Ok, so making a movie is the most amazing example of emergent property I have experienced thus far. I spent the afternoon with my amazing Cinema photographer, Glenn Winters. He is an award winning Director of Photography, not to mention a budding director himself. All in all he is a fantastically talented and accomplished artist.

We sat for almost 3 hours going over idea after idea. His expertise in the field of visual storytelling was absolutely astonishing and his capacity to take the vision I was expressing and turn it into something tangible and practical was so inspiring. This medium is amazing!

My other mentor in this whole process is a man we all lovingly refer to as “Tucky”. Tucky is an epic story teller with amazing depth and authenticity. He has totally taken me under his wing and is whispering all the advice and encouragement I am longing for while I step out of my comfort zone and into the ring of the unfamiliar.

I throw an idea at Tucky or Glenn and like a sea monkey, it germinates! My idea is suddenly 100 times more that where it started! The idea of a team. The idea of compassionate encouragement and kind collaboration. If we could learn to relate to each other like this all the time, again, utopia.
xo
allison

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  • taylor nikole

    on November 10, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    ^^
    but there is ironically a me..
    if you rearrange some letters ofcourse :-p
    (cliche i know)

    well technically if there was a team…
    wouldn’t you be in it.. therefore there would be an i, you or me…
    hmmm
    and then the rest?
    lol

    sorry i swear i had too many candy bars
    :-/
    i knew it wouldn’t end well when i found a bunch of candy bags full of candy bars in my room at my grandparents house..

  • David Hayes

    on November 10, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    taylor nikole Says:

    “sorry i swear i had too many candy bars”

    I didn’t know it was possible to have too many candy bars!

  • taylor nikole

    on November 11, 2008 at 1:07 am

    well…
    they feel like a dead weight
    in my stomach..
    now im eating fries..
    im realllllll healthy at the moment πŸ™‚

  • Joy

    on November 11, 2008 at 1:28 am

    That’s an amazingly wonderful observation. I know for me, I seem to be do better when I work by myself, but i KNOW that “two heads are better than one”, which shows the importance of being able to communicate with different personalities while expressing your ideas at the same time. I have alot of trouble communicating and expressing my ideas due to my lack of confidence in my own idea; whats the point of thinking of your own ideas if you don’t even beleive in them? Thats my problem.
    You, with your sharing of ideas and evens, inspire me to change yet still remain me at the same time because you make me feel that its okay to feel comfortable with myself; thank you for that.
    Good Luck with your directing!
    JOY

  • taylor nikole

    on November 11, 2008 at 1:57 am

    hmm ive found that comfy zones are good πŸ™‚
    especially when they can closely relate to being bundled up in a warm blanket on a soft bed… on a cold night πŸ™‚
    but then again stepping out gives you an unbelievable adrenaline rush and a taste of the new….

    so what then do you chose? *ponder*
    comfort or unfamiliar?
    (hhehe sorry)

  • Puffy

    on November 11, 2008 at 2:09 am

    β€œNine tenths of education is encouragement.” Anatole France

  • Ruthie

    on November 11, 2008 at 4:51 am

    Puffy, that is a fantastic quote.

  • Stephanie

    on November 11, 2008 at 7:18 am

    comfort or unfamiliar?
    Comfort, I think the unfamiliar scares me a lot of the time!

  • Darwin

    on November 11, 2008 at 10:17 am

    David Hayes:

    I too can relate to what you are saying… as I have often desired a great team to help in different projects/tasks/workload
    …then I thought…well if not a GREAT team how about a GOOD team?

    How about an OKAY team?

    How about a team that is breathing?

    Hello?

    I now CAN do a great many things by myself…but…only because of necessity.

    Even moving a piano…

    I have helped move several…

    One time, the piano was sitting on the person’s front step…and it needed to be lifted over the last rise over the bottom of the narrow doorframe.

    LOTS of guys there…looking at it.

    “We can’t just pick it up and walk in.” They said. “The space is too narrow for both us and the piano.”

    So I said…”Well…Some of us could go inside and reach outside…or even to the bottom at that end…and lift that end in…
    and then the guys outside could pick up the outside end…and shove it forward… until it is all inside!”

    Blank stares.

    So I ran around to the back door…ran through the house to the front door… picked up that end of the heavy upright piano…pulled it toward me…and then lowered it down.

    “So now…you guys who are outside… just pick up THAT end of the piano and shove it forward…and the piano will be inside!”

    Again with the blank stares.

    So I ran through the house to the back door…ran around to the front door…picked up that end of the heavy upright piano…and pushed it forward until that end was inside as well.

    THEN everybody jumped into action (now that the wheels were involved) and as one…united in purpose to make the remaining task easier…they ROLLED the piano…the next five feet…into it’s proper place.

    I smiled and congratulated them on a job well done.

    They were pleased.

    I have of course experienced projects BOTH in a professional sense and a volunteer sense where EVERYONE not only pulled their weight…but wanted to be able to do more.

    When it it all falls into place like that…when people truly unite and rise to the challenge…it is blissful…a thing of beauty and a great sight to behold.

    And it happens JUST enough to keep me hopeful that it will someday happen again.

  • Darwin

    on November 11, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Taylor nikole

    *laughing* “A warm blanket on a soft bed on a…cold?…night…”

    *amused* You live in L.A.!!!

    Although…it is TRUE that it is all in perspective…what one is USED to…

    So…with that thought firmly in place…I do suppose that one night in L.A. CAN be chillier than another…*smiles*

  • taylor nikole

    on November 11, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Hey David…
    a team that is breathing is always a first step πŸ™‚
    and the way to go
    haha
    am i wrong?

    Yes! And LA IS COLD RIGHT NOW!
    i love the mornings, but lately i’ve found it difficult to get out of bed…
    its been about 40…
    and im NOT used to that LOL
    and then its been really cold winds, so ive been
    bundled up πŸ™‚
    i love winter and fall though
    I can bring out my scarf collection
    and cute clothes

  • shinefloyd / luigi

    on November 11, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    David…. sorry… I don’t remember that movie…(lost horizon)…
    but now I have the curiosity… to find that movie…
    Thanks David… you never cease to amaze me!!

  • SolShine7

    on November 12, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    I’m still looking for people to collaborate with. There’s a certain syenergy that happens when you’re around fellow artists who get you and vice versa.