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So Much Things Going On

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Alrighty then. I know what you’re thinking right now. OH! Look at missy i-thought-she-aint-posting-anymore girl. She’s posting already some…posts! (chuckles) Well, give me some  time as I slowly peep in and out of the hole I’ve been living in the writing wonderland. From time to time, I was thinking of writing some more posts but it always ends up in drafts (and now most of them have been deleted). So, no way am I starting anew or anything like that. Well, I was planning but that’s just darn right tiring.

You see, thrid year college here in Xavier University of Cagayan de Oro city in the Philippines (I’m sorry that was too sophisticated, I’m keeping up my writing juices :p), it’s typically tough…especially when you’re 19 years old, a Business Administration, Finance Major, and a Company Manager (we prefer to call it like that but majority of the school population and others refer to it as “President”) of the university’s resident theater organization (yes pressurepressurepressure). Surely, if you’re in my shoes, you know how hectic my schedule is that I got no freakin time to update my blog D: how sad..

Ok! After such a tiring third year, it’s SUMMER! Dance everyone! Whoop! Yes, it’s summer here in the Phil! Everyone’s been waiting for this. Now I can have some writing done, reading novels done, video editing done…and yeah (all…hopefully) done. Despite the fact it’s summer, I’m still busy as the Company Manager of our theater organization, Dulaang Atenista [DA] (have I ever mentioned before this org—oh, yeah, I did). We did some strategic planning, and at the moment, had some meetings with the officers, Artistic Director and some (or few *shrugs*) committed members.  More meetings to come! Hectic I tell ya! But at least this is only focusin’ on theater *smiles* love! love!

We are planning some summer activities and also plans for our upcoming 25th season! OHMYGUSH! DA is turning 25! And I’m the CM and I’m— *dead* (faints rather lol) So many things going on this year! Not only for my theater organization..but my life here and now, this year! Ah! Good and bad! A lot of things!

Hold up! Before I could tell you what I’m gonna encounter this year…

Since my love for One Direction has grown, I began to delve into the fanfiction guild of the fandom. Let me tell ya, I have come up a lot of ideas..as in, a LOT of ideas! You should’ve seen my notebook (…of ideas). And the first idea, I surely want to focus on. It has come up to the point where I made a trailer of it. Although, it was supposed to be a sneak peek but it turn out longer than expected. I made it in one of those nights where I didn’t feel motivated to write (writer’s block). Unexpectedly, I finished it around 3 in the morning, I think. And come to think of it, I was winging with the clips, music and audio/voice-overs. You know, random! Right now, it’s already attracting a lot of Directioners and I shyly appreciate the comments about how nice it is (especially the comments where they said they cried watching it. ohmygush seriously?). The said fanfiction I was talking about is called “For The First Time“.

It’s a Niall Horan Fanfiction. I posted the trailer last year and now everyone’s been begging for me to post the story. Here’s the thing, I haven’t finished chapter one yet. Again, my college life is one hectic and rough ride. At least now, since it’s summer, I get to write. The creative feels and writer’s block is not helping me much though but it’ll be all good soon. After the For The First Time trailer, I made another trailer for a One Direction fanfiction of mine called Stolen Shot. 

I have more ideas but they’re never fully plotted or there’s no full gist you know. But anyway, because of the outcome of my trailers, other than comments in posting those fanfics, I was requested to do a trailer for a fellow directioner who’s following me in twitter. She’s sweet. The challenge though about her trailer was that I didn’t get to read her fanfiction in that time because it was Brazilian. I gave her my promise like I think, 2 months or a few weeks before I released her trailer. It was called “Querido Harry (Dear Harry)“.

Once she saw it, she was glad and it was what she envisioned. Although, I didn’t feel the enthusiasm because she was using all small caps. Eh, psychology in the text gets me. I didn’t get her full name though but you can see her or even follow her on twitter (click) and check out her story (click). It’s Brazilian though so make sure to use Google Translate…or whatever *smiles*

Ok! Now transitioning to what I’m going to encounter this year…!!

First..Ever since I posted the trailer, I had requests coming in. Right now, I have five requests. FIVE REQUESTS! Can’t you believe it?? (Although, I’m just prioritizing  four requests only) I’m starting to get worried that I might disappoint these people because I still have so many things to do. Although, I promised to push myself this summer into finishing these requests before summer’s over. Oh lawd asdfghjkl

These are 1D trailer request messages in my youtube inbox

These are just three 1D trailer requests messages in my youtube inbox

Next, one of the other things that I’m busy with, other than theater and making some trailers, I am focusing on writing my (already mentioned) fanfiction, For the First Time. I have been receiving a lot of “When is it posted?”, “Where can I read it?”, and “Where is it? I can’t find it” comments. It’s like majority of the comments. It didn’t bug me but I’m just annoyed that my creativity flows never have the right timing with my life schedule. When I finally have free time, I won’t have this motivated or inspired feeling to write (gush, this is so sad..).

