January 1st, 2020: Kyle's 2019 Year in Review and What's Ahead in 2020...
Updated: Jan 6
It's been roughly five months since I last sat down to write an entry in my once weekly written blog series. I'm sure many of you have been wondering where I've been with these entries since I signed off in September...needless to say, I've been very very busy, and there's plenty of things I need to catch you up on!!
Here's how my 2019 went down...
1. I won some awards for school and for filmmaking!!
In September of this year, I was fortunate enough to receive two awards from the South Dakota Film Festival for two short films I produced, edited, directed, and wrote myself. These shorts, Hotline and Dormscape, won awards in Best Editing and in SDFF's Jury Award for Excellence in Experimental Filmmaking, respectively.
I was also lucky enough to receive a few scholarships from Minnesota State University Moorhead, ranging in academic excellence to my dedication to arts. I also made the Dean's List for my fifth semester in a row and even got to present at MSUM's annual Student Academic Conference in April!!
2. I worked on over fifteen new short films.
I spent most of 2019 working on my KODS Experimental Anthology series, which now has seven total shorts under the collection. Other projects included collaborative pieces such as Pillow Talk, ANTE MERIDIEM, It Was Warmer There Part II, and Brine.
You can check out all of my released short films here. There's plenty of new short films from 2019 that have yet to be released, so stay tuned!!!
3. I got to intern at a great company.
Working for Bolton & Menk this summer was a blast. I was able to try my hand at a ton of great projects and meet a ton of new people while spending my summer in Mankato, MN. If you want to read more about my adventures, check out this blog post from August.
4. I made a documentary!!
This fall, I was tasked with creating a documentary for the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre for a class project. We spent 16 days shooting the project and had over a terabyte of footage to go through, accumulating in over a semester's load of work to get the project complete. Working alongside four other talented individuals to create a 14-min documentary was difficult at times, but extremely rewarding in the end. We even got to do a screening of the project in December!!
Creating Together: A Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre Documentary will be released to the public in February 2020.
5. I got to act on stage for the first time in two years.
In addition to creating a documentary for FMCT, I also got to act in an FMCT show as well!! Being a part of the 2019 holiday production of A Christmas Carol was an incredible time and allowed me to branch beyond my university and meet a plethora of amazingly talented individuals. Playing the roles of the Schoolmaster and Undertaker were really fun to take on as well!!
We ended up doing a radio drama production of the show in late December that aired on local FM radio station KFGO over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. You can check out Act One here and Act Two here!!
6. I watched/rewatched 268 feature films, documentaries, and shorts.
I know, I'm honestly shocked myself. That's over 501 hours this past year spent enjoying, embracing, and analyzing cinema. Regardless, I had a blast checking out what 2019 had to bring for moviegoers everywhere. If you want to see my personal favorites films for the year (as well as my thoughts on these films), check out this list!!
Thank you to the following people for making 2019 so special to me:
- The Staff at SDFF
- The Staff at Bolton & Menk Studios
- The Staff and Volunteers of FMCT
- My roommates, Zach and Braden
- The cast and crew of FMCT's A Christmas Carol (Especially our director, Judy Lewis)
- Trinah, Emily, Austin, Sid, Ace, Sarah, Jennifer (collaborators throughout the year)
- Tom, Christian, and Beatrice (our FMCT Documentary Crew)
- My MSUM Film Professors
- My family, who continues to push me to great heights each and every day.
What's Ahead for 2020...
Believe it or not, but 2020 is going to be a year of immense change for me. I already have a ton of wonderful things planned for the year, both personal and for KODS as a whole. Here's a quick look at my future adventures as we enter this new decade...
1. I'm off to the United Kingdom for a semester abroad!!
It's extremely crazy to admit that in nine days, I'll be departing from the United States for five whole months on an adventure to the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom. I plan to write a few entries while overseas to keep you informed on how my time is being spent across the pond, so stay tuned!!
2. KODS is getting revamped for a new decade...
Kyle Odefey Digital Studios (or KODS for short), is going through a large rebranding phase this year. I don't want to give anything away just yet, but I do want to say that I'm incredibly excited to showcase a variety of new projects/initiatives in a few months. I've got plenty of new stories to share, and you'll be able to see all of them as they happen. Here's a look at our new logo for the decade:
3. In Progress with Kyle Odefey and Kyle Makes Other Things returns!!
I will be producing more blog/podcast entries as we venture into 2020 - mainly as a way to stay connected with my friends and family in the United States. In addition to new In Progress entries, expect a brand new vlog mini-series about my travels in Europe to premiere later this spring!!
Kyle Makes Other Things: The Return to Europe will be a new vlog mini-series that will hearken back to the four-part 2017 vlog special Kyle Makes Other Things: European Vacation. You can watch the original European Vacation series here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLirkNRdpTLBxAptuX3YaNZL5-1YL1uYeb
That's about all I can give away for now. More to be announced in the coming months...
Thank you for your continued support throughout 2019. I am so thankful to have such great friends and family in my life. Have a great 2020 and enjoy New Year's Day!!!
Thanks, and see you soon,