I woke up this morning grateful. Grateful for my creativity, for good company, for the man who wakes me in the morning. Grateful for the good weather.
Rather quickly, I mean when you think about it, the information showers in. It’s subtle, and sort of cryptic at first: “Stay safe,” “If you’re trying to get in touch with Boston friends, use text, cell towers are overwhelmed,” “Marathon updates.” Suddenly social media seems useful. Blogs give you a minute by minute update that reflects the confusion of the scene. There are first hand photos and video, plumes of smoke and blood spatters.
On the morning of September 11, 2001 I don’t remember how I woke. Another day of high school I suppose. I remember glimpsing the TV before I left for school. I didn’t realize quite what was happening, not even the simple fact that a plane crashed into one of the Twin Towers, let alone an attack. The morning was spent in World History watching the news (we were three hours behind on the west coast). I never cried over it. I suppose because when I thought of friends and family in New York, I never thought of them in the city or near the World Trade Center buildings.
Today though, I couldn’t mention the news. I couldn’t at all, I interrupted myself with gutteral sobs before I could say someone blew up the finish line. I covered my mouth like they do in bad films when unspeakable things happen. I guess this one was closer to home.
The only questions I want answered the news networks can’t report on. One, namely, that will never be satisfied.
Tonight I am grateful for the safety of friends and family that we left in Boston. My condolences for the killed and injured.
I almost forgot about this, that is until I watched PINA 3d and remembered that I have also directed dancers. Not to suggest that the below is anything like PINA 3d, it was more a happy set of circumstance drummed together during a workshop with Daniel Conrad.
After a kind of tedious set of days trying to get filmmakers and dancers who had never dabbled much with the other to work in stride and make dance films, Laura Cleveland lightly galloped into the studio and quietly announced to me that she had been working on a dance upstairs… if I wanted to film it. I did.
Sam Naiman and John Petrina, the sort of tech support for the workshop, also welcomed the distraction and we fled upstairs to make something. We really only had about an hour at most and in that time Sam and John set up a make-shift dolly rig while I directed Laura and her choreography into a story I could tell and mapped the terrain.
I took my metaphorical director’s chair, Sam the reins at the camera, and John made magic of a hand truck turned dolly. And this is what came of it:
Oh the the music I just added on the fly for your pleasure [Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass], it is neither original nor what Laura was actually dancing to.
For me, the joy of the Whiteman Brothers exceeds their relentless humor and permeates into an even better place. A place where I remember that this–making movies and art, etc.–is just as much about having fun as it is for any other reason I could conjure.
In all their prolific glory, and as part of their series on a movie a day for 29 days (first brought to you in 2008, and back again for the latest leap year), Sean a Christof brought me one step closer to my dreams of becoming Portland’s premier split-screen actress.
Here it is, the Valentine’s Day special of a lifetime:
While tweaking RACHEL, RYAN, JAMIE & KATIE the other day, I got a little side tracked. Intending to participate in some office spirit, I made an entry for the Film Center’s MAKE IT SHORT contest. There’s basically one rule, it has to be 40 seconds or less (in honor of the Film Center’s 40th anniversary season).
So, using some already acquired footage, I give you Katie… or PARTY GURL.
I very (VERY) quickly whipped together this silly animation for the Northwest Film Center’s 12-hour Movie Marathon. It a fun fundraising event for those in love film, and there’s more to it than watching movies at the Bagdad–trivia, raffles, surprise guests and performers!
I gave you a sneak peak at the TWOMP screening last month (also a kind of sneak peak in itself for that film), but coming to you again–and this time not on a sheet!–I give you RACHEL, RYAN, JAMIE & KATIE.
Join me and some other incredible makers at the Northwest Film Center on January 26th, 7 PM. It’s part of the Movers & Makers screening of shorts, and if we’re buddies I can probably make it free!
Now all I need to do is finish some sound work on it this weekend!
On Thursday December 29th, please join me for a screening of “The World of Missing Persons”! This film I produced for writer/director Travis Ezell is still a work-in-progress, but we’re excited to be showing it before the new year. The screening will feature other works by cast and crew, which means I got the chance to sneak “Rachel, Ryan, Jamie & Katie”, a film I co-wrote and directed with Shawn Sullivan and Liz Lewis, into the mix.
I recently made this trailer for work. My first sort of full on animation exercise and the first time I’ve ever used After Effects! There are a million things I could still tweak or animate differently, but I am fairly happy with it. The band at the beginning is The Harpoons (under Creative Commons licensing) and you can go here for more information on Top Down.
I told you I’d be back! As we make the transition from pre-production to production with The World of Missing Persons, we need some more funds to get all the way there. The Regional Arts & Culture council will get us part way, but here is where you come in! Below is our kickstarter video, but the get more information and donate to the campaign click here! Visit us on Facebook too!