I hope I won’t be like myself in the past where I do have lots of fanfiction ideas in a notebook or two for Danny Phantom (fan of it before, *whispers* even had a crush on the character *cough*) and never had much progress. Surely, my fanfiction account is long gone. I have to bring it to myself that I have to keep on writing and motivate myself. ‘Cause, what the heck, I want to be an author soon so I have to get a good move on.

For me to inspire myself, I thought of going to a place where I could breathe good vibes and linger in an atmosphere of the feels I want for my story or the feels that I needed to get my hands creating a satisfying story.  I then remembered Chingkeetea where I usually hang out with one of my closest best friends in the theater org.

In my first writing day there, it was quite noisy and I wasn’t satisfied with the partial outcome of my story (the prologue). I even tweeted about it, the ‘went to Chingkeetea’ part. And VOILA! Chingkeetea’s twitter account replied to me to come at 10 am to do writing because that’s when they open. Meaning it’s still peaceful and quiet, not much people around.

Surely, I found my sanctuary for writing, other than my room. My thinking bean bag doesn’t do much. It just makes me fall asleep. Or so it does when it’s night time. Hehe.

The thing about Chingkeetea is the good feel vibes (when there’s no people around) and the songs they play. I always hear And The Boys – Angus & Julia Stone play whenever I enter the milk tea shop. They play from Angus to Regina Spektor. It gives me that feel that I feel when I see those vintage kind of photos I see on Tumblr.

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To even add to my inspiration tank before I enter my “sanctuary” (kudos!), I even once in the first few days, went to a book store, and a convenience store. Plus, when in my “sanctuary” (lol) I gave my character’s name, Anna, instead of my real name so when the employees writes it in the milk tea plastic cup and call the name, I would feel that I am the character. It sounds weird but it helps.

ok...make that EMILY..

ok…make that EMILY..

(I mistakenly called myself EMILY instead of Anna in this time so yeah…whoops..)

I had some company though in some days but I found out that it’s better when I’m alone because I get distracted. That annoys my inspiration tank.

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I can tell you more of my writing journey in Chingkeetea in another post. So moving forward!

Well, as you can see the LATE POST REVIEW, that goes to show I’m still doing reviews in the books I read, the movies I watch, the music (especially the new)I listen and the news I hear. I’ll try my best to do that after every time I do those things. I’ll also be rearranging some things in the blog especially the categories I made. Anyway, soon, I’ll be posting my reviews on The Host, It Takes A Man And A Woman, and Olympus Has Fallen. 

Yes! Wow..

I can see though that I’m taking quite a long time when I write my posts but fear not, I am planning to make a vlog, mostly on the parts where I have to make reviews. Oh good gracious me, I can’t believe I agreed to that thought. You’re going to see my face! Ack!

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And speaking of blog & vlog stuff…if you’re not a Directioner or not into One Direction then skip this *stares*…

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This year, I am also planning to make another blog (not here in wordpress) for my One Direction—ness. HAHA. I have grown in love with these boys that I figured that I won’t lose my interest in them at all. The boy band feels is a new thing to me. It is nothing compared to being a fan of a rock band called Linkin Park. Nope. The British boy band is not like my everyday life when I was in love with the hardcore rock band (Although, I still love that rock band. Gush, can’t believe I’m into such variety of music).

What I envisioned for the design of the blog would be like made out of drawings and YES, I would have a drawing self. And I’m surely bound to have some kind of signature look…especially in my vlogging times. A hair clip maybe? HAHA I don’t know.

doesn't look exactly likes this though..

doesn’t look exactly likes this though..

In my One Direction blog, I would be updating of what the boys are doing, but mostly giving out my reviews and reactions them in my vlog videos. Not only will I post about what the boys are doing but the situation in the Directioner fandom like in twitter, tumblr, facebook and even in youtube. I’ll be suggesting some creative and great music videos, fanfictions, artwork and etc. made by fellow direcitoners that I found.

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And of course, I’ll also be posting and updating my fanfictions, videos, and whatsoever. I hope I’ll do well in this *smiles* My blog plan would be to post every once a week. I hope that schedule would work out..and I hope my schedule in my 4th year in college won’t destroy my plans. I hope for the best. ESPECIALLY, when the 1D movie is going to be out! OHMYGUSH! Woah, Meg, calm down. Don’t want your fangirling to annoy the readers….sorry..

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OK, NON-DIRECTIONERS! YOU CAN COME OUT NOW! Just some words to say..

Well, that’s all the updates and the stuff that’s going down this year. YES! SO MUCH THINGS GOING ON! Whoop! I hope I can finish the things I promise myself to before summer’s over. If I don’t, I’m going to be so frustrated about myself.

