Film Diary: Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom (2012) – “I want to make a film like this” – My first reaction to watching the trailer. It’s an entertaining film but more than anything I enjoyed the way the film looked. After seeing the movie, it was the compositions we were talking about. We even tried to set up our lunch to be symmetrical. Which wasn’t easy, after a few takes I just wanted to eat my food. 🙂

I found this film diary in Vancouver and thought I’d share my documentations. Here are some notes I made about the film. (you can get your own here: film diary)

Moonrise Kingdom Trailer

Keeping the Rhythm

I’ve learned if there is something I want to do more of, I have to add it to my daily life and allow it to become apart of the flow. Routines have helped me meet deadlines,  remember tasks, and even achieve goals. I like to call this, “Keeping the Rhythm.”

Blogging, photography, video editing, spending time with friends, coffee, all the things I enjoy doing are part of my daily rhythm.

The goal is too keep life flowing like a good song. It doesn’t mean, “go go go” but to create patterns that will help get things done and create more time.

Creating a routine isn’t only good for getting things done. But it can add inspiration and creativity to an ordinary day. Adding things like; dinner with family, hang out with a friend, seeing a movie, and reading a book are the things that can bring refreshment in the mist of a busy life.

Add things that inspire you everyday: podcast, fresh music, talking to strangers, connecting with God, having a conversation with a family member, helping someone out.

Do watch out for habits that will kill your goals. Its the small things that are added to your routine that can suck up your energy and time.

Over the years I’ve seen my capacity grow as I managed my days better. I saw I have more time than I thought.

Here are some of my particle routines:
Every other Tuesday I meet up with one of my best friends at a coffee shop to talk about life and God.
Once a month I like to take a day trip to LA to enjoy an indie movie with a friend.
I blog the moment I feel inspiration. I write in my notebook then type it out when I am home with nothing to do.
I take my SLR camera with me when I am going somewhere interesting.
I listen to podcast while I edit and animate in after effects.
I read my bible in the morning when I eat my breakfast.

Some bad habits of mine:
I like to sleep a lot.
I tweet too much.
I allow my room to get really dirty before cleaning it.
I wait until I have no more clean clothes to do laundry.
I wish to read more books!

What do you wanna do more of? What do you need to eliminate?

Free Comic Book Day

A young couple from my church invited me to a comic book event they were a part of. It was actually the first time I saw Lou’s drawings. They have a vintage feel to it, which I totally like. He is at the beginning stages of launching Blackjack Slappers comic. You can check out his blog at

It was cool to hear him encourage other young artist to drawing more. I got a chance to walk around and snap a few photos of the other artist and people in costumes.

There was this boy who was selling his drawings for 75 cents. He was really good and most of his drawings were already sold.

Everyone there was so encouraging and friendly to one another. It was nice to see people using their gift. I could see it on their face that this was what they love to do and are passionate about. To anyone who draws out there, remember, not everyone can do it. Draw because it makes you happy, isn’t that worth it? 🙂 Cheers.

The Purpose

I often wonder what people think my motives are. A few weeks ago I was praying about life and I wrote this down.

The purpose of my blog, isn’t to make my name famous or known but to make it a place of encouragement and inspiration. I don’t want people to just look at my potential but to see their own, that if I can, they can, you can. I am a tangible goal that is reachable, but I work hard and realize life is a growing process. My blog is where I am able to be me and hope other find a place where they can be themselves too.

Be creative with what you have. May money not be your goal but never sale yourself short. Use your gift and fulfill your destiny. Remember you are apart of something bigger than you think. Know that your best work is still up head.

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverb 4:23

I love my film camera.

I love my film camera, or should I say LOVED.

Today I found out this amazing camera of mine, officially doesn’t work. Surprisingly, I wasn’t sad when I heard the news. Instead  I know that a new season of photography is about to begin for me.

A year ago I took the risk on this old outdated thing called film. Since then I have grown as a photographer and as an artist. I have finally discovered my personal style. I am one of those young artists who was schooled before I was able to explore my creativity. Photography started out as a personal outlet for me. It was in photography that I was able to be me, to take photos because I like to. This camera also helped me see the art of capturing personal moments that life gives us all the time.

And now I finally believe in myself. I believe in myself enough to invest in myself. I have saved the hard earn dollars and finally purchased a digital SLR. The Canon 7D. This large purchase wouldn’t have been possible without the risk of the purchase of the vintage film camera. Whoever the photographer was that owned this film camera, passed on their love and gift to me. They had to let go in order to go forward on their journey. And so I close my journey with this beloved camera and start a new one with the 7D. I am excited to learn and I’m ready to make mistakes. But one thing is for sure, I will always remember to use whatever God puts in my hands.

I do admit, I will keep an eye out for another great film camera. Because FILM IS NOT DEAD.