One of my favorite paths home is via the 110 freeway, westbound, especially during summer sunsets. They should have vista turnouts along the road - the elevated, unobstructed view of the sky over Los Angeles is mesmerizing. Here's a wintery, swirly one from Sunday night on the way home from a shoot... plus a peek through my car's back rear window where H usually sits. Scented binoculars, crafted on a recent snack-y road trip.
Spent this morning brewing some tea and documenting it... on my driveway. The glimmery day was just too lovely and beckoning. My dad walked by and asked how everything was going, and gave me a big smile. Super comforting to know that my dad loves me, weirdness and all.
I had way too much fun creating this film. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who made this possible - cast and supportive friends.
Aeolus / the Greek god of wind
Cast // Ani Avakyan / Cameron Combe / Holden Tsao
Music // Syaba by Aoiroooasamusi
Whenever I text someone something absurd, such as,
Me / "Bathtub scene. Hijab, pls. Does noon work for you?"
Someone / "Got it. Noon works"
or, being on point with such direction as,
Me / Swish the lopped-off ponytail of hair around again in the milk.
Me / Corral all the persimmons towards you. Then to the corner. Hold them up. Great.
Me / Let this piece of (insert something bizarre) fall out of your mouth. Repeatedly.
- that person deserves whiskeys of credit.
Thank you, Ani Jister, for your willingness and trust. You are amazing and have the best attitude. I hope to do your gorgeousness justice.
Day two production stills. The blue skies let loose a smattering of much-needed rain, and we worked with it. It reminds me of the first two items of a TEDtalk I heard today >
People need six things.
Connection + Love.
Contributing beyond ourselves.
Every human finds a way to meet the first four needs. It's the universal irony of life - rife with dichotomies.
Certainty and uncertainty. Security and adventure. Togetherness and autonomy. And the journey to reconcile these two, while preserving my sanity, is the sweet spot I crave.
Had a mentally frustrating week... felt so trapped and stagnant and lonely. Artistically, relationally, professionally. Picked up a bright wig that cheered me up. Here's to putting this week behind.
A delightful and calorific All Hallows' Eve sentiments to everyone.
First day production stills from my untitled surrealist short film. We were off-roading around the fenced perimeter for an hour, trying to find the entrance to this dried-up lake, while eating Swedish Fish and Ani's Armenian treats. Tip for next time > try the visitor's center. Unfortunately, I didn't anticipate the freezing cold! And my car is beige, inside and out, coated with fine dirt sediments... I couldn't be happier.
Thank you again to Cameron, H + Ani for being amazing troupers. We had such a blast.
Full set on Flickr.
The LA River + Anna, a landscape project from my video class.
One of the many characteristics that I love about my friend Anna (others range from her musical talents, her generosity and love for life) is that she's open to adventure. Especially at a moment's notice.
Last Thursday afternoon, we scouted a spot at the Glendale Narrows portion of the Los Angeles River, and inched our way down the slope with our gear. She listened to my bizarre direction: tie twine on bow arm, mix river water and ink together, dip twine in ink/sludge mixture, place twine on canvas that's already on the ground, play Bach minuet for a few minutes, exit scene. Repeat seven times.
The price you pay for my friendship. Thank you so much for being you, amazing Anna!
Production stills from the Landscape short for my Video for Photographers class. Film is in the process of editing... posting it by next week. Love this so much.