I am considering a shift in content on this blog. I mean, I really enjoy my ramblings, but as long as they remain ramblings, I wont build much more readership than you few faithful.
And ideally, I’d like at least a few more people to read what I’ve got to say. Otherwise, this has the potential to turn into a glorified newsletter to keep my family informed of my doings (not good).
So a shift in content is being considered….
Since I’m a film major, I’d like to talk about movies. Lots of ’em. Unfortunately, of what about them do I talk? There are so many avenues…
I set up as my ideal (for focused-content blogs) the blog of my fellow FVS major… Read and enjoy! (Robert Ebert even commented on her blog!)
I have found a new band to love. Owl City. Here is their amazing music video to their incredible song, “Fireflies.”
If I come out of school having learned anything, it will be that there are no absolutes in life. Nothing is black and white or crystal clear. Everything comes in different shades and has different faces and can be seen from a different angle.
This is an adorable music video to “First Day of My Life,” by Bright Eyes. I found the music video on my friend’s Facebook page (I tell you, Facebook provides a never-ending source of content), and now I’ve just finished watching three more of their songs on YouTube. I may have found a new band to love.
Watch this adorably romantic music video:
I just got back from a great weekend in Tulsa. My cousin got married on Friday, so my mom flew down from Montana and my sister flew in from Las Vegas for the wedding. It was such fun to see them both.
The Student Film Production Club is getting a group together to go down to the Austin Film Festival in October, and I am going!
The festival spans a number of days, but the conference itself is four days, from Oct. 22-25th. Basically the conference is stuffed full of tons and tons of panels and parties and discussions and roundtables and gah!
We all bought student ticket passes, and many of us have gotten into a roundtable event where we will be able to meet with film executives, including:
• Richard Bever, Chill Entertainment
• Ashley Brucks, Paramount Pictures
• Curtis Burch, President of Latitude Productions
• Carlo Eugster, Out of the Blue Entertainment
• Juliana Farrell, Jersey Girl Films
• Jessica Julius, Disney Animation Studios
• Maggie Malone, Disney Animation Studios
• Matt Summers, Vice President, 821 Entertainment
And that is just ONE event! There are so many more events that I haven’t had time to look at them all (it’s really an overwhelming list). Good thing I still have a few weeks to decide what I want to attend and who I want to meet and what movies I want to see. For a list of all the conference events at the AFF, click HERE!
So I’m totally stealing this from a friend… but the title of this blog is a happy clown! See it? =)
I saw on Facebook that some girl I know from class got a GINORMOUS tattoo of a flower all the way across her left shoulder. I mean, it covered the entire left shoulder blade, from top to bottom, with a large grouping of flowers (looking like cherry or apple blossoms) attached to some sort of stem (that actually looked rather like seaweed).
And this was her FIRST tattoo. It’s not like she started small, with some cute little symbol on the inside of her ankle. Nope. She went all out with a huge tattoo that sprawls all over her back. There’s no return from something like that. There’s no, “Oh, I guess I don’t like tattoos after all.” There’s NOTHING she can do about that huge thing in ten years when she has kids or sixty years when she’s a grandma.
All I can say is that I really hope that science comes up with a way to gracefully remove tattoos (less expensively) so that all these poor girls can get their wrinkly, shapeless tattoos removed when they are eighty.
Today I turn in my last paper of the week! Yes!
When most people have test week and spend hours in the library pouring over their books and working out problems, I have paper week. And I also spend hours in the library, clickety-clacking away.
Today was paper week. I had three papers due:
1.) a 3-pg paper on how the Maasai tribe in Africa is trying, with the help of the World Intellectual Property Organization (part of the UN), to copyright their dances and songs to keep economic control of their cultural heritage
2.) a 5-6 pg paper on the themes of the 1910s and 20s that run through the films The Birth of a Nation (the most racist film on the face of the planet– and also one of the first feature films, which means that it is black and white, silent, and loooooong), The Kid (starring Charlie Chaplin in his first of many famous roles as the Tramp), and the obscure The Crowd (by King Vidor, which is about some poor guy who gets swallowed in the fast-paced industrial age).
3.) a 3-pg review of a book, Folklore/Cinema: Popular Film as Vernacular Culture, which I didn’t read and still had to summarize (in my defense, it was a terrible book full of essays that were ONLY written because some professor somewhere wanted a tenure position)— Although, one of the essays was fascinating, because it talked about how Leni Riefenstahl, a German actress and director of the famous Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will, first established her career by making mountain films (about the rugged honesty of the high peaks and the peasants that lived on their slopes) and how that brought her the special attention and friendship of none other than Mr. Adolf Hitler.
Anywho… done and done. I’m so glad that’s over. Now I can get back to reading four chapters for class tomorrow, finishing a chapter in my French workbook, and writing four emails to send out for the Student Film Production Club.