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March: Texafrican Safari: A Short & Belated Film

Hello readers!

Well, due to my incredible powers of procrastination last month, my March project is finally complete – halfway through April! If you don’t happen to recall, I shall refresh your memory.. the March Project was to be a short film on World Travel.

This one was definitely more out of my comfort zone than anything I’ve done yet. Even so, I imagined the exciting possibility of discovering this innate hidden talent for motion picture that had been hiding away in the crevices of my creative spirit all these years… and BAM! It just flows! I was so excited about this project!

….for about a day and a half. Until I realized I do not actually posses this hidden talent…

And now, I still have to do the thing! ug. ug-ug-ug. I don’t know anything about film other than watching them while I get popcorn stuck in my teeth. HOW am i going to do this?! It’s probably going to suck by anyone else’s standards. (this is pretty much where I fell off the creative bandwagon and just sat around grumbling in fear and negative energy for WEEKS.)

Amid the negative thoughts, I made feeble attempts at brainstorming.. A Bug’s Eye View of world travel! A stop motion film using props to create a traveling scene! (the thought of trying to create that left me paralyzed with fear.) Great ideas – but they just weren’t clicking for me. Finally, Drew and I decided to go on a camping trip one weekend and just take the camera out and see what happened. Ideas are funny things.. sometimes you can sit on your couch and brainstorm them up like nobody’s business. Other times, it seems as if the ideas do not want to be forced or thought of, but instead just want you to show up – experiment, play, and let them flow in.

This is how my short film idea came – in an instant it appeared as I was crawling around rocks and plants filming random little tidbits around our campsite. Something about this particular film clip (posted earlier here) whispered an idea right into my ear and suddenly I had something! Something that was not the MOST incredible idea ever thought of – surely – but something that I wanted to create… even if it did suck by the end. I was finally feeling the fire! And off I went to make my own African Safari video shot entirely in Texas.

After several weeks of exploring the Texas countryside in search of all things African, a day hanging out with the animals at the Dallas zoo, and a few days of editing and music searching – it is complete! Behold, my Texafrican Safari Adventure in all its glory…

My First Video Test!

Hi all!

Well, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’ve been a bit MIA lately on the blog. Barring some increased workload outside this project (i.e. the one that pays my bills!) I have been just plain too exhausted most of this month to really focus on this project. Yup.. I’ve been pretty near burnout for the past few weeks… but have learned some important lessons about how to work through it, as well as how to keep that creative flow going even when life is throwing you curve balls. More on that later!

I played around a bit this weekend while camping, and came up with an idea for what I’m going to do. I won’t divulge all the secrets just yet, but here is my very first teeny tiny film clip with some music laid over it.

It may appear to be nothing more than a 14 second clip of shaky footage of a rock… but what this really is folks, is a daring leap into the uncharted and scary territory of creating things in motion & sound… fighting valiantly to ignore the inner critic that says “you can’t do this, like wow, this is so feeble and lame in comparison to what others can do”. Not listening. Only concerned with seeing what I CAN do and being proud of it even if it is feeble by someone else’s standards. =)

Check back soon for more teasers, hopefully not all of rocks. ;)

Later Alligators!
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February: Charlotte’s Web Comes to Life

Hey all!

Well, this is almost a month late in posting – but I DID actually finish this project the last week of February.. it just took me a while to actually put it up outdoors and get some pictures taken of it. I finally had some free time this afternoon to tackle it.

As you may remember, February’s project was temporary sculpture with the theme friendship. I ended up doing two projects for this – one was the friendship sculpture posted earlier in which a few good friends and I created a nature sculpture from sticks, twigs, and leaves.

The second project was to bring Charlotte’s iconic “some pic” web to life!

The above image is certainly one of the most memorable of E.B. White’s classic children’s book Charlotte’s Web. This story so beautifully captures the idea of true, loyal friendship to me. Being one of my favorite books as a child, the idea of bringing this to life in the form of a temporary sculpture that I could share with the world really got me excited! Below is the finished project – created from dead vines and twigs.

I soaked the dead vines in warm water in order to work with them. Once soft, they are actually quite flexible and strong. I attempted a few methods of tying the twigs on – without any good results – so I eventually settled on hot-gluing them to the vine-web.

This project certainly turned out to be more time-consuming that I thought – probably around 10-15 hours. I actually got pretty attached to this guy after putting all that work into it. It was definitely a bit hard to say goodbye as I left it tied up aside a walking trail just north of my house. Although it helps to imagine someone coming across it – perhaps this book was a favorite of theirs as a child too – and for a moment they will be reconnected to that childlike wonder once more. =)

Tata!
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P.S. If you live in the DFW area and happen to get a kick to go discover this little jewel yourself, it can be found on the southern end of White Rock Park Trail (near the small creek that flows under the trail).

