They Paved Paradise to Put Up a Parking Lot

October 16th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Don’t it always seem to go,
That you don’t know what you got
Till it’s gone

Big Yellow Taxi – Counting Crows

Today was a damn great chill day

Can’t Sleep These Days

October 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

But I’ve been sleepwalking to the lake,
And waking up in the water

Chacarera – Jenny and Johnny

Today was Murdoch’s semesterly Multicultural Day, and it was a pretty good event. As usual, we had our own booth, and we sold bihun goreng, sirap, samosa, and jelly. Sold everything, made a tidy profit, so all’s well hey. I wasn’t really playing a big role for the Malaysian booth though, since I was occupied with yet another shoot, this time for Murdoch themselves (apparently).

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I think she’s reaching for her wallet.

Michel and I had to shoot a semi-doco (I’m not too sure how that works, actually. What is a semi-doco?) for them to present in Melbourne (iirc), so yeah. It was fun. We had to interview people, and shoot performances and… stuff. We juggled our tasks, me operating the camera at times, him at others. If I’m on cam, he’s on sound, and vice versa.

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I was interviewed as well, much to my dissatisfaction

Some photos taken are below. Would’ve taken more, but I didn’t have the time nor free hands. And I didn’t bring my camera, because of all the damn things to forget, I forgot to bring the battery charger. Mafaka! Oh, and I was giving Hipstamatic a spin. Been a while since I used it.

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So, this adds another video for me to edit by end of the semester. Whoop-dee-doo! That makes it four videos to edit. Two assignments, and two projects. I should do well, and I’ll be damned if I let myself down with these. I could even land a job if I do good :O

We Learn To Live, We Live To Die

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

I asked you to answer but I already know
And can you come back home you already know
You don’t ask because you already know

Nothing Like a Song – Azure Ray

Today (Sunday) was one of the more tiring days I’ve had this semester. I agreed to help a friend from the Reunion Islands to shoot a music-video-thing. I didn’t know I was signing up with the devil. As I’ve stated before, and I’ll state it again, waking up early on Sunday should be a cardinal sin. Didn’t help that last night I was up till quite late doing my assignments, and so today I was woken up by a phone call at 9.30 in the morning, Michel telling me he was outside. Still groggy, I told him to come up and have some coffee first. Still groggy and bleary-eyed, and showing more strength and courage than when Hercules went down to see Hades to get Meg back, I went to shower.

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Michel filming Idriss (musician, subject of the video, awesome hair)

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Idriss trying to get the dog to roll over

So we headed to Freo after I was done, and we promptly began shooting. We managed to snag a P2 camera, and it was nice to shoot with. Falling in love with this camera more and more. I got the chance to play around with shots, something I’ve missed sorely since beginning uni (The dicks here love to organize every single thing, with no amount of creative exploration acknowledged unless you have the proper rank. Fucking elitist twats). So when I had the camera in hand, I went nuts, since I was somewhat given a free reign. I was in the freaking fireplace, with soot falling on my head, I was in the shower, I was everywhere!

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That gaping black hole on the left is the fireplace I was in

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One of the shots that I thought would be pretty awesome

Anyway, it felt good, getting to release some tension and creative-juices I’ve been backlogging in my head for a while. We’ve still got a few more days of shooting left, and I’m looking forward to them. Shouldn’t be interrupting my studies, and I’m down to my last 4 assignments for the semester. Yeaaaaaah!

And When It’s Dark and When It’s Cold

October 2nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

We talk through the day and all through the night
You make my whole world shine

My Sunshine – Tiffany Alvord

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I’m not sure why I have a big shit-eating grin on my face

When I was asked if I wanted to go ice skating, I was apprehensive. People say it’s somewhat akin to rollerblading, and up to a certain point it is. I’ve done rollerblading before, and so my friends told me I would be alright, which I wasn’t. I mean, I didn’t fall, which was great, but I wasn’t swish-swooshing on the ice either. I couldn’t even brake properly without going into some sort of comical pirouette. Plus I should’ve worn thicker socks, as my night was ended prematurely by the biggest blister I have ever gotten in my 22 years of living. If my foot was the earth, the blister would be the size of the Asian continent.

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It’s kind of beautiful, now that I think about it

Okay I might have been exaggerating a little. But it is pretty big, and oh boy it stings like a beetch. Cleaned it up as best as I could with warm water, then swabbed some hand sanitizer on it, since I didn’t have any Detol or antiseptic cream, and the sensation was like stepping into fire. I’m happy to note that I didn’t moan or cry during the process, though (I just hopped on one foot, clutching the blistered foot, mumbling curses).

I googled how to treat blisters, since I’ve never gotten something like this before, and I came across this:

“I treat them just like I would treat everyone else. With respect. A blister can’t help what it is. Just because it’s different or ugly doesn’t mean you should treat it harshly and poke it with sharp things. Embrace the blister for what it is. Treat it with love and kindness and it will treat you likewise.”

I think I will take my blister out for coffee, and maybe catch a movie one of these days.

PS: Weird song choice to go with the post, but I think it fits in rather well after reading the quote above :)