2015: Reel+Life


Publishing the 2015 reel in November of 2015 might have missed the boat when it comes to the Vimeo train of Reels earlier this year. In the end, I didn't want to publish a reel until it felt right. Not only did I want to show, "what I've been shooting", but also tell the story of this year. To evoke an emotion and display what the Year has meant to me and my craft. I'll keep it short, but cheers to a great year of collaboration, relationships made, and self improvement.


Inside all of us lies a creative module of sorts. It encourages us to be courageous in our everyday lives. It tells us to not follow the status quo, and instead, go out and MAKE SHIT. When I reflect on this year and my goals, I find myself stumbling upon that same underlying theme.

A lot of us think to ourselves obsessively on our daily commutes, subway rides, and walks alone. We ask ourselves "What do I do to get noticed?", or, "Am I really going to make it as an artist?". These questions are only added to a common list of pressures including parents expectations, rent, relationships, work, etc. The result is usually a complicated web of confusion and a lengthy depression invoked pizza binge.

I don't have it figured out, and I won't pretend to know all the answers, but lesson of the year goes like this. If you want to be a filmmaker, go make films. We all start somewhere, and maybe our footage doesn't match up to Cronenweth in the beginning, but discouragement is the enemy. I spent 400$ on a plane ticket to LAX, packed a small duffel with my 70D and f2.8 17-50 sigma photo lens, then hit the road (sky technically) looking for just an ounce of Reel footage. I had no idea what I was doing and no sense of direction, but I stepped out of my boundaries, and in the end, it paid off. Take Chances. Strap your Camera to your Hip, and start seeing the world however you want. There are ZERO rules, and the only consequence is experience.



Joel Flora