Take care guys! God bless!

Comment if there’s things you don’t understand or if you have any questions (And no, I didn’t even say “only”).

Much love,

Meg xx

peace

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Mind Bender Films: The Cinemagis Magic [January 23, 2012]

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I may not be the first one to post something about this year’s Cinemagis held January 20, 2012 at SM Atrium. Mainly, the source is from the guys of Mindbenders. Well…hey, I’m one of them too 😉 Anyway, not being the only one typing this kind of post and being late for it, I’m still going to type away.

In all honesty, this is the first time I’m joining the Cinemagis awards night. I have watched films from Cinemagis but never joined an awards night. I also have never been part of Cinemagis until now when I was one of the Assistant Directors of our film, “BF“. Let me have this chance to say that I’m honored to be a part of it. Well, all my life I have always wanted to be a part of a film production.

After such unsuspecting initiation brought by no other than the director himself, I was officially “mindbended” as they say. Haha Because of such term, it’s hard not to laugh. Although, I find it amusing and yet heartwarming…even during such tragedy that has happened in our city.

Anyway, back to present and few days ago— It was such a sad part on me during that day (even though I was happy nonetheless). Kinda because I was late. Well, it’s a forgiving reason for them but not for me. Wish I could have skipped class…but, midterms is midterms. Not the midterm exams by the way…it’s a study review thing…well, finishing the chapters for midterm that is.

Funny though…the Cinemagis Awards night starts at 6:30pm. My class ends at 6:55/7:00pm. Luckily, we ended early but then my BA teacher was fooling around by stalling our dismissal. As I was standing up with my bag ready to sway along with me to catch a jeepney going to sm, Sir was still sitting down and asked for questions before he drank from his coffee filled tumbler. My face dropped and I suspect that he was waiting for the dismissal time to tick. Oh God…I have an Awards night to catch. Being the stupid girl that I am, I didn’t shout like the individual girl that I am in the inside. I just waited and yet yell small “I have an Awards Night to attend to..” sentences here and  there. I was kinda agitated.

Fortunately, I have announced all about it (well, not all) to my blockmates…especially through that early morning gm (group message) I sent. One of them, Sheila Macabale, saw me all anxious. She soon got the attention of Sir. I was nervous and uncomfortable about the situation because most of the class had their eyes on me as Sheila explained my situation. And yet, I felt all proud when Sir asked about what film I’m in. Of course, I told our film and mind you, I claimed that I was the Assistant Director and no other position.

And with that, Sir let me go without saying another word. People were whispering such that I didn’t care to understand but I leave them a sticky-thee-tongue-out goodbye. As I left, I suddenly hear a groan from the room. Inside me, I was laughing victoriously…and at the same time, anxious.

I didn’t want to miss this.

At that time, I was asking why did it have to be on the time when I have a class going on. Sigh, oh well… When I reached there (after traffic and anxious waiting), the first person I met was Kuya Ryan, our Film Director. He just smiled and showed me an envelope saying…I guess, it said Best Cinematograhy. I then realized it started na….even though no one updated me about it and my mother txted “it hasn’t started yet”. I missed the awarding of 4 awards…which belonged to US!!

It just started and we already won 4 awards?! It was an indescribable feeling. It would have boosted up if I were there from the beginning (gah, evening classes).

I first went to my parents who were at Juice & Co., behind the audience. They congratulated me and Mind bender films. I dropped my things there especially my supposed-to-wear-just-in-case formal attire. Before I arrived, I already decided not to wear it since I’m not gonna go up the center stage. Met up with the rest of the crew and got to see Dennis’ Best Story trophy.

I was so proud of him. When he held it up with joy, I know how much he deserves it.

Really. As a writer and as a friend, I was inspired of Dennis. He wrote a short yet unique story, only to be backed up by a true conversation he had kinda same with the film. He inspired me because…he has reached this far. He has won what he deserves. I was glad that God answered my prayers 🙂

I already told Dennis through twitter that “We can do this”  and “cross our fingers :)”. Well, here he is.

I’m inspired to be like him. If he can reach that far then I can. I’ve stopped writing not so long ago because I wasn’t motivated or I kept on having this so called writer’s block or even been too busy with college life. No matter now…I’m gonna write. And write. And someday, I’m gonna have a Best Story trophy too 😉 I wanna thank Dennis for being one of my inspirations now and a great friend 🙂

Moving forward— As I held up my DSLR up and capture every moment in the awards night, the flow was great. Videos, previews here and there. Certificates, recognition, acknowledgement gone by there and here. I almost thought that it was ending already. I was supposed to ask Fia, who was beside me, if it was over…until the hosts  announced about the next set of awards…Aw…

It was an unbelievable night. We won 7 awards out of 9 awards (but we were nominated 8 awards). It was mind blowing of how it came to this. Everyone was so happy. I was…lightheaded in those moments when our film is called out and claimed to be the winner of such award. I couldn’t say I was empty. I was just…overwhelmed.

