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OnceUponATime
Vancouver, BC: Skookumchuck, BC: Palm Springs, CA
A filmmaker, educator, mother, wife, lover (of life, and of husband!).
Interests: Film, photography, fiction. Hiking, biking, walking. Travel. Friends. Family. Writing.
Recent Activity
June 13, 2013 Are you fucking kidding me? Frank has lung cancer. Diagnosis today. He has not been feeling well for a while and I've been trying to make light of it, although in the past month I've been aware that it was more than just his own "paranoia." And... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at The Daily Rant
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Bad Blogger back in action. On June 6th, at 3:30 PM, at the VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St., Vancouver, BC, we will screen the final version of the film. This is a "private" screening and coincides with Graduation Day for the 2012 class. We are also screening two other... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2013 at Bad Parenting
Here it is, the end of January 2013. I'm not only a Bad Blogger, I'm downright terrible. Still, better late than never - sort of. It's almost impossible to catch up to what went on in Production. Can I do it in 14 characters (as if I were on Twitter,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at Bad Parenting
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OK, so I'm a lousy blogger. And today probably won't make much difference. It seems that there are so many more pressing things to do than blog. But here I am again. Had a meeting today (Wednesday, July 25) with Johanne Gregory, our caterer (along with Doris Cheung). Johanne was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2012 at Bad Parenting
Spent the day on some admin. type tasks regarding locations, crew, rehearsals, but engaged in the creative work too by looking at my list of "Dramatic Blocks" and assigning a camera look to each. There are about 32 of these (which makes sense as there are 30 scenes). For scenes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2012 at Bad Parenting
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Design Metaphor for Bad Parenting: punk fishing lure. Colourful, fun, but dangerous. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2012 at Bad Parenting
Every year in Film Arts we seem to pick up an Honorary Member of the Program. This is always someone who is closely connected to one of our current students. This year, that Honorary Member is Char Hoyt, the girlfriend/partner of Christopher O'Brien, Director. Char is an artist and has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2012 at Bad Parenting
On Thursday, July 5th, 2012, I held auditions for casting in Room A025 at Langara College. This went from 9:30 - Noon. The call went out to all the Actors in the Film Arts program, but because Directors and Writers also knew about it, I had a request from a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2012 at Bad Parenting
Hoping for a great cast and crew. Some interesting requests for cast/crew positions coming in from the 2012 students, and very excited to move ahead. Have been in touch with a local musician who specializes in harmonica playing, Andrew Huggard who plays with a band called Leonard and the Lab... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2012 at Bad Parenting
I have asked the 2012 Film Arts students to write and apply for the jobs that they want. Most of the Directors have done so, and most of them want to work in the Camera Department (Kristoff, Naomi, Shan, Brittany). One wants to work in the Art Deparment (Jackie, with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2012 at Bad Parenting
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Malcolm Knapp_UBC Research Forest_Marion Lake. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 at Bad Parenting
I've decided to diarize the steps I am taking toward directing the short film called "Bad Parenting." This was written by Writing student, Winston Schroeder, of the 2012 Film Arts class and was put forward to the program Directors, who chose his other script, "True Love," to direct instead. This... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 at Bad Parenting
Birthdays. Busy Days. Every kind of day you can imagine. I want to say, first off, that I have two wonderful sons. Loving, smart, handsome (sure, why not!). And today, one of them has a birthday. I had hoped to have a dinner together, but sadly, no. That won't be... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2012 at The Daily Rant
The days go by, so fast. Today, a sunny Saturday, biked the sea wall with Frank, had a lovely shrimp/pasta dinner with an excellent New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wine, and (don't count those calories) vanilla ice cream with strawberries for dessert. Have been downloading and reading all the "locked scripts"... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2012 at The Daily Rant
I've been thinking about retirement a lot lately, and by lately I mean for the past few years. Probably the first time it came up for me was in 2000 when I got a job teaching at UBC and was able to put money into a retirement fund. It never... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 at The Daily Rant
For many, the long weekend is a time to get away from the city, go camping, visit family, relax and do things out of the ordinary. Wish I could get on that train. Not that I'm unhappy with the train I'm on - but that's not it! On Saturday, Frank... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2012 at The Daily Rant
A walk in the woods. A visit with Laura. Lunch with Alan. A wonderful day. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2012 at The Daily Rant
Sunshine in Vancouver this morning. Breezy. 9 degrees Celcius (52 Fahrenheit). Perfect day for a walk in Pacific Spirit Park. Hope the knee holds out! Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2012 at The Daily Rant
Off to the races with the Summer Term films at LCFA. Cold Read today - some great material. A lot of very funny material. Thank you Writers. Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2012 at The Daily Rant
Tip of the Day. Not a good idea to drive your car without insurance. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2012 at The Daily Rant
Lemon, Lime, Mandarin and Orange. Trees that is. And not as much of them as there was this morning. Oh my! Now I can see my neighbours roof. And my back fence. Which is not pretty, but rather broken down and leaning perilously. It won't last much longer, that's for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2012 at The Daily Rant
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After losing our sony bravia tv to the local crooks, we've broken down and installed an alarm system. After getting the run through, I feel like I could be a pilot. Code this and that, do this, then do that, all systems go, whatever you do don't leave the fans... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2012 at The Daily Rant
Two Dreams. The first, I was in prison. Not sure what I did to get there, but I had to find a spot on the floor to sleep - to set up camp, really. Later I found a basement area where no one else was, and a prison warden said... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2012 at The Daily Rant
Hot hot hot. Over 100 F for the past several days. Music in the Coachella Valley. Swim in the morning - too hot to bike (unless I would get up earlier!). Planned for a dinner with Lowell Bean - author of several books on the local Indian populations and our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2012 at The Daily Rant
Reading "The Happiness Project" and thinking about happiness. Aristotle says, "Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole end and aim of human existence." I'd like to remember that! Happiness is Frank. Here is a man who does the laundry and irons (my stuff as well as his).... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2012 at The Daily Rant