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48 Hour Beat the Clock Film Challenge – Insatiable Strange presents In/Out

Well, the 48 hours are up and Insatiable Strange (our art collective) has submitted its film, In/Out, to IFP Phoenix.  The process was exciting, exhausting, and educational.  I’ve been on the sets of major Hollywood films, low budget films, and art films made in my backyard, but I’ve never really been a large part of the film itself.  This weekend I was.

In/Out by Insatiable Strange

Quincy Holden and Briana Belong in In/Out by Insatiable Strange

Insatiable Strange, the cadre as we call it, is made up of 10 artists (including myself) who get along extraordinarily well.  We definitely love each other, and that made all the difference during this film challenge, especially since we were together virtually every waking hour, of which there were many.  As a nice reporter from the Arizona Republic observed, we put more value on working together than on the finished product.

This is not to say that we didn’t care about how our film turned out, that’s why we worked so hard (!), but none of us were ready to disregard the other group members’ thoughts and feelings just to have something our way because we thought it would make the best film in the end.  Now, as you can imagine, that means we spent a great deal of our weekend talking everything out together.  For other groups, this could easily just end in disaster because it’s usually impossible to make everyone happy, but I’m pretty sure we’re all very happy with the way In/Out ended up.  It’s the first film I’ve really been a part of, and I think it was a great overall experience.  I’m excited to see how it will be received at the screeningon August 10, 2012 [6:00pm and 8:00pm] at the Phoenix Art Museum.  Check it out!

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In Progress- 48 Hour Film Challenge- Insatiable Strange

Long story short, my cadre and I, Insatiable Strange (our newly formed art collective that I’ll write about later) are taking on the 48 Hour “Beat the Clock” Film Challenge this weekend.  It started at 6:19 pm yesterday.  We’ve got a lot of inspiration, but I think we need more structure.  We’ll see where it goes…

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Last night I finished reading Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  I’m usually not one for fiction (though I just realized I’ll make an exception if it involves vampires), but I truly enjoyed this book.  As I’ve said, I love history and I love vampires, so when I heard the title I knew I had to give it a go, especially with the movie coming out this year.  I remember when Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (also by Grahame-Smith) came out and I wasn’t too enthusiastic (I hate zombies and I’ve not yet read Pride and Prejudice), but I had hope that a vampire novel would come out in the same genre.  Ta-daa!  Here it is!  The book is a (fictional, of course) biography of Abraham Lincoln and an account of vampires’ effects on the president’s life and basically the entire history of our young country.  Maybe Abe wasn’t as honest as we thought!  I don’t want to give anything away, but in the book, almost everything we know about the president is the result of his unexpected involvement with vampires after his mother’s untimely death.  Seth Grahame-Smith does a good job of bending the facts enough to sneak in some magical realism and make it all seem plausible; leaving the reader with the question “What if…?”

And I’ll leave you with the trailer for the movie!  (If you think it looks as cool as I do, go read the book.  Seriously, it won’t take you long because it’s great!)

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Straight8 Film Contest 2012

Acting is not one of my many pursuits, but my step-dad is entering the Straight8 film contest, and I’m one of the people in the film (along with my sister, grandma, and boyfriend)!  For Straight8 contestants use one roll of super 8 film to shoot a 3 minute 20 second movie with absolutely no retakes or editing (hence the name, I guess); you’ve got one shot to do it.  A week later you send in the soundtrack for the film and they put it together.  The other night we started filming, but couldn’t finish the whole thing for various reasons.  I believe we’re finishing it tonight.  I’m not sure how much I’m supposed to talk about it; maybe it’s secretive, maybe it’s not (I just don’t know).  Anywhoo, I will say it takes place at night, has religious themes, and involves a dead body.  I can’t wait to see it!

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