Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Let Go...cause there's Beauty in the Breakdown...

"Music can be like perfume," suggests a Frou Frou. "It's almost a scent, you know, where the right smell changes an environment and makes life more bearable."

Running from the Cops

Last night, I escaped from prison and managed to not get caught, lucky for me, they were focused on capturing someone else and didn't see me slip by... when you dream, sometimes it feels like you can't run fast enough, but this time, I was able to flee, hide behind buildings, climb fences.
Finally free, I walked along the street, still wearing oversized sweats and hair a mess, I realized I would never be "free" again, but would be constantly living in fear of getting caught. I am sure this dream alludes to the movie I saw a few nights ago, La Misma Luna, about a young boy who tries to cross the border to see his mother.

Anyways, I had one of those half-conscious moments where I realized how shitty the dream was and tried to wake up. Those are always intensely frustrating.

More realistic and exciting... I finished the "Best Of" segments that I had worked so hard on. Another editor put the final touches on it, but the prep, camera work, and most editing was done by me

and the rest of the clips:
Best Interview
Most Memorable
Best Live Performance
Best of Songwriters Stage
Best of Vlaze Metal

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Flying in the Sky with People in Planes

i had this reassuring thought while driving in to work...
As a child we read picture books and watch animated movies where the colors are so bright and the images so smooth--Where everything feels light and whimsical and pleasant.
But all of the images we take for these fantasy worlds are from our reality. The clouds in the sky can be as fluffy as the ones in the simpsons intro or the Care Bear's whimsical city. The moon is as crisp as the storybooks about Santa flying across the starry night sky.
So, what an amazing thought----to think that we live in a "picture book" world, where everything is at our fingertips, and anything is possible.
We can fly in the sky, we can have a fairy tale romance. Sometimes the world is so beautiful I can't take it.
December 18, 2008
I am almost done with my Vlaze Music "Best" clips series. It's going to be a round-up of the best music clips from this year.
I have a new favorite in this live performance by People in Planes shot in May of this year. It is amazing. Take a look.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

rain drop notes

the rain is so great because it is so musical.
relaxing, soothing, intricate, and spontaneous.
there are some songs that give me the feeling I feel when I am listening to the rain. This song has been in my head all day.
Enjoy

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sky art

Lately, I have felt as if I am getting a new piece of art to look at every day-when I look up at the sky.
The only thing is -I wish I could better capture how they look with my camera. But it never compares.
Last night was amazing. At about 1:30 am, the moon was bright and most of the "light pollution" had died down. I can't even put into words how delicate and lovely the sky looked. It was like looking at a picture book. We watched the clouds move slowly across the moon and the sky was a crisp, navy blue.
This morning, I could see some snow on the mountains and great rippling and cumulous white clouds in the sky. greek mythology sky

one other thing that is on my mind. I love that we all have diverse and conflicting ideas and opinions.. but do we need to daily prove that our way is the best way? What of a life that is just that?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Rain is coming...

I had the heaviest dreams last night, I woke up feeling like I had lived an entire month of life.
There were moments where I didn't think I would wake up and was debating the benefits of staying in "dreamland" versus waking up.

I was happy today.

I said why can't we feel happy all the time? Why can't we be smiling always?
He said, then how would we know what it meant to be happy?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

On the horizon

When inspiration feels so near,
When a new opportunity is always possible.
A time for reflection and appreciation.
Time for thinking and accepting.

Always looking forward,
sensing that understanding will come.
A day for reflection,
a day to meditate
Not fully sure,
comprehending.

Remembering that there is more time,
that there is further to go
And things keep progressing,
keep shining, improving.

Upset with set backs,
coping with frustrations
Hoping to get nearer to
A feeling of completeness.

Using the best of my abilities,
trying to find their place
pushing for a purpose
Getting slowed down,

Loving what I do have,
creating something new
working with the best parts that exist
Peacefully waiting for an inspired thought, action

Monday, December 8, 2008

Rumspringa at Vlaze

I was going through the year of Music at Vlaze, because I am going to compile a "Best Of" for 2008. There are some videos that I just don't get tired of. Ever heard of Rumspringa? Probably not, I mean I hadn't. Shame because they are unique and groovy, and totally radical.
I haven't had a chance to see them live yet, but the video should give you an idea of how they sound and look live. Mind me in the wide shot..I was getting so into filming, I didn't even get out of the way!
Anyways, enjoy this video--it's extremely awesome.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving.

