Creating in COVID-19 Times

In these uncertain times, I know that I’ve started to automatically tune out anything that begins with those four words: “In these uncertain times”, so please forgive me. COVID-19 turned the world upside down for over six months and counting as of this writing. Everyone’s plans for 2020 were postponed in an effort to social distance and flatten the curve. Meanwhile, I’m over here– as Ted Kendrick and Artificial Ink Creative– still looking towards a creative future, keeping my head down, trying not to cause too much trouble, and use the pause from the pandemic to write and create as much as possible while the free time has presented itself.

Participating in the Producer’s panel for AVLFilm.com‘s February 2020 mixer was one of the last normal things that I did this year, and it was definitely a privilege to chat about the film production process alongside James Suttles of The Asheville Studio and SuttleFilm, and Jennifer Trudrung of Night Frizz Productions. I was booked to work as a Production Coordinator on a TV web-series that was scheduled for production from May to July 2020, but postponed until 2021 because of the pandemic, and while I’m still welcome to the position, I am unsure as to what 2021 has in store for me. In any case, I took the time to be certified by Safe Sets International in their COVID-19 (Level A) training for the film and video production industry in preparation for the inevitable and eventual return to set.

Some projects were still possible to undertake in pandemic times. For example, during the summer, I collaborated with my brother Joe Kendrick to create an informational video for my father’s law firm NWKT in Birmingham, Alabama, which featured firm partner William McKenzie, to assist plaintiffs in their COVID-19 legal strategies. We captured the video in the mock courtroom as you can see in the behind-the-scenes image embedded below. Other blog posts have shared details on the work that I did for the Watchtower Database around the same time as well.

What I saw at the beginning of 2020 as a devastating blow to my routine, being laid off my day job in early January after the entire office was shut down in order to outsource work from another city, actually turned out to be somewhat of a saving grace. Otherwise I may not have been as easily eligible to receive financial aid in unemployment insurance, which kept me afloat while I turned my attention towards writing and developing multiple projects, including five short film scripts written in collaboration with Rome Widenhouse such as the long-teased THE REPLICA RAID III, and some I have not mentioned on the blog before: sci-fi shorts 4SIGHT and A DRIVE-THROUGH WINDOW TO THE MULTIVERSE, as well as surreal horror shorts AUTOTOMY and THRESHOLD. I’ve also dipped back into songwriting and music recording, an art that I used to focus on more prolifically, in early production on a potential outdoors comedy web-series, and in development on a comic book passion project, the psychedelic noir romance ADDITIVITY. Keep an eye on this blog and follow @artificial.ink.creative on social media for updates.

Cat Fly Film Fest 2018

Cat Fly Indie Film Festival returned for its 2nd annual event over the weekend of April 6th to 8th where short films from across the Southeast were showcased in a non-competitive, networking atmosphere in some of Asheville’s best venues.

Opening night was a red carpet affair at the Asheville Masonic Temple with catered hors d’oeuvres, photos by the step and repeat, and a selected program of dramatic narrative shorts including SIDES by Trust Fall Productions, FAKE EMMA by All Around Artsy, SHOWER by dUMB, and the 48 Hour Film Project favorite CUDDLED.

Photography by Joe Pellegrino

Posted by Cat Fly Film Fest on Sunday, April 15, 2018

 

Community night was hosted at The Mothlight in West Asheville where Cat Fly played works focused on experimental elements, in addition to traditional genres like horror shorts and music videos. UNBEARING by Jennifer Trudrung and Aiden Weaver was a highlight. DALLAS music video by dUMB won the audience choice award, but CROAK by Matt Barrett of Calamity Effects won the crowd reaction.

Day 2 of our weekend festival!
Photography by Joe Pellegrino and Joe Naylor

Posted by Cat Fly Film Fest on Monday, April 16, 2018

 

Closing night of Cat Fly was held at Grail Moviehouse with a focus on documentary storytelling. The audience choice award was received by Michael Arcos for THIS MY FAVORITE MURAL. I was personally lucky enough to win a gift certificate for studio space at the Asheville School of Film, one of Cat Fly’s amazing sponsors.

Photography by Joe Pellegrino

Posted by Cat Fly Film Fest on Thursday, April 19, 2018

 

While the main events were incredible, Cat Fly also featured two workshops, one examining the relationship between music and film, while the other reflected on failure in art, and the steps necessary keep sets safe. Sunday morning also had Andie Morgenlander, filmmaker behind POLISHED, lead a session of Cat Fly yoga. Festival founders Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, and Cat Wityk outdid themselves in what I hope becomes a tradition for the Asheville film community.