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This is a fake smile. Well, not really a fake one – but you know, I can’t ever ‘smile’ for the camera, so I have to start fake laughing – otherwise it won’t look right. Photo taken this morning in um, you know, our um, set – our dining room.

I know. If you checked our blog this morning… or earlier this afternoon, you were probably thinking that my whole ‘blog everyday until the wedding’ statement from yesterday would be erased from my memory just like the years 1999 – 2005. But no… not yet.

Lots to do tonight. Clean. Eat. Set some lights up and see how it looks. Take some photos. Take some videos. Watch a movie. Do some laundry. Eat. Sleep. You’re awesome. Friday. Be here now.


From Here On Out

Hello! How are you?

Well, according to the counter, we have 52 days until our wedding. Plenty of time to finish getting ready I suppose. Plenty of time to blog too. So. How about we blog everyday until then. Sounds awesome. Especially considering the relative hiatus that we’ve been on. Especially considering that you would think that during said haitus I would have lots of new material to show (ha, like I actually make stuff). Of course, maybe it’s because I’ve just been thinking a lot and reading and generally learning some stuff – and not just haphazardly clicking photos and/or video. Who knows. Maybe I’m just stalling from actually getting something made or finished.

… and taking a cue from Finding Forester – where he says just type something, even if it’s just copying text, until you feel like writing – I’m going through old photos that I didn’t know I had and checking them out again… but at least I’m in the mood to talk… kind of. Coffee Time.

I haven’t really talked about school too much lately here because it’s just been such a back burner subject for most of the past year. Online school is… well, unless you’re taking math classes – the online format is simply not nearly as time intensive as other classes – at least… it doesn’t have to be if you know how to work the ‘system’ – but that’s always the case with school.

So. My final class before I graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Finance is… College Algebra 101. And surprisingly, I haven’t had any real trouble with any of it. I mean, sure I have to refresh my memory on how to solve particular equations… but it’s a lot easier than when I took it over a decade ago. Wow. I’m old enough now to refer to things ‘over a decade ago’.

Oh yeah, that’s right. I’m 30 now.

And unlike some of my many other endeavors that drop by the wayside after one or two mentions here, never to be spoken of again… I’m still working on that short film. No really, that’s part of the reason why I just haven’t been making anything – cause first I don’t want it to all out suck, but that means that I actually have to learn some things. Like lighting. And some stuff with After Effects. And then we have to build the special FX setups. And then you know, other little things like story.

And while there is that whole ‘just film it’ mentality… that’s how I do everything I do – with little planning and just going. And while I’m generally fortunate with my mistakes and chance outcomes… it’d be nice to have a little more control over the end product, instead of always having to just hope for the best. Besides, it’s not like there’s a rush to provide the world with yet another really awful/boring/meandering/pointless short film – hello Jason Schwartzman and Wes Anderson ala Hotel Chevalier.

(Just for the record, I really like Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and parts of The Darjeeling Limited. The Life Aquatic was too Wes Anderson indulgent for me.)


A Thin Dark Waltz

Posted this to my facebook a few days ago – but I’m out of any other material right now so it’s getting posted here also.

I’m just been having trouble making anything – aside from the fact that we haven’t really left the apartment too often lately (except for food from Willy’s – those burritos are so good.) I’ve taken more than enough video of general random things from every single excursion we’ve taken, whether dinner or lunch with friends or just a trip to the store. I mean – how many music video montages can I make? 50. Apparently I can make at least 50 – because that’s how many I’ve made.

Oh. So I finished a screenplay for a short film. I’ve let it digest in my head for a while and new bits and pieces are continually coming up and it’s slowly growing from 8 minutes to roughly 20 now – and that’s cool I suppose. Still. Taking the baby steps that we’re taking – it should be interesting. But clearly, this is my new current side project until my next one – and even then, I’m hoping to carry out this one since it’s taken up considerable space in my head for a few months now.

Picking up a green screen today for testing and checking out the feasibility of some of our special fx shots – I know! ha, our short film will actually have special effects + gallons of blood. I know, you’re probably already thinking about how awesome this is all going to be. Way Awesome.

We’re gonna shoot scenes for a trailer first – since we’ll be able to knock that out in a day – and then maybe if that comes out well enough – some other people will want to join in on the project. So we’ll see how that trailer goes.

Hey, less than 60 days until we get married. Crazy.Awesome.