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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

No Fate ...

but what we make.

Lemme tell ya, the possibilities are endless when you begin to understand how it all works. In any process, on any subject. If you know nothing about baking a cake, painting a protrait, building a house, writing music, or even making a movie, it all seems very complicated and even impossible when you don't know anything about it.

But when you start to educate yourself, when you see each step that needs to be taken, and understand why each step needs to be taken, when you familiarize yourself with the necessary tools, and understand what each tool is used for and why, then you begin to understand how the process works, and then learn how to be a part of that process, even causing it.

I'm in constant awe and wonder about what one can accomplish when you understand how a thing works. This week so far has been about further understanding (even remembering) processes.

One such instance is with After Effects. I'm learning more and more everyday, and when I learn and understand how a certain effect works, then I can further see how that can be applied to help put what I see in my head on the screen as a moviemaker. Very special thanks to all the people putting up tutorials on YouTube and very special thanks to Andrew Kramer with Videocopilot.net and his amazing tutorials for After Effects. Learned so much from his breakdowns. I and many other moviemakers are greatful for it.

Another instance is with Fruity Loops. I was so very used to writing music on piano or keyboards, and years ago all I had to work with was Fruity Loops Music Software. I was angry because I was unfamiliar with the software, and I constantly needed a traditional keyboard to sound out tunes in my head. At the time I had to sell my keyboards and I was using a demo of Fruity Loops, and if you know nothing about the software, it is rather complicated. Although I still need the occasional feel of a piano, Fruity Loops has become an invaluable tool in music creation. I've been able to truely understand how each tool works within the software, and finally see it for what it is, a truely powerful tool for music creation.

I just got done working on a track for the next Monster Cops episode, and I started laughing, thinking about back in the day, when I saw Fruity Loops as such a pain in the ass. It just couldn't do what I wanted it to. I saw it as an obstacle. A wall keeping me from creating. Now I undesrtand that it was not an obstacle and there are no walls. Only doors that need to be opened.

I recall when my wife wanted so badly to learn how to knit. It was 2004, and she was fascinated by the process, she had no idea how to start, how to learn. That Christmas I'd ger her a teach yourself to knit kit. with that and the help of some online tutorials we'd found online, she'd begin understanding the process of knitting. She would be frustrated at first, trying to understand the steps. I remember telling her how one day she'd be a knitting pro and we'd look back on these days and laugh, remembering when she didn't know how.

Now her knitting skills have surpassed my expectations. I mean I didn't realize how much more complexity there is to knitting. She's moved on to learn things I didn't know you could learn. She's knitted hundreds and hundreds of things, purses, scarves, hats, blankets, and she's considered by those who know her as an authority on knitting socks. The things she creates don't look handmade. They look like items you'd purchase in a store. Very professional. She's working form patterns that are complex and is working towards creating her own patterns. And now when she finishes a project, she'll look at me and say, "Hey, remember when I didn't know how?" And we'll laugh.

I understand now how there is no such thing as failure or obstacle. What we sometimes see as failure is actually opportunity. What we often perceive as obstacle is actually a chance to be creative. A chance to compose life, instead of opposing it. To create no fate, but what we choose to make.

What some folks call impossible, is just stuff they haven't seen before.
- Robin Williams, WHAT DREAMS MAY COME

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Internet is for Vanity

I'm not prone to post sruveys on my blog, but I do post them occasionally on myspace. Usually I do them while I wait for something to render when I'm editing. But I forgot that my current computer takes no time to render now, and I ended up just trying to finish this little survey/meme just because I was already 2 questions in. But I think the occasional survey is good, let's you get to know the poster/blogger.

One thing I do like about surveys, plenty of opportunity to test your comedy writing skills, for I hardly ever answer these things seriously. This one I tried to answer seriously, but the jokes started up. See if you can spot the Q's where I started to lose the serious bug.

Thanks for this one Britt.

1.
Do you still talk to the person you had your first kiss with?
I don't even remember who that person would be. Oh wait, yes I do. And no.

