Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Short Films

Flowers Anonymous


Two Left Feet

Story Editing

We were taught at school that pointing out the good is just as important as pointing out what could be improved with a script. (We never say "bad". School = political correctness. Ha! Right!)

If you tell a writer everything that's crappy about his/her script without pointing out the good bits:
a)they'll resent you and not listen to another word you say, even if your suggestions are good ones, and/or
b)they'll give up. Which would suck, because great scripts are only a result of a lot of work.

If you show them that you can appreciate everything they did right, they'll be more willing to appreciate that you know what you're talking about, and take your suggestions for improvement.

In summary:
If you want to insult someone effectively, compliment them first
so they know you understand them. They'll take the insult soo seriously.


What I meant to say:
Encouragement is underrated.
When I hand in my story-editing notes, even the positive feedback on my positive feedback is remarkably uplifting =)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pumpkin Rice

Monday night I volunteered to make pie to bring to a dinner.
Realized Monday morning that I was volunteering at VIFF Monday night.
Made pie anyway.
3 pies, actually.
Kept one to eat.
Decided eating a whole pie by myself (one day's breakfast, lunch and dinner) wasn't enough. I had, after all, had 3 pies pass before my nose and I resisted eating two whole pies.
Made extra pie filling to eat by itself. (Too lazy to add dough.)
Accidentally spilled the salt in the extra, raw pie filling. Waaaay too salty.

Today- Made rice.
Had nothing to eat the rice with.
Saw raw pumpkin pie filling in fridge.
Learned that salty pumpkin pie filling and rice go extremely well together!

Pumpkin Rice

1-3/4 cups (425 mL) pumpkin puree
1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar
3/4 cup (175 mL) evaporated milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon
1/2 tsp (2 mL) nutmeg
1/4 tsp (1 mL) each ground ginger and salt

Cook some rice.

Combine. Eat. Don't blame me if you don't like it. The first bite was a pleasant surprise, but my bowl now looks a little too full to finish...