional art work. More Minnesotans are able to engage in or with the work of Minnesota artists.
While working on my film, I improved my prop-building techniques, used new methods to make my characters and tested professional grade supplies for model making. I researched extensively industry standards. Learned new ways to tell a story that unfolds in time. Acquired a stop-motion animation software of professional level - Dragon Frame. At the same time purchased new DSLR camera (Nikon D7000) with live view option to take full advantage of what Dragon Frame has to offer. Final Cut Pro - the editing program I used in the beginning of the film was not compatible with Mac Pro so I had to switch to Adobe Premier and learn that new software in a short time. Collaborating with another artist also made me a better director. I am taking away many lessons of how to manage a small production company that focuses on experimental short films. In addition, at the start of the project, I invited the filmmaker Chris Sullivan in my studio to ask for professional feedback. Time management! 2: During the grant year, I kept detailed track of expenses incurred for the film in preparation for claiming art expense as a tax deduction for the first time. I researched how to create comprehensive budgets for the independent film industry in preparation for raising funds and soliciting fiscal sponsorship. In addition, I networked with other artists and film makers. I identified more grants I qualify for and currently I am following through with my plans. Record keeping and developing plans for future fundraising is an essential component of professionalizing as an individual artist. My method of evaluation of this outcome is based on my preparedness to take the next step towards financing my art projects. I am ready to implement my plans and apply what I have learned; therefore, I find that I have achieved 100% of my intentions.