Saturday, December 24, 2011

Warm Thoughts

Is it pathetic I want to be this cookie?
Maybe a little...But we here at Gramercy want to wish all of our residents a warm and happy winter break!  To any holidays you may be celebrating, we hope they are wonderful!  Have a happy, healthy New Year everyone!  We'll see you in January!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Making Of

"Making Of" videos are so interesting. I love watching a movie that has amazing effects become deconstructed into something called a breakdown. Here are a few of my favorites:

From my favorite visual effects film of all time, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, this clip shows a breakdown of the incredible film. For 2009, these are ground-breaking visual effects using head replacement and explore the concept of "motion capture", which in my opinion paved the way for other great VFX films.

Also one of my favorites as far as breakdowns go, Alice in Wonderland is an amazing way of showing the true amount of effort it takes to create powerful visual effects.

And one that you wouldn't expect would have so much VFX, but is very heavily reliant on it: Black Swan.


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Bus Trippin'

This past weekend I made my very first adventure to New Jersey.
And not just any part, but Seaside, NJ. That's right, the Jersey Shore.

It's a little different than you see on TV this time of year. The boardwalk was empty of people except for a few bundled up joggers. The beach was clear, with only a few visitors, and all the shops and little restaurants were closed or boarded up for the winter. It was strangely empty and very beautiful. I couldn't go and not get in the water though, so in below forty degree temperature, I attempted my own mini Polar Bear Plunge. For th
ose of you who have never heard of that before, Wiki describes a Polar Bear Plunge as " event held during the winter where participants enter a body of water despite the low temperature. In the United States polar bear plunges are usually held to raise money for a charitable organization, while in Canada they are associated with New Year's Day."

For me, it was just running into the water half naked and shooting a picture, and shrieking curses the entire time because I was so cold. You get the picture. If not, I actually made a photograph while doing it....

All in all, my mini vacation from the city was fist-pump free...and freezing. I concluded my trip with a visit to Wawa, where I enjoyed my first New Jersey style hoagie. It was muy delicioso. I'm looking forward to getting out and visiting Jersey again, as well as other areas around New York. It's nice to get out of the busy streets of Manhattan for a little while...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Album Reviews with Kerin: Chromeo's "Business Casual"

Ladies, if you haven't heard of Chromeo, prepare to swoon. Really, really hard. Listening to Chromeo is like having a crush for the first time, and then realizing that your crush is really hot, speaks French, plays half a dozen instruments and sings songs about loving you right. It also feels like drowning while dancing, in the BEST WAY.

'Business Casual' is their latest full length and I have been non-stop jamming to it ever since it came out. It's one of those albums that I am always in the mood for, especially when I'm walking down the streets of New York and need something with a good beat. There is no feasible way to stand still and listen to Chromeo; they're infectious and get stuck in your head but not in the way that makes you want to listen to something else to make it go away. It just makes you want to listen to more Chromeo. They're undeniably smooth in their approach to get ladies (and men, because even my boyfriend has fallen victim to their charming ways) to fall in love with them. This album is the definition of swag and is for every kind of music lover, especially if you've got a soft spot for Michael Jackson who was an obvious influence.

My favorite tracks are probably all of them but since this is about giving recommendations and not just being under the Chromeo spell (can you tell that I am? This will be you in a few hours) I'll highly recommend their singles, "Hot Mess", "Don't Turn The Lights On" and "Night by Night." One listen is all it will take and then you'll illegally pirate the entire album and then the entire discography. Also, if you ever get the chance to see them live, I highly recommend it. I had the time of my life dancing and singing for two hours when they came to Terminal 5 this past November and it was the most fun I've had in a long time. Also the singer is incredibly gorgeous and definitely doesn't hurt the eyes. His name is Dave 1, and he dances like this:

Boom. I bet you just fell in love.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The most magical door in Gramercy?

While walking through the halls of Gramercy, there is one door that stands out from all of the rest. 

Whether it is the personal messages written on the whiteboard each day, or the visual representations of each major here at SVA, one thing is for sure. The residents of 3A love NBC, Spongebob, and pancakes.

I am proud to say that my major made it to the door!  Yay Screenwriting!
Can you find your major?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I have to get a what?

I'm graduating.  This means that I have to start thinking about heading into the work world.  This is EXACTLY how I feel about it.

You with me seniors?!