Podcast: Technology and Horror Films

The first segment of many that discusses the use of technology and horror films. This one talks about “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “The Conjuring”, “Unfriended”, and “The Blair Witch Project.”


“The Conjuring.” Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia. 4 Mar. 2014. Web. 20 Jan. 2016. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Conjuring&gt;.

“A Nightmare on Elm Street.” Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia. 24 Jan. 2016. Web. 20 Jan. 2016. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Nightmare_on_Elm_Street&gt;.

Balir Witch Project. Web. 20 Jan. 2016. <http://www.blairwitch.com&gt;.

“The Blair Witch Project.” Balir Witch Project. Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 20 Jan. 2016. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blair_Witch_Project&gt;.

“Unfriended.” Wikipedia the Free Enclyopedia. Web. 20 Jan, 2016. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unfriended

Frances, Laura. “The Conjuring Movie Review.” Screen Cave. 18 July 2013. Web. 20 Jan. 2016. <http://screencrave.com/2013-07-18/conjuring-movie-review/&gt;.

Wilson, Karina. “Nine…Ten…Never Sleep Again: Nightmare on Elm Street.” Horror Film History. Web. 20 Jan. 2016. <http://www.horrorfilmhistory.com/index.php?pageID=nightmare&gt;.

Female techies: where are you?

A podcast discussing and speculating the lack of female technicians in theatre and film.

Follows, Stephen. “What Percentage of a Film Crew Is Female?” Film Data and Education. Stephen Follows, 22 July 2014. Web. 15 Jan. 2016. <https://stephenfollows.com/gender-of-film-crews/&gt;.

Cohen, Patricia. “Rethinking Gender Bias in Theatre.” New York Time-Theatre. New York Times, 23 June 2009. Web. 18 Jan. 2016. <http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/24/theater/24play.html?_r=1&gt;.

Cabanas, Alice. “A Look Behind the Scenes.” Arts Professional, 8 Aug. 2013. Web. 18 Jan. 2016. <http://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/magazine/266/case-study/look-behind-scenes&gt;.

Gaffney, Jesse. “Women in the Scene Shop.” Theatre Projects. Theatre Projects Blogspot, 30 Dec. 2009. Web. 18 Jan. 2016. <http://theatreprojects.blogspot.com/2009/12/women-in-scene-shop.html&gt;.

Cross posted from http://amyleighhoffine.whittier.domains/blog-posts/female-techies/

Movie Review: Unfriended

Unfriended came out April of 2015 and I was really bummed that I didn’t get to see it in theatre. (For those of you that don’t know I love horror movies) But I finally watched it today for a project I’m doing in one of my classes. And I’m actually really glad I didn’t pay to see it in theaters. In all honesty, this was a much better idea in concept than in practice.
For those of you that don’t know (and don’t want to watch the trailer) Unfriended takes place over Skype on the one year anniversary of a girl’s death. Supposedly her spirit takes over a Skype session between a bunch of friends and one by one they get picked off in an act of revenge.
Cool right? I thought so too. With technology becoming a more prominent part of our lives, a horror movie that really hones in on that should be really scary. Instead it felt like an MTV movie that took itself too seriously. It felt like a cigarette commercial but instead of cigarettes it centered around bullying.
I get it. Everyone has secrets and there are some really shitty people out there but there are so many things this movie could have done better. Yes we can appreciate the Skype quality. But unless you’re watching it on your computer it’s not that scary because then the whole thing is out of context. And unless you relate to any of the characters there’s not a whole lot to worry about you know? I wasn’t a party kid in high school and I would never do what these people did in the movie. (I’m trying to avoid spoilers here.) Even now I wouldn’t. So it feels like unless you are a teenager that acts like that there’s not a big impact that the movie can have.
Am I kind of inclined to cover my laptop camera when I’m not using it? Sure. But beyond that…. eh.

Morning Routine

I don’t know about you, but I’m the kind of person who can take 10 minutes to get ready or an hour.  And it might not look like there’s too much of a difference either way.  The thing is, though, that having extra time to get ready is literally so important for the rest of the day.

I can do my full face routine.  I don’t wear a ton of make up but the make up I do wear I want to wear well.  This means no mascara on my eye lid and my moisturizer needs to be rubbed in completely. etc. For those of you that know this struggle (I’m talking anyone) you know that those little things can really matter to confidence.

Here’s the other thing, though.  Getting ready with more time allows a better start to your day.  Instead of rushing around to get ready, there is time to breathe if you’re having a slow day.  Or if you’re not, there’s time to do other things.  I make my bed and put books away and close my closet doors everyday before I leave.  When I return, the room feels more relaxed and put together and that makes me feel more put together.

So here’s my suggestions: get up literally just 10-15 minutes earlier.  Let yourself take a minute to pick out the earrings you always mean to wear and never do.  Let yourself pay extra attention to your hair or double check your bag and go over your planner.  Yes that’s 10 minutes you could be sleeping but I promise it’s worth it.

(Inspired by “Why Girls Take FOREVER to Get Ready in the Morning!!!!!” by Alisha Marie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCgHLoKn0zc )

Compensating for Beauty

Maybe compensating isn’t the right word.  But we’ll pull a Tim Gunn and “Make it Work”.

I wrote last week about what it’s like to not feel beautiful.  This post kind of tag teams off of that.

There’s a girl in some of my classes.  Beautiful, typecast as the blonde bombshell, smart, and quirky.  She has the potential to be a beautiful person except for one thing-she’s so concerned with being a beautiful person.

With 20 minutes at the end of class, every class, you can hear the familiar clanking of make ups and perfume.  She applies concealer under her eyes, reapplies mascara to the top and bottom eye lashes, lipstick, etc.  The finishing touch is a spritz of perfume.

But wait there’s more!  With 5 minutes left of class the clanking starts again as she double checks everything, sometimes even brushing her hair. Finally! She is ready to continue on with her day.  This happens every class, morning and afternoon.

It’s sad. I bet she’s really pretty and no one will ever actually see her.  It makes me wonder what happened to this girl to make her feel like it’s so necessary….

Spring Cleaning

Does anyone else do that thing where they go to clean with the intended outcome being a pile of “give away”, but never manage to actually get rid of anything?
Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. You find a t-shirt that you haven’t worn in ages and put it in your give-away pile but take it out again “just in case”.
I am so guilty of this it’s not even funny.
(Granted it has slightly to do with my inability to make decisions but that’s a different story)
Yet this past weekend, I had something come over me. I all of a sudden was I able to get rid of stuff. A lot of stuff. A big box worth of stuff.
And let me tell you: it is one of the most relaxing things! All of a sudden your t-shirt drawer looks cleaner because shirts aren’t crammed in it. There is a condensing of stuff under your bed and you can see the ground a little bit.
It’s like a mental cleansing too. It’s taking things out of your mind that don’t need to be there. And it’s a good way to remember that material things are just that: material. You will live if you throw out that old shirt.
So here’s my suggestion: do your own spring cleanse. Look through your closet and grab items you don’t wear or are undecided about. Put on your fashion show and if its something you don’t like then give it to goodwill. You may only find one thing, you may find 10, but either way it’s worth a shot. You may even find things you forgot you had.