Thursday, March 11, 2010

Going Home in April

Originally, I wasn't planning on going home until August (maybe)... but turns out things at home aren't going very well. So, off to CA I will be come a month from now.

My dog is dead. She was put to sleep last night. The story behind it all is kind of sad. She had congestive heart failure and had this cough that just kept getting worse and worse. She had water in her lungs and so basically coughed because she felt as if she were drowning. Well, medications and tests would cost hundreds of dollars and might only extend her life a few months or so. So my mom figured that they should put her down before it got too bad.

Well, my mom was told she had to go to the county "humane" society building rather than the city because we are not technically part of the city that our mailing address states. We are unincorporated. Well, this county place ended up not being very humane. My dog of course was fine the whole way there. Sticking her head out the window, looking around at the passing scenery. When my parents and sister got to the place and finished filling out paperwork they had them take her out back. My sister was crying loudly and my mom was teary because of my sister and everyone there just stared.

When they took my dog out back a man came out with a rope. My dog immediately showed her teeth and tried to bite the man and tried jumping up on my dad (she doesn't normally do this). It was like she knew what was coming. They take her in to a room with a bunch of kennels and put her in one and then start walking out with my family. My mom was pretty confused. She thought they would get to be there with her. At the time though, it was all so new to her and she just kind of asked... "well, what is going to happen." Meanwhile my sister is bawling, so my mom kind of uncomfortably allows them to take them back out while my dog sits alone awaiting her death by strangers.

When my mom was recounting this she was getting pretty depressed. She felt really bad and after the fact thought of all the things she should have done, but I think the blame is on the humane society. What a bunch of cruel and inhumane people! I mean, my dog obviously didn't like the people... were they mean to her? Was she forced down while they injected her? It was probably a very frightening last few minutes of her life where she felt completely abandoned. And then my family felt the same way.... guilty, no closure whatsoever. It is sad.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Embrace Life

This is an example of why I want to make movies. Thanks for sharing Wendi.

Friday, February 19, 2010

New Look

As you can see, I've changed the look of my blog. It is sort of original... I used a template and customized it a little. The background picture was taken on the cruise in December. Small adjustments will have to do until I have time to learn more about CSS and html.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Imma Be a Producer

I know, two posts in a day. Crazy. Well, despite how incredibly busy this semester has been and despite the fact that I feel like I am forever behind in classes and personal projects, I've made some big decisions that deal with my future. I am currently working on three films, taking 16 credits, and working 20-hour weeks. I also have two projects that I started awhile ago for people that I have yet to finish. Hopefully this weekend will be productive.

Come the end of the semester I will be producing a zombie movie in three dimensions. I am scared out of my mind, but I feel that I would be good at producing. This project has been in the works for some time now and will be going full force right at the heels of our recent 3D sci-fi comedy which should be done by the end of March. Tomorrow a large portion of the film will be screened at the Sci-Fi conference that is taking place a BYU right now called Life, the Universe, and Everything. However, the models are under construction and so the film is not yet complete.

It will be interesting to see the reaction to the film.Many people scoffed at the idea of a few students figuring out how to shoot a 3D movie and build a custom 3D rig... well, we did it- and it looks amazing. The Zombie movie will be our first project on this scale outside of BYU. We need to find investors and create a business plan, budget, LLC, and the list goes on. Here's the catch, it all needs to be done by the end of September. Yeah, we live on the edge.It is my last summer before I graduate and I was really hesitant to commit to this project because I really need to make this summer count. But I had some experiences that basically told me that I needed to do this project. That means reject any internship opportunities I may have and forget about even working full-time. This movie will be my life this summer and I may not see one penny from it. It still scares the crap out of me, but for someone like me who doesn't really stay in-tuned enough to receive a whole lot of spiritual guidance, the guidance I received about this was a big deal and I won't argue with it. Bring on the Zombies.

A couple phone pics of some of the sets we built for the 3D Sci-Fi:

These sets were built by almost zero time, zero money, and zero people who had little or no experience. Cardboard ceilings, warped wood walls, painter's plastic light fixtures. Oh yeah, this is low budget. Accomplishing this made me believe that we could actually make movies. Now imagine it all in 3D. Oh yeah.

Blog Boredom

I really want to design my own blog... I just don't really have the time to learn how to do it. This will be one of my summer projects I think. Until then, I guess we will have to stick to this.

In other news, I've been having a lot of really good conversations lately with some really neat people. I love having friends that I can trust. Trust has always been a hard thing for me to give because of how vulnerable it can make you. It is like putting a bit of your soul in someone's hand. They could easily crush it or drop it on the floor where strangers could stomp on it. Luckily, I have friends that protect that bit of myself that I have entrusted to them.

Why are we so judgmental? I mean, in a society full of the notion of taboos and political correctness, I guess it is really hard not to be. Sometimes I feel like we all just need to cut the crap and be honest with ourselves. We all carry these secrets that vary in scale of shock value. We lock them up in a lead box that we haul around on our backs because we are so afraid that if someone sees what is inside we will be abandoned. The truth is, it would be much more healthy if we could talk openly about the things that haunt us without fear of being judged. I think we'd be surprised to find that the stranger next to us is carrying a very similar secret.

This is one reason I really like Post Secret's blog. I really should buy one of their books. It is also one reason that, for the most part, I am not impressed with the Hopefully Mormon blog. I mean, I guess that the blog is nice... but it is too full of that "all-is-well" stage face that we all put on. Give it to me straight. I want it all in raw form. I want to hear how people like me struggle on the inside. I feel that hearing about how someone struggles, but still manages to stay above water and hope for a brighter day is much more telling then phrases like "God is all around us." I mean, that's wonderful... but what about the majority of people who struggle to see that? What about people who struggle everyday to feel that, but every once in awhile they have a small experience where they felt God around them for those few seconds that give them the courage to press on? I want to hear those stories.