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Jan. 31st, 2006

11:59 pm - birthday blog

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I don't know when I'll ever get that New York stuff up. It was exciting and enriching and well worth writing about, but with all the mixed feelings associated with coming back it all kind of ended up on the back burner.

I finished "Beyond the Blue Event Horizon" by Frederik Pohl today. I started only yesterday, so anxious was I to finally follow up on "Gateway," which I'd read back in Ostroh (it happened to be on the shelf and I was starved for reading material). I just love these books; they're just the right mix of adventure, bleakness, reality, and humour to keep me entertained. After I vacuum up those, I'll read the Harry Potter series just to see what the fuss is all about. It's getting so that it's too big of a segment of pop culture to be comfortably left out of. It's hard enough not listening to the same music everyone else is! I don't mean to be snotty. I think I just have a built-in resistance to new things.

Today* was my birthday. Now I'm 24. Yikes. I had a little gathering at Gatsby's tonight, although it was lightly attended due to the snowstorm. If I hadn't been chomping at the bit to go downtown after seven months away from Halifax, and if I wasn't promised at least one or two people within walking distance, I would have postponed it a night or two, but I figured the adventure would be worth it. For those of you who didn't come, let's just say you didn't miss much. I had two guests (Katie and Mike), and they weren't even there at the same times. It still felt really good to get out. Katie was really a sight for sore eyes.

* - Fastidiously speaking, "yesterday" - I also doctored the time on this post, it's actually nearly 0100 on February 1st.

Mike and I had a good chat about the movie business, and he told me a lot of things about the NSCC Screen Arts program that I don't really want to hear. He suggests that it might even be a waste of money, and he's displeased with the mentality of the industry around here. To give you an example, "Transit," (a piece he was loosely involved with) was rejected for funding from a certain body because it was judged to be too complex and difficult to shoot. Why? Well you see, a bus pulls up. Of course, I'd just drag my DV down to the bus shelter and time things according to the schedule, but that's evidently not how things work on the semi-professional side.

Anyway, I'm just kind of generally disheartened. My desired program just a waste of money? Now what? I like teaching, maybe I should follow-up on that. Well, at least I'm not feeling depressed yet. I have that going for me, at least. And writing - g*d, I need to write something! Anything! But it's like pulling teeth. As soon as writing stops being fun, I stop wanting to do it. I'm like that with everything. It's a pity I can't just go to the corner store and buy myself some work ethic.

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From:lokichan
Date:February 1st, 2006 05:39 am (UTC)
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Hooray for the birthdays! And aging!
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From:nova_one
Date:February 1st, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)
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Hey, thanks! Let's have a virtual toast!

"Hooray!"

And Happy Birthday to you, too, fellow Aquarian!
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From:arthenadent
Date:February 1st, 2006 06:47 am (UTC)
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Happy birthday!
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From:nova_one
Date:February 1st, 2006 07:05 am (UTC)
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Thanks!

(A penny for your thoughts: isn't "ridiculous hentai" kind of like "cold snow?" =) It's a pity you're the only one with that interest. Surely some LJ-ers have seen La Blue Girl or Bible Black <shudder>... I love the reviews on somethingawful.com - they're the funniest things ever. Sorry to get hung up on this; just something I noticed.)
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From:arthenadent
Date:February 1st, 2006 07:22 am (UTC)
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OH MY GOD YOU'VE SEEN BIBLE BLACK! There's just nothing like watching a woman receive massive forced enemas while hooded priests circle her chanting "Nester Jesus." Arrrrgh.

I added the "ridiculous" because I don't want people thinking that I like hentai for its original purpose. I, too, love the somethingawful reviews, and the only reason I've seen any hentai videos is because my friends and I occasionally have Get Drunk and Watch Hentai nights. A series like Bible Black is much more palatable while intoxicated ^_^
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From:nova_one
Date:February 1st, 2006 07:29 am (UTC)
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That's so cool. My friends are mostly into zombie movies, but where's the love? =) Yeah... yeah, I wouldn't reccomend watching Bible Black sober or alone.
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From:ace_44
Date:February 1st, 2006 10:15 am (UTC)
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Happy Birthday :D
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From:nova_one
Date:February 1st, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! =)
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From:foxe139
Date:February 1st, 2006 12:37 pm (UTC)
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Happy Birthday!

Sorry to further rain on your parade, but I also think that the NSCC program is a waste of money. The only good part about it is that you get to meet a lot of cool people with the same interests. Unfortunately, at the same time, even those "friends" will eventually become your competition as there are only a handful of jobs for film people living in Nova Scotia. I was a visiting student giving the NSCC program a test run this one time and I was sorely disappointed. Mr. Savage's film class in high school had just as much going for it.

However, it is pretty much guaranteed that if you go to NSCC you will have a ton of fun!! You will make a lot of close-knit friends, and you will get to make a few videos (emphasis on "video"...as they do not teach "filmmaking") along the way. HOWEVER, NSCC does a piss poor job of preparing people for the realities of working in the film industry (namely, that it's incredibly shallow and it's all about who you know). 90% of the graduates are NOT working in the film industry. I looked at some of the statistics too, and of the people who are working in film 95% of them are getting paid roughly $10,000 a year (which is well below poverty level)!!

Save your money. My recommendation: either go to a "real" film school, i.e. Vancouver Film School, or New York, (not Toronto/Ryerson, cause I've heard that their program is shit).....or live here and take some AFCOOP and CFAT courses. If you do decide to live here and take some AFCOOP/CFAT courses, you should try and sit on some committees too just to meet some people. Real work experience is the best learning experience you can get.

If you want to talk with someone who attended the school, then I can hook you up sometime.
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From:nova_one
Date:February 1st, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. Maybe I'll just enroll in geomatics... =) Look forward to seeing you soon!
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From:carrieko
Date:February 1st, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday, Will! :D
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From:nova_one
Date:February 1st, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
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Thankee! We should have a chat about the JET program sometime!
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 1st, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
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Happy belated 4!-th birthday, Will.

Cheers,
michelle.
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From:nova_one
Date:February 1st, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)
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(Thanks)10^10
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