Friday, November 10, 2006

All I Know...

All I Know
Run Time: 4min 30sec
Creator's Page: written, directed, shot and edited by Alli of gALLIxSEE::media:: (um, yeah, that's me).
Related Links: original music, "Two Wishes to Hold in Reserve" by James Whetzel

So yeah. Ah. I do actually make video, too. And from time to time I post it here. The frequency with which that happens will increase over the winter months when I have nothing better to do than get all creative-like inside whilst the sky dumps cloud urine on Seattle and leaves the world moldy and reeking like cat pee. But I digress.

I decided to post this here today because after watching way too many minutes of cheeky flash animations on Albino Blacksheep about blowing stuff up, I decided to do a search on The Google for "inspirational web videos" to cheer me up. The search returned no results. NO RESULTS!!! Ok, so I did a search for "inspirational video" and I got a bunch of results, but I was unable to find a collection of inspiring videos all in one place. So here is my contribution. From here on out, I aspire to bring you all the most inspirational, creative expressions of humanity in the 21st century available in this undulating, fickle sea of web video. May it bring some sunshine to your darkening autumn days (or, uh, cool breezes to your warming spring nights for those in the Southern Hemisphere). And if you know of any *good* portals for non-cheesy, non self-help type inspiring or invigorating or innovatively scintillating web videos, for goddess' sake, let me know!!!

A little background, in case you're really curious:

I wrote this essay in 2000, a few moments before quantum physics became a household term while frantically putting my application together for the (read aloud with a snooty british accent. or a blonde sorority girl intonation. whatever.): USC school of cinema-television. So yeah, this essay, in written form essentially got me into film school. I'm pretty sure it wasn't my freshman year gpa.

I had just returned from my first year on the playa and was reading a lot about quantum physics and had, in my previous semester been taking philosophy, anthropology and astronomy all at the same time. Dem were some serious paradigm shifts, I tell you. I thought perhaps I was going crazy. I was getting all of this new information from all over the place about the constructs of the universe and the very threads of life itself. And I was surrounded by people who stared at me like I had thirteen hollow watermelons for a head when I tried to talk to them about this stuff. So I sat down in a flurry of creation and I wrote about what I was experiencing: Awakening. Wholly other perceptions of the world around me. Intense awareness and sensitivities to sensory stimuli. Paradigm shifts.

A couple of years later, I was asked to produce an original personal video statement for my application to be a Digital Correspondent for Current TV (which was then INDTV- they never went through with the whole DC thing. I'll spare you the rant). I dusted off the old essay, which was scrawled in silver ink on a black notebook, and compiled, shot and edited the whole thing in one night. I originally used Thoman Newman's "Dead Already" from the American Beauty Score, one of my favorite film scores of all time. Recently, with the whole webvideo explosion thing happening, I realized I didn't really want to use copyrighted music. So I recut the whole thing to my talented friend James' "Two Wishes to Hold in Reserve" from his album Capitol Hill Secret Tracks. And, well, there ya have it. The way too long history of this shot + edited in one night, passionately vulnerable video of mine. Betcha that was really too much information. But it's my vlog and I'll ramble if I wanna. So go ahead, lett'er fly. Whaddya think of it?

As an interesting (and amazingly, related) sidenote, a few of my friends have asked me repeatedly if I've seen the movie The Secret yet. They kept saying that a lot of what is mentioned in the film is stuff they've endured me babbling on about for years. I didn't get around to *actually* watching it until yesterday. It kind of freaked me out. In a good way. There were parts of it that echoed eerily many of the sentiments expressed in this very video. More on The Secret and how to watch it for free in the next installment. I think I've done enough meandering for one day. *deep breath*


Anonymous said...

You said, "I aspire to bring you all the most inspirational, creative expressions of humanity in the 21st century available in this undulating, fickle sea of web video."

I like that. It sure would be nice if everyone could share all their finds, and maybe vote on each others choices.

Thanks for taking the time to review these. Next time I want to watch some videos, I'll know where to find them.


gALLIxSEE said...

Thanks, Paul! Glad ya found me here. I think we are indeed playing in the same sandbox. I love the idea of people being able to share and vote, but I think that might require another page altogether. Hmmmm. That's got me thinking...

Thanks for stoppin' by! Hope to see ya again soon...