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day 2 highlights

well, we are back in town, but my heart is still in the midwest.

here are some highlights from our second day in wisconsin, spent mostly exploring the family farm and albi’s grandmother’s antiques.

Wisconsin – day 2 highlights from mouseling on Vimeo.

<3 more to come soon

film travel

wisconsin – day 1 highlights

We’ve been having a fun and very busy last couple of days. I have been filling up my memory cards almost faster than I can upload all my pictures and videos to the mac. I’ve hugged lots of farm animals so far, made best friends with a donkey, met more of Albert’s family, and consumed my weight in beer and cheese curds.

i’ve been surviving with 0 cell network coverage and limited wi-fi access. in a few spare moments I’ve had I was able to very quickly throw together a highlight reel of our first day here, it just took about 3 days to actually upload to vimeo :)

Wisconsin – Day 1 highlights from mouseling on Vimeo.

enjoy! more videos to follow very, very soon.

film photography

animals!

it’s after midnight but i’m still wide awake because I slept all afternoon because I was up until 5am last night having fun at my best friend’s going away party *sad face*.

today i spent the later part my evening folding laundry, reorganizing our office-ish room and cleaning up my hard drive. Guys, i have TONS of pictures and videos from the last few months (years actually, but i don’t want to think about it) that I have yet to even look at, edit, upload, or do anything with.

well. my office has just recently started to become a much more pleasant room to spend lots of time in, so hopefully that means i will be more prone to sitting at the desk and getting stuff like this sorted and uploaded. in the meantime, here are some animals from our last visit to miami, around mid-april/a month ago. as usual, i lugged my camera around with me everywhere and ended up with only maybe a handful of decent pictures. on easter sunday we visited the zoo (one of my favorite places in the world when i was growing up) and it was pretty much exactly as i remembered it: not the best zoo in the world, but definitely better than most. really the only thing wrong with it is how outdated some areas are. however, in the last few years they added a new amazon themed section and it is wonderful. Seriously. This is coming from someone who visits disney’s animal kingdom at least once a month, but I was seriously was blown away by this entire exhibit. Albi too, and he is critical of most things.

anyway. i quickly threw together a short video with the few clips I shot of my favorite animals at this zoo, the asian small-clawed otters. they are the cutest, especially at meal time. (is it just me or is this video slightly reminiscent of something you might see on an old-school episode of sesame street? woah. that would be an awesome job: filming those bits for sesame street. i’m going to go work on that plan and you can watch this and look at my pictures.)

film music

“cause i’ve never been a follower”

happy thursday, friends.

Yesterday Mates of States premiered the new video to the song “Unless I’m Led” off their 2011 album Mouintaintops. This makes my heart happy for 2 reasons:

1) I have loved mates of state for a very long time and I love this album, start to finish.

2) this video is one (very quirky) continuous shot. i love it.

i’m getting ready to film a few weddings for some friends in the next couple weeks. big girl stuff. my first time really shooting weddings with the intention of shooting weddings. I’m nervous, but I’ve been amassing a large pool of inspirational material for the last few months in preparation for this. I’ve watched a lot of wedding videos, a lot of very good ones, but I can tell you right now: that last thing I want to make is a traditional wedding video. all of my inspiration for my next two projects is coming from clever music videos like this one:

i know what you’re probably thinking:
“pffffftttttttttt.”

i agree. then again, i’ll never know unless i try. we’ll see how it goes.

film

out for a walk

So, i’m currently focusing on two things. Wait, no – thats a lie. I’m focusing on about a thousand things in life, but for the sake of this post, let’s pretend i’m only working on two: mastering the art of cinematography using my canon 60d and learning final cut X inside and out.

I’ve had my 60d for a while now, and only really started playing with it (video especially) a few months ago. Its a shame, really. I think I was just very intimidated by it when I first bought it. Photography is not new to me, but it’s been a few years since I’ve really practiced and this my first time  ever using a grown-up digital SLR – I love my olympus pen, but it really feels more like a toy. Either way, I’m finally over my fears and trying to get comfortable with my canon friend.

I have two darling friends/coworkers who have each graciously agreed to let me film their weddings in a few months, and I’m really excited about getting some real world videography practice. In the meantime, I have to practice on less interesting subjects, like my dogs and my boyfriend. (now, i find them to be very interesting, but I don’t expect you to.)

here is my latest test video. I finally figured out how to use the manual settings for video on my camera (*embarrassed*) so when when Albert took Starbuck out for a walk a couple weeks ago I followed along with the camera. I got some neat shots, and tried throwing them together in final cut. Excuse the shakiness (little mouse hands, big camera), slow-motion that albert had me test out, and the weird exposure changes (derp.) I’m learning… slowly but surely.

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First Frankenweenie Trailer!

I’m sure we have all noticed that Tim Burton has gotten a bit weird and scraggly over the last few years and his movies don’t seem to be as magical as they used to be. Or maybe it’s just me. Or maybe it’s his weird obsession with Johnny Depp, who also doesn’t quite do it for me as much anymore. Or maybe it was that awkward dance at the end of Alice in Wonderland, a movie which I actually loved until that scene. You blew it, Tim.

Either way, like all things that held significance in my childhood, Mr. Burton will always have a special place in my heart. I was that weird kid who at 6 years old used to pretend that I lived in a haunted house, or a dark enchanted forest, and was always drawing dead trees and scary old houses at the tops of geologically impossible tall, skinny, winding hills.

At around this age, in the early to mid-nineties, three of my favorite movies in the world were Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. I was too young then to realize that all of these were Tim Burton movies, or to even understand that this kind of connection mattered when it came to movies, I just knew that I loved them and wanted to watch them over and over again. Basically, my whole life I’ve wanted to live in a Tim Burton movie.

(does it also now make a little more sense how I managed to survive and enjoy working at a Hot Topic for so many years? I still miss that sweet discount on the NBC mercy every holiday…)

So, with that said, imagine my extreme joy upon finding out about the newly released first trailer for Frankenweenie. The movie is based on Tim’s 1984 Frankenweenie (a live action short about a boy who attempts Dr. Frankenstein his dead dog) with a style reminiscent of Vincent (a 6 minute stop motion about a little boy who daydreams about being Vincent Price, narrated by Vincent Price. In other words, the story of my childhood.)

It is also a Disney film. I admit, I am partial to Disney and I am also a fan of tim burton + disney collaborations (nightmare before christmas vs. corpse bride, need I say more?)… and Disney makes great merchandise! Soooo, I will have fun with that on my frequent visits to the parks.

Okay, enough blather. Here is the trailer. Watch and enjoy. I don’t know about you, I think it looks wonderful, and I am so unbelievably excited for a new Tim Burton stop motion in his classic, creepy style. Naysayers be damned! Besides, it’s about a reanimated puppy. Who hasn’t at one point in their life thought about attempting to reanimate their dead pet? No? Just me? Okay then.