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I completely realize it's been over a week now since I posted to the TV Meme, or made a post at all really. So here's a brief catchup for posterity's sake!

While it may not be a paying job, I am working on a "low budget" feature length film. That's in quotations because really, it's a student film being made for the MFA program at UCF but according to SAG rules it's a low budget feature. Which is pretty neat actually. Think about how awesome that's going to look on my resume!

Well, to people who don't know any better. I'm certain industry professionals will glance over it and immediately dismiss it as something not awesome of me to have done.

Personally, I could care less if a would-be resume reader wouldn't be impressed, because damnit, I'm having a blast! My original intention was to be the quiet PA in the back listening and learning everything I could. That laster for approximately two Art Department meetings. At that point I was quickly realizing I knew a bit more than any of the other Pa's and couldn't resist offering ideas, or stepping in to help. Because, really, you do not hammer a nail like that, and you do not sit/stand/walk/cut wood near a freshly painted wet flat. Logic people. But that's sounding too harsh. The whole group is a blast to work with and no one is stepping on anyone else's toes. They were all just doing what I originally intended, being quiet in the back, and looked for someone to tell them what to do.

Long, too many details to bother with time later: I am officially the Prop Master in the credits, as well as Production Designer Assistant, and Construction Adviser. :D

Hindsight forever being perfect: What the ballz was I thinking going into Digital Media for Computer Animation/Visual Language??! I mean, really. I was incredibly stupid to follow that path. Everyone has a "talent" or "set of skills" and mine has always clearly been in the line of theatre production.

I grew up with my dad in construction. I was Tech Director and Student Owner of the theatre in high school. This is in my blood! I have a really great film professor mentor by the name of Lisa Cook, who told me she firmly believes: "No one chooses film. It chooses you." She admitted that sounded cheesy, but I can confirm it's 100% true. This job isn't for everyone as it requires a shit ton of labor and more importantly patience. For any department.

Film has definitely chosen me, as I completely feel like I'm in love or something. I can't wait to get down to the tiny sound stage and work with that crew on this crazy ass script that will forever haunt me as being the one pointed to and asked: "Is that a porno?"

If only I were joking.

Having finished the first day of shooting yesterday (1 of 14), I can see how there's a great story in there. Somewhere. I'm still having a bit of a hard time getting past the production company being called "Orgasmatronic Studios" but that's UCF students for you. At least I can work on this with a straight face. I've had countless conversations now about semen, penises, and orgasms. Oh, yes.

The whole movie is going to be interesting, and it will be a ton of fun to watch the film and look at the sets and know where every nail, brush stroke, or amount of faith and prayers were used to hold them up.

The movie: Bad Pixels

It's the beginning of a huge step in the awesome direction for my life. Now, if I could just get a damn film job that pays me to do what I love, I'll feel as if I've actually succeeded at this tricky life thing.
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This morning I had a coffee meeting with my old film mentor, Prof-L, and my good friend J. I seriously owe SO much to J, as she's been the one to keep me in the loop as far as film work is concerned. Now we're both seriously discussing our next big step: moving to LA!!

Fixed with cut because I was lazy at work last night. )

Yeah, we'll see how successful this turns out. Why can't I have awesome organized days everyday? I'll stop babbling now as I want to nap (at work) before our biggest room turn around at 10p.

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Jan. 27th, 2010 02:29 pm
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 I'm totally supposed to be writing a paper on the Hayes Code of 1933 in Hollywood right now. Bleh. That's boring. So instead I watched season 4, episode 15 of Heroes! It wasn't my plan to watch the ENTIRE episode in one go. I was going to use it as a reward for finishing my homework, but oh man was that a kick ass episode or what?!

Heroes 4x15 Pass/Fail )
/sigh ... Now I have to go write that boring paper. *rolls sleeves up* Come on, Hayes Code! I'm taking you back to 1966 and bringing you down Hollywood style :D ('66 is when the code was abolished in Hollywood, just so you're aware.)
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Here's the last part (I promise!)

New Herald pt 4 )
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Here's is Part 3. 1 and 2 below.

New Herald pt 3 )
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Here is Part 2 of my script. Because I knew LJ would make me split this up! for Part 1 below :D

New Herald pt 2 )
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As is my typical luck, I've gotten myself screwed over on two of my finals this semester. I have no more energy to really detail what happened, but I can safely say I won't be getting good grades in those classes.

Moving on!