This holiday was very different that others in the past. I felt like I had more of an awareness-of where I am at in life, who belongs to my life, and who I want to be. I guess I mean to say a closeness with my family, and appreciation for what I have. That is always the purpose of this holiday, but for some reason, this year, it was more apparent to me, I thought on it every minute of my vacation.
There is also this new excitement with the blog I created for my family, which I am having so much fun putting together!! I take photos with a purpose now, to document my family, which I am proud to be a part of.
I am also thankful for my dear boyfriend, as I have learned a lot about myself through being with him.
I have this travel bug inside me, that is itching to get out. I am up for anything right now, I feel like something is going to happen, either naturally or by some action that I will take. It is December. And a new year is coming.
A beautiful day!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

New Family Blog

For the longest time now, I have been pondering over the idea of creating a family blog. Family near and far can experience events that they were unable to make with pictures, and we can stay updated on upcoming events.
I spent about 12 hours or so creating this blog and now it is up-to-date. I post all family events, so you may be in someof the pictures if you are a family friend of the Campas.. enjoy!
Before and after!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Leona Naess

It's nice to post a video from work again--I love having artists in that I am learning about for the first time. It's like finding a special, pretty shell at the beach. A shiny little treasure. Leona Naess has a soothing voice and her music is playful and sweet. Take a listen. I did camera to HER left.
more videos on songwritersstage.com

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Yes or No on Prop 8

So although voting day is over, this proposition has not gone away. Many people are gathering to rally against the fact that it was passed, taking it to the higher ups, and there have also been petitions floating around. I signed one that was a letter to Arnold, and then there was THIS video...
very interesting.
See more funny videos at Funny or Die

I really do hope that this issue gets settled. I strongly believe that this goes against what our country stands for and I had hoped that we would be ready to make this apparent. I understand why, from a religious stand point, people voted for this to pass, but at the end of the day, the only people that are affected are gay couples. And it is a negative, upsetting, unfair effect.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I voted.

Today, I voted.
I was a little nervous, anxious...but it was such an exciting moment, a cool slightly cloudy day, quiet and relaxed. Mikey's bday, a nice flow to the minutes from waking until now--while I work and watch the results. This is a race that I am a part of--I cast my vote and i feel the responsibility and power of that action. It inspires me to do more...to continue to take interest and to find other ways to make my mark in my own personal way.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Ode to Horror

I meant to post this Halloween night-this was the first year that I didn't have a costume pre-planned, didnt feel like I HAD to be at some crazy party getting wasted. I enjoyed going home and helping to prepare for saturday night's party at my house with my family. It was a nice halloween. And I feel good about that. The horror genre is something to enjoy though, here's a video that is an ode to that.


Directed by Ace Norton
musicreeldirect.com for more director videos

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Journaling

Sometimes I feel anxious, impatient, and results in an overall moodiness--that I am concscious of, but feel like I have little control over.
I always stress over the possible factors that could be contributing to this--my job, LA traffic, my diet, or maybe it's just my period.
Yoga helps some, I've found that quiet, "me" times, really help me to focus and result in overall wellness. Right now my "me" things are shopping at traders joe's, playing soduku, readign a book, painting, or writing in my journal. With blogging, it is hard to get too personal, also I am on the computer all day, so journaling is a nice break--where I can take my clothes off, lay down, and not "edit" myself.
One thing I learned from one theatrical professor in college, was not to "edit" yourself when writing. Write whatever comes out-everything--no matter how weird or off topic- that has helped me to really focus on what is bothering and sometimes makes me feel better.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

One Week Til The Election

I try to post videos here that stand out to me-no matter what they are about. This video made me tear up towards the end. Which was shocking. I'm hopeful for our future, I am a part of it- - and if I want change to happen, then I have to BE that change.
Vote.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Proposition 8

I had to post this because I got such a response when I posted it on my myspace bulletin two days ago.
Some people responded by sending me videos that oppose it-and other people were pleased with the accuracy and creativity of the video. I hope people will see that this proposition is discriminatory and vote "No", but I realize most will have difficulty overcoming this hurdle even now. Whatever your decision, I encourage you to vote-since that is the way to let your opinion be heard. I read a great quote from Ghandi yesterday that said "We each need to be the change we want to see."







Thursday, October 23, 2008

Bikram Yoga

It's been about five months since I started Bikram Yoga. I like taking part in physical activity, I wanted to do continue with dance, but always find myself frustrated because I may not be at the level as the class or it may not be advanced enough for me.
Bikram Yoga is "Hot Yoga" the room is heated, you sweat, the room smells funky.. but what has kept me going is the fact that it is all my own.
Whenever I feel like going, if I am stressed, or feeling pain, I just go, quietly and leave quietly.
I have a problem with being consistent with activities like this, but so far, I have been very consistent. I am also noticing changes in my physical body that I like and the sense of competition I feel with myself each time to do better--get more flexible, feel more at ease.
I wish I went more during the week (I only go once or twice) but I guess that is pretty good considering I have to work etc.
I highly recommend for anyone who wants to feel good physically but takes a lot to get motivated.
It is tough at first and hard to handle the heat, but you get used to it and really start to enjoy after a while. What I like the most is that there are people from every body type at yoga.
This guy makes it look so easy :P

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pilot Touhill

So many great new videos up on Vlaze.com--and I'm behind with my reports..
A friend of mine came in the studio with a new musical project that he calls Pilot Touhill. At first, he was apprehensive about it not fitting in with the HipHopDelight genre... but I think it works just fine...unique, groovy, cool, and definitely beat driven as is most good hip hop. Maybe his music doesn't fit into any categories, but neither do most things I enjoy.

