Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Clock is Ticking...




What is my New Year's Resolution? I guess I have a few: make more films, keep my blog updated, write more stories (at least finish some of them), collect more antiques, and (in general) face all responsibilities in a positive way. I am quite sure that I will be able to succeed and fulfill these tasks... especially the one about keeping the blog updated.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ouija To Go!


A great little gift my friend gave me for Christmas. I absolutely love how small and cute it is- it also glows in the dark!

Alice




Been very excited about Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland which will be released in March. I haven't always been a fan of the original Disney original version from 1951- don't know why, it just didn't appeal to me that much, but after my brother told me about a version done in 1988 including stop-animation, I immediately searched for clips of it on YouTube. In the process, I discovered "Alice in Wonderland" versions from 1903, 1915, and 1933 (which stars Cary Grant). Watching these has gotten even more excited about Tim Burton's upcoming picture!

The 1903 version:

Part 1 of the 1915 version:

A clip from the 1988 version:

Halloween Holga



My friend took this great picture of us on Halloween sitting around the seance table with her Holga camera.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Was Good to Me!




Will definitely be blogging about the amazing gifts I received this year; my friends and family know me too well :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Ideas: New Short?


Thinking about doing a small short film and/or stop-animation soon, hopefully during winter break... must brainstorm.



Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Danny Do More


Daniel Moser used to be a student of my aunt's at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. After majoring in Theatre Production and Design, Danny created a website to display his creative designs, photographs, costumes, videos, and news about his work in the theatre. I absolutely love how fun the website is and his creative taste. Here are a few images from his site.

More From I.M. Lowry





His new illustrations, very beautiful.


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Chills...




Cold, cloudy, foggy, rainy... winter is dark.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dream Scape


My best friend Tesily took some amazing photos and edited them for her photo final just recently. When I saw them, I was so inspired by their beauty and Tesily's ability to tell an amazing story through her photography thus I decided they must be featured on the blog. They are eerie, beautiful and fully prove that my friend has an amazing eye when it comes to art. She has always been one of my biggest inspirations in life, especially in art. Every year she puts together gorgeous, detailed, and brilliant Halloween costumes and has great taste when it comes to decor. When we first started hanging out together in middle school, Tesily and I immediately brought out our creativity and came up with abstract and bizarre stories; to this day we quote the silly characters we came up with. She has always inspired me and continues to do so every day, but don't take my word for it, just take a look at her work and you will clearly see how talented she is. I guarantee there will be many more posts on Tesily and her work!


Monday, December 7, 2009

Rain, Finally!


A gorgeous, windy, chilly rainy day... haven't had one in a long, long time. Today there were rolling leaves and swaying trees as water poured down on us. Great to know that seasons DO exist in Southern California, at least a little bit.



The sunset looked quite a bit like this today.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Lives of Robbers and Murderers



Halloween wouldn't be the same without it sitting above the fireplace.

Friday, December 4, 2009

My Spellbook


Ok, so it's really an antique photo album, but it's from the Victorian era and the style is perfect for my witch's display. Thus, every year I put it alongside everything that goes on the witch's crafty table. I am pretty sure my aunt bought the album at an antique store a long time ago. I don't know how we ended having it, but I remember the first time my mom showed it to.


We were cleaning out the garage one day when I was pretty young, probably around eight- years-old. We were going through all sorts of things trying to organize when my mom came across the old photo album. She called my brother and me to come take a look. She started to pull it out of a box or behind one (can't remember) but she as she did so, there on the old album was a big black widow. She freaked out and my brother and I followed. Somehow she must have killed the spider and felt it was okay to pick up the book again. When she did, she opened the latch and began going through the pages. It was full of photos and tin-types taken during the Victorian era, probably of members from the same family, we assume. People we don't know though, all the more mysterious.


Seeing that photo album and all those faces from so long ago really intrigued me. At the time, I wasn't a fan of antiques (unlike now) but when I saw this album, it had quite an impact on me. And it still does today; it's a spooky antique, but one that I love. Every year, when I pull it out, I just have to take a good look inside, as if I can't have Halloween without doing so.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Witch Hunting

The Man in Black... he whispers something in her ear...



"The invisible and the visible worlds seemed to be crossing and could be used to judge each other."-Witch Hunt, by Marc Aronson

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday!




For those of us who can't stop thinking about the gifts we want for ourselves, or for those who are very considerate and want to focus on what our friends want, make your wishlists here.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!




I am definitely thankful for everyone and everything in my life and for all the amazing things that took place this year, especially the wonderful Halloween we had this year. Until next year...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Our Wild Thing



I was so happy this Halloween when I discovered that all of my friends got really into their costumes. I will probably do posts about them all eventually, but I decided to start with my best friend Alex: The Wild Thing. He made his costume all by hand, inspired by the release of the film "Where the Wild Things Are."


One of the funniest parts of Halloween night this year was when my guests and I ventured out into the neighborhood to do some "Big Kid" trick 'r treating. After walking across the street and down the Hill, Alex (who had just arrived at my house) called us asking where we were. I felt terrible, how could we forget to wait for him?! I gave him some directions so that he could meet us, but I worried that they weren't very good directions, so I decided to walk up the hill by myself to see if I could find him. My friend told me that he had dressed up as a Wild Thing and shouldn't be too hard to spot.


Let's keep in mind that I wasn't wearing my glasses as I was trying to keep the whole look of my costume original and creepy; with that said, I walked up the steep hill, all alone, squinting my eyes in search of Alex, or a Wild Thing, I should say. Soon, I could see a figure of a person walking down the hill on the other side of the street. It looked like it had a huge tummy, a huge head, and no arms. Finally I asked, "Are you Alex?" The figure turned and said, "Yeah." At this point I was so relieved that I had found our Wild Thing and shouted, "Get your butt over here, dude!"
Turns out he had not only made such an amazing Wild Thing costume (a stuffed tummy, round animal-like mask...), but he accidentally made the mask in a way that the eye-holes fell too low when he put the mask on. Because he had trouble seeing, he started holding the mask up with his hands for most of the night- the main reason I thought he had no arms... I should just get contacts for crying out loud.