July 5th, 2012 – Rough Cut

So I got to see the rough cut of FANTOMES for the first time today. Weird. Just cannot get used to seeing myself on camera.

So the one liner description of the film goes something like this: “Fantomes — about a black ops agent dealing with her unexpected pregnancy while on a routine job with her partner. Directed by Nik Green of Global Authority Media. Produced by Nik Green (Global Authority) & Yvette Lu of Rainfield Films. DOP Shane Smith of Red Salt Productions.”

And back to real life, where though I am not editing the film, I am still editing video for my project at the LABlab. EDIT ALL THE THINGS!!!

And now, a screenshot of my character, Amber, looking pensive:

FANTOMES: Amber | Global Authority Films | Rainfield Films | 2012

FANTOMES: Amber | Global Authority Films & Rainfield Films | 2012

June 25, 2012 – Leaving Her Behind

5:30 am

Someone asked me this weekend whether it’s harder to get into character or get out of it. I said into. But now that it’s over, definitely out of. Fuck, she just doesn’t want to die. She’s afraid of dying. So afraid. Her short life keeps flashing before my eyes, making me relive every wonderful moment with painful clarity. I’ll miss her so much.

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Notes on Fun

Let’s play.

I believe in fun.
I believe that adults like having good clean simple fun just as much as kids do.
I believe in not being embarrassed to admit that you like silly things.
I believe that grown ups should still know how to laugh at the things that 5 year olds find incredibly funny.

Like, in the new Muppets movie (the Jason Segal / Amy Adams / Kermit the Frog one), the part that the kids in the theatre found ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS was the bit when Grover dove off the roof of the plumbing parts company and landed in the dumpster and fluffy garbage went flying. None of the adults in the theatre laughed, but the kids sure did. Oh boy, to them it was the funniest part of the whole movie.

So I got to wondering…why?

Why not?

I think grown ups secretly love laughing at silly things.

But we’ve seen it all before. We know Grover won’t die by jumping off the roof…it’s The Muppets.

But those kids probably did and were about to cry because they’ve been told a million times that of they jump off a roof (or the kitchen counter) they’ll get hurt …

Anyway, I just want to ask you to laugh at things you would’ve when you were a kid, play like you used to, and get lost in innocent fun.

“Let’s Make A Salad!” Video for LING 480 @ #SFU

Here’s a little video shot and edited yesterday for my group’s final project in Linguistics 480, Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), with Dr. Trude Heift @ Simon Fraser University, Spring 2012.

The idea was to make a content-based video on the topic of food that could be easily incorporated into an ESL lesson. Each of the members in our group then has to create a mock ESL lesson plan incorporating this CALL technology for the second part of this assignment.
 

There are a few simple lessons that this video could be used for:

  1. Introducing imperative verb forms
  2. Food vocabulary
  3. Food preparation verbs
  4. Reviewing numbers (eg. “Step Six: Dice The Onion”)

Total runtime: ~4 minutes.

Feel free to use this video as part of your own ESL lesson planning.
“Lettuce” know if you find it useful!

Thanks to Lauren and Andrea for being really great to work with for this project.

March 30, 2012 | Lauren & Andrea, "Let's Make A Salad" Video for LING 480 @ SFU

March 30, 2012 | Lauren & Andrea, "Let's Make A Salad" Video for LING 480 @ SFU

March 23, 24, 25, 2012 – Not Much To Say

Just a few photos and one very short video (my iPhone camera was accidentally in video mode instead of photo, ha!)

March 23: There’s this picnic-appropriate patch of grass at SFU by the Robert C Brown Hall that I walk past almost every day. Last week was all sorts of weird adolescent can’t-decide-if-i-want-to-be-winter-or-spring growing pains, with all sorts of snow and rain and such, but then there was this one sunny warm day on March 23th, and suddenly, said patch of grass was covered in daisies.

March 24, 2012 | And suddenly, the field exploded with daisies, overnight.

March 24, 2012 | And suddenly, the field exploded with daisies, overnight.

March 24: Went to go see The Hunger Games at The Dolphin Cinemas with some friends on Saturday night. Yes. Saturday night and tickets were only $6.95 including tax. So to reward them for their reasonable prices, I bought the biggest popcorn I could (the profit margin on popcorn is very good). First time ever going to The Dolphin. I like it. It’s one of those older style theatres with only 2 screens, and a shallow incline (not stadium seating) with the screen up high. Like being a kid again, getting all excited for a movie, going out with a bunch of girlfriends, getting popcorn (I’m so stingy…when I pay $15 for a ticket at Cineplex/Silvercity there’s no way I’m overpaying for junk food). Note to go back on a Tuesday for “Toonie Tuesday” when movies are $2! I really hope they can make enough money to stay in business for a good long while.

March 24, 2012 | The Hunger Games @ The Dolphin Cinemas, Burnaby

March 24, 2012 | The Hunger Games @ The Dolphin Cinemas, Burnaby

 

March 25: Trekked out to Cap’s Westwood Cycle in PoCo to pick up a pair of Skins brand spandex shorts. Loved their sign. Brilliant sunny day for it, seeing as March 26th turned rainy again.

March 25, 2012 | Cap's Westwood Cycle, Port Coquitlam

March 25, 2012 | Cap’s Westwood Cycle, Port Coquitlam

Then drove out to Surrey to watch Steve’s football practice. Here’s a 3 second accidental video of an uber-patriotic car driving over the Port Mann Bridge:

March 20, 2012 – Why Am I So Hungry Today?

March 20, 2012 | Why Am I So Hungry Today?

March 20, 2012 | Why Am I So Hungry Today?

I have this class on Tuesdays that goes from 11:30-2:30. About an hour into class I start fading fast, and my concentration diminishes. And I start drawing.

And the answer to “Can you pass the salt?” is funnily neither “yes” nor “no”. It’s physically picking up the salt shaker and handing it to someone. :P

March 20, 2012 | Can You Pass The Salt?

March 20, 2012 | Can You Pass The Salt?

Speaking of hunger, look what I got in the mail today from Cafepress:

March 20, 2012 | The Hunger Games Panem District 5 Identification Card

March 20, 2012 | The Hunger Games Panem District 5 Identification Card

Fun. I’m now on the grid, very much so. That’s more information than my doctor has. That photo of me on the card is from 2008. I haven’t really aged much in 4 years, have I?! Going to see the movie Saturday night with a bunch of friends. Not sure why people are comparing The Hunger Games to Twilight…well, yeah I can see why but DUDES hello Katniss Everdeen is a kick ass awesome survivor whereas that Bella Twilighty poor exemplar of a human female needs to stop swooning and blinking and generally being a doormat damsel in distress.

Ahem. Anyway.

March 1, 2012 – The Hunger Games

This is a pretty cool social media hype generating arts and crafts promotion for The Hunger Games movie coming out on March 23, 2012.

Hunger Games District 5 ID Power Maintenance Beverly Wu

Hunger Games District 5 ID : Power / Maintenance

Happily, I’m much too old to be chosen as a tribute.

Oh and if you click through to FB after generating your ID, you can order your free physical copy off of CafePress. Why not?! Use code VIPSHIP to get $1.25 off shipping (ie. free shipping in the USA) or in my case, paying $2.75 for shipping to Canada via Canada Post.

I wish more movies did this.

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