Interview Part 1:

myspace.com/pilottouhill

Friday, October 17, 2008

Jurassic 5

I'm not much of an encyclopedia when it comes to hip hop, but I know when I recognize a song.. and I know when it's good... Akil the MC of Jurassic 5 stopped in on monday and gave a killer live performance. Actually, I just uploaded about 18 other really great videos to HipHopDelight.com so if you like this one, go over and check the others out!!!

HipHopDelight.com
and Vlaze.com

Monday, October 13, 2008

Female MCs

Of the long list of things that I wish I could master (but probably won't be able to) one remains: to be a female rapper. Haha I know that sounds weak, but seriously, female rappers deserve all the respect for working it in a male dominated genre. I am amazed. Female musicians in general are inspirational. Lately I've been listening to Emiliana Torrini(beautiful) and Santogold (awesome!) and I am in love with Rodrigo y Gabriela (Gabriela+guitar=masterpiece)
Here is a young MC that I was blown away with when she stopped in our studio:

Check her out on www.myspace.com/mcgavlyn or watch her interview on HipHopDelight.com

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Economy--The Election

So these videos are obviously ones I didnt work on myself, but I have been watching more political videos on msnbc.com, talkingpointsmemo.com, and reading The Red County website daily...I am disappointed in the turn the campaign is taking...People are losing their jobs, their homes, and the election is being treated like some high school popularity contest. Although it's important to understand everything about our future president, I would rather know that he can handle the issues in the time that it matters most. I wish we would get back to the important stuff.




Right?

Monday, September 29, 2008

IAMX-Cool, Moody, Lasting...

Today I uploaded two IAMX performances to Electromixer.com...Not typically a fan of music like this... but on a day like today, overcast, quiet, monday...it was perfect..Watch and see if you agree.

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Toadies--Goodies

Have to admit I am not very good about keeping up with the "project" (see below). Here's my newest favorite--The Toadies--I think it's awesome that they are back together, since i didn't appreciate their music when it was in its prime. They had to do a couple takes of this one, cause they couldn't remember the lyrics--haha-at the end you can catch them laughing just before we faded it out.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

project 365

My sis is doing a very neat project where she takes a photo each day for the next 365 days and posts them here: http://hardrain1.wordpress.com/
I am going to try my best to do this with video-every video that I either edit, or do camera for, I will post, cause I think some unique, talented artists come in, and I'm proud of our work!
Here's Lucy Walsh, daughter of Joe Walsh of The Eagles performing "Charmed Life"-I did cameras (2 of the 3)

Here's my other favorite-I really like her style--she reminds me of Em Gryner http://www.myspace.com/emmgryner from Canada -

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Behind the scenes of Music Videos

So, I enjoy music videos, most anyways. You take something so memorable like Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" or any of Floria Sigismondi's dark videos... the music video is short and made for, of course, music, so there is so much creative freedom. As a director myself, my show MusicReelDirect has helped me stay in touch with this industry and meet some cool directors. Also some cool new artists. Here is the most recent episode of a show I produced, shot, and edited called "The Shoot"
There are more cool episodes on vlaze.com/theshoot

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Cool Live Performance

The best thing about work is that after all the labor is done: shooting and editing the in-studios...I get to upload and send out the final videos...
From time to time, I find one that sits well with me at the moment and brightens up my day...Here is one that did just that today.
The song is fun and I like it.

Shot at Vlaze Studios

Friday, August 29, 2008

My first Blog


Hello!
It seems that in just this past year, I have thought things and understood things that I never preoccupied myself with before.
recycling different types of plastics, understanding my body, politics, god, space, making sense of my career, relating to my parents, understanding my grandparents, feeling in control, being in love...

I used to keep a written journal regularly-but haven't written in months. I usually write down my crazy dreams and hopes for things to change.

But being online, knowing that you're connected, well...I feel like I can explore my new thoughts and interests more easily.
For example,
I've been wanting to be a part of an environmental project lately...but not sure what and how to find it. I want to find something that would give me a sense of making an impact and where I could also put my talents to use.
I hope to find help with that online.
It all began with storyofstuff.com
It was so easy to understand, so informative, and effective in convincing me that there needed to be a change made.
The site is an informative environmental resource and there is a 20 minute video (that goes by so quickly) that talks about basically where our stuff goes. From manufacturing it to disposal.

I have become kind of a freak now when it comes to recycling. I am very conscious about what I toss out and am seeking ways to eliminate unnecessary trash.
It's pretty difficult. Plastics/unrecyclables are everywhere.

The main thing I am worried about is that I will become so overwhelmed that I will just give up.

And then there' s my next preoccupation. The election. Never have I cared more or applied myself to understanding the policies and other details of an election.
I never cared about politics. So boring.
So, everything that is going on now is completely exciting. And I am rooting for Obama.
But actively understanding why. I couldn't make a decision unless I was educated to support it.
So that's where being online helps as well.

This weekend, as everyone goes away for Labor Day, I will enjoy doing nothing, as I already enjoyed a week of fun times in SF with Mikey. Think I'll post up some photos from that later.
For now, I better get back to editing Eew That's Gross, a teen-science show I developed for our network which should be up soon.

goodnight.