Dead Birds and Trash Squirrels

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I’m in Philadelphia. This has been a childhood dream since… my childhood. Actually, visiting Philli wasn’t really the dream, it was just to see the Liberty Bell and other historical sites. Now that I am here, I’m less than impressed, but I’ve only been here for three days. And I still haven’t seen the Bell! It is loud and dirty, crowded and colossal. I’m broke and no one will hire me. The air has that dingy quality to it that big cities do; the effect of too many cars in too little space and too few trees to digest the pollution. The worst part of Philadelphia has been the dead birds. They’re everywhere. Like water from a well, the birds are drawn to skyscraper windows, only to be knocked unconscious and splatter on the pavement; a Jackson Pollock painting gone wrong. What’s even worse is that no one picks them up. They rot on the pavement. Wings stretched, cracked, flattened, bystanders side-stepping the Samaritan. It’s quiet sad, really.

If birds are the Samaritans of Philli, squirrels are the Ninjas. As I walked out of the dorm complex yesterday, I was overcome by surprise at one of the best sites I have ever seen. A gray squirrel- frayed tail, apathetic eyes- leisurely made his way out of a campus trash can and onto his spot of lawn a few feet away. I stared at him, speechless, and the little punk stared back. His eyes said, “Ha, bet you wish you could do that.” Then he took another bite of his Trash Surprise. I told my husband about the incident later that day, only to discover that he had seen the same thing! Apparently, this is a common occurrence here.

Honestly, maybe the reason I don’t like it here is because I’ve never spent an extended period of time in New England. It’s probably just culture shock. Maybe I just need to explore more, but I’m scared. I’ve never explored on a large(er) scale on my own before. So I need to make a decision: Will I be a dead bird or a trash squirrel?

Writing a Video Treatment

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Video Treatments

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When creating a video project (particularly for a client), one of the best of the things you can create is a treatment. The treatment is considered a standard part of the development cycle for most film and television productions. The truth is that all kinds of video producers can benefit from creating a treatment.

The goal is to write a single document that defines the video’s concept and summarizes the creating approach to be taken.  Usually this can be as short as a single page.  The best part of making a treatment is that is formalizes the creative process for the video producer.  The major benefit here is that the document can then be shared with others as you work with other creative professionals, get approval from a client, or even seek funding or approval for the project.

I recommend the following approach to developing a treatment:

  1. Define the Goals…

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Daily Post

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High School vs. College:

High School: “Ah, sorry bro. I’m broke.” This can be translated in many ways. Perhaps they simply don’t want to ask their parents for money; they don’t want to spend their money on you- they want to spend it on weed; they only have a couple dollars in their bank account which they’re saving to buy a new Tamagotchi. 

College: “Dude, I have no money.” All assets are depleted. Time to work the streets. 

Scene Deconstruction – Reservoir Dogs

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Good thoughts on Tarantino’s brilliance

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In my opinion, one of the greatest movie scenes ever. Perhaps one that has been referred to too many times. A contrast and irony in its use of music. A bizarre portrayal of a character so heartless and twisted. A seemingly simple hand-held style. The torture scene of Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs is a cinematic masterpiece, using all aspects of cinema perfectly. Although it is such a famous scene, I felt compelled to deconstruct it for myself, as i believe it is groundbreaking and amazingly executed. I believe in learning from the best.

Here is a link to the scene on YouTube: Reservoir Dogs – Ear Scene

Cast:

Michael Madsen: Mr. Blonde – Madsen is perfectly casted as a calm and collected gangster. A psychopath who confesses to enjoying torturing. In perhaps one of the most infamous torture scene’s in movie history, Mr. Blonde dances around a tied up Officer Nash…

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