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The Small Things Indeed!   Leave a comment

I was just reading the comments from my last post, and realized that my dear friend Linzmoe is right. Being able to appreciate the small things in life is what really keeps me happy. Coincidentally, I happened to be eating my lunch at the time I was reading Linzmoe’s comment. Today I chose to indulge (a post-summer school celebration, if you will) and drive downtown to get a baguette and a chocolate crepe from The French Market. The owners actually go to France at least once a  year (maybe more) to stock up on authentic French stuff to sell back in Knoxville. And the crepes they make are to die for. I would show you a photo of the chocolate crepe I got, but I ate it in a most unladylike manner while driving back to work.

Here are some photos of the baguette I got for lunch (yes, that is a giant piece of brie cheese sticking out of it, and also, stop drooling, it’s unbecoming) and me eating said baguette. Ooooh, how I love the little things. The fresh, delicious, cheese-filled, honey covered little things. OM NOM!


Baguette A La Maison from The French Market





Me eating said baguette. I'm pretty sure you're jealous right now. It's okay. Also, how French do I look right now? Those stripes? Ooh lala!

24 Hour Film Festival: The Quick And Dirty   1 comment

Knoxville 24-Hour FIlm Festival Logo

The Knoxville 24-Hour Film Festival is about to begin! At 7pm tonight film makers will gather at the Relix Variety Theater to hear the rules, find out the three secret film components that every team must include (a character, a prop, and a line of dialog), and then race off to figure out how the bloody hell they’re going to come up with the props, a script, and a location, all in 24 hours.

FILM FEST RULE #1: Before racing off, take five minutes to formulate a plan of action! Make sure your camera operator knows how to use the camera. And unless you’re shooting a silent film, you’re gonna need to pay attention to your audio quality, too.

If you’re out and about on the streets of Knoxville tonight and you happen to catch some odd guerrilla filming going on, chances are it’s a film fest team. Last year none of the films used the same location: Knoxville has a pretty diverse landscape for shooting all kinds of genres.

FILM FEST RULE #2: Make sure you shoot in non-restricted areas! Keep it legal, kids!

Teams only have 24 hours to complete the scripting, shooting, composing, editing, and finalizing of their film. Most team members will find themselves up all night stressing out, juggling fits of creativity with bouts of zombie-like tiredness. Some teams resort to no-doze or Red Bull to stay awake and in the game. Other teams prefer a drink of the adult persuasion. Hey, whatever gets the job done, right?

FILM FEST RULE #3: Buy craft services for the cast and crew! An army on the move runs best when it’s well fed and watered.

Hopefully when the sun wakes up, most teams will be close to being finished with shooting, or at least half way through, with an end in sight: A good script has a beginning, middle, and end. Each film can only be four-minutes long, MAX. That’s not a very long script, is it. Well, unless you’re going for Gilmore Girl’s-type dialog. #Shudder.

FILM FEST RULE #4: Wrap up shooting QUICKLY! Editing takes longer than you think! You have to factor in time for computer edit crashes, rerendering unrendered clips, fixing audio problems, learning how to use the editing software, and a final quality review.

By 7pm on Saturday, May 28th, hopefully all of this year’s teams will successfully turn in a QuickTime on DVD to the film fest organizers. Last year a few teams didn’t turn in DVDs in time and they got DQ’d. 😦

FILM FEST RULE #5: Turning in something is better than turning in nothing. Unless the film is just really, really bad. #judgementcall.

So there you have it. My quick-and-dirty guide to the 2011 Knoxville 24-Hour Film Festival.

Last year I helped out my buds on team Reply All, who were last year’s winners of the coveted Best Film category (#hatersgonnahate). For their awesome Rhyme Slaya video, I channeled my inner Mariska Hargitay and played a no-nonsense detective. This time around I’m giving up the acting gig and donning my sewing machine, threads, pins, and other random costume supplies in whatever capacity the wardrobe dept. needs me. It should be a fun ride! Mostly I’m just excited because my #mad sewing skillz will not be needed all night long, so I can come home and get some sleep like a normal person.

zOMG, only 14 minutes to go before the film fest starts! May the best team win!

Knoxville is Recycling – You Should Too.   Leave a comment

GREAT NEWS! I just landed a summer internship with Curved Edge Consulting, which is a public relations and marketing firm in Knoxville, TN. I start on June 1st, and I could not possibly be more excited! With this new internship, my graduate assistant position, and my UT campaigns class, I’m going to be pretty busy, but busy is how I do it, so bring it.

One project I’ll be working on with Curved Edge Consulting is helping the City of Knoxville successfully initiate its new and exciting recycling program, Do Your Part With The Cart. The federal government has awarded the City of Knoxville grant money to initiate the project. The first 20,000 people who sign up will receive – no joke – free recycling service at their house! FREE! It’s free! Free like a dancing hippie!

Do Your Part With The Cart!

The only catch is that you must live within the City of Knoxville’s limits, and you can’t live in a huge apartment complex (more than four units). I live in the county, so I can’t sign up 😦 BUT I just called my garbage collection company and they actually provide a recycling pickup service for just over $50 a year. That’s pretty affordable, so I’m gonna do my part and sign up.

Here’s an awesome video that explains the Do Your Part With The Cart project:

The Do Your Part With The Cart campaign will provide signer-upperers with a cute green cart to put all their recyclables in – no need to sort through it all, just lump it all in together, and the recycling picker-upper people will do the rest at their recycling plant! With this recycling project, I am proud to say that Knoxville is heading in a strong, positive direction as a municipality. Do your part – if you live within the City of Knoxville, sign up today! I think I already mentioned it’s a free service, right?


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