I forgot to post about my brother’s latest achievement! As some of you may know, my brother is a very talented artist who has worked on films such as Star Trek, Avatar, and even the more recent Star Wars movies. He has also taught at his alma mater, San Jose State. He recently graduated with his MFA and finished his thesis project, an animated short called Jimmy Loves Juice. With the help of his students he brought this animated short to life and even got into a few film festivals. The fam and I got to watch it here in San Francisco at the Frozen film festival and last week he got word that they won the Best Animated Short at the Costa Rica International Film Festival! Congrats again to my brother and his students!
Check out his trailer and check the Jimmy Loves Juice blog for more showings and film festivals!
Usually my first post of the year is about my reflection on the previous year. I’ll eventually get to it…probably later today. But for now, here are some photos I took for an Adapt shoot that I have been trying to get done. Unfortunately this was the only shoot I did because the holidays were so busy. Hopefully there will be more to come. I decided to use my older Minolta SRT101 instead of my newer Pentax. For some reason I feel like my photos come out better on my Minolta.
Abi was able to take some time to help me shoot this while she was home visiting and she got her friend John to help out as well. Thanks guys!
If you know me or have read my blog in the past you would know that I’m a fan of JGL. Earlier this year my friend sent me a link for a show that was happening in SF that he was going to be at. That was the first time I heard of hitRECord. If you haven’t heard of JGL’s production company, hitRECord, you’re missing out. It brings together a pool of creativity from writers, photographers, artists, etc and helps collaborate the different ideas. For example, if a writer wrote a short story and posted it on the website, an artist can take the story and make illustrations to it. If any of the productions make money, the money gets split 50/50, half to hitRECord and half to the artists that contributed to that production. Aside from that, it’s a great way to get your projects out there. They also host live shows that include poets, story readings, performances, and more. I’d say it’s a great community for creativity.
Btw, I want the Tiny Book of Tiny Stories. If you’re wondering what it is, it’s a tiny book, with tiny stories. JGL makes me want to buy it (*swoooon*). Haha Jk, well…half truth. Seems like a great book for a stalking stuffer or Secret Santa. Maybe it’ll be on my list this year. That’s if I don’t buy it first.
A few weeks ago I posted a blog about my friend Duke being in an indie film, The Annual. Not only is he an actor, but a film student at the Academy of Art. So what does that mean? That means he gets to ask his friends to be in his short films. Lol
One night we were talking about how I was in my 6th grade play and that I had to quit the 7th grade play due to too many activities. I totally admit that I wish I stayed in it. I had a dope part as the smartass Asian sidekick who used big complicated words. Haha
So last week I spent an hour with Duke who spent at least 15 minutes trying to get me to show some anger. Instead he got my ass laughing in the street. Haha The film was shot with an 8mm camera and therefore has no sound. The storyline is cute and the music is good.
Props to Duke for his acting and film skills. I hope he gets an A+ when he turns in the short film!