zen_monk: (Facilier  with blaze)
Santa Barbara is important enough to have a film festival, and along with awesome independent films and documentaries in its repertoire there are also awards given to movie stars for their roles in the previous year. For the SBIFF 2010 lineup, James Franco, Christopher Nolan, Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush and Annette Bening has received achievement awards given by the moderators of the Film Festival.

Now, as much as I wished I had the time to watch all the movies I wanted and to see all the award ceremonies given to these celebrities and all the industry panels with producers and the screenwriter, I am unfortunately a college student with only pocket change and am not rich to buy all those tickets.

I did, however, saw Geoffrey Rush's ceremony, and it was AWESOME!!!!!!

There was a red carpet thing that famous people walk on and be flashed by the camera flashbulbs and interviewed by local news channels. Since Santa Barbara has a rich town as part of its district like a conjoined twin, we have some celebrities living in town. Of the locals I've seen, there was Christopher Lloyd of Back to the Future fame (he walked down the carpet with crutches), Rob Lowe, and William Baldwin. Now, I brought a camera with me and was lucky enough to get a photo of an unflattering me and Billy Baldwin, I stood away from the crowd with the rest of the other women who wanted to see either/both Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth and get a picture or an autograph.

Now these Brits were LATE, so they couldn't really stand around appeasing their fans, so I with my camera tried to get a good shot of bald Geoffrey Rush like I was part of the crew of National Geographic and shooting wild animals with my camera. But! But, Colin Firth did came by and said in that smooth British voice of his "Sorry, everybody but we were so frightfully late and I can't take pictures now."

HE WAS RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME AND I WAS LIKE "EEEEEEEEE!"

But I, the FOOL, chose out of automatic charity to help one girl get a picture of her and him (she had her camera set on extreme close-up so I had to lean back to fit them in the screen). When I realized the folly of my generosity, it was after he had to go through the doors of the Arlington theater, and I fumed quite loudly at my lost chance of a picture with him.

And that was my small stint at hobnobbing with celebrities. I'll most likely pictures and videos up here soon, as soon I stopped being lazy, but next time I WILL volunteer for the film festival if I am to gain the glimpse of seeing famous people. NEXT YEAR!
zen_monk: (Mitsuru)
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1. plays
2. persona 4
3. santa barbara
4. films
5. video gaes

1). Plays - I did theater arts stuff since 8th grade, since I really wanted to express myself onstage as an actress. Only my big break came during my senior year in high school, and the stuff in between 8th and 12th were crewbie duties. But that's okay, because I guess unless a bunch of high schools, the theater department people are very integrated. Like, cast and crew are almost seamless. You get some cast people in crew and some crewbies turned traitor and joined the spotlight at one point. Crew people are amazing, especially during all-nighter construction days, when just ONE WEEK before show we have to build and paint EVERYTHING. Good times. Oh, but I got staged as a supporting character in Witness for the Prosecution and participated in the student-run, student-written improv/original scripts Holiday Package, a revue with skits written by students with the HOLIDAY theme in mind (or others, like "Joe the Plumber goes to Washington"), and a male ballet. The occasional hot Senior prancing around in a tutu? Yum.

2). Persona 4- Now don't stone me, Persona fans but... I think I enjoyed Persona 4 better than 3. Seriously, during the first half hour I was like "Wow, I actually like Main Character, since he can do more than just go '...' like a certain someone I know" or "Yosuke's loveable and smart- YAY!" and "Chie rocks my socks (pun?)!" and "I kind of know someone like Yukiko..." and "Durrr Troy Baker! You know you're a great VA when you can do tough guy and effeminate gay man on the same person!" There's seriously no one I don't like in Persona 4 - even the Social links were cool! I think it appealed to me because all the characters in the game seem more well-rounded compared to the more stereotypical Persona 3 people. Like... one might think Yukiko is the "ojo-sama" type, but you know, I think she's more of the bookworm ditz to me, when compared to Mitsuru who's like "I am the Queen- even though my tarot card doesn't exactly fit me (which is what I personally think, anyway)." And Nanako... I want her as my sister!!! And Adachi- I thought I knew you!!! Teddie is awesome and would be popular in America, and the MC is actually MANLY LOOKING and KEWL. So what if the Apocalypse isn't obviously coming down on the world?! I got my homeboys and girlfriends to hang with! (Speaking of which, I like the option of choosing a girlfriend as opposed to "I have no choice but to make her my girlfriend." 'Cause really? Ayane as my (hypothetical) girlfriend? Not to say it's bad, but I have my preferences too (if I think like a guy).

3). I don't really live there. I live in the city right next to it: Goleta. THE GOOD LAND, PEOPLE. Goleta and SB are so close, they may as well be one city. But the difference is, Goleta has the best high school in the whole Santa Barbara County. And has UCSB in its fold. It's kind of complicated, the thought of having UCSB and the Santa Barbara Airport in Goleta and not, *gasp*, Santa Barbara. I don't really know myself, but that's how it is. For a well-known city, SB is really small. Sure, the SB International Film Festival is right there
where Jake Gyllenhaal and Kate Winslet pop up once in a while, and our weather is probably the best in the whole of California, and we have the Harvard of party schools in the town next door, and have Montecito where stars like Oprah and John Cleese make their residence when it's not burned down by a fire, but...

It's small. I wanna leave.

But I love it here... D:

4). Films- My god, I love moviieees. I love the oldies with Clark Gable and Charlie Chaplin! I love the technicolor and the widescreen. I heart James Dean as Jim Stark 'cause he gets what I'm sayin, know what I mean?! Dustin Hoffman in the Graduate mentions Santa Barbara! Monty Python are a bunch of LOLZ, films are actually shot around Santa Barbara (not that I've seen them- but you know... Solvang got its bit in Sideways, and don't forget the Graduate). In fact, I know the producers who produced "Teacher Pet" the movie and cartoon series. I know their kid, too. He's like my role model, but I'm that close to him, unfortunately. I love to analyze film, because aside from analyzing books, films opens the windows to different perspectives and cultures, and I'm all for knowing what other people think about other people, be they fictional or biographical. I love animation and hold it up as high as the classics, because I see great potential in the medium (when it's not done crappily- I'm looking at you, Dreamworks! And Disney with the 3D jump the sharkiness).

5). Video Gaes- Napkins, I don't know what Gaes is!  

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So, I was in the bus going back home when we were on the overpass and I looked out of the window to see a strip of blazing red and orange in the deep darkness.

I was like, "Holy crap!" and was supplied with information by the other passengers that there had been a fire going on in Montecito that happened right after 6 pm.

The fires I'm usually associated with are usually the ones over the hills and mountains behind my fair city, but I've never seen such a serious blaze this close.

Hopefully I won't have to evacuate XP

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