Tuesday, May 27, 2003

One might think that my lack of posting pointed to some large increase in my social life, or in responsibilities I have acquired since coming home from school. One would be wrong. No, I’ve just been hanging out, watching the television and the movies, reading the books, and piddling around in the yard. I have stained the pool deck! It is the color of cedar now, and very prettyful if I do say so myself. And I do.

Today my sister was at school, so I had to tape all the Clay media sightings. Boy’s doing a lot of media. My day was comprised of sitting around, waiting for his next appearance. Laura’s going to have a truly awesome Clay tape when all this is done. I’m glad that RCA has finally decided on doing a double-A single with both “Bridge over Troubled Water” and “This is the Night.” I like both songs, and I didn’t want “Night” to get shoved aside for “Water,” which apparently has gotten buzz. I keep hearing, “That song has gotten so much buzz,” yet I have not heard any of this buzz. Doesn’t there have to be some initial buzz for people to then talk about it?

I will be working at the postal office this summer. It will be interesting, as postal employees aren’t terribly respected in our society, which is probably why they go insane and kill people. And then society doesn’t respect them because they go insane and kill people. It’s a vicious cycle. But I’ll be making a lot of money (hopefully), so it’s cool.

Someday, I want to take a paycheck, cash it all in ones, and roll around in it, since I don’t think it’s really feasible to fill a room with gold doubloons like Scrooge McDuck and dive in.

Mayakins: I drawed you a birfday present. As soon as I get enough money to mail it to you, I shall. I think it’s quite loverly, but we’ll see.

Monday, May 19, 2003

So. I'm back in Kansas now. And it's magnificent. It's all green, and it smells good, and there are much, much less people. All is good. Nothing terribly exciting has happened lately: I've been staining our pool deck and getting some sun, reading, and just generally hanging out. Good times.

I was disappointed in Matrix: Reloaded. For me, the single most important thing in a film is the story. Everything else--the action scenes, the special effects, the characters, everything--should be secondary to the plot, and exist to support the plot. And I felt this movie had everything except the plot. It was exceptionally well made, and stuff really did get blowed up, but ultimately I don't see what the point was. It just felt like a huge amount of set-up for Revolutions, and I'll be very upset if that film doesn't pay up.

Not voting for Clay makes the Baby Jesus cry.

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

What Video Game Character Are You? I am Kung Fu Master.I am Kung Fu Master.

I like to be in control of myself. I dislike crowds, especially crowds containing people trying to kill me. Even though I always win, I prefer to avoid fights if possible. What Video Game Character Are You?

Sorry Shannon... had to do it.

Saturday, May 10, 2003

We screened the film tonight, along with the other two documentaries, in Norris Theater, the big theater on campus. We had a full house, and everything went very well. I was nervous watching it, just waiting for something to go wrong, but it went off without a hitch.

We mixed the film yesterday, which was a little nerve-wracking. The mix started at eight am, and ran until 3am this morning. So I'm a bit tired right now. It's kind of sad when you consider that our nineteen (19) hour mix was the shortest of the three docs. One poor group worked cumulatively for about 28 hours over two consecutive days, 23 hours all at once, and then after some sleep, the rest to finish up. We were making great progress until four pm, when the board had some issues routeing the mic outputs from Pro Tools out into the Spielberg Scoring Stage so we could re-record dialogue. We had to reboot the board twice, the computer once, and try to manually check the patches, bussing, and routeing. We had two hours of down time--time we didn't spend mixing because of technical issues, not time we spent kicking our heels up and singing songs.

After about fifteen hours of working, you start to think everything is funny. "Hulk likes the level. Hulk says move on." That's not funny, is it? But it had us absolutely rolling last night. At one point, Colin and I were reciting the entirety of dialogue from "Rejected" and were hysterical about it. Then, after the mania passed, at around one am everyone drifted into this really lethargic, time-delayed phase. I would say something, and our TA Wes (who's just a great guy, and who did three of these mixes in as many days) would sit there blank-faced for five seconds before responding. We were slapping our faces, running outside and around the building, jumping up and down. We had a brief bit of punchiness after that--we located on a specific time code when one of the characters was breathing, and her eyes were closed, and it looked like a zombie face, and we just lost it--but for the most part we were done for the night. We closed up shop at 3am, came home, and I crawled into bed.

But before I did, I checked my email, and found out that I have been offered a job by the head of the sound department, by recommendation of Wes, to work at the sound department window in the fall. It's not a work-study job, it pays better, and it's something I'm actually interested in. Plus, it gives me the opportunity to get more work on graduate films, which are far superior to undergrad films. Now that I've mixed a 546 doc, I'm qualified to mix the graduate thesis films. I don't know that I'll do that this fall--I need some time to decompress after this semester--but I enjoy post sound and if I can make a reputation for being good at it, I can definitely pay the bills doing that whilst I work on scripts.

About the Angel season finale: I thought it was excellent. The WB would be fools if they didn't renew this show. What I love about it is simple: they changed things up. They told a great story, and then really and truly explored the repercussions of that for the characters. I love that they're risking taking the show in such a new direction, and I have complete faith that it will work out. The inability for a show to evolve is what makes most shows stagnate after several seasons; XF started to decline for exactly that reason, as far as I'm concerned. The only thing that upsetted me was the fact that Lilah is probably not going to be around next season. They weren't clear, and they didn't give her a big send-off like before, but the fact that Wesley was unable to destroy her contract doesn't bode well. I love what Stephanie Romanov brings to the show, and I think they'd benefit from keeping her around. For goodness' sake, get rid of Fred and have Lilah fulfill the girl quotient. Not that I actively dislike Fred or anything, but she's just not that interesting a character to me.

Monday, May 5, 2003

I am tired of editing sound. Shut up, sound! I don't care anymore!

Sunday, May 4, 2003

My mom just called; we had an F4 tornado, which while going through our area was a quarter-mile across, go through our town. A subdivision about a half-mile from my house was destroyed. My dad said that they were all in the basement, and you could see the funnel go overhead (it hadn't touched down yet), and all you could hear was a roar. Luckily, our house didn't get damaged, and we didn't lose any trees or anything. But my dad and siblings took a walk and they said that the house of one of my high school friends is just gone. So, kind of a scary day today. I'm just glad that our house is all right.

Friday, May 2, 2003

First off, did a bit of redesign on the column to the left. Nothing major, just switched out some of the pictures and added a movie rec section, with a link to Amazon.com. So, check it out.

Class is over, but I still have sound editing to finish up, the mix, a screenplay final, and my Roman Civ final, so I'm going to be pretty busy the next week and a half. I have to get going, but I just want to take a moment to say that this week's Angel was amazing. They're really making some daring story choices, and they're working out. The show is just firing on all cylinders, and it's a joy to watch. Recent developments about recent resurrections have pleased me a great deal. So, very much looking forward to next week's finale.