The Grass Is Greener…

Once Upon A Messy Room… (stop-motion Final Proj.)
December 5, 2010, 7:29 am
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DONE! I can’t believe we did it. After days of filming and editing and putting on clothing and makeup, I can finally say I have completed my first stop-motion video! Of course, I couldn’t have done it without the artistic eye of “AshleyVis” ;).

I was laying in my cluttered bed one morning, trying to figure out how my room got so messy, and then realized that it was because I just have to try on so many things before I can get the right combination. I might sound a little obsessed with fashion, but I think it’s just another part of my creative side.. manifesting itself in my closet.

I thought, how could I keep my room tidy? Well, if I could just snap my fingers and have the clothing appear on me, that would help. Of course that’s only possible in the virtual world of stop-motion. PERFECT! Final Project, here I come.

Ashley and me decided to team up for this feat, and sadly she found videos that were almost like the idea I had in my mind. Roadblock #1. I didn’t feel so original and genius anymore, but we decided to go along with the concept anyways. 

The next question was how to shoot it? Originally we had planned on doing three different people’s “dream morning’s”, a mother and a son as well as a girl, and even incorporating a breakfast segment, but being the last week of classes, we chose sanity over complexity.

Because I have the program Pinnacle studios, it has a feature that lets you select and grab certain frames from video and create stills with those frames. I knew this would save a lot of shooting time, but we would be editing for a while. We decided to do a combination. The make-up portion was shot with a camera, and the clothing portion was with video. The camera shots turned out to be pretty high-quality. I was pretty nervous that I wouldn’t be able to put my face in the correct position to make the shots have a realistic flow, but it was fabulous! And indeed very simple to edit.

The video allowed for really easy filming, I don’t think we would have been able to shoot as much as we did without the video.. but boy was there a tedious amount of editing. We considered just leaving the frames as they were, without taking all the stills, but in the end it just didn’t seem as cohesive, and we buckled down to finish the stop-motion.

Adding sound was fairly simple.. is a great site for sound effects. And Ashley had the prefect song on her mac, “Shine On” by The Kooks.

It was hard work, but honestly the time flew by. I think we were a great team too. DEFINITELY will be making one again someday :). Possibly part 2?

Thanks for reading!



Connect the Masses, Destroy the Few: The Social Network

The anticipation was finally over, as the lights dimmed in the theatre of The Social Network. True, I had mocked it in its entirety through the first couple commercials months before. I thought it should have been a comedy. But then I realized the reality of making millions through a simple idea, and technological ability, is life-altering, in a way that hasn’t really happened before. And he was my age, 20. Pretty relevant.

It was a fascinating true story. The characters seemed real, everybody messes up. No one is good, in my mind, everyone had a side. It is left up to the audience’s interpretation to decide who was in the wrong, and who is really a “douche”. What isn’t left for us to wonder, is if Mark has any friends left. He doesn’t. He invented the greatest Social Network, people-connecting website of all time, and destroyed his few friendships in the process. Ironic.

Of course one has to question, how much of this movie is actually true? I’ve heard it was largely based on facts, but I did some googleing myself. It turns out Mark had no interest in helping out, or being a part of this movie at all. Mark considers fiction the entire movie “fiction”, and the book it is based on (Accidental Billionaires) to be inaccurate and poor research.

Although, the character of Mark in the movie, if at all accurate, would have this type of reaction to a movie made about himself. So the research didn’t end there. I found a very helpful page on that was looking to just give the truth, no sides. The facts were true! Besides his girlfriend still being the same one he’s dated since before making Facebook, it was fairly accurate, down to the “66” restaurant in NYC (where Mark and Eduardo and his girlfriend met with Shawn Parker). Marks best friend did sue him, and so did the Winklevoss brothers, who did approach  him with their idea before Facebook was invented. Even the chimney zip line was real! Look’s like Mark does have something to hide. Then again, how reliable is a website?

Facebook doesn’t seem to have the same light-hearted quality. It is sobering that what was created to connect people, ended up ripping apart the people who created it. Then again, does a billion dollars ever really bring people together?

–> Mark’s non-co-operation with “The Social Network” –> Mark considers “The Social Network” fiction. –> the truth about Social Network