There are big things going on in my world. A more formal announcement will come soon, but in the meantime, how about an update on recently published video work? This one is uber fun. I am happy to share this great video I directed for The Parsnippety.
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It’s no surprise that I love the Academy Award’s shorts categories. If you’re thinking about heading out to the theaters this weekend to see Her (YES, see it!), Wolf of Wall Street (meh), American Hustle or one of the other big Hollywood pics, maybe consider skipping it and supporting some smaller films from the comfort of your home.
Here’s how you can see the Oscar nominated animated shorts online:
Fun fact about Room on the Broom, Simon Pegg and company put this together for BBC One for their annual Christmas special in 2013. So while it’s seasonal, it’s still a lot of fun.
Behind the Scenes available now - Full film premiering soon?
I hesitated to put this one on the list, but decided to do so, because this video with the behind the scenes of the art has so much personality and love that it’s almost as fun as seeing the real thing.
Get a Horse! is the only big name animated short in the bunch. It’s playing before Frozen in theaters… and it’s fun and harkens to the old days of Disney, but it’s Mickey Mouse, so you better like Mickey Mouse if you’re going to go out of your way to see it.
Unfortunately, no trailer or early access to watch Possessions, a short by Shuhei Morita, is available online. But, early buzz is good so if you see it’s playing at a film fest near you, go check it out.
I was lucky enough to be asked to contribute to a new series by Twin Cities Public Television and PBS Digital Studios called Are You MN Enough? While all the producers involved had a hard task in front of them, I made the ridiculous decision to try and create a social experiment setting and shoot it documentary style. Here’s what happened:
If you’re from Minnesota, know someone in Minnesota or just like awkwardness, you should check out the series. The rest of the pieces can be found here.
Here’s a little back story for you. I had initially intended to call this piece, The Last Bite. One popular cliche about Minnesotans is that if you go eat with a bunch of them, no one wants to be the person who eats the last bite of food. As such, it’s not uncommon for totally un-splittable food to be split in all kinds of ridiculous manners. We thought we would set up a situation where we told 4 people they would be eating with others but give them 5 pieces of food. Only problem? NO ONE WOULD EAT THE FIRST DAMN BITE.
This is documentary film-making 101. You have to go with whatever your subjects are doing. No matter how completely lost and distraught you may initially feel about the footage when the shoot wraps, you now have to focus yourself on the edit room. And so that’s what I did. Luckily, that whole cliche about no one taking the first bite is just as prevalent. And as it turns out, maybe even more true. Another end product. Another reminder why all the planning in the world can’t change what the universe has in store.
Say hello to Raven Johnson, a sassy and sophisticated budding filmmaker. Look out, Hollywood, she’s a comin’. (Check out one of her short films below.)
I met Raven when we were both freshman at the University of Minnesota. We lived in the same dorm – the honors students’ dorm, where high ACT scores were a prereq and geeks were plentiful. We were fast friends.
Raven is one of the toughest chicks I know. She tolerates nonsense from no one and speaks with confidence and spunk. She’s been known to console me with Doctor Who analogies and make me laugh with Harry Potter references. And she does her best at teaching me how to dance when I’m away from the ballet barre.
So check out her interview with Being Geek Chic! When you’re done, and you’ve decided that you need to network with this lady geek, follow Raven on Twitter at @JohnsonRaven, and check out her artsy Instagrams at raven_johnson321. (You’ll find a few snaps of yours truly.)
Q: What has led you to your passion?
A: For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved film and television. For example, I never questioned whether it was unusual for me to associate life events with what movies were in theaters at the time. But as much as I love watching movies and TV, I liked talking about them more - why good films are bad, why bad films are good, etc. It wasn’t until mid-freshman year of college I realized that I wanted a career that allowed me to be both critical of the work being produced in Hollywood and independently as well as a career that permits me to produce my own work.
Q: You’ve just graduated college, and you’re standing on the brink of an amazing professional career. At this point, where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: I used to say I see myself holding an Oscar or two in five years, but now I’m not too sure. I’m positive wherever I am in five years will have something to do with film, but I don’t know from what angle yet. Each day I change my mind from writing/directing, producing, film festival programming, to teaching. It’s exhausting, but there’s many places I can go, so it’s matter of figuring out where I truly fit. Although, I do intend to win that Oscar somewhere in my lifetime.
Q: You can choose one superpower. What is it?
A: Good question…I would want to be a master at reading minds. People are so simple and so extremely complex, so it would be fascinating to peek into their minds from time to time to see how inner thoughts compared to outer actions. Plus, if I could also move things with my mind that’d be sweet because I can be very lazy.
Q: If you could take any fictional character out for a drink, whom would you choose and what would you drink?
A: Aahh! Too many options! I first thought of Zoe from Firefly and we’d both drink whiskey, but I’d honestly take any Joss Whedon character out for a drink. Can I take out the whole crew of Serenity?
Q: What would you tell your 13-year-old self?
A: The same thing I tell myself now: You will not have everything figured out and that is okay. Also, CALM YOUR SHIT. You’ll be alright.
Emma Bauer is a Being Geek Chic Contributor. Clearly, she’s got great taste. She is a PR enthusiast, history scholar, tea drinker, fashion devotee, and of course, aspires to Be Geek Chic.
Follow her on twitter: @emmalynnbauer
I wanted to share a very important and very exciting project with you today. My friend, Jack El-Hai, and his publisher, Public Affairs Books, are releasing a new book tomorrow: The Nazi and the Psychiatrist.
If you love history, medical thrillers or have a fascination with World War 2, I can’t recommend this book enough. I had the pleasure of reading it in advance of producing this trailer for Jack and was impressed with the depth of research and dynamic storytelling within the book. I can also say that the book has already been optioned by Mythology Entertainment, the company behind Black Swan and Shutter Island. That should give you an idea of the intensity of the story.
So, could you do me a favor? Could you help us spread the word? We would be so grateful if:
1. You shared the trailer for the book on your social media accounts or blog.
2. You bought the book for yourself or a friend.
3. After reading it, you gave the book a review on your bookseller of choice’s website.
4. You simply shared this post with someone you know who may be interested.
You’re the best. xo, Liz