Sunday, April 7, 2013

DPing another thesis, making a complete music album, and progress on my thesis!

The two actors and Irene, the director (in the center) of the film I am DPing this Thursday and Friday.

a still from the storyboard
Hey! It's been awhile since I've posted anything. It's about time I update the world on my projects. This thursday and friday I will be DPing my dear friend Irene's thesis. She was the production manager of my thesis, actually! Earlier this week we completed the shot list and took photos for the storyboard. Her film is about this uppity girl encountering the world of nature, finding herself faced with the decision: go back to the fake, clean world or stay with her new wild-child friend in the magical world of the woods?

a still from the storyboard

Day one of the shoot it is supposed to be raining. That is quite unfortunate, but, we'll have to make do! Almost all of the film is going to be shot hand-held. Know what the means? Quivering Kira arms and awkward body positions in order to sustain the weight. This is actually a very good thing for me. I really do need to pack on the muscles. I'm a strong independent woman, gosh darn!

Now for some exciting music-relating stuff!:
My good friend Dave and I have decided to complete an album. It sounds like a crazy idea, but I have no doubt that we will be able to pull it off. During my spring break we worked on our first song together (which is what triggered this idea). It came out better than I had imagined, and for the first time I heard music that I actually wanted to create. (Don't get me wrong- I have definitely enjoyed making my other songs in the past, but I have always felt like the music didn't accurately reflect the feeling I was going for... ya know what I mean?) None-the-less, here is the link to our song "Secret Hideaway":

We will be working on the album this summer. Prepare for accordions, guitars, banjos, ukeleles, and much more! Wooo yeah!

As for my thesis film: 
I finally sent out a rough draft to my composer. He is from France and his style... oh gosh... wow.... his style makes me fill up with warmth. It is the kind of music I hear in my head as I walk through my daily life. So whimsical and magical... and French. I completed a rough animation for the opening and closing sequence of the film. It's nice to finally be working on animation because I would love to pursue animation in the future. I wanna make some live action films, some animated films, and some live action with animation integrated into the real world films. Kinda like Tim Burton? (Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice?... aka, three of the best films ever made.)
A still from the opening animation.
My thesis film will have to be completed by around the 10th of May, so stay tuned for the trailer.

My friend Mida and I have a co-owned production company called "IA Productions." A film we made exactly one year ago called "Wait in Silence" was accepted to and will be screened at the Nashville film festival in 2 weeks. We are actually going to travel there for a few days. It will be the first film festival I have gone to, so I am extremely excited! Here is the link to the film if you are interested in seeing it!:

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