My Writing for Film and TV class is sadly over *crai* but! I has awesome story now :D

I promised to post my progress on the project and did my best with what I had. Now I can post the "packet" we have to turn in as the final project. Let me explain how it's structured. There are at least 22-23 scripted pages. In between the sections of script are the Steps of the Step Outline (heavily edited since posted here last). So it's not the ENTIRE script, as that would be almost 90 pages written out, but it is the complete story. I expect LJ is going to make me split this up...

New Herald )
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HAH! I wish it had!

The irony hasn't missed me that I post about the multiple attempts on my life in one day, then .... nothing for almost a whole month.

I'm alive!! They still haven't gotten me!

The Great Noming of Turkey event distracted me from my normal routine even more. In fact, I think the only reason I'm posting this at all is because I'm trying to procrastinate working on my Finals' projects. I don't want to write 2500 words on Godard movies! I can't STAND his movies!! *crai* I'm sure I'll accomplish the goal however. Especially since [ profile] cakely_yours (who really can't understand how amazing she really is!) gifted me a 16gb 1st Gen iTouch for Christmas!!!!

Freak out doesn't even begin to describe my reaction to it.

Also, I'm hopelessly addicted to the bugger. I have no clear memory of how I effectively scheduled my life Pre-Awesome compared to my ridiculously organized life Post-Awesome. I certainly wouldn't be making it through these projects without the thing. I still need to give the iTouch a proper name though...It deserves it.

Anyway, I have Step Outlines to revise and finalize, script pages to write, French movie makers to drag across glass. Well, maybe not so much on the last bit if I want a decent passing grade!
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You tried. You really did. You almost succeeded in killing me today, but I stand the victor!


I'm going to go kill things in my game I risked life and limb for now.
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My wonderful routine I had established for this semester has been shot to hell in a matter of a week. It is SO freaking hard to get back into it. It also doesn't help that I got scheduled to work 'till Midnight tonight instead of opening. There, again, is something ELSE to ruin my morning routine. /sigh At least my icon is overwhelmingly appropriate ;) lol

I have 10pages of script due Thursday. I have 2 written (in theory). It will get done, but oi again.

I'm also going to blame NCIS for wrecking my schedule. How can a show be so awesome and silly at the same time?! No wonder it's dominated this TV season's ratings for the last FIVE weeks. Grats NCIS! I went back and, accidentally, watched all of season 1. Then watched half of season 2 skipping around 10 episodes to get to the finale. I think it was a good formula considering the epic amounts of episodes there are. I got to know Kate and love her over the course of all of season 1. Then when the inevitable happens at the end of season 2 I was still hit in the gut. I even knew since starting the show she died! Why was I in tears!? 

That is the magic of NCIS's writers. I felt like I was watching a TV movie, a good TV movie, for all 3 eps it took to tell the story. BTW, watching Gibbs pace a bit scatter brained in a dark office while McGee and Tony watch nervously, then have Gibbs ask in a slightly broken voice: "I'm going for coffee. Can I get you boys anything?" about damn near killed me. I think it about near killed Tony too as his reaction was a bit priceless to McGee. Also, nice touch Epic!writers by showing Ghost!Kate to all the cast in varying outfits. It really made the story more than just sad coworkers on a vendetta. Although, watching Gibbs on a vendetta is damn entertaining, even if it's briefly thrown out there he was suicidal in his attempts to take down Ari. Subtle. Nice depth.

This, is the way to handle a beloved character death. Maybe because I'm American and it was our system's way of hand holding to accept a new character replacement in Ziva, but Christ. There was closure at least! Gibbs as the Team Dad(tm) was allowed to do something instead of being so emotionally broken he ran away. Yes, unless you're totally ignorant of the way I think, I just swung around to rant more about CoE. Which I'll stop now because it's pointless at the moment.

Moving on back to topic. Schedule=wrecked. I think this was also aided in the fact all last week was repeats of the shows I follow or just weren't on. NCIS, Bones, Fringe ... I think Heroes was the only one not a repeat but I still missed thinking it was. Now it's catch up with my entertainment, but I don't have time because the semester is still moving on. Argh!! I'd like to return my Grown-Up Passport for my older and well loved Childhood one, please.


Oct. 27th, 2009 03:28 pm
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I am filled with Sick.

I'm certain it's a small dose of flu, as I am not throwing up (yet) and only have a very small fever. But I ACHE! My head is really dizzy too. It was probably the smartest idea I have ever had NOT to go to class today (though I really, really, really, needed too) since I would have had to bike. I can just imagine me riding into a parked car, or falling off at a bad spot or something.

Oh well. I got my papers done for classes at least. Still have the epic script to keep working on, and then the 2500 word final paper for Film history. There's still a ton of time for those however.

