Saturday May 05, 2012
The MTA did its best to delay me from getting down to USC easily, but it turned out it was the universe putting method to its madness.
As I passed the Lucas building, Kyla Garcia espyed me, unable to find the Norris Theatre, and was about to follow very flawed directions to send her in the totally wrong direction, so my "delay" was to assist her in getting there on time as well.
Once there she went to the ladies room and I didn't see her again the rest of my time on campus.
was in attendance as he was in one of the shorts to be shown as well, albeit the last of the program block.
Trinity found me and I sat with her, Justin, Charles and Andrew.
On one hand the screengings were rather practically lined up; as there were five sets of three-student teams, each team creating three shorts each, they showed them in trilogy clusters.
However, the streamlining fell apart when, instead of showing a team's three films, then letting them say their Thank Yous, they raised the light after every single short, so the same three would "have to" do their thank yous, which quickly became redundant as they had the same crews on the same projects.
Had they waited for a team's three films to finish then have them each speak, they'd each be able to thank the collective crews for their work on the three films, and thank their respective films' performers.
As it was, the Thanks aspect taking thrice as much time as it could have, the 20+ minute delayed event ran to about 4:15pm.
Plus, as David Schoeder's film was the final of the last three films, I couldn't simply creep away at the end of my group's three films.
program had a few typos, ironically in Charles and Andrews's films, Assisted Living omitting the third S, while in the description of Breaking, the word Break was spelled BBreak...
The second team-trio shown included
with whom I'd worked on his powerful
project; afterward Luke conveyed how during reviewing the Sweet Tooth dailies in class, I consistantly had the students in stitches due to my expressive eyes and facial expressions.
I was curious about one thing: each of the film makers seemed to refer to thanking "all the essays," and I'd wondered if that had meant written-out reviews and suggestions from the classmates.
Luke clarified it was actual jargon: they weren't saying essays, they were thanking all the S.A.s: the Student Advisors, neglecting to take into account that the audience was not completely made up of film making students.
As he was attending a wedding, Jerry White was not in attendance, but as he was one of the Student Advisors, it was cool to see his name in the credits of all fifteen shorts
(for the David Schroeder short, Leaving for Mexico Jerry provided the voice of a radio announcer).
Trinity had on hand our DVD copies of the film, and after congratulating her, Charles, Andrew, Justin, Luke and David, I hastened to Vermont Boulevard where I just managed to catch a northbound bus, but it was clear I would not get home before about 5:15pm, making me a bit late for
The Paranormal View.
As it was, the
website had been under cyberattack by hackers since early in the day, and was inaccessable, but thankfully Henry is one of those commendable Show Must Go On sorts, and we just did the show as though we were on the air, albeit knowing we weren't, essentially creating a real-time recorded podcast, sans chat room participation.