YouTube Inspiration

Today’s definitely an exciting day! I’m on set as an extra for one of Toby Turner’s little videos. It’s really cool to see a huge youtube star IRL and behind the scenes. As a film student, its funny to see how absurdly simple their “sets” are, and its actually pretty inspiring. I’ve always wanted to do something on youtube, and now that my account bis monetized, my friends have been telling me to start something up. I’ve been scouring ebay for a flip camcorder, thinking that maybe if I have something to work with, I’ll actually start doing it. There’s really nothing to lose – if it works it works, if it doesn’t it doesn’t! I guess we’ll see! :]

More to come later!
Kiley

Black Friday Part 2

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At 3am, Jeremy and I set back out into the Black Friday madness. I was desperate for a little pick me up, so we ended up waiting for nearly 30 min just to get coffee.
The mall ended up not being too terribly crowded, especially at the stores I looked around at. After a couple hours of wandering about, I ended up with 3 video games and some makeup (lol). It was pretty uneventful, especially compared to the earlier walmart madness, but it was a nice kickoff to the Christmas season.
Now that the turkey is gone and the sun is setting on Black Friday, its back to sleepless nights and stressful projects for me. Boo.

Is it winter break yet?
Kiley

Black Friday Part 1

A few years ago, I joined in with the crowds of crazed shoppers to line up outside on a chilly Friday night to snag some great deals in the wee hours of the night/morning. After having an amazing Thanksgiving dinner, I decided to head out to the stores with my boyfriend to check out the Black Friday scene. In light of the past years’ mishaps, Walmart opted to stay open all night long, but begin it’s sales at 10pm, much earlier than most Black Friday sales. We pursued the ad ahead of time and decided that we would stop and pick up a $2 waffle maker. That’s obscure enough that no one would line up to buy it…right? Wrong.

In the past, I’ve only been to the Glendale Galleria on Black Friday, where I visited a few slightly less populated stores to pick up some discounted Christmas gifts. Sure the stores were more crowded than usual, but there was no frenzy or panic. Walmart however, is a whole different story. They kept their sale items in the middle of aisles, still on their pallets wrapped up in trash bags guarded by a few staff members. These weren’t supposed to be opened until 10pm, but some shoppers overran the guards and swarmed the pallets like a flock of starving vultures.

Back to our waffle maker…there ended up being a line that would have taken us upwards of 30 min. Since we didn’t exactly have our heart set on it, we just walked away to go wander through the rest of the store. I saw some people walking away with carts FULL of these cheap little contraptions. It amazes me just how many people are so eager to spend money, and how desperate some people can be just to score a good deal. Pushing, shoving, screaming, fighting – it’s really very comical. We ended up hanging out in the store for a whole hour taking in the scene. The whole time, I couldn’t help but think what an awesome documentary it would make.

It’s not even midnight, the night is young! We plan to hit the mall in a few hours to pick up some video games and Christmas gifts, as usual. Stayed tuned for part 2!

Happy Black Friday!

Kiley <3

I have a blog?

With the start of school, I kind of abandoned my poor little blog. The first few weeks of school were absolutely crazy. Although I should have anticipated my workload this semester, I guess I just wasn’t ready to hit the ground running. I even missed a bunch of classes for cheer stuff the first few weeks, making things even worse. Work and school just kept piling up and I didn’t really have time for much else. But now, I’m getting back into the “I actually have to do work and stuff” mindset, so I’ll have time to stop panicking. So what’s new:

 

School: I definitely bit off more than I can chew this semester, but I am also more than up to the challenge. The bulk of my semester post October 24th will be spent in the Dodge editing labs, but I’m okay with that. I’m looking forward to getting more experience and working with new people. I’m also doing some outside projects that I will post about as they get updated and released, yay!

 

Cheer: With only about 6 weeks until our first competition, I am STOKED. I love this team and I’m so excited for this season. I really do need to go to the gym more though. I find myself spending more time at Dodge and less time at cheer, and I don’t like it. It’s getting harder and harder to give priority to cheer, especially when many of the projects I am doing now require working with other people on their time. I think after I continue getting settled into my new semester schedule, I’ll be back to being a gym rat in no time. Good news though – finally landing that tuck again. I’m gonna keep pushing until my toe tuck is competition ready. =]

 

Life: is pretty good. This year at school will definitely be interesting. Tying up loose ends from drama last year will hopefully help me get started on a new school year that is leaps and bounds better than last year. I had a great weekend exploring Santa Monica and Venice beach with some friends, including a friend of a friend from Japan, so I got in some Japanese practice as well. I definitely need more chill weekends like that in my life.

