Saturday, February 27, 2010

Film School FOREVAH! (noo!)


This quarter I've had the privilege and horror(did I say horror? I meant... honor...) of completing some necessary requirements as part of my MFA degree, and the class of choice is Cinematography. The class (in theory) is absolutely awesome and inspiring. It makes me fall in love with film again every week. That is, until, I actually have to start making films.

I love film. I love the people who make films. I love that people live their lives to create this art. But I am not built for making live action films. You have five hours of hauling, moving, lifting, lighting, setting, rehearsing, walking, climbing, yelling, discussing, cleaning, prepping, and all other sorts of manual labor for just 30 seconds or so of filming. Yes you could compare this to the grueling mental labor of animation (12 hours for 10 seconds of animation!? That's optimistic!), but the manual labor of live action is quite literally KILLING ME!

Never-the-less, I am learning totally valuable and necessary aspects of film making that will certainly help with my animation. Film is a lot harder than it looks, people.

I have had a TON of fun working with my friends and classmates on their projects. Us animators like to use props and costumes and silly situations and we have had a really good time working together. I appreciate you, Friends!

And I appreciate you, Filmmakers!!! Now if only they were required to make an animated film.....

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Love is truly in the air... even when single. Very very single.

Thanks to a ton of self-empowering and inspiring dreams last night, my very single Valentine's day was off to a good start. I always know it's a good day when I can create some art. As cheesy and silly as it is, my little chocolate covered Ewe really set the tone for a great day.

I saw that the weather was the best it's been in a while, and knew I had to get out into the sun. By 11:30 I was ready and grabbed a towel, not sure where I was going but knowing I had to go somewhere. I headed down 10 West and was determined to find a sunny lovely spot to sit and contemplate and soak up some fresh sea air. The beach made me feel like I was truly surrounded by love. I listened to all the people around me telling their different stories in different languages and knew they were all having the same conversations. I was in bliss and really felt some good love from within bubbling up all for myself. There is nothing better than surf and sun and sand to set everything right.

I got home and then my friend Natalie magically showed up and we were ready to enjoy a silly movie and some delicious food, and now I'm home perfectly fat and happy and feeling all the love in the world.... or is that a sunburn?

Either way, it feels pretty good. =)

(update two days later)
On second thought, Valentine's day was the sahara desert of emotion.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

2010 OFF to a great start!

My 12 month Tarot reading that I did casually with my very good friend Natalie pointed out that January would be full of mental conflict, and that February would hold a direct connection to the divine, and so far, so true.

Despite having a severe relapse after too much fun two weekends ago paired with an exhausting (yet so much fun) shoot with my Cinematography class, I'm back to hobbling around twitching and aching (if I'm lucky to be hobbling around at all). HOWEVER! Despite the physical set back, I was able to get a few hours in on my new Thesis film today and now the ball is officially rolling. The direct connection will help me to stay focused and inspired, and I'll tunnel through this month ups and downs because of my little monster friend, "Genius", who shows up only when I do, of course.

So, here I am! Showing up! And Genius, so far, has been diligent as well. I think he knows I'm working under extenuating circumstances.

I also want to give a shout out to my amazing friends who make me so excited to get up and get moving.