Inspiration: Sleep Walking In Bed

Hi everyone!

Well this month has been pretty busy for sure. Have not had much time to work on the project yet… though I have thought up some ideas. The first is to portray world travel in a stop motion video done all on one set. Below is a great video that sparked some inspiration! I just love how they created an entire dream world with objects. So imaginative!

Reflections on February

Hi all!

The lovely people who helped to make my February project a reality were nice enough to share a bit of their experience and thoughts on our event (they are awesome like that!), so I thought I would share it with all of you. Who knows, maybe our little friendship art party will inspire others to try something similar with their friends! =)

A few thoughts from my ever supportive boyfriend, Andrew…
“It was nice getting out in the ‘wilderness’ away from the seething mass of humanity and getting back to basics with the sculpture. We walked out into the woods having no clue as to what we were doing or how we’d do it. It just emerged somewhere along the way, and made me really appreciate the primitive nature of just sitting around, gathering twigs and shaping them into something special.”

The wonderfully crafty and creative Becky added…
“I am so glad I decided to participate in this event. There’s something indescribably special about the simple activity of gathering bits of nature and arranging them. The four of us easily took on roles, worked together, and in just a couple of hours, made something cool. It was also a great excuse to get some needed exercise, and quality time with Mother Nature. The site was PERFECT. What wouldn’t look great on the white stones? And the water moving over the rocks next to us provided a natural soundtrack for our creation. Thanks for getting me off my butt to make something! I am left inspired and wanting more!”

And joyful and grace-filled Micaela chimed in to say…
“This was one of my favorite days. As always, I am constantly inspired by you. Thanks so much for being part of my life and infusing me with your vibrant love of life!” aw shucks =)

Indeed, we are definitely going to have to plan more friendship art parties to keep on spreading all this goodness! I encourage you to try one with your friends. You don’t even need a plan really, all it takes is a little courage. I think the scariest part was actually sending out the invite. As soon as I sent it, I was instantly overcome by that horrible childhood fear.. you know the one.. “what if no one comes to my party?!?!” But I guess if you really want to do something you just take a deep breath and have faith that it will work out. Before you know it – you’re making something really special with some pretty cool people.. and you leave knowing that you have left it there as a gift to all who will visit after you.

Farewell for Tonight!
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Gianluca Folì : A little short documentary

A friend of mine shared this with me the other day.. since my project for the month is short films, I thought I would share. I just really loved the way it was shot, the music, and most of all his passion and view on creativity! Enjoy!

Gianluca Folì : A little short documentary from Gianluca Folì on Vimeo.

Announcing the March Project!

Hey folks!

Well, I apologize that I’m a little behind this week. My 9-5 job has run into the evening hours a bit, and kept me from posting my 2nd project from February… but I promise it will be up soon! In the meantime, I have chosen cards for the month of March! A Short Film on World Travel…. my head is already exploding with ideas. I feel it important to note that I have never, ever, made any real sort of film in my life and will have absolutely no clue what I am doing (hellooo learning curve! we meet again!) Looks like it’s going to be a long, intense and very fun month!

February: Friendship Sculpture Party!

Hey everyone!

Well its just an hour or so until the new month hits – and I’ve just finished up the last details of my final February project. Unfortunately, that one will have to wait until I can photograph it tomorrow..

In the meantime, I am delighted to share with you the other project I did for this month! Or should i say… WE did! In keeping with the cards I chose for the month, being “temporary sculpture” themed on “friendship”, I organized a friendship party this past weekend. A few fabulous friends and I spent a lovely Saturday afternoon collecting sticks, branches, grasses and all things natural at a local hike/bike trail. We gathered everything together in a clearing off the beaten path, next to a softly babbling creek, and began to build!

We weren’t exactly sure what we were doing or quite how we were going to do it, but that was certainly part of the adventure!

What fun to just disconnect from planning a thing out perfectly or having specific expectations for the end result. It felt so free to be out in nature making it all up as we went along – best of all, doing it together.

As a creative person, I am very often wrapped up in doing things in a more solitary way. I’m so used to knowing what I want to make and how I want it to turn out, that it seems I’ve really missed out on the gifts that come from collaborating. Ok, really I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to creative things!

This month’s project helped me realize that, by letting go of control and trusting others, I not only have an amazing shared experience – but whatever we create becomes something completely new & different than anything I could have created alone. And to make things even better – whatever we create together is infinitely more special… and even if it’s something as temporary as our stick sculpture, the memories we have of creating it together will last a lifetime.

Feeling pretty darn grateful for this 12 Month Project right now – so far it’s given me some really wonderful experiences that I otherwise would have never had. Here’s to temporary sculptures and everlasting friendships! =)

goodnight all my crafty & creative friends!
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P.S. A special thank you to Andrew Ridge, Becky Winslow and Micaela Wilson for joining in the fun!

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