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Thursday, February 22, 2018

TinWife by Travis Neufeld

Film program alumnus Travis Neufeld presented his luscious short film The TinWife at the Rainbow Cinema this evening, along with Mattias's "Gas Can" which I discussed in a post a few months ago.  TinWife is the sort of film we all wish we could make, and given enough hard work we could. Shot over the course of a year on weekends, crowd funded, and created with equal parts blind passion and meticulous care for details, Travis creates a strange 1950-esque distopic future filled with characters we actually care about and empathize with. The trailer gives away many of the plot points (it is only a short film after all) but it still contained a few surprises that I left the theatre thinking about. Wow. Huge congratulations to Travis and everyone involved in this film. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Thums Up

William and I lunched with Mike and Geremy at the university. We picked up some pop and samosas on the way. I had a "Thums Up" which is made in India by Coke and is all right (I'm a cola snob and hate 80% of them). Geremy's new radio show on CJTR started this evening where he talked about movies with two others. Fairly animated. I think the others were more prepared or more aggressive than Geremy and dominated the time, but it was fun. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mike in town, telling stories

Mike made a sort of surprise trip to Regina this week. We played some story cubes and some Dr. Who Fluxx and a short game of Carcassonne.

Monday, February 19, 2018

William drawing of me with knife

William has a lot of drawings and paintings to do over the break. This is a pretty good set of homework, something fun and nothing heavy but a deadline none the less. He was drawing a figure from memory and I thought he could do better from a figure so I posed for him with a knife (his character has a sword) and made him draw. It was only a few minutes but I'm jazzed over the result. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Franz Kafke video game

A few weeks ago William struck a deal with me that if he finished reading all the Kafka books that I would buy him the Franz Kafka video game off Steam. Having read The Trial, The Castle, Amerika, and Konundrum (a collection of short stories), I ordered the game today. It looked pretty cool, even though it didn't take him long to play (started at lunch, we broke for 3+ hours for Black Panther and them supper, and he was finished by 9:00). It was mostly odd puzzles. He had fun. Once scene was set in Lynch's black lodge. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

relaxing day of working all day... at home

It was my intention to stay home all day today. We'd talked a bit about taking a trip but I'm really glad we didn't as I'm barely able to stay awake through the day. We watched some tv and read and William drew. I worked on the videos for the Lemon Drop fundraiser which is only a week away. My tests work and the video is almost there. One projector will be horizontal, the other vertical (above).  

Friday, February 16, 2018

overhead improv

I have a mental block about preparing for certain things like when I want to tell a story using the overhead projector. I've been thinking about this for two weeks, have had many many ideas, even wrote down my plan, but still refused to let myself practice. I think this one started to take shape in the last hours before I did it.