I'm going to go cocoon myself in my nest now and watch more NCIS. Yes. That sounds like a grand idea.
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So I lied. )
I figured out how to painlessly post my script pages and preserve the proper formatting. The only down side is they're formatted a little er.. narrow. But! Feel assured that this is accurate to how it would be printed on a 8x11 piece of paper :D Don't you feel special now?

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This class is totally kicking my ass in the good way. Every Thursday roughly between 3p and 6p I revert into a five year old handing a beloved adult a shiny. I shit you not. My teacher is made of both Win and Epic, and I would do anything for her. She handed back our first five pages of script (which I would post here if it weren't for the insanity it is to code it properly for LJ. I will when it's done. I promise.) today, and mine had notes on it!! She said I had a "Terrific opening" and "Script work is terriffic! Compress some description" which turned out to be only one section.


I am ridiculously pleased.

So, as promised before, here is another assignment we had to do. It's the ENTIRE plot. It's format is called a "Step Outline" and you're meant to squeeze you entire description of your plot into three pages maximum. Oi. I managed, but as you will see things were sacrificed I didn't want to cut out. The ending, for example, does not read as epic as it really is. Rawr. I am happy that I now have some kind of road map to follow. It will be fun to see where the plot really goes in the revision process.


There you go. The girl who got to read this breakdown couldn't stop reading it! Another ego boost to me :D I've worked really hard on it.

Brain Dead

Oct. 2nd, 2009 05:04 pm
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I  promised myself I wouldn't work on my new story AT ALL today because I literally, physically exhausted myself with it yesterday. I really did. I got back from class around 6:30, made some some dinner, popped in Ratatouille for something different to do, then fell asleep half way through it. I woke up this morning at 9:30a-10a. I remember making myself change snoozing locations from the couch to my bed at some time last night, but holy shit I slept for 14 HOURS! Dude-man-bro! :O

Whee! Babble! )

Long post is long. I know, I'm sorry. Just haven't written anything on here of worth in a while and felt I needed to recap :D )

And now. I'm going to actually do something on my To Do List. I want to make Ianto proud because he's obviously watching over me in some astral Hub. LOL!

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There. That's better.


Script assignment done! now I'm off to hunt a parking space.
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I've always remember something Russel T Davies once said in an interview about his characters: They're all his favorites. The moment that he's writing dialogue for a specific person, in that moment, they are his favorite character. I think this is key to his success of memorable side characters. It's something I've always noticed about his writing. The person might say just one thing, but you see that person stand out for that one moment.

Which brings me to my Writing for Film and TV class. We're starting to get into the meat of things now. We've chosen our respective stories to write so now begins the construction of them. I originally was going to use a plot I came up with for a Torchwood story. It was malleable enough to work for the requirements of the class. Man, am I glad I didn't go that route. There are SO many people writing superhero stories! Instead, I'm ironically going with the third plot idea I forced onto paper. It wasn't supposed to go anywhere, just fulfill the assignment of having three ideas.

I figured posting what I'm working on here would add a little flesh to this journal so here goes: ) 

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Hey kids!

So I made it to class sorta on time. I also was gifted a parking ticket for my troubles. Boo. But, honestly... I should of had around 4 at this point since I've gotten away with parking this last week.

The movie we watched today isn't a favorite of mine. It's going to fall into that category of "Watched once, got the moral, please no more." I'm not certain if it is just this semester but the French are not getting any points with me. First was a mind-fuck of Godard (yes, yes he's brilliant, move along) and now there was this depressing movie about virginity. Ever seen "Fat Girl" dir. Catherine Breillat? I'm really torn on it. I can't say I liked it but then again it was a strong movie for the message it was giving: If men can 'practice' with all sorts of women before marriage, why can't women? Why are women not allowed to lose their virginity when men get made fun of for *not* losing it? Powerful stuff. The film made a good platform for the argument even if third of it is driving down a highway being scared by semi-trucks. No, really. Oh, and another third is watching a young girl fall for the most blatant lines given by a guy who had already admitted to just being horny. Ugh. Still, point made. Score for the film.

Dinner has been made and I am awesome for achieving it! I got a little adventurous in the kitchen by breading some chicken strips (never done before), boiling up some shell pasta, then adding a Cabernet Marinara from Newman's Own. It is DELICIOUS! I was feeling really great about the whole thing up until it came time to add the pasta sauce.

Which is when the glass jar's rim shattered as I unscrewed the lid. Glass, EVERYWHERE!

So now I'm sitting here waiting for another ep of True Blood to load chewing carefully because I just KNOW that one little sliver of glass made it into the shells.


