Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy new year

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INT. LITTLE STREET APARTMENT, VANCOUVER - NIGHT

On the eve of a new year I find myself hunkered down in my warm apartment surrounded by family. We (my dad, mom and little sister) spent the day navigating the transit system, plucking sea shells from English bay and poking fun at overweight pigeons in A&W. The Sky Train rocks, it ranks right up there with the London Tube.

Five years ago, living in a metropolitan melting pot would have sent a shiver down my spine. But now, I am loving it. The culture, the food, the diversity. Vancouver is a wonderful source of creativity. I hope to tap into that fountain. May it wash over the blank pages of my next screenplay:)

I wish you all a Happy New Year! May it be filled with inspiration and adventure.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Vancouver BC

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INT. HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

Ahh, Vancouver BC. The lights, the sirens, the SNOW! I thought I could out run it, or at least hide from it for a year, but I seem destined to reside in a winter wonderland. oh bien! The 6 a.m. morning report claimed the pass was clear sky and 20 degrees. The reality: slush, snow, rain, chains and slide offs. The blazer chewed through the snow, passing guard rails sprinkled with foreign bumpers and mangled rubber. Ten hours and a quick border crossing later I am relaxing in the city of opportunity listening to Jeopardy with my parents and little sister in a cramped hotel room debating on whether we want Chinese, Japanese, kebabs, Portuguese, Italian, etc... I want to try them all. And in time, I will. I have a year, one year to make the most of this wonderful opportunity, 365 days to broaden my horizons, 12 months to expand my network and 8,760 hours to write, write, write.

Seven days remaining. Seven days until a dream becomes a reality. Seven days...

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays

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INT. WARM HOME - NIGHT

Wishing you a warm and merry holiday season. May this post find you surrounded by friends, family and good food.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Cold day for memories

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INT. FRIGID STUDIO - DAY

In the twilight of my days at North Idaho College, I am spending the afternoon dubbing mathematics tapes in the old IMS studio. Tomorrow (Tuesday) will be my finale; the curtain call to a career that has allowed me to blossom creatively, socially and emotionally. As I stare out at NIC's snow covered terrain, I will always be grateful for the experiences I have enjoyed at this wonderful slice of Heaven.
The first person I met on campus was the energetic John Jensen. If not for him, I would have attended ITT. John gave me my first job as a sports specialist, keeping stats at NIC's sporting events. As I fumbled along, awkwardly adjusting to student life, I fell into a situation that would change my life forever.
Posted on the bulletin board was a colorful flier advertising a job opening for camera operators. I stripped the flier from the wall and tracked the room number to a dark alcove in Boswell Hall. A door sign read: Welcome, come on in. I never hesitated.
Eight years later, I am crossing that same threshold. Walking out Instructional Media Services' door. A door that helped inspire this new adventure.
My first job at IMS was washing windows. Soon I found myself working my way through the Public Forum ranks. In eight years, I went from camera op, to graphics and audio op, to technical director and spent 52 shows sitting in the director's chair. A close knit team comprised of a Tech guru, a stallion videographer, AV angels, a slew of eager part time students teamed with a Human Rights minded host and panelists, we brought quality, educational programing to the inland northwest and Canada.
I am forever grateful for that wonderful, educational experience. It was an ego-less environment. A place to learn, grow, mature, succeed. Now I am taking those lessons and skills with me to a foreign land.
I got my start at NIC. I will always remember and appreciate the time that I spent here. The lasting friendships that I have made here. Trust me, I will remember...

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Act 1

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INT. WARM HOUSE - DAY

I finally finished shoveling snow this morning. Current measurement: 25 inches.  Awesome.  I will be spending the rest of the afternoon reading Hero of a Thousand Faces and packing for my sojourn back to Bonners to spend Christmas with my family before charting a course to the salty shores of Vancouver.

Hope everyone is warm and safe this blustery winter day.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A new beginning...

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INT. CUBICLE - DAY

As my time at North Idaho College comes to a close, I am spending the morning archiving past projects, writing how-to instructions for my replacement and taking life one snow flake at a time.  It has been a wonderful opening act of my life, starring an ensemble cast of creative and talented co-stars. People who took me under their wings, boosted my confidence and encouraged my budding talent.

From working behind the scenes on the Public Forum show and Channel 19's Coffee with the Mayor to creating western themed posters for the Library. From Nursing graduation videos to Outdoor Pursuit calendars to fiesta, and sporting event posters.  I have been blessed with the opportunity to share my artistic abilities with a very appreciative audience.

And no matter how far I travel, or what I end up achieving, my heart, my soul and my love resides here in the Inland Northwest. Here with my friends.  Here with my family.  Here is where my home is. 

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