Bolex…

I’m taking some undergrad classes this semester (like the one about History of Photography, for instance) related to photography and movie making. One of them is called “16mm Film Production” in which we are learning how to film using 16mm stock, how to develop the film in a dark room, and how to cut and … Continue reading Bolex…

The Origins of the Joe&Nancy Mysteries…

Yesterday, I mentioned that some friends and I launched a Kickstarter campaign to make a beach house mystery in Wilmington, NC. Let’s talk about the origins of the Joe&Nancy mystery films today!

When I started my second year of graduate school, my friend Teresa told me that one of her passions as an undergrad was making mystery shorts with her friends. Surprisingly enough, she hadn’t made just one or two shorts but rather five or six (and if the shorts she made in high school were included, we’d probably be talking about ten). So one day in the early fall semester 2011, she told me that making a mystery movie inspired by the Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys stories was one of her dreams. In general, when I think my friends have a big dream, I try to be quite supportive. And when this big dream sounds like fun I get excited and am even more supportive if possible. So I told her that I was going to help her make her dream come true.

teresa 1(This is Teresa, creator, scriptwriter, leading actress, director, cinematographer, editor, and producer of the Joe&Nancy mysteries. Quite impressive, isn’t it?)

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The Red Bridge…

Duke has several beautiful places to photograph: the chapel, the yard in front of Old Chemistry, a hidden arbour close to East Duke Building… But my favorite place is definitely Sarah Duke Gardens. During my first semester as a Duke graduate student, I lived on Central campus and so sometimes I had to cross the gardens to get to some classes on West campus. Since it was fall, I was able to see how leaves changed colors and it was one of the most wonderful experiences in my life. (We only have two basic seasons in Lima: clear skies and gray skies –I wouldn’t call them summer and winter). So you can imagine how astonished I was when I saw orange, yellow, red, and dark purple leaves for the first time in my entire life!

orange leaveSpecifically at the gardens, there is a special place for me: the red bridge. Its redness is so bright that it is almost impossible to miss it. People love it so much that newlyweds, families, random visitors, Durhamites and, of course, Duke students get pictures of it and on it. I myself got one! Continue reading “The Red Bridge…”