Catching up.

The weather has finally warmed up enough for me to venture outdoors in the afternoons on walks again, and the coolest things I’ve been coming across lately are all the nests full of baby birds that are on just about every elevated surface that one could pass by. This afternoon it was a harried-looking mother pigeon feeding two pudgy squabs in the eaves of the real estate office next to the Sav-On. They were making tiny eep eep noises which sounded more monkey-like than avian. That provided about half an hour’s worth of entertainment, until I started to wonder if …

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Stupid Work Stories.

Just wrapped from day 3 of an 8-day shoot. I should really go to sleep, but my nerves are still in overdrive, so why not spam livejournal instead? Today was the day of the Waders Fiasco. There’s a scene that calls for our lead to cross the LA River, you see. Now, as costume designer (and I made it emphatically clear that despite my production pedigree, I refused to get yanked into doing anything outside of my job description this time around before I signed on), I am only supposed to be responsible for what the cast is wearing. So …

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those real life dilemmas

Cripes. Okay, so around October, I decided to call a hiatus to all work-related matters to concentrate on academics, since I am intent on this finish-attaining-higher-education project. Quit the temp job, put up the “away for a while” sign on the online resumes, called the appropriate people, stuff of that nature. So, like, just this past week I get the offers of (1) a well-paid and possibly continuing professional portfolio shoot in LA and (2) a costume designing gig for this producer whom I’d helped with her final thesis film. They’d, like, give me a budget and a visual style …

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8.30 – The time when I was supposed to be meeting photographer for shoot this morning. 8.10 – The time when I woke up this morning, did a double take at the clock, and wailed in anguished dismay. 5 – The number of languages I swore in as I leapt into my car half-dressed and half-washed, with something resembling a dead cat on my head. 6 – The number of rolls we managed to go through, despite all of the above. 0 – The number of frames I suspect will be usable, thanks to all of the above. 4 – …

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Slightly mellower now.

I got to work on a gorgeous redheaded actress yesterday. You know, the sort with absolutely perfect porcelain skin, naturally spiraled hair and bright green eyes? It’s a good thing my job involves staring at them a lot. Sadly, the natural look doesn’t translate too well in black and white, so I had to cover a lot of that up. “We’re going for the smoky-eyed harlot today, huh?” “You got it, babe. Here, put on some more of this bright red. Do you have anything more low-cut?” “That would involve having breasts.” “I sympathize. If it gets really bad, we’ll …

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Why spend mine when I can spend yours?

I just spent the whole day calling up places to ask for estimates on urethane mermaid tails. After talking to twenty different special effects houses with their various crews of sculptors, animators and designers, I’d collected a large list of exorbitant fees. I then turn to the producer and go, “Dude, why don’t you just dunk the girl in liquid latex and make her wear fancy scuba flippers?” They blink and make a note to talk to the costume designer about that. I figured it’d be pushing my luck to throw in a suggestion about stamping the Speedo insignia on …

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sadly, not the strangest conversation i’ve ever had

“We are still looking over the submissions for the role of the executioner. You’ll get a say in the final casting, if you’d like.” “For the fellow who’ll be doing the licking, you mean?” (No, nothing indecent, silly. Well, *too* indecent.) “Yes.” “Ah. Okay. Cool.” “Your vampire girlfriend was signed on prior to you, but you should get along fine. She’s a very pleasant young lady.” “I’m sure she’s delightful.”

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*snicker*

Got an interesting call this morning from the agency (which I have not crawled back to, but finally conceded to give my cell phone number to). “Are you interested in an artistic photo project portraying a suffering vampire in Los Angeles?” they asked. Ten seconds of stifled uncontrollable giggling on my part. “Hello?” they say, “Hello? Are you okay?” “Bahaha… *cough* Yes… *cough* *titter*” I have not told these people a thing about my hobbies and fascinations, not a thing. I have never been offered anything of the sort before, either, since my image is not typically what people classify …

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