Sunday, October 28, 2007

Life of a Filmmaker – Inspired by Idiocy

A few days ago my friends and I stumbled upon the subject of R.L.S.; Restless Leg 'Syndrome'. We got into a debate over the validity of classifying the symptoms of inactivity as a bona fide MEDICAL CONDITION; and the resulting medications available. I felt dumber just having entertained the conversation; but my adamant friends outnumbered me, so I partook in the pointless argument.

As a blogger, I write about the ridiculousness of life. As a film student, I shoot it.

Now having another film due in a few weeks, I have a topic for a short: MY idea of something that can be classified as Restless Leg SYNDROME, and support the manufacturing of medications for it.

Inspiration is presented in many forms. Sometimes we just have to entertain the ridiculousness of life to find it.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

It tastes like burning...

It has been some time since my last post. I conquered the stress after all. Now, my state is on fire.

I am surrounded by infernos. I'm not too worried about my location, but then again neither were a lot of recent victims.

It's weird; I watch the news and think, "Wow. I feel so bad for them" then I go to school with bits of ash raining down, a dark sheen over the campus, and the strong smell of 'campfire,' but I don't really feel threatened. I am no more than 30-45(with traffic) minutes away from a blazing fire in either direction, but I still have a feeling of relative safety; or perhaps disconnection.

Strangely, I know people affected by fires up North as well as fires in Irvine and San Diego (friends and family), but I'm still not too worried. Maybe it's the mild attitude of my affected friends that keeps me calm; "Yup, my family was evacuated and my house is probably going to burn down..." (my friend from Lake Arrowhead).

I heard a mention of a "Super Fire," where neighboring infernos combine; that's a scary thought. If all of the fires conjoined, it would engulf all of California. Additionally, some authority stated that the fires will only stop when either the winds stop, or it burns to the beach.

It's starting to be compared to the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Bush is going to visit the fire Thursday. I'm sure he'll give us some fantastic advice; "My job is a decision-making job, and as a result, I make a lot of decisions." - George W. Bush

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Life of a Filmmaker

It's kind of "funny" that as soon as I wrote about posting consistency, I disappeared for a week. Well, life as a college undergrad isn't exactly a walk in the park. For the first time this semester, stress is beginning to set in.

I have an ambitious film to shoot with only a week left and preproduction barely halfway completed. The woes of wrangling equipment, talent, and locations are starting to chip away at me.

The Cost of an under-budgeted, understaffed, ambitious short film:
1. Sacrificed storyline - the story will eventually take quite a few slashes.
2. My Grades - For this week, my attention and time will be monopolized by this short. I will undoubtedly be 'slacking' in my other classes in order to start and finish this project.
3. Social Life - Neglecting relationships. 'Tis the life of a filmmaker, I guess.
4. My sanity.

Shooting was supposed to start this weekend...

Stress Reliever: "Bangor Mash" by Devil Makes Three