Archive for May, 2011

Kevin D. Williamson is an awesome man

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Recently wrapped up shooting of a music video being done for Magic Man. (Excellent band, by the way.) I have to say that as stressful as this shoot was in terms of last minute scheduling changes, due to time conflicts and weather, I’m satisfied with how things turned out. I do still have to see my footage as I didn’t have the ability to look at the footage from a monitor most of the time (had to trust my DP, as he was working on a glidecam and couldn’t be encumbered by wires), but until I see otherwise, I will assume that I have plenty of coverage to edit from.

Lessons learned from this shoot?
1) Schedule schedule schedule everything as far back as you can. I ultimately got kinda lucky; things could’ve been a lot worse in terms of people not being able to make it.
2) Always have a backup plan, and a backup plan to that backup plan. Because no matter how much planning you do, shit will still go wrong. Part of planning is to get ready to make room for that shit.
3) Never bite more than you can chew. Two music videos in one academic quarter is a bit much. With the events that transpired, I really don’t think it could’ve turned out any other way, but for my own future personal reference, I would like to remind myself that it may be better to pool resources and effort for a more awesome project, rather than many more rushed ones.
4) There’s always another way to get something done.

Simple stuff really, things I’ve always told myself, but never really “knew.” You can never sell the worth of actual experience short.

On the note of experience, I’d like to emphasize that I had a damn good time working with Kevin D. Williamson, Chicago-based actor. Just one heck of a nice, easygoing dude; he’s calm, funny, and humble. And a really diligent worker to boot. I’d spout off a lot of confusing, stream-of-consciousness statements really quickly about what I wanted, and the man would find some way of internalizing my blabber of words into what I actually wanted. Sure, what I was going for usually didn’t happen on the first take, but he’d keep on working until it happened. And for that, I have to give Kevin a huge round of applause and gratitude.

Thanks Kevin, and apologies for making you so dizzy and exhausted from all the dancing and rolling. The dude earns massive props for his ability to work and work with barely a break between each take. I’ll most definitely give him a plug — if you are a director/casting director looking for a pleasant actor to work with, do consider Kevin D. Williamson.

Turtles are actually fast

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Great. Is there a caveat to every general concept that I learn?

Dance, rapture, dance! The End Of the World!

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Guess I was so busy that this prophecy and the surrounding cultish buzz snuck up on me. What a relief — my neurobiology class teacher said that she would not accept any extensions for the our final paper due next week.

Sarcasmies!

And my 20s will be gone just like that.

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

My prime. So how will I spend it?
Angst inspired by this really poignant, nostalgia-inducing video-

I want to go on a drive far away tonight, by myself, just me and my favorite music. Drive somewhere pristine, maybe go for a brief night hike.
Instead, sigh. I’ll stay in. Maybe get some homework done.

The next decade. There’s so much I want to do. Become more educated. Watch more episodes of PBS Frontline, listen to some more of This American Life. Discover some more beautiful music. Become a better filmmaker. Hell, even watch more films period. I don’t want to watch my parents grow old. I want to have more entertaining conversations with random strangers. Convulse at many more concerts. Have many more chances to make up for my wrongs.

Next ten years. I know you will, but please don’t pass by too fast.

This is a vain, embarrassing request. I hope no one reads it. Now, back to my simple facade.

More Beautiful Scandinavian Women with Musical Talent

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Henriette Sennenvaldt of Under Byen. Chalk another one up to the list of gorgeous Scandinavian women who got musical chops – joining the likes of Björk, Silje Nes, Karin Dreijer Andersson, Robyn, among Lord knows how many others. And oh yeah, there’s Henriette’s bandmate, Katrine Stochholm.

Musical discovery of the day is appropriately Under Byen. They’re sound is eerily beautiful, like a combination of Bjork, Sigur Rós, and Neutral Milk Hotel.
I’m really not sure what it is about these Scandinavian countries that encourages off-kilter musical experimentation — that still manages to have somewhat of a soothing, familiar feel – not pop, but still familiar, universal, pleasant to the ears.

Superficiality aside, Henriette Sennenvaldt’s got a supernatural, Siren-esque voice that really pervades through your head. Screw it, I’m crashing into the rocks. Can’t pry myself away from this voice and study Physics.