Video Progress

The following is a school assignment:

My video project is coming along nicely.  I completed the script today.  I found my second person to interview, and I’m filming the first interview tonight (second one will be filmed tomorrow).  I also found two more references (I now have the LA Times, NY Times, and Psychology Today).  I feel like the references are fair and offer more than one opinion for my research paper.  It’s good for the video, and a good place to start for the full research project/paper. 

I plan on filming and editing my portion of the video starting tomorrow and going through the weekend.  I feel pretty confident at the moment, but I may panic as soon as the editing stage starts.  I really like the subject (movies and tv) and I feel like that will help me as I continue to work on this project. 

I do wish I had more references and could make stronger points in the video, but I am afraid that I will go way over time if I include much more, and I risk losing the audience if there is too much information as well. 

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Play Directing 

It’s 12:15PM, and I’m currently sitting in the SWOSU Hilltop theatre.  I’m in the middle of my Play Directing and Production class and I’m scared to death and feel so nervous I’m almost shaking.  Prepping for live theatre is terrifying, and that’s coming from someone who’s directed before.  We have this thing called a stage manager (what exactly does a stage manager do?  Are they like an assistant director?  Do they help direct?  Do they make life easier)?  And a lighting designer…is lighting really that hard?  Can’t I just light it myself like I do on set?  Is the stage that much different?  And stage makeup…ughhhh…it’s so over done and pasty and it smears and yuuuuuck.  Darn you, Ben Nye.

Then we have set pieces.  Don’t even get me started on set pieces…and body angles….and proper blocking for the theatre (has to be done very carefully or the audience can’t see the actor’s faces).  Arrrrrrgh!!!!  I never thought I’d miss twelve  hour set shoot days where we’d change the camera angle constantly, could easily cheat shots, and wait around hour after long hour past our call time.  This is oh so much worse.  Instead of as many takes as we need, it’s one live show…and that’s all the time we get.  Oh theatre…shall you be the death of me?!?!?

Oh yeah.  I’m directing a play on the 20th and 21st of this month and it’s hilarious.  I’m totally confident about it.  Not worried at all.  I don’t have costumes for the cast, any of the props, or any of the music or lighting cues down, but I’m sure it’ll be fine….

Shhh!

Today we finished filming the 3rd and 4th episodes for my web-series Shhh!  It’s hard to believe that the production is almost over, when we’ve been in pre-production for sooooo long (I’ve been writing scripts since early November; locations, casting, and revisions have been in the works since January).  Next weekend, we’ll have completed the entire first season of Shhh!  Our designated editor is already hard at work collecting the clips and splicing the footage up into episodes!  Check out our Youtube to see some sneak peeks!

The production team is already working hard and planning the casting and scripts for season two!  Filming begins September 1st, 2017, so stay tuned for casting announcements if you’d like to join us on set!  We’d like to think that the end of season one will be a total cliff hanger, and we can’t wait to see what you guys think.  Season two will feature some great character surprises (Will Jill and Anderson ever get together?  Will Winters leave Anderson alone?  Will Blind Betty ever find her cane?….and will the ominous “They” ever let her compete in the Olympics?), plot twists,  new locations, a bonus sixth episode (it’s gonna be out of this world…literally) and new characters…not to mention a guest appearance by yours truly who will finally get an onscreen character in the wonderful world of Shhh!  

Stay tuned!!  Season two of Shhh! will feature a surprise announcement for a new MYOB series!  It’s gonna be great!

Don’t forget red carpet is in October!  Dates pending!!

 

Meme

The following is a school assignment:

I have this really bad habit of saving up all my homework for vacation from school, and then as soon as break hits, I magically forget that I had any homework due at all.  I know more than a couple people will relate to this.

As the universally acknowledged line made infamous by Ross in Friends, “We were on a break!”

Also, don’t let me on meme generator again.

Pre-Podcast Interview Ideas

The following is a school assignment:
By Donald Charles
Publication Year: 2016
1) What group will most benefit from this book?
2) Key take aways?
3) What is the best quote or suggestion from the book?
4) How well was the book grouped into individual topics?  Did it suggest different methods for each social media platform?
5) What was the goal of the book?  Did it accomplish that goal effectively?

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The following is a school assignment.

“It baffles me when people say they don’t have anxiety or depression.  Like, what do you mean, you don’t have it? I thought that everyone had that! You’re telling me that isn’t normal?! You don’t hear voices in your head, cry multiple times a day, or have nightmares every time you drift off to sleep? I don’t think it’s fair that some of us have to struggle with that while other people get to skip around all the time happy as a lark. I mean, you get me, right? I just don’t think it’s fair. Happy? What is happy thing you people keep talking about? I have such an overwhelming sense of sadness all the time, it’s taken control over my other feelings- it’s become my default every day mood. I’ve developed a very dulled sense of living; one that allows me to get through the day, but not experience life for what it is. I think I was around 15 when I first started having anxiety attacks. I thought it was just asthma…asthma! It just got sort of hard to breathe out of no where, and I had to learn methods that would work well enough to calm myself down, and that took a couple years to find some that actually worked. No one else seemed to be concerned by it, so I learned to deal with it. I didn’t want to kick up a fuss. That’s what makes me chuckle to myself when people say their anxiety is so overwhelming and they have to be medicated for it. Do you have any idea how long I dealt with it before I even knew what it was? No one held my hand through the process, and I’m getting through it just fine.”-CM

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I Can’t Remember

I can’t remember what it felt like to be a child. I can’t remember what it felt like to be stress free, young, and full of energy; to live without fear of the future. I can’t remember how I planned on making my way in the world, little fool that I was. I can’t remember what it was like to run into my mother’s arms and have her hold me, but I miss the idea of it.

I can’t remember when I fell in love with him the first time, passionately and madly, head over heels in love, but I remember the after effects. I can’t remember why I thought it would work out, what chance we had of being together, but I remember missing him. I can’t remember being in love, I just remember hurting.

I can’t remember what my first two years at college had been like. I can’t remember how I fought through exhaustion each day, and attended classes anyway. I can’t remember what I did in between class time, or what I even did in class for that matter. I can’t remember what it was like to be so free; truly, college is the best time of your life.

I can’t remember who I used to be, and I don’t recall my own, old personality. I can’t remember who I thought I’d grow up to be, but I don’t think I’m it anymore.