INSPIRATION STRIKES, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IS UP TO YOU

I know this is completely “off brand” but here we go. Fugget. Can that just be “my brand?” “Fugget?!”…it’s applicable to so many things.

ANYWHO…

I was working the other day, and had to run some deliveries and errands, when out of no where an open field caught my eye. I don’t know if it was the golden grassy (I won’t pretend to be agro savvy) or the scenic wooded backdrop. But I knew I needed to do a shoot with a friend (and fellow in town business owner!) and some of their product. We’d spoken about it about a year ago, and an urgency flew under my ass. Or was it a fire?

Calling her up on my way back into work, I frantically told her, “If I had the time, I’d stop in and we could hammer this idea out. But we’re gonna have to wing it. You in?!” So we chatted briefly about the details. You need to be ready by sunset. Open field. Let’s do this. The weather gave us a run for our money throughout the day, raining off and on. Thankfully it was absolutely perfect at the time we needed it. I was pleased with the results. And thankful for a friend who knows how hectic and urgent I can be, and with the talent to follow through!

The pictures are a result of collaboration amongst the following businesses:

Designs on the Boulevard (photography & home decor) & their blog.

Wirthy Treasures (furniture & props) & their blog.

Sometimes you just have to take the inspiration when it comes. Although, usually for me, it’s right before bed. And then I’m up for hours working on something and lose track of time. Maybe I’ll keep a journal on my night stand? How do you deal with inspiration? What inspires you?

Stay bright, love always,

Cory

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Happy New Year!

Some of my goals for 2014:

  • Increase weekly video output!
  • Produce short films!
  • Launch T-Shirt Line in March
  • Graduate in May
  • Make more time to do the things I love! (More musick, more film, more fashion!)
  • Write more guest blog posts!
  • Travel!

Film: Hitchcock & Klein

Lately I have been quite enraptured by Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Klein.  I’ve recently been exposed to a number of Hitchcock films and I have to admit I am unsurprisingly impressed.  It’s been said millions of time, however he truly was ahead of his time.  His mastery of suspense and the incredible ways in which he unfolds a story are inspiring and honestly, we could use more of it.  I’ll never forget the camera work in Shadow of a Doubt when young Charlie figures what her uncle Charlie has done.  It was if we were made to feel as small as she must have felt in those moments.  You can see that clip [here.]  *SPOILER ALERT*  You’re about to figure out the mystery.  In an interview, he stated that he wanted the camera to act as if it just took a huge breath.  Incredible.

In Hitchcock’s Notorious there is quite the opposite happening, where the stage is set for the party and so much is going on; but no one knows about the big deal this small key can make [here.]  So much to learn and study from this great man!

Steven Klein, known to have worked with Lady Gaga, is another film creator I have been delving into lately.  A photographer gone cinematic, his use of black is almost neo-noir and really bold in Gaga’s Fame campaign for her perfume.  [Click here to see Steven Klein’s Fame.]  This too is suspenseful, and seemingly has references to Salvador Dali and Stanley Kubrik; and is a commentary on the duality of fame.  One thing I’ve noticed with Klein is there is always so much packed into such short films.  They’re truly works of art that take some time to digest and grasp, so I won’t disperse my take on some of the imagery just yet.

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I found it. The missing link.

What are some film techniques you really enjoy or find fascinating?  Who do you admire for their work?  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!  I would love to discuss!

Rey