7 out of 9 awards…wow…

Best Cinematography
Best in Art Direction
Best in Editing 
Best Story
Best Actor
Best Director
Best Short Film

Not minding how uncomfortable it is to wear uniform among the crowd wearing casual attire, I stood up on stage along with my fellow mind benders 🙂 We rocked out Cinemagis!! Woot! We were all thankful for each other. I thank, we thank especially to our beloved actors, Sheila and Kuya Franz. We are thankful for them for giving us their time in doing this. They are awesome! Big thumbs up for the two of them.

I also wanna thank, again, Dennis for a wonderful piece he has presented to us and for the inspiration *salutes*. And of course, our director, Kuya Ryan, for bringing this piece to life, into the big screen and to the viewers…and also for bringing us to Mind Benders ;D char! Haha

We all wanna thank the rest of the Mind benders and our supporters like Fia, Arfil, Jonathan, Yves, Ate Gene and the list goes on…

That night was one of the most wonderful nights I ever had! Ugh…so many thoughts and feelings all yet to describe that night but I couldn’t really put it into words. Sigh, so hard.

Well…there’s only one expression that I can put out to maybe sum up the feeling that night…

HECK YEAH! WE DID IT! ;D

CONGRATS MIND BENDER FILMS!! We’re awesome!

Meg


Moongazing & Photography

Haven’t blogged for a long time :\ Well, previously, at December 26, 2011, my family and I went to Manila for the usual birthday gift for my bro which his birthday is on the said date and of course, for Christmas break and lastly for a Family reunion & New Year’s Celebration with my dad’s family 🙂 tradition ever since..

But anyway 🙂 My family’s Olympus DSLR has finally arrived from maintenance! I miss it so! :B Haha During our car rides in Manila, I heard our favorite radio station, Magic 89.9, talk about what’s cool and not cool. They say that there are people who get DSLR’s because they think they’ll loo cool with it. They especially mention the FB people who takes pictures of themselves in the mirror using the said subject 😛 Haha

No, I’m not one of those people. I have a passion for photography ever since I laid eyes on those photos I see in the internet or those posters or billboards I see around me in the cities and wherever. I have learned photo editing and how to take good (not the best) pictures (other than filming and blahblah ugh, yep, so many hobbies). Dad loves photography too. As far as I can remember, he mentioned he liked to do “Photo-manipulation”. I kinda know the easy ones but beyond that is just mind-fucked 😐 seriously..i dont have time..oh well…

Since dad loves Photography (since I don’t know), he taught me the ways and even gave me CD tutorials of photo editing in photoshop (that’s how it all began), the loving father he is 🙂 thanks dad!

Without all the help from Dad, I wouldn’t be able to have this love of ART 🙂 I wouldn’t be able to like and be good at film, photo editing…well, that’s it…if not, I would only have drawing, writing and just use my imagination in creating my own movie ideas, music video ideas…

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Well, since I have the DSLR back :), the first pictures…I can’t exactly remember but anyway, the highlight among the pictures were all the “Moon” ones. The past few days and like…I think, a day after our arrival here in CDO, we got to see a moon surrounded by a perfect halo.

It kinda looks like an eye for me. It amazes me but it creeps out my cousin and my mom. Haha don’t know why but if I look a little longer, yeah, there’s a reason to feel creepy about it. About my it-looks-like-an-eye comment, well, yeah, it looks like an eye diba (right)? I try to even imagine that it’s the eye of God. Ok, that’s scary…

But not as scary as the Helix Nebula a.k.a. “The Eye of God” O.o

When I saw it, it gave a tingle to my bones or something…even       goosebumps…eljdlelakslqkqsl~

Anyway…let’s keep our eyes away from the picture of Helix Nebula now and move on… (but it’s still beautiful, right? 🙂 haha)

After another few days, there was another night where the moon shines very bright and the condition of the clouds make it look like one of those nights in those werewolf movies or TV shows. Yeah, there would be that glistening, shadowy on one side cloud that covers a part of the moon. “Awooooo…” I would imagine a werewolf or wolf howling. Haha

The moon was beautiful so I have to take pictures of it :B

        

kinda blurry and filled with noise but yeah, I try to take the best I could 🙂

Hmm, might be hanging on to taking pictures of moon then Haha until I find a telescope (the one thing I want since I was in late grade school or early highschool years :\). I love stargazing. “Moongazing” (there’s no such word) is wonderful too 🙂

Looking up in the night sky is one of the most spectacular and amazing things in my life…in life. You just look up and the more you stare, the more you become a part of it. Then your mind states out questions, thoughts…while you’re mind sets in the feeling that you’re floating in space…in an eternity.

The night sky, the stars..they are all just beautiful 🙂