 

Anyways, I have lots of work to do still (as always). Cheers to the revival of my blog!

- Kiley <3

Seeking New Roommate!

Just one more week until school starts! I’m stoked to go back! Summer’s been rather monotonous for me. Working full time is a drag, even when I’m working from home. School time for me means hanging out with friends, being on film sets, and getting back in the gym more often. So, yay! Last few days working 40 hours a week!

Now that summer is over, one of my lovely roommates is leaving for post-college life. So, the three of us that are left are looking for a 4th roommate. I know a lot of Chapman kids got screwed over by the housing selection this year, so if anyone is still looking for a good place to live please contact me! We live in Tustin in a super spacious 2 bedroom apartment. It’s about 10-15 min from Chapman and UCI. Rent would only be $365 a month, which is a STEAL compared to school housing/other places in the OC. We’re fun and awesome and drama freeeee! =]

Sorry for the very Craigslist-ad-ish post, but we’re having trouble finding another roommate. Plus, ACTUALLY posting this on Craigslist could yield some less than desirable results…

 

Join the party in Apartment 41!

Kiley <3

(500) Days of Summer Review

Now that September 1st is looming on the horizon and my Netflix DVDs are doomed to disappear, I’ve been racing through my queue trying to watch as many movies as I can. I picked (500) Days of Summer because I heard lots of good things about it when it came out two years ago. I never got around to seeing it until now, but I’m glad I did. It was very…different. But an enjoyable kind of different.

I didn’t really know what to expect when I saw this movie because I literally knew nothing about it, other than that it did well when it was released. I think what made this movie great is that it was so real. Yes technically it’s categorized as a romantic comedy, but this movie digs in deeper to the real, human emotions we all go through in relationships – both the good and the bad.

If you didn’t already know the meaning of the title of the movie, you will know five minutes in, so I’ll just tell you now. 500 days of summer doesn’t refer to the season but rather a girl that the protagonist, Tom, meets named Summer. It’s a story about their relationship, and it is told in a very unique way. The story skips from day to day unchronologically. Being an editor myself, I love to see this kind of stuff in movies. Film is a great medium to control time, and can be very powerful when done correctly. This movie executed it very well, using it to bring tension and meaning to the film.

The characters were…interesting. Tom is a very relatable character – just another guy looking for love. Summer is very quirky, almost reminding me of a much more mature Juno. Although her character was just a bit too strange to be completely believable, she embodied how frustrating and confusing women can be when it comes to relationships. This was another point about the movie that struck me because it is a romantic comedy from a male point of view. Tom finds himself constantly frustrated with Summer’s on-and-off antics, but at the end of the day he still loves her and just wants to be with her. It was definitely interesting to see a relationship through a male’s eyes, and it’s a nice change from the typical boy-meets-girl kind of story.

On a technical note, they did some shots that were in split screen that we pretty cool. Some of them were just kind of artsy and unnecessary, but there was one particular scene that was really amazing. Usually I really don’t like split screen because it’s so distracting, but when it is used to actually convey something, it’s pretty amazing.

Despite some definite “wtf” moments in this movie, I liked it overall. It’s not exactly a romantic comedy, but you will get some good laughs. It’s not exactly a happy, pick-me-up movie, but if you want something unique and deep to watch, add this to your queue. Or, post-September 1st, go out and rent it.

 

I think I’m actually going to miss Netflix DVDs…

Kiley <3

Dog Sitting!

Tater and Wumpus! They're so tiny!

This week my parents are out of town, so I got stuck taking care of the dogs – all three of them. I must admit, I really do love spending time with my puppies, especially since I don’t live with them anymore, but I’m allergic to EVERYTHING now.

It’s so weird – I never used to be allergic to anything, but I’ve slowly developed really awful allergies. A dusty old house + 3 dogs + 1 cat = a miserable day at work. But besides that, I’ve really enjoyed getting to see more of the dogs.

This weekend was pretty chill. It was kind of nice to take a break from my new-found crazy-college-party life. Spent most of the weekend playing video games with my boys and playing with the dogs.

Rocky is SHAVED!...at least it grows back?

This week is pretty weird – I’ve got dog-sitting instead of cheer practice after work. I’m going to attempt to run two miles today with my big dog, but I’m not sure how successful that will be, haha. I hate running, especially alone. Hopefully Rocky will make it a bit more enjoyable. We’ll see I guess! Just a bit more work to trudge through before I’m off for the day!

