Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a great week! Starting now, I will be posting my week in pictures every Friday.
This week’s photo montage starts off with a pancake, beer and champagne breakfast with my besties last Sunday! Special thanks to Eric & Peachy for inviting us over and sharing such deliciousness with us!
I spent a couple of dreamlike days at Peachy’s magic river house, had some drinks around the bonfire & watched Jeff & Eric become river architects as they collectively crafted a stone enclosed swimming hole, in the middle of the river. That’s me on the left hand side, watching from atop the river ledge, laughing my ass off watching this in action. It was epic!
Monday I was WAY hungover, so there are no pics from Monday. Ha!
Tuesday I took a day off from work to venture into NYC to meet up with the ladies of the Blogcademy. (That’s the most recent workshop that I attended and wrote about in a previous post.) All the local blogger babes were getting together for lunch over at The Smith Restaurant in the East Village. This place had great food, fresh fruit cocktails, a cute vintage photo booth and a totally surprising black and white, 60’s era peep show, if you happened to catch a glimpse in the secret hole in the wall! Ooooh scandalous!
Not only was this a sweet reunion with the head mistresses who taught the workshop, Gala Darling, Nubby Twiglet and Kat Williams, but it also enabled me to meet some of the other blog writers that I hadn’t gotten to before. A couple of months ago I opted to take the Portland class instead of the one being offered in New York. Sometimes you just feel the need to hop on an airplane and fly cross country, so you just go! I get this feeling once a week at least, but suppress it most of the time due to, you know, normal boring reality.
I wish I had gotten a photo of our table, though I’m sure they will surface soon from one of the other ladies. There were about fifteen of us and we were quite the loud colorful bunch! At one point the host of the restaurant pulled me aside to quizzically ask me about who we all were and what kind of crazy shenanigans were going on. I had to laugh. We’re in NYC, doesn’t this sorta stuff happen all the time?
We were a mix of girls with pink, green & red hair, tattoos, a glittered motorcycle helmet, cucumber cocktails & a super load of bright summer dresses.
It just so happens that way when the Blogcademy gals get together.
After everyone said goodbye at The Smith, my friend Latanya Rene of Sprinkles & Booze joined me to check out the nearby Artists & Fleas at the Chelsea Market. There’s a chance that I will install my video animation, Soul Seasons, on one of the walls in the market so I absolutely had to check it out! While I was there I got to see my buddy Jack Dishel’s sweet graffiti work exhibited all over the place! If you’re in the hood, definitely go check it out for yourself! Artists & Fleas is located on the corner of W15th St and 10th Ave.
From the Chelsea Market I made a quick stop over to visit one of my long time freelance clients over at Wheelhouse Creative. They’ve got a beautiful studio on W19th St and took the time to show me around for the first time. These guys edit some great movie trailers and are working with me on a couple of them right now.
Wednesday through Friday was very work-centric, so I decided to snap a few screen shots from three random projects I have going on this week.
I’m back in the swing of making movie trailer title graphics and am currently working on this awesome film called Shepard & Dark. It is exactly the type of movie that I always fall in love with. Documentary-style life chronicles, gritty, raw, indy film, punctuated with Bob Dylan songs. The film follows two incredible writers, Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark, and their unique correspondence and friendship over something like 30 years. I won’t get into details, but I highly recommend it if you like this type of stuff.
These next two shots are some screen shot elements from projects I’m working on at the day job. I wanted my week in pictures post to reflect the full spectrum of what goes on in my week. This is all an experiment, so I hope you enjoy!
While the content is very corporate, I’m trying to incorporate some cool motion graphic techniques using Video Copilot’s Sure Target plugin, which allows you to easily create a graphic “fly through” that lands on particular areas of your scene. In my case it’s a web of words that I’ve layed out in 2D and 3D space. I’ve used this plugin before to help me with some kinetic typography and highly recommend it for dealing with a lot of typography in one piece.
In the last screen shot, you’ll see that I’m working on my character animation skills, which are next to none. I’m working on an animated storybook. Above are just a few of the pages. I’ve never felt that character animation is my forte – but I’m always willing to take on challenges to try something new. Everything is being manipulated in Illustrator and animated in After Effects.
On the fitness front, I’m happy to say I finally made it back to the gym for some running & yoga this week! Perhaps the idea behind my Wednesday blog featurette about Creative Wellness is working and will help with accountability for keeping up with these positive weekly routines.
And that brings us to TODAY……………………
Hope everyone has a great weekend!!