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Good script moment

Jun 13 2011

From a section of GG script written by Amy Sherman & Daniel Palladino. a beautiful character arc moment.

Guy on tape: Whose phone calls or visits are never unwanted or too long? Do you see her face? Who would you most like to have in your life to ward off moments of loneliness? Do you see her face? When you travel, who would make your travels more enjoyable? Do you see her face? When you’re in pain, who would you most like to comfort you? Do you see her face? When something wonderful happens in your life, a promotion at work, a successful refinancing, who do you want to share the news with? Do you see her face? Whose face appears to you, my friend? Whose face?

Luke: Wow.

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Janelle Monáe

Jun 02 2011

ok. I saw this video ages ago and I thought – This chick is awesome! and then I promptly forgot her name and couldn’t find it for ages.

then through a search engine coincidence up popped the video and so I have been reunited with Janelle and her awesome quirky video.

Janelle Monáe – Tightrope [feat. Big Boi] (Video)

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Why do I do what I do?

May 28 2011

It’s an important question to ask of yourself no matter what you do. Everyone should ask themselves this question. Knowing why you do something makes all the difference in the world towards your success at it. So I’m asking it of myself.

I have always been at odds with my creative self. I’m not sure if other creative people have felt the same in their lives, but this is how I have felt. Being the person I am, the type of creative soul that is me seems to mean that I will never be normal. At various times in my life I have both celebrated and regretted this fact.

I was the odd one out in my school as a child when I really wanted to fit in. To be normal. When I reached my twenties I made a ridiculously committed stab at a normal life with the husband and the normal 9-5 job etc.

but there was something inside of me that was undernourished, that is always undernourished when I cease to be creative.

Writing stories, singing, making films or painting are all products of this drive but the product is not the reason I do this, they are as they are – the product of the why.  I can’t not be creative, it’s as if something in me fails to breathe. So I guess that’s why I do what I do. Money and Fame are nice if they happen, but they aren’t my reason to be creative, I am content to be able to pay my bills.

The same thing inside me that drives me to be creative drives my decisions when I am creative. This gut instinct, this living breathing thing inside me that knows when to cut, what shot to use, what volume to sing at is something I am still getting to know. I have yet to put it into words that i feel accurately articulates what it is. I can’t defend these decisions yet when I’m challenged – because it takes me  to the how.

how do I know that a  cut is important? how do I know to sing at that particular volume? I can’t explain this yet. I can’t put it into words. All I am able to say at the moment is ‘because it feels right’. I’m told that it’s because the part of the brain that controls these decisions is not the part of the brain that controls language.

So I suppose my next task is to learn how to articulate for that thing inside me, which will lead me to the answer of – How do I do what I do?

For now: why do I do what I do?

Because It makes me feel alive. Fully alive.

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A Brief History of Harper

Apr 15 2011

Information collected from various journals and periodicals and encyclopedias.

By the mid-2000s, the Canadian liberal party was dogged constantly by the sponsorship scandal. Forced by a confidence vote (introduced by Harper), the 2006 general election produced a minority government for the opposition Conservative Party, making Stephen Harper prime minister. As a result of the lowest voter turnout in Canadian electoral history Stephen Harper won a new mandate as Prime Minister of Canada, taking his place in history as holding the lowest level of support of any Prime Minister since Confederation.

Shortly after, ‘Canada’s new government’ passed a law ensuring that federal election happened every four years. The economic catastrophe that began in 2007 meant that if the Conservative government waited till the true election date in 2009, they would lose. So Harper defied his own law and called an election in 2008, before the general public realized the state of the economy. The election failed to give the majority vote Harper was hoping for.

The Conservative government’s fiscal update, which was presented to the Commons on November 27, 2008, included several provisions that were rejected by the opposition parties. Though the government later withdrew several contentious elements, the Liberal Party and New Democratic Party reached an accord to form a minority coalition government, with the Bloc Québécois agreeing to provide support on confidence issues and, therefore, enabling a majority in the Commons. Harper asked Governor General Michaëlle Jean to prorogue Parliament in order to avoid a vote of confidence scheduled to happen shortly, becoming the first Canadian PM ever to do so. This meant that any government bills going through the parliamentary system were not passed and when parliament reconvened the following year, they would have to start again.