 

I love dogs, I love every kind of dog! (millions of bonus points if you get the reference!)

Kiley <3

Friends With Benefits Review – Comedy of the Summer

Usually I wait for comedies to go to DVD before I see them because you don’t get a whole lot out of it on the big screen. However, Friends with Benefits looked absolutely hilarious, not to mention the two amazing leads – Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake.

Let me get the obvious statement out of the way – Mila Kunis is, in the words of Toby Turner, hototototototototototot. If that isn’t reason enough to see this movie, I’ve got plenty more.

I really adored this movie. I had a smile on my face the entire time. The characters were interesting, relatable, and most of all, fun! I really think Justin and Mila had great chemistry. They played very well off of each other and it just worked. Excellent choice of actors – directing is 90% casting!

Yes this movie is technically a romantic comedy, but it’s great because it’s a bit different. It has much fewer over-the-top cheesy moments, and there’s a lot of self-referential humor. The marketers did a great job at snagging the male audience too – a romantic comedy that has less girly qualities and a whole lot of sex.

The writers did an excellent job. There were so many laugh-out-loud funny moments in places you wouldn’t expect them. Witty, dialogue-based humor is my personal favorite. Sadly, I feel like there aren’t enough of those in American cinema. However, this movie was a great comedy. Definitely not a forgettable kind of movie like so many other comedies these days.

Friends with Benefits is a great date movie. It’s light-hearted, cute, fun, and has plenty of “awwwwwww” moments. And of course, two stunning (in every way :P) lead talents. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a good laugh the next time you hit the theaters.

 

Have fun!

Kiley <3

Buried Review – Surprisingly Good

When I saw the trailer in theaters for Buried, I had very little interest in seeing it. With no footage at all from the movie and letting me know only that someone was buried alive, it didn’t grab my attention. After it was gone from theaters, I heard some good things about it from friends at school. I also heard that the entire movie was located in the box the main character was buried in. My curiosity of the vitality of such a simply shot movie finally got me to put it on my queue.

I was definitely surprised by how great this movie was. I love psychological, stressful, tension-building movies. Creating tension in films is a delicate art, and this movie executed it very well. Yes, the entire 90-something minutes was shot inside of a box, but every moment was still incredibly engaging.

I applaud the creative cinematography. It takes some serious skill to make a tiny box exciting on film, but this movie managed to do it. The entire movie was made for about $3 million and took home about $18 million at the box office. This movie was GREAT investment-wise. Very brilliant to take a cheap concept-based movie and turn it into huge profit. That being said, it really is more than a concept movie. It’s pretty intense and it’s worth seeing for more than just the craftsmanship.

Ryan Reynolds was a great actor as well. It’s nice to see him doing something outside of the usual romantic comedy genre. It’s weird to see him in such a serious, grungy role but he played it very well. There’s not much to say about the writing, pretty basic and clear. There were a couple weird transitional shots that didn’t quite fit in with the rest of the movie, but that’s just me being picky.

Overall this movie was pretty good. If you’re not into psychological thriller-type movies, it’s probably not for you. If you are though, this should definitely be on your list of movies to see. I recommend film students watching it as well because it’s a great example of how to take a very small, short, and simple story and evoke powerful emotions, creating an engaging film that is just as good as it’s much pricier counterparts.

 

Sometimes, simple is best.

Kiley <3

I’m Surrounded by Amazing People!

Not only do I have the best boyfriend ever, I also have the best in-laws ever!

After coming to a dead end on school finances, my boyfriend’s parents agreed to cosign my loan. I’m so glad to have such amazing, compassionate people in my life :] I see now where my boyfriend gets it from, haha!

Anyways, not much to say today. It’s so nice to have a weight off my shoulders. I’m still going to be at Chapman, yay! Still, it’s sad to see so many Facebook statuses about people having to leave school because of money problems. Funnily enough, this morning I received a comment on my previous post that read:

“I’m sorry you are having trouble reaching your financial aid representative. Based on the information provided by you in your blog I believe I was able to locate your file and get some more information. I would be more than happy to call you for a further discussion. Thanks,

Jack Millis
Director of Financial Aid
Chapman University”

I KNEW using the internet would get their attention. Chapman will do anything to put out a fire that might tarnish their reputation. I’ve already been covered for this semester, but if you go to Chapman and you’re still having problems, try using your twitter/facebook/blog/whatever to get a hold of them. Seriously, it’s more reliable than calling/emailing them.

Nothing personal Chapman – I just wanna go to school, and I won’t give up without a fight.

 

it’s a happy Friday indeed!

Kiley <3

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