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So far this semester, the majority of my assignments have been video based. I feel super uncomfortable in this medium so the learning curve has been steep. Assignment #1 called for a studio lit reaction interview to Dove’s “campaign for natural beauty.” I brought in 3 friends to “model” and called in Tom for the video & lighting expertise. As with all projects, there were obstacles: another girl “stole” my models because hers didn’t show up, our lapel mic had dead batteries so ambient sound was a little more than ambient, and the stills I had asked my photographer for weren’t exactly exemplary of my vision. But now, working on the footage in post, I know everything will be fine. I’ll post the video(s) in a couple of days, but here’s a still:

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Assignment #2 was to record a silent 10-second short that created a “visual sentence,” then edit in FCP (I chose the ole’ adage “TIME IS MONEY”). Assignments #3 & #4 I am quite excited about – I have to shoot a “self portrait” using my surroundings and routines, not my physical self. Then I have to create a short on the subject of unrequited love. Both projects are extremely open ended & my professor, Mr. Plum, embraces the avant garde. I haven’t had a project not dedicated to SELLING in a long time, so these last two assignments are really exciting for me. I am encouraged to shed the clothes of communication & to put on garb that is exclusively art for art’s sake! Gets me rocked…. love it. I’ll try to post them in a week or so.

As for today…. Bears vs. Seahawks, more homework, & ladies’ evening because Emily’s in town. Here’s to a better week than last…

xoxo,

kristina renee.

my love, my life, my Maddie… my primary mode of transportation, my link to the concrete, my passport to freedom… Seriously. I feel least phony (most real?) and most free when I’m spending time with this thing… So then what? this:

most_pathetic

Yeah? Ok. I come out of today’s video editing workshop to find this:

pathetic

No big deal. My rear red deep-v freewheel is gone. and on craigslist less than 2 hours later. I checked on the Maddie at 1:00pm, and the wheel was gone by 4pm. Tom surprised me with the wheelset for our anniversary a couple years ago. Now? Gone. I guess it’s appropriate. Half = gone. whatever.

Life sucks. Hello tequila (I’m drunk already).

Here’s a poster I was asked to design for the Time Community Theater benefit show in Oshkosh Wisconsin. 8.5×11″ B&W… a nice side project to get my mind off other things. Soon my Appleton/Oshkosh readers will see these around town:

TCT_Benefit_Flyer

(click the photo to see full-sized)

“you are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and stars; you have a right to be here. and whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should…. with all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. be careful. strive to be happy.” [desiderata]

I am looking at an apartment today, fingers crossed that it’s a good fit.

xoxo,

kristina renee.

I’ve been reading some really random, perfect things lately & thought I’d share:

“Memory is a marvel, quick as a monkey and just as silly, and it’s all we’ve got – we live by distorted memory rather than verifiable truth. Memory is feeling, not fact, ghosts and fears that haunt us, floating desires and falsifying dreams more powerful and more compelling than hard reality will ever be” [bill ayers]

“…sometimes she seemed invisible like peace.” [graham greene]

“Wouldn’t we all do better not trying to understand, accepting the fact that no human being will ever understand another, not a wife a husband, a lover a mistress, nor a parent a child? Perhaps that’s why men have invented god – a being capable of understanding….” [graham greene]

“your life is your life

don’t let it be clubbed into dank

submission.

be on the watch.

there are ways out.

there is light somewhere.

it may not be much light but

it beats the

darkness.

be on the watch.

the gods will offer you

chances.

know them, take them.

you can’t beat death but

you can beat death

in life,

sometimes.

and the more often you

learn to do it,

the more light there will

be.

your life is your life.

know it while you have it.

you are marvelous

the gods wait to delight

in

you.” [hank]