America.

Big things coming for the spring, check back here soon and I will do my best to briefly explain what it is that is happening. I will be outlining my thoughts for the future and it would be helpful if people would like to get involved. Not get involved with my ideas, but through the formation of your own ideas.

Be prepared for May, in March and April.

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Wake Up

For people who do not follow the independent news networks, I’m going to explain a very important and controversial bill that could be used in the future of the United States. This is the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and the specific parts that are starting to gain attention are Sections 1021 and 1022. Section 1021 states that the military has the power to detain American citizens indefinitely if they have ties to terrorist groups. And Section 1022 says that those detained by the military will be held by the United States Armed Forces.

This needs to gain more attention. It was already passed on January 31st, 2012 while most people were distracted with their holiday agenda. If you think this does not apply to you, you are wrong. If you think that the President along with Congress do not agree with the controversial sections, think again. According to Senator Carl Levin, it was the Obama administration that requested indefinite detention of American citizens. If this is true, people should be a little bit more aware of what their president and elected leaders are doing. And even if his administration didn’t ask for that provision, he chose to sign the bill anyway.

President Obama put out a statement when signing the bill which he made it clear that there would be no indefinite detention of American citizens. He wants people to know that he signed the bill so that he had funding for the military, not to lock up all the people. BUT he has the power to do so if he or any president after him feels necessary.

Hopefully with recent legislation introduced the American people can fix the mistakes that our President made. This might only have a chance of happening if people wake up and do something about it. Check out the American Civil Liberties Union website for more information on the topic as well as links to petitions and other ways to help regain your safety as a free American. This is a real thing happening in Washington. It will not just affect the “animals” and “bums” of the Occupy Movement, it has the power to affect any American citizen.

Over & Out, Please Wake Up.

Give It A Shot

Reflections

I’ve been making videos and taking pictures for around six or seven years now, but I’ve just begun to take it seriously enough to think of it as a possible future. Since I am still only a senior in high school, I have not started any formal education into the media world. I didn’t learn much of anything from the courses offered in high school for a number of different reasons.

I was first introduced to digital arts through two friends of mine back when we started skateboarding. They would bring their cameras along and film videos which would then be uploaded on YouTube. From what I remember, they were the ones that kind of introduced me to filming and photography. They never really taught me specifically how to take pictures or film, my two friends simply gave me tips and pointers which would improve the outcome of my projects. I never really thought anything of it until now, but it is (indirectly) because of those two people that I am writing on this blog today. Because of those two people I have over two hundred videos uploaded on YouTube, and over four hundred pictures on Flickr.

I have been able to do the projects I do because of a handful of helpful people, different inspirational places, as well as my dedication to digital media. Many bands and hip-hop groups have helped to provide me with video and photo shoots as well as a political reform group, but most importantly my parents have supported me tremendously throughout the years I’ve been trying my luck at digital media.

I’m hoping in the future to continue film and photography for as long as I can, in any way that I can. I don’t believe in working a job that is not enjoyable, so that’s one thing I will try to avoid in my life. I don’t want to be stuck in a hospital with sick patients, or sitting in an office for a full work day; instead I want to do something that I love and will enjoy for the remainder of my life. I’m sure that’s what most people say when they’re looking at their future too, but why listen to people that tell you differently from what your heart tells you?

If you doubt something that you love doing, look back at your past, where you were when you began your passion. I’m sure everybody reading this is at an age where you can look back at what you love and see the improvements you’ve made or where your work really wasn’t looking as well as you would’ve liked it, but the important thing to look at is that you have made improvements and there is always room for more improvements. You have to keep working at what you love throughout time, never give it up, if you don’t like how something looks, try something new and see if you can form something out of that new technique.

I’m not at all saying that my work is the best out there or that I don’t need improvement; I’m just saying that there’s always room for improvements in your life, and sometimes a lack of inspiration might be why your searching for improvements.
Positivity is not always an easy task for me, I’m attempting to generate some positive thoughts from this post that could be useful to any readers that haven’t had a dose of inspiration in recent days or are just at a crossroads at what you do, in art or everyday life. This applies to myself as well.
I’m no therapist, but if your struggling with what you love don’t give up;
Look at your past. Then think hard about what you want the future to look like.

Comment on this post if your still reading when you get to this point. I’ll be surprised.

Slacker.

Ok So. Slacker I am, here is another post. A short, cheap blog post once again.

I am attempting to expand my videography into many different areas, very hard to do, but it will be done. Recently I have started getting asked to do many different videos, mainly music videos, and the one part that stresses me is charging a set price. Basically, my prices for video/photo shoots are different for every video, due to the fact that different videos take different amounts of time and effort to complete. As well as the location of shoots which will be factored in as well. I just wanted to make that clear, there is no set price, the price is to be discussed prior to the shoot. The End.

If anybody has any suggestions for my videos/photos, feel free to email me at holynick@aim.com. I love to hear what people like about my stuff as well as what people do not like about it. I want people to know that I am still a beginner in my mind, just on a different level. I am and always will be learning new things when it comes to the usage of my camera and the different techniques used to complete different videos. Thank Ya.

Saturday, March 3rd. @ The Loft in Poughkeepsie, NY- Pro T and JetForce Recordings, as well as many others will be performing in celebration on Pro’s birthday, and more importantly the life of Tim Crivello. Be There, It Will Be Fun.

=Spread The Word: From, Holy.

http://vimeo.com/37494036

Update #1 (of many): Lately I’ve been working on some videos which I will discuss right now, first off late last week we (the Jetforce crew) filmed a cypher video in which Jetforce members spit their finest rhymes either from the dome or from a written. This was filmed outside Coops house while Jetforce producers worked with other artists recording inside.  Next was a Horsemen music video, shot and filmed in Poughkeepsie. Horsemen is a duo rap group made up of Fresh & Chaos, check em out on Facebook and Youtube, as well as on my Vimeo. The video is to a track called “Before They End”. The Next video coming out soon from Holynick is a Jetforce music video to a remix of “Popular Demand” by B-Mob. This video was filmed in a disclosed location in the Hudson Valley, more to come from this spot too!

http://vimeo.com/holynick

http://www.flickr.com/photos/holynick/

Hope you keep an eye out for some local talent, both from Holynick and from Jetforce and Horsemen performers. Keep real and Speak To You Soon.