Archive for December, 2013
Classic yachts at UNBEATABLE Prices!
First image, second row, middle boat: “We have several 10 meters for sale at attractive prices…” I can’t read the sail number, but it could be 10/3: Ten meter #3, originally named Synthetic, later renamed Hilaria. The boat on which I learned to sail.
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At the start of this new year we crack open some fossils, peer back into ancient seas, and look up at lunar skies to find that a year is not quite as fixed as we thought it was.
It’s serendipitous; sitting in the Amsterdam airport watching fireworks burst on the skyline as night falls. I’m beckoning in the new year listening to the latest Radiolab (in which I make an appearance!) about counting passing days as sedimentary lines in prehistoric corals and what it means when the number of lines in a year decreases, that indication of unavoidable change. This time last year I was on a plane back from a family trip, landing in Missoula at 11pm and rushing to welcome in 2013 surrounded by old friends and new. We toasted to the coming months and I felt we shared in a mutual excitement about what was going to happen for all of us; certainly I could have never predicted I would end up where I am now, wide-eyed in Europe, waiting to board a plane to Nairobi to talk about the diversity of Chiropterans and their pollinating prowess, marveling at the quickness of these passing days even as they apparently grow longer by milliseconds with every rotation.
Come midnight I’ll be toasting again with new friends, thirty thousand miles above the earth, wishing you all a happy and a safe New Year.
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North America’s largest native moth Hyalophora cecropia (Saturniidae).
One of these dudes (it was a male, like this one) was on the door of my garage one day. He was as big as my outstretched hand.
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Just a little reminder- we’re 4 days and less than $500.00 away from 10K in our Indiegogo.
A) You guys are continuously AMESOME.
B) In addition to bloopers and behind the scenes fun, I’ve been working on something involving the remaining fingers on my grey gloves, tiny, tiny beakers and a mini salad bowl.
So remember to share, reblog and retweet to spread the word!
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I’m having some trouble interpreting the *fire* *skull* *fire* part. But everything else seems really clear.
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lies replied to your quote “A new Pew Research Center poll shows a widening political gap over…”I suspect this is more about people moving from R to D, leaving more ideologically pure Rs behind, than an actual change of views about creationism on the part of individual people.
I think that’s probably true. The parties are becoming more ideologically uniform (though more so in the Republican Party than among Democrats). Another factor may be the politicization of science education. Conservative school boards and media have worked hard for several decades to undermine belief in evolution and science in general. I think we’re starting to see the results of that.
Agreed. And sad.
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A few months ago, I went to a big family gathering at my grandparents’s house and ran into a cousin of mine. She seemed much older than the last time I had seen her (oh, the passage of time), so I asked her what age she was. She replied, “Oh, I’m fifteen.” And my immediate…
I ended up printing out a section of this essay because it’s so damn perfect.
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I’m supposed to be packing for a 2-week return to the East Coast right now, but I’m having trouble staying awake so I decided to do an end-of-year retrospective photo post instead. Pictured above is my 2013 in directing projects. If you squint you can see some creative growth in there, maybe, hopefully? I am prouder of projects pictured towards the bottom, so that’s a good sign. Pleased to be going into 2014 with Kissing in the Rain and Irene Lee, Girl Detective in post-production.
A warm shout out to my recurring creative partners Zack Wallnau (DP/editor, 1-3, 5, 6, 8-10), Jennifer Hwang (production design, 2-5, 8-10), Sean Persaud (actor, 2, 5, 8, 10), and Sinead Persaud (actress/writer, 2, 5, 6, 9), without whom these pretty pretty pictures would not exist. I’m lucky to be friends with such talented and wonderful people who’ve pushed me to grow with each project. Shout out also to the scores of friends who’ve let me invade their homes as locations, steal their belongings as props, and just generally enabled my filmmaking crazy over this past year. Looking forward to seeing what 2014 has in store for us all.
1. The Perils of Growing Up Flat-Chested – short film – January release
2. Irene Lee, Girl Detective – short film – March/April shoot
3. Our Love is Gonna Be Fine – music video – July shoot/September release
4. Stay in the Zoo – music video stop motion test – September shoot
5. A Tell Tale Vlog – webseries – July shoot/October release
6. A Tell Tale Vlog – Draw My Life – webseries – October shoot/November release
7. Emily Dickinson’s Guide to Spending the Holidays Alone – web short – December shoot/December release
8. Kissing in the Rain (Day 1) – webseries – December shoot
9. Kissing in the Rain (Day 2) – webseries – December shoot
10. Kissing in the Rain (Day 3) – webseries – December shoot
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Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve eve! I was feeling retrospective today and though I already made a retrospective photo post of my 2013 directing projects, I decided to write this thing because I write things when I have feels and today I was feeling some feels. I think I use the phrase “one of my favorite things” a whole lot (I blame Julie Andrews and an early exposure to The Sound of Music), so I now present a few of My Favorite Things of 2013.
