Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Return of My Childhood

Not gonna lie, when it comes to 3D movies, I will always pick the 'normal' movie over it. Not just because of the money issues either, but because it's just a gimmick and never lives up to it's hype.

HOWEVER I would like to say that I am starting to lean in the other direction, and there is a very good reason why. Three words:


Ok I could go on all night about this, I really could. So here we go. I took my sister to see it tonight, something I had been debating about for the past 2 weeks, because being a college student, an $11 movie ticket just isn't in my budget. But I caved.

And it was worth it.

You see, unlike the cgi movies of today, where everything explodes, jumps, flies and shoots at you, this was a traditional 'hand drawn' animated movie. They couldn't make things jump at you because the original didn't have that. The original was an amazing animated picture. And so was this. The use of 3D brought a whole new perspective to my movie viewing experience. Everything had depth, you could see every layer as if someone simply lied one on top of the other. The few moments when things DID jump at you it was amazing, much better than anything CGI can ever do.

I was very much looking forward to the stampede scene, and sadly it didn't live up to what I wanted it to be, but then again, like I said, the movie wasn't made to be in 3D so that's to be expected. The scenes following made up for it, with the dust from the stampede being carefully layered on top of everything, making the scene that more emotional.

However, there was one thing that completely took the cake for me tonight. The theater was half full, which surprised me to begin with. What made this even better was the fact that half of these people were parents and their 4-5 year olds, the age I was the first time I ever saw it. The other half was people from high school to my age watching it with their friends and boyfriends-- the same generation that grew up loving this movie is now able to see it again, in theaters and in 3D.

Overall, I think that Disney should keep re-releasing all their classics in 3D, and if they do I will be there. Not because 3D is awesome, because it is far from perfect, but because it allows new generations of kids to experience the movies of their parents' childhoods, and not just on DVD/Blu-ray, but in an actual theater, getting a once in a lifetime experience they can tell their kids about when they grow up.

After tonight, I just wanna work for Disney even more.


(oh and the movie poster was actually pretty awesome too, for a re-release that is)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Question About Dreams

So I have a question for everyone out there-- Do you ever have dreams? Do you ever remember any of them? Do any ever occur more than once?

This is my thought of the day, something I was pondering in the shower this morning.

I have a few things I'd like to address further that I find insightful, yet still needing answers.

First, I hope I am not alone in the idea that dreams can reoccur. I have had several that do so, one of which is very prominent in my childhood (and even the focus of an art assignment a couple years ago). In it, a younger version of me is with a group of my friends at a field, but suddenly this flock of bees shows up and chases me away, straight to a cliff, where I fall and wake up. Has anyone ever felt that sensation of "Falling into bed?"

Second, and this occurred to me this morning when I woke up from my dream, I have reoccurring locations. My dream that I was having this morning was taking place in Wichita, but yet it wasn't Wichita the way it really is, it was Wichita the way my dream lays it out to be. And the weird part is that every time I have a dream about being in Wichita (quite often, oddly enough) it looks the same way as it did today in my dream! This is one of those dream sensations I find rather interesting, yet puzzling at the same time.

Finally, has anyone ever had that experience of hearing your alarm go off in your dream, waking up barely to hit snooze and then closing your eyes and finishing your dream? I have and it's happened a lot lately since school started. Some of the dreams I have are pretty interesting, so I'm not going to complain, but I still think it's another experience I wish I could explain.

So, now that I have these ideas in the open, what do people think? Do you agree with my ideas? Has this ever happened to you? All thoughts and musing are more than welcomed, I'd love to hear opinions on this issue!


Monday, September 19, 2011

I'm a 10 Year Old in a Twenty Year Old's Body...

or at least, that's what my alter ego is.

Let me explain. My latest (and first) assignment in my Drawing III class was to prove how well we could render things from life. But the catch was that the things had to be objects that represent our 'alter ego'.

Me being the non-creative person I am, I went with something I've done before-- kid's stuff. Yea I basically said that I was a 10 year old. I made the theme work by saying that I only show that side when I'm around my friends, so the images are all of the items 'exploding', opening up, or scattered around, to imply that my alter ego wants to let that out. Finally I also decided to go with the concept that I want my childhood back, by making the objects much larger than they are in real life, saying that these things are made for someone older than a child.

I'll let you decide for yourself.

So overall, these are the best drawings I've ever produced. However, I am the only non-drawing major in that class, which makes me think maybe I should have taken figure drawing 2 instead, because I can't draw the figure and would like more experience. Also because the next assignment in this class is gonna suck, big time, period.

Welcome to the life of a busy college student!