Beams: rays of light; to radiate light; to shine; to smile expansively; to emit; to transmit;
the bar of a
balance; to support/brace against stress; on the right track.

Digital Photography and Art by DiDi Hendley. Now...Words.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Finding Felicity Still Shots

Thanks to Emily and Sean for these great shots! I had THE BEST crew and cast! They were all troopers, always willing and never complained.
Finding Felicity 
still photos

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Finding Bliss

I promised a blogpost when my life changed for the crazy...but it's been so crazy there hasn't been time!

I believe it was in May, I attended another of the SC Film Commission's free workshops, which was held at Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC, USA. Their marquis displayed the ridiculously low (in tri-county) tuition, and all the way home I thought wonder if. Once home, I researched their Film Production program, and, well, long story short, HERE I AM! It's been insanely crazy, but I love it.

So, for our Film Production I class, we're assigned a Bolex (old film camera) project that will produce under 3 minutes of film. Again, long story short, One of my dear Kaniac friends posted the lyrics to Steve Carlson's All That I Ever Wanted and inspiration struck.

"Student film...sounds fishy..." SC
After a wicked little tweet--Steve blessed me with permission to use his song with my student film.

I've written the script "Finding Felicity," arranged for my leading man, leading lady, video camera folks, and a few production assistants. Today, I made contact with a gentleman in North Charleston for my location. It was yet another thing that just fell into place--I'm in awe and feel extraordinarily blessed!

Scouting in the old city of North Charleston where their is a quaint road with beautiful landscaping, park benches, alfresco dining and much more, the only thing that was scripted but not available was a service station. So...another rewrite and that's not a problem. I meant to take my camera and shoot stills but...well...I didn't so I'll have to post those ASAP.

While walking down the sidewalk, I found the perfect alfresco tables outside Cork NE Bistro. Just a couple doors down, there looked to be two empty businesses. With my creative hat on, I figured a way to overcome my missing service station by using this storefront. Now...if only I knew who to contact for permission...

Just then, the next-door, empty storefront door opened, and out walked Drew, a kind man with beautiful eyes who made my day by saying that he not only worked at Cork, but they also owned the two seemingly empty storefronts!!! AND that the owner appreciated such ventures as my TTC student film, so likely would grant permission for the shoot! I offered, too, that  I had a bit part that needed to be filled, if he'd be willing I'd love to include him! SO.... I still have some paperwork and phone calls to manage, but I'm hoping that I can check off location, and just deal with details (along with a script rewrite).

As soon as possible, I'd love to share my STARS with that will be forthcoming. I'm SOOOO excited, please stay tuned and I'll keep you updated!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sin City Weekend III in Vegas

My submissions for Sin City Weekend contest with Steve Carlson and special guest Christian Kane. I didn't win, but sure wish I did! Thanks so much for the opportunity and I know the folks attending will have a blast!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Once upon a time...

     ...the door was shiny, new.
     I heard it lead to the path I should take.
     I knocked. 
     No answer.
     I turned the knob.
     No use.
     I turned the key.
     No click.

     Many times I tried again.
     No answer.
     No passage.
     No destiny.

     Days creeped into years.
     The doorway--an obsession.
     I beat. 
     I pled. 
     I cried.
     The door would not open.

     Years turned to decades, creeping by.
     Time was me, to the door.
     Cracked and weathered, we both were worn.
     The walls surrounding me were prison. 
     Lost hope,
     Unending expectation,
     My companions.... 
     And the door.

     I ceased knocking on the ugly door.
     Without expectation to darken the way, peace was delivered.
     Tranquility brought me a state of grace.
     Grace brought words.
     The words made me smile, and laugh, and cry.
     Tears of joy, never known.

     I look at my walls now, and recognize my sanctuary.
     The ugly door no longer matters.
     My words are my comfort, my peace, my joy, unending.
     The road not traveled is now my home.
     The walls cannot contain me.
     My mind takes me where I want to go.

     I am 

by DiDi Hendley

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

BBDD BOOK REVIEW: Unsavory Delicacies by Russell Brooks

As a member of a Writers group on Facebook, I am exposed to many authors/books, often new (or soon to be) released publications or epubs.

I recently read Russell Brooks' UNSAVORY DELICACIES, and would like to share my review with you! Russell is also the author of Pandora's Succession. Check him out!

UNSAVORY DELICACIES by Russell Brooks contains three short suspense stories. 
If a short life does lead one to have dessert first, then Crème Brûlée is most certainly the most delicious place to start. This tale of intrique has more twists than gemelli. Perfectly crusty and cold (in all the right places), it left me craving more. 
To The Last Bite is definitely a savory read, and should cause a pause to anyone who might be inclined to rendor public criticism without considering the consequences. 
Shashlyk and Morozhenoe, while not my first choice of consumption, smartly tied back to Crème Brûlée. Perhaps I was lost in translation for the final course, but as this easy, 25-page read was wholy filling, I recommend reading UNSAVORY DELICACIES. Just don't read it during your lunch hour.

Russell's books are available on Amazon Kindle StoreBarnes and Noble PubIt StoreSmashwords, XinXii, or on Russell's Website.

I hope you check back in from time to time-there will be more reviews--hopefully you will find a new favorite author among them!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Never Tethered

It's certainly no secret I'm a Kaniac - and proud of it. Kaniacs, for those who don't know, are diehard fans of the band Kane. The first weekend in February, Christian Kane and the band were in North Carolina for two concerts--and it was OUTSTANDING. I'm Still Comin' Down, as a matter of fact. Any true-blue Kaniac knows what I'm talking about. One concert is awesome. Two is...euphoric!

My prized birthday gift of a VIP Meet and Greet with Christian presented me the opportunity to meet Mr. Kane. (Check his website for more info on the VIP M&G. There may still be some available-depending on when you read this.) Once he returns to filming Leverage on TNT, I'm sure concerts in the southeast won't be an option.

I just have to say that Christian seems such a warm and giving person--the two times I've had the pleasure of being personally in his company, he has completely blown my mind by being so genuine and attentive to whomever he is with at that moment. I'll be happy to post about my weekend later in more detail, as has been requested by my new Kaniac friend Sherry. In the meantime, I've been working on writing Whirlwind Love (manuscript for a novel) this past year, which I had hoped to pitch to the inspiring Mr. Kane. That didn't actually happen in the minute that I had his attention. I'm hoping he still has my package and will consider it. If you get the chance, how about tweet him @ChristianKane01 and tell him to take a good look at #WhirlwindLove ... he'll probably not have a clue what you're talking about, but I can tell you this is a love story I've been working on for the last year, inspired by the Christian Kane - Kane Acoustic: Live In London CD. I'll be posting some information about the story later, but...

As I have enjoyed listening to the band this past weekend, and of course, being a professional photographer, I just HAD to shoot...and shoot...and shoot. I've been having a blast posting my photos for fellow Kaniacs (and soon-to-be Kaniacs - if you don't know this band...gas up, buckle up and Let's take a Drive! It's a hell of a ride!) Just, please, remember the House Rules! Photos are also posted on my Facebook page or my Beams by DiDi Flickr stream.

To Christian, Steve, Ryan, Will and Jason: Thanks for an amazing weekend! I hope I have the opportunity to do that again! Special note to Frogger: thanks for the all your effort-while you tried to hide it-there were times when it showed. I will always remember that you put it all aside for us. :DD