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No biking yesterday or today because Florida has decided to act like itself again and RAIN. Damnit. I'm actually missing biking to campus. Who the hell am I, and why am I enjoying the exorcise? Did I mention it's sunny and raining at the same time? Yeah. Thanks for being a hypocrite FL. Stay classy.

Which reminds me I'm almost late now for my Women in Film class. Gotta drive. Grr. But I didn't get on here to complain, I meant to post this:

Gareth David-Lloyd in a Sherlock Holmes movie.

That's right. Though, I'm not sure which character he's playing Sherlock or Watson, it doesn't matter. What matters is he's in it and mostly this: GIANT MONSTERS ATTACKING LONDON. 

Thank you.

That is all.

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So my mind pretty much needed a vacation after CoE. I'm still settling my *exact* viewpoint on it. It's tough being a film student and a hardcore fan of a show. However, my film classes this semester are turning into therapy lol! I'm 100% serious about this too.

It's been just about a full month since classes started and I've managed to (somewhat) stick to my schedule I designed. I had a bit of a hiccup because of Labor Day throwing my week out of order on top of getting a bad sinus infection that knocked me out of the running for a few days. But! I'm back on track this week.

I've started biking to campus now. 1) Because I am trying to be a green-thinker 2) Because I really need the exorcise 3) Because I'm too flat-ass broke to buy a parking decal for campus. It works out well for me. I save money and get healthy all at the same time. I have no excuses to be lazy, I can make it to campus in 20 mins by biking.

So! Classes I am taking: Yoga, American Film Artist, Images of Women in Film, Film History, and Writing for T.V. and Film. Yup, that's 5. I love this semester though. Yoga is such a great thing to have first thing on Monday mornings (7:30a! @_@) and I am really learning a lot about my body and how much it's changed since high school. I used to be able to handstands and other postures that I am failing at now in class. It's nice to know I've retained most of my balance though, it's the muscles that have left me. American Film Artist is a fun class to end Mondays. We're studying 4 different directors this semester and are currently on Fosse! I also got to watch Chinatown again, which for me is love. Jack Nicholson was a handsome man in his day. On Tuesdays it's Images of Women in Film. Ula Stoeckle is my professor. She's from Germany and has directed many great movies of her own so she has TONS of information to pass on to the class. I really love her. She's a riot too! She's not afraid to say what she thinks and honestly wants us to tell her our opinions. Great teacher. Which brings me to Film History. My teacher is a European Ben Stine. He is a good prof, really he is, but I think he's missing the mark when it comes to what he's teaching us for 'Film History' ... if I didn't already have a grasp on the history of my chosen profession I wouldn't have a clue what this man is telling me. He shows us films with no clear idea of why they are important or progressive to the time line of motion pictures. He's making it into a Theory and Critique class (which he actually teaches as well....) I hope I pass with my paper that is worth the ENTIRETY of my grade!! Urgh.

My last class of the week deserves its own paragraph from the rest of the babble. Writing for Film and T.V. is my favorite class I have ever taken at UCF. My teacher, Peg O'Keefe is a nutcase. I love her. She makes the 3 hours we have to get through fly by and get this: I actually am learning useful things! No, really. I am. Unheard of until now at UCF, but really, she's making me learn important skills. Story, characters, just general writing and thinking are all being looked at and *taught*! Which ties me back to what I first said in this post. This class is therapy to me after CoE. It's honestly helping me figure out what I hated, loved and all that to really understand my reaction (and understand other's opinions) to it. We talked about Egri's "Moral Dilemma" yesterday. This single handedly gave me an epiphony about what was wrong with CoE. It wasn't Torchwood. I won't babble about this now, and I know people have already come to this conclusion while the show was airing, but to me, it finally hit me. To the basics of storytelling and characterization, CoE wasn't Torchwood. It used the characters and sets (*rolleyes*) but the base of the show wasn't Torchwood. So my class...we're working on our own film scripts as a overall semester project and final grade. It's our own stories and characters with our own writing that will hopefully turn into something I can show off if people ask for a sample of my work. Not that I'm dreaming of being a writer or anything. I'm just a sucker for creating stories and living with the characters.

Ignoring my stress-levels about how much money I owe, etc, etc, life is great this semester. Dadius is visiting tomorrow to go tailgating and beer tasting with me all day, ending with the UCF football game at night. I've missed him and me time. It's really needed. HE really needs it. I am so much more organized too! I have an organizer and everything! There are sticky notes with lists of crap I have to do. STICKY NOTES!! Oh god... I'm really growing up aren't I?


(I heard that whispered 'about time' from somewhere :P )


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