Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I fell completely in love with these beautiful illustrations when I first stumbled upon them. The detail and the style are so intricate. For those who love classic and beautiful illustration, check out this flickr photostream!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
"...One strange wild dark long year, Halloween came early.
One year Halloween came on Ocotber 24, three hours after midnight..."
-Ray Bradbury, "Something Wicked This Way Comes"
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
It's true. After seeing "Paranormal Activity" with my friends on Saturday night, I came home and felt the way the director of the film wanted me to feel: scared. For those who know me, they know that I don't get that scared when I watch spooky films or TV shows, but Paranormal Activity was a whole other story. I had said in a previous post that it seemed like it was the type of film I have always wanted to make, and it definitely was. To me this film succeeded in creating a very suspenseful and eerie film that needed no music, big budget, major special effects, or huge groups of actors. It proved that these factors were not really needed to produce a great and terrifying film. When you see this film, you will know why I was afraid of my own bedroom, why my friend only got one hour of sleep that whole night, and why my other friend slept in her mother's bed. Yeah... it's that good.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The film "Paranormal Activity" looks down-right scary. My type of film! When I first saw the trailer, I was almost jealous because it looked just like the sort of film I have always dreamed of making... it looks that good. Anyway the only way it can have a nation-wide release is if people demand it here. View the trailer here.
Living in Southern California, one doesn't always get that "Traditional Halloween in New England Feeling"... it's really more like a desert with a beach next to it and around October is usually when fires begin to break out. I happen to be one of those few people who pathetically tries to pretend that it's cold when it isn't, that everyone around me has at least a little bit of Halloween excitement on their minds, and that the trees are at some point going to turn beautiful fall colors.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
First blog entry on the first of a beautiful month. My reason for beginning a blog titled "Vintage Séance" is because for as long as I can remember I have been inspired by historical styles as well as the eerie unknown; the abnormal and the down-right strange. I suppose this is the reason why I have found myself becoming slowly but surely obsessed with Halloween. It is a holiday (or even a season) that explores both elements that intrigue me: the past and the paranormal. Who doesn't like a good ghost story? I always have, even if they would scare the wits out of me. Even if I got nightmares, or had to sleep with the light on... I still found myself wanting to hear more; craving scary movies and spooky books. Over the years I realized that I never stopped being interested in spooky stories or macabre styles from decor, cinema, or art. In fact my interest for them has grown. I also came to realize that every year when Halloween had ended, it felt like a part of me was missing. One year when I felt completely depressed about, I asked myself, "Just because Halloween is over, who says I don't have to continue being inspired by it, creating new ideas to celebrate it? Who says I have to put it off for a whole year?"
Thus I decided not to ignore Halloween for a year; instead I would take the time when everyone celebrated Christmas, Valentine's Day, and the Fourth of July to continue creating decor and story ideas for Halloween. Don't get me wrong, I love all the other holidays, and celebrate them too, but Halloween is more than just a holiday to me. It is a chance to express my art- "What art is that?" you ask? Well, due to all that has inspired me over the years I have found that my passion is telling stories, many of which include inspiration from All Hollow's Eve. Because of this I am majoring in Filmmaking. What I specifically want to do in filmmaking? That is the question.
I love directing, writing, cinematography, production design, and acting. However, again, I ask myself, "Who says...?" Who says I can only have one career? Why can't I make movies and work on random but fun Halloween decor ideas on the side? If there is one thing I know it's that I will be writing scary stories no matter what. Whoever I chose to be and whatever I choose to do, I invite you, my dear readers, to venture with me as I explore all that inspires me to express my art. My name is Nina and I promise to try to keep this blog interesting, up to date, and full of things that not only inspire me, but also will hopefully inspire you too.PS: I promise not to make every post this long, Scout's Honor.