April 27th, 2003

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The Secret is out.

The project that Barb and I were working on so diligently the last couple of weeks were the stand-ups of Connie and the Professor for the Geek Prom. Lots of nice comments received, and thank you.


Filmmaking is make me veryhappy. Also make very exhausted. I am consistently surprised at just how physically demanding it is to make a movie.
Friday night was filled with a shoot from 7:00 until 2:00 AM. Actual shooting started at 9:00, and I think I sat down twice during that time, for maybe a total of four minutes. Lots of lifting and carrying, moving lights, loading and unloading the truck, and getting into weird angles and stuff for some dandy cool shots.

But oh, is it worth it. Some of the best images I've shot yet. Not that it's exactly all my work (the lighting and cinematography is mine), but having good actors is very helpful. It's also helpful when one of those good actors is also incredibly beautiful. And a genuine pleasure to deal with. And smart. And nice. The kind of woman that when you meet her and get to spend time with her, you want to take her home to show your family and go "look what I found!".

And apparently someone else had the same idea, as she is married with a small child. I have met neither her husband or kidlet yet, but that is something to be rectified soon.

And before you go on thinking about Rob having a new crush, I must remind you that Rob is too old for that kind of thing. The old saying goes something like this:


A man chasing a woman is like a dog chasing a car. He doesn't know what he'll do if he catches the damn thing.


I am then like the dog that lays on the porch, looks up and says "that's a damn fine car", and goes back to laying on the porch.


Today I was exhausted. A phone call from
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The project that Barb and I were working on so diligently the last couple of weeks were the stand-ups of Connie and the Professor for the Geek Prom. Lots of nice comments received, and thank you.
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Filmmaking is make me veryhappy. Also make very exhausted. I am consistently surprised at just how physically demanding it is to make a movie.
Friday night was filled with a shoot from 7:00 until 2:00 AM. Actual shooting started at 9:00, and I think I sat down twice during that time, for maybe a total of four minutes. Lots of lifting and carrying, moving lights, loading and unloading the truck, and getting into weird angles and stuff for some dandy cool shots.

But oh, is it worth it. Some of the best images I've shot yet. Not that it's exactly all my work (the lighting and cinematography is mine), but having good actors is very helpful. It's also helpful when one of those good actors is also incredibly beautiful. And a genuine pleasure to deal with. And smart. And nice. The kind of woman that when you meet her and get to spend time with her, you want to take her home to show your family and go "look what I found!".

And apparently someone else had the same idea, as she is married with a small child. I have met neither her husband or kidlet yet, but that is something to be rectified soon.

And before you go on thinking about Rob having a new crush, I must remind you that Rob is too old for that kind of thing. The old saying goes something like this:

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A man chasing a woman is like a dog chasing a car. He doesn't know what he'll do if he catches the damn thing.
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I am then like the dog that lays on the porch, looks up and says "that's a damn fine car", and goes back to laying on the porch.
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Today I was exhausted. A phone call from <lj-user="Barda">, and we were on our way to her house for a mue-delicious breakfast of waffles, bacon, souffles, and other yummies which left this particular furry mammal in a stupor to which I succumbed.
Afternoon brought us home to a waiting pooch who <i>really, really</i> wanted to go outside and play, and a truck that needed to be unloaded, which I proceeded to do while Barb filled up the puppy-pool for a happy dog to have splooshy fun.
Then a phone call with a request to head to Tony & Kristi's house with the footage to watch on the big-screen TV. Cooked meat was offered, which is something I can never turn down; Babs stayed home to putz in the garden and play splooshy fun with the dog.
Much happiness. I hadn't seen the footage separate from the immediacy of the composition and shooting, so I finally got a chance to see it and appreciate it. I found it interesting that compositional choices were exactly what I wanted them to be when I saw them, and everything turned out nice. I managed to pull off a symbolic lighting change over the scene (shot out of sequence), where the protagonist and her targets change colors over the scene. It's a transfer scene, so psychologically it works. I don't know if it's a <i>subtle</i> change exactly, but it's not hitting-you-over-the-head style either. I'll be interested to see it all together.
The next few days I'm planning to be buried in editing and website stuff. I have a rollout planned for May 1 at the latest, so lots of busy stuff.
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Without realizing it, I find myself happy. Done some good work, some hard work, met some nice people, and generally had a good time this weekend. The weather is nice, which probably helps; I'm getting some activity on the job front, and I'm doing creative stuff that is fulfilling.

How in the hell did that happen?
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The monkeys, they fly!

Wow, talk about postus interruptus... I started this post at 8:00, and I'm now picking it up just after midnight.

Barb came up with a nifty birthday present, which was some historic pictures of our house. It's really amazing to see what it looked like back in the '40s (maybe).


Housing inspector is being a PITA again. Seems that they don't respect the idea that the wood we have as firewood is firewood, and they want it removed. I have to talk to them tomorrow and find out why they don't consider it firewood, as that is exactly what it is. Maybe I need to put a sign on it that says "firewood".
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