1. Why We Broke Up, by Daniel Handler (book)
I’ve kind of always loved break up stories. Love stories and romcoms too, but there’s something about a good angsty break up story that gets me. The first short film I ever directed (which at some point I will upload to my personal channel and then run and hide) was a break up story, created in an attempt to eulogize a college relationship of mine that probably didn’t deserve such artistic treatment but whatever. 2013 was the year that I decided to put my LA Public Library Card to good use, as I’d stopped reading for fun in college and that made me pretty sad. My reading sensibilities experienced a kind of arrested development, so the books I really enjoy reading most are still Jane Austen novels and YA fiction. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler was just a joy to behold. The illustrations were stunning, the concept was wonderful, and the characters just made me so happy to meet them.
2. Populaire, dir. Régis Roinsard (film)
A throwback to romantic comedies of the 1960s, this French film set around a speed-typing championship was quite possibly the most delightful thing I’ve watched in a long, long time. Beautifully directed, from the writing to the acting to the music to the production design to the everythingallofitseriously, it was just lovely to experience. One of those movies that make me love movies and want to rush out and create more. Trailer here.
3. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, creators Bernie Su & Hank Green (webseries)
So around May 2012, a friend tipped me off that there was a vlog adaptation of Pride & Prejudice happening, and I was all, “Cool, I’ll check that out… later.” Cut to April 2013, when I had some time on my hands and had just discovered the VlogBrothers via my boyfriend. “You should watch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,” he suggested. “It seems like something you’d enjoy.” And so I watched the first episode. And then the second. And then somehow the entire series, in the span of 48 hours. “Who is this Mary Kate Wiles girl who plays Lydia?” I wrote to everyone I sent the series to. “She’s crazy talented, this is the first adaptation that’s ever made Lydia a dimensional character. I really need to work with her.”
4. Kissing in the Rain, Shipwrecked Comedy (webseries/directing project)
See what I did there?I’ve already written a lot about this project on both my production blog and the official Shipwrecked tumblr, but a list of my favorite things of 2013 really wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Kissing in the Rain. It allowed me to play with so many things that Ilove (rain, period costumes, historical/modern juxtapositions, not-so-subtle Lily/James references) and honestly was the most fun I’ve had directing to date. I was also thrilled to have the chance to work with Mary Kate Wiles, whose work I’ve been a fan of since she gave the camera a “whaaaat” high five in the LBD pilot. Much thanks to Jon Kondrath of rekonproductions for playing the matchmaker there, as well as for all his help in every project I’ve ever shot in LA. Also major snaps to everyone on the Shipwrecked team – Sean, Sinead, Zack, Jen – these guys are amazing and talented like whoa and I’m so incredibly lucky to know them.
5. A Tell Tale Vlog, Shipwrecked Comedy (fandom)
Okay, yes, that’s two favorite things in a row that I directed.
Hush, just let me have this.But more specifically, our A Tell Tale Vlog fandom. Though she be but little, she is fierce. We launched our channel on October 1st with zero subscribers and two promo videos, hoping against hope that some people would watch our little series and enjoy it. We’re going into 2014 with over 1,400 subscribers and some beautifully engaged fans who’ve created ATTV-inspired fanart and fanfiction and fan playlists and I just like… what. I credit the Harry Potter fandom with giving me the confidence to create in the first place, starting with some pretty terrible Lily/James fanfiction. To my 13-year-old self, the height of cool was to be the creator of something that inspired other people to creation. Cut to ten years later, checking the “shipsters ftw” tumblr tag and finding the glorious fanart and fanfic drabbles created by strangers who feel like friends. I honestly can’t even put that feeling into words.
6. Edamame (food)
I didn’t know what edamame was this time last year. Now I order it every time I go for sushi. I should try new things more often. Things to keep in mind, going into 2014. #foodmetaphors
And that’s about it. I’ll see you guys in January!
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Sailing Boats at Honfleur
I’ve been looking at all the Sargent paintings of boats for a series of posts I’m working on, so I knew this wasn’t Sargent, though for a second I thought it might be. I’m pretty sure that would have made Sargent happy, and I think Monet probably would have been okay with it, too.
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