A year later, Harper asked Governor General Michaëlle Jean to prorogue Parliament again. This time, Harper claimed that government could not cope with both the economic crisis and the challenge of hosting the Winter Olympic Games (kind of like Bush about whom it is said can’t walk and chew gum). In reality, Harper was skirting the real issue of the Canadian Afghan detainee affair and the risk of being held accountable for being in comtempt of Parliament. Prorogation prevented the parliamentary committee from continuing to probe the issue. Again this left Canada without a government and all Bills going through at the time were not passed. By January 2010, Canadians had had enough. People began to protest in the thousands and international criticism regarded Canada as having lost its democracy.

A few months later, an already beleaguered nation hosted the G8 and G-20 summits. The G-20 was scheduled to take place in the downtown core of Canada’s largest city, Toronto. According to an early estimate by the Globe and Mail, 10,000 uniformed police officers, 1,000 security guards, and several Canadian military forces were to be deployed during the summit. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) conducted Amalgam Virgo exercises on May 6 and 7 across the Greater Toronto Area using CF-18 Hornet jets, CH-124 Sea Kings, and CH-146 Griffon helicopters at low altitudes. The total cost for security at both the G8 and the G-20 summits was determined to be $930 million, paid entirely by the federal Crown-in-Council, excluding the costs of any possible damage to local businesses.

The summits became the target of widespread protesting, starting almost a week before the meetings even happened and thousands of front-line cops spent the summit weekend sweating inside riot helmets and gas masks, watching the all-important trust between the public and their profession slip away. As many as 10,000 people protested downtown during the afternoon of June 26. Riots began, including the torching of police cars and vandalism to many businesses. On June 27, Additional officers from the Ontario Provincial Police were deployed, doubling the total number of officers to 20,000. A total of 1105 people were arrested in relation to the G-20 summit protests, the largest mass arrests in Canadian history.  Nearly 1000 protesters marched to Toronto City Hall and Queen’s Park to protest the treatment of arrested individuals at the Eastern Avenue holding centre and demanded the release of individuals still being detained, although police had earlier released several arrested on minor charges. Amnesty International called for an official investigation into the police tactics used during the protests. The organization alleged that police violated civil liberties and used police brutality. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association decried the arrests and alleged that they occurred without “reasonable grounds to believe that everyone they detained had committed a crime.”

On January 29th 2011, more than 10,000 unionized workers clogged the streets of downtown Hamilton to show solidarity, protest the pension demands and criticize Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government for letting the dispute happen in the first place. This is the largest anti-Harper protest so far, but it won’t be the last.

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March Update!

Mar 28 2011

Last month I began my position a Picture Editor on a narrative feature film. The job came through a recommendation by a friend who had seen the last feature I had edited. When the job was described to me, they said they were editing RED footage in 4K in Adobe Premiere. My first reaction was OMG are they crazy?!

Most editor’s prefer to work in AVID, final cut is kind of the pro-summer editing suite (I personally like it, but it does have issues with using different types of footage – those ever present red render lines can get irritating, especially as your edits get more sophisticated towards the final cut of something). Adobe Premiere wasn’t even on the map. Until now.

The biggest and most useful feature in Adobe Premiere 5 is the MPE (Adobe Mercury Playback Engine) This allows me to scrub through and playback the 4K footage in real time without rendering. This completely eliminates the need for an offline cut. You just saved your movie how much money?!

Of course your editing suite has to have a system that can handle the program as well as the size of the footage. Our suite is actually a PC as slick and sporty as a thoroughbred, with 24gigs of RAM and a sweet graphics card. We have a RAID – just for the footage alone and I think its about 10 Terabytes. We have a RAID for the master files, a RAID for the renders… etc etc.

You see, the producer also works in software development and was told you can’t edit in 4k. ‘You can’t’ is not a phrase he likes to hear and that’s why I like him.

So here is a picture of me working away in the edit suite (which we call the Batcave). It’s built underneath a house and you have to go through this scary furnace room/tunnel and just when you think someone is going to axe murder you, you go through a door into this amazing room.

The Music is being composed at the desk right next to me which is super awesome and handy because when everyone is happy with a scene I can just send it over, and I can also get an idea of what they are going for in a scene and cut it to the song they are writing.

That’s Simon on the left (producer), and Darren (Director) on the right.

In other news, Life On Earth got into the market at the 33ème Festival International de films de femmes in France. So that’s cool. My Grandmother has been very ill, but she seems to be on the mend. Bought The T-Shirt is creeping forward in development… more news on that soon (I hope). I went to the Juno opening reception and had a great time and bumped into an old flame. The Junos have reminded me to further help my friends in music where I can.

I will write again soon.

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