2.
What would you do with 1,000 plastic spoons?
Create a giant spoon monster!

3.
What kind of music did you listen to in elementary school?
Whatever were the hits at the time. I remember a lot of Olivia Newton John, Hall and Oates, Human League, Lionel Richie, Soft Cell, Michael Jackson, Survivor. And of course KISS.

4.
What is the best thing about your job?
The Dark Knight

5.
Do you wish cell phone etiquette was required in class?
I wish cell phone etiquette was required everywhere

8.
Where are you going on your next vacation?
Next mission? The Price Is Right!

9.
Quote a song lyric?
we skipped the light fandango, turned cartwheels cross the floor, I was feelin kind of sea sick, but the crowd called out for more.

10.
Are most of the friends in your life new or old?
A bit of both.

11.
Do you own any furniture from Ikea?
I really don't think so.

13.
If you could be an animal what would you be?
Animal, ya know, from the Muppets.


14.
What state/country are you from?
Texas, U.S.A

15. Tell us about the last conversation/s you had.
My wife and I were discussing the ins and outs of Jurrasic Park and how Richard Attenborough always reminded me of Scrooge McDuck, after which my wife would continue to make Launchpad/Duck Tales refrences everytime she saw a helicopter in the movie.

16.
where do you see yourself in one month?
Watching Monster Cops: Dead By Dawn

17.
What is your favorite smell?
Coffee, Burning Cedar, My Wife

18.
What is your favorite sight?
Puppies, oh and strippers. Strippers holding puppies. And the orange/pinkish hue the sky turns right when the sun is almost down. It's like pumpkins and pink lemonade, like God painted the sky with technicolor and the feelings of both closure and new beginings. A reminder that the days are precious, the nights are wonderous, and the twilight exists as a celebration between the two, not only as transitions, but as a companion to help guide you through your memories made and of what dreams may come. But mainly strippers.

19.
Do you consider yourself bi-polar?
Not at all, straight up, I love polar bears.

21.
Have you ever done anything vindictive to your coworkers?
I don't really consider the people I work with coworkers. Mainly because there is no actual work to be done.

22.
Have you ever gone to therapy?
nope

23.
Have you ever played Spin the bottle?
No. But I have played throw the bottle in anger.

24.
Have you ever toilet-papered someone's house?
Dear God, yes. But it's been about 13 years.

25.
Have you ever liked someone but never told them?
What, you mean like in junior high? Then yes.

26.
Have you ever gone camping?
yes

27.
Have you ever had a crush on your sister's friend?
She doesn't have any friends. She's entirely too emo and self involved to have any kind of relationship with any kind of human being. She's been that way since she was born. Our whole family has had to put up with her dramatics, and we're all getting very sick and tired of it.

At least that's how I imagine it might be, if I had a sister.

28.
Have you ever been to a nude beach?
I've sailed passed one, does that count.

29.
Have you ever had sex on the beach?
no i dont really like schnapps

30.
Have you ever had a stalker?
Not since that horrible baking accident.

32.
Have you ever laughed so hard you cried?
Yes. It's the best.

33.
Have you ever gone to a party where you were the only sober one?
Story of my life.

34.
Have you ever been cheated on?
Yeah.

35.
Have you ever felt betrayed by your best friend?
not really

36.
Have you ever lied to your parents?
duh

37.
Have you ever been out of the US?
yup

38.
Have you ever thrown up from working out?
LOL. no.

39.
Have you ever gotten a haircut so bad that you wore a hat for a month straight?
I don't have any hair.

40.
Have you ever eaten 3 meals from 3 different fast food places in 1 day?
oh probably

41.
Have you ever gotten so wasted you cant remember the nite before?
Nope

42.
Have you ever spied on someone you had a crush on?
Ah the memories.

43.
Have you ever slept with one of your coworkers?
Not at my current job.

44.
Kissed more than one person at a time?
Back when I had three mouths, most definitely.

45.
Pot?
of gold.

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