Actress Elizabeth Taylor passed away today; she was an amazing actress & a beautiful woman, with her violet eyes & old Hollywood glamour. I love her in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, among others. What a talent she had!
We enjoyed another fabulous, classic movie at the Michigan Theater last night – Gone with the Wind. It really is a wonderful movie & it was so fun to see it on the big screen!
Also, I couldn’t help but think it was funny that we were watching Gone with the Wind on a Tuesday & Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Tuesday’s Gone kept playing in my head.
As Val mentioned in the previous post I was invited again to do the design work for this year’s Ann Arbor Film Fest. While last year’s fest had a clear theme of maps and mapping this year’s fest didn’t quite have a clear theme. At the brainstorming meeting I was shown a stack of Frank Lloyd Wright postcards and the word structure was tossed around here and there. After several drafts, the end result was a FLLW inspired collage of some hand-drawn and hand-created textures and some digitally illustrated forms. The posters I designed are currently scattered about Ann Arbor and Ypsi, the Michigan Theater is decorated with elements inspired by my design, and though not posted here there are some pretty great t-shirts I designed being worn around town. I’ll post some more refined and polished images on my portfolio site in the near future in the meantime enjoy a few pics of my work from around town.
Also, check out this really great animated version of my design by local animator Martin Thorburn, who also did a great promo spot for last year’s fest materials as well.
Ryan & I had the pleasure of attending the 48th Ann Arbor Film Festival‘s opening night reception & screening at the Michigan Theater last night; we enjoyed good company, good food & drink, & had a great time! Missed Aches, by Joanna Priestley, was one of my favorite films of the night last night.
I grew up in Gatesville, TX (fun fact, Gatesville is known as the “Spur Capital of Texas”) & had the pleasure of having a functioning drive-in theater, The Last Drive-In Picture Show, (they also have an indoor theater attached) to enjoy & conveniently located very close to my home.
To this day, I love going to the movies & I especially appreciate the beauty of old theaters & drive-in movies. Now, living in Ann Arbor, I have the pleasure of having two lovely, old theaters right downtown – the Michigan Theater & the State Theater.
Going to the movies is always fun, but something about going to see a movie in an old theater or drive-in movie is extra special; they have a certain charm & character that modern theaters just don’t possess. So, I encourage you to seek out places like this, grab yourself a bucket of popcorn & a soda, & sit back & enjoy the show!
It’s no secret that I’m crazy about the holidays; I am full of Christmas cheer & love getting into the spirit of the season…spending time with family & friends, warm fires (if you’re lucky enough to have one of these), cozy sweaters, snow falling outside (depending on where you live, of course), lots of yummy treats, taking time to relax & celebrate, looking back on the past & looking forward to the new year, etc.
One thing that I really enjoy is watching holiday movies – you know, to help with the Christmas cheer & all; there are lots of great ones out there, in my opinion, & one of my favorites is A Charlie Brown Christmas. I think it helps us to feel like kids again, which you have to love, & I came across this beautiful quote by Charles Schulz himself – he said, “There will always be an audience for innocence in this country.” So, here’s to capturing a little childhood innocence of our own this holiday season, no matter what our age might be!
Here’s one of my favorite clips from the movie…
(Photo above from Entertainment Blogs)
Tonight we went out to the D to catch the awards festival and screening of the best of films for the Detroit 48-hr Film Project. It was a fun filled evening of local beer, pizza, and burning abandoned buildings (the best the D can offer). Out of 42 films our film The Most Difficult Thing won 5 awards: best comedy, best use of character, best dialogue, best acting, and best writing. Unfortunately we didn’t win best film, maybe next year. The film is going to be re-edited and submitted to other festivals, so maybe it will have a future beyond here. Kudos to the team and all who worked on it.
Val and spent last weekend working with a group of friends to make a short film for the 48hr Film Project. We were given the genre of comedy, the character Leeanne or Liam Butler, a painter, the prop of a book, and the line “why don’t you explain it to me.” After a long day Saturday and some time spent Sunday morning, this was the final result. Val sings on the track and is in the movie, I was one of the camera and lighting techs, and I make a brief appearance as a barista in the coffee shop. Enjoy the film!