Waiting for Elizabeth (A Love Story)
Now comes the last book of Ben Bryant’s exceptional autobiographic trilogy. As has been evident in his two previous volumes, Three Stages and Circumstances Beyond My Control, Ben’s “Journey” has been anything but ordinary or average.
Spanning from 1990 through 2014, the central story here is his losing and regaining the Love of his Life and this painful yet ultimately joyous saga is framed by his continuing artistic evolution, finally, as an editor and director in video.
Ben found his most creative expression as an editor. The process of taking hours and hours of disparate video and shaping it into a coherent, comprehensible and compelling form has provided his greatest sense of artistic expression. He shares these experiences from the arduous initial learning process through fascinating – often hilarious – tales of numerous projects. He skillfully demystifies the technical details of this complex craft making it clearly comprehensible to the uninitiated.
Waiting for Elizabeth is a satisfying and happy ending to these extraordinary memoirs.
From the Foreword
… he was clearly a gifted boy. His singing was remarkable and he easefully moved into a theatrical career in California after college. Broadway beckoned and he became a busy singer/actor the first week he arrived in The City.
Theatre, as it turned out, was not his calling and his interest in film production took over. ... An innately curious man, he was always willing to jump into the deep end of the pool, often conquering very steep learning curves. From film he moved on to video production – shooting, directing and editing. All of these disciplines require much study and practice. And in our relentlessly shifting technological age, there’s no end to the ever-evolving tools. Ben just keeps embracing it all.
… through many of his most stressful periods … Ben maintained his equanimity. The vicissitudes of life seemed to be no match for his innately positive perspective. And I was amazed as he shared his rendition of our most arduous times, that I wasn’t more upset. I could hear that his love for me had remained despite the anger and hurt, and that the love ultimately eclipsed them. Moreover, given that his ground of being is firmly ensconced in his steadfast sense of humor, laugh-out-loud-funny was often the result. …–Elizabeth Hepburn, 1st & 2nd Wife