you are waiting in line like you always do, at the bank at the DMV at the movies, only this time you’re holding a jug of milk you won’t drink and a bag of apples, nameless and bland and smaller than your fist, so maybe you’re at the grocery store but it’s not really one of those, it’s an ironically titled supermarket whose ‘superiority’ must be evident in the pre-bagged produce. you contemplate a candy bar or a pack of gum but candy is for children and you’d chew the gum just for something to do, something rhythmic and methodical for when you’re waiting in line. the person in front of you, always an old lady how is it always an old lady, is she really paying in change of course she is because this is a commercial, about how life has shortchanges and boring moments so get through them by chewing this self-declaring new-and-improved gum and there is always an old lady to symbolize the frustration and the mediocrity of waiting in line at the less-than-supermarket, but good thing this isn’t really a commercial, it’s just you and this old lady and the cashier who looks tired and bored and you think about offering her a stick of gum, a clever line perhaps, and a smile, only you don’t have any gum and this old lady is never going to be done waxing on the good old days when eggs were three cents and protein was something you found in meat, not powder and if you had the extra bills you’d shove them into her hand and insist she keep her change, she’s obviously never been ready for change. but then she’s done, her eggs are bagged and she’s gone and you bus your milk and apples down the stretch of dirty rubber and this tired and bored cashier smiles, sort of, but doesn’t ask how you are, doesn’t ask if you’ve found everything okay, like maybe she’s pleasant but done with pleasantries. her name tag is obscured with stickers but using her name learned from a name tag seems condescending, anyway. she turns her head to ask if that’s all, is there anything else you want, and you catch the smell of peaches and cigarette smoke and it’s not entirely bad, her smock is the same color as her eyes would be in sunlight and it’s been far too long a pause since she asked if that’s all, is there anything else you want, so you grab a pack of gum and toss it down to make it look like that’s what you were thinking about instead of her eyes. you watch her fingers pass it over the scanner and her tone is a little more insistent like what she’s saying is a repeat, sir, excuse me, sir, and your head snaps up and the price she and the screen are naming is more than you have. you shove your hands into your jacket pockets, your pants pockets, and as you hear the person behind you heave a sigh you realize you have become the old lady with her loose change and you are tempted to offer this new person a piece of gum just to feel clever, but first you have to pay for it. your pockets turn up only a quarter and a ticket stub and the cashier with her tired and bored eyes says she’ll foot you the sixty-four cents but her tired and bored eyes say just go, please, enough, so you thank her and take your purchases and almost purchase and leave. passing through the shuddering automatic doors you realize you aren’t even the old lady; she at least had the right amount of change, and the sudden and slight weight of shame is peculiar, off-sets the balance of your milk in one hand and your sad apples in the other. but maybe that’s just the pack of gum in your pocket.
I'm sure this will be one of many, but I had to give it a spin, if nothing else, but for practice. It's a tricky piece, a challenge, and I like that.
The Regularity is here! And I wanna give a huge bravo and congratulations to all of us for a successful Sundance 2012! We did it and they loved it. But most importantly, I am very proud of all the records that we made, they are all wonderful they make a great evening of short movies.
Now, as we always do, let's start remixing all the live records from the show! And let's keep the ball rolling on our RE: INDEPENDENCE collab. Use the discussions from the show and combine it with other work in the collab and let's keep making art regarding independence.
I also want to spotlight a couple new Collaborations.
JELLY BABIES is a great fucking idea guys! Composers, hop on board and write some music to Day Glo's incredible VO of Metaphorest's text. Illustrators, keep up the good work so animators can come along and start making a short film with your characters. And Screenwriters, let's begin adapting Metaphorest's text into a screenplay.
CITY AUTOPSY - check wirrow's new collab! Walk around your city and find treasure, as he says, it's open to interpretation!
And finally, it's a new year and I feel that this is the first time in a while where we have the breathing room to focus on improving our company. We have grown, in fact, we have out grown what we use to be and I am making plan for HITRECORD to accommodate that growth.
If 2011 was as killer as it was, just imagine what 2012 has in store for us.
Thank you all for being a part of it.
FCP by Dr. Gory
Some pretty big news was announced today — I'm gonna direct a movie I wrote! It may be the biggest announcement of my life and I'm super excited about it. :oD
I wanted to take a minute and discuss what this news means for us at hitRECord. This feature project is going to be a traditionally produced film. One day I aspire to do an entire feature film using hitRECord.org's open-collaborative creative process. However, I think it is important to have experience directing a feature in the traditional way. I do hope the hitRECord.org community will be involved in this project some how, in various ways — and, I'll discuss that soon when the time comes...
But, what does this mean for hitRECord while I'm directing this feature? Well, we've been planning for this internally for quite a while. hitRECord has grown a lot as a production company. And we've outgrown the infrastructure we built two years ago for hitRECord to operate with. We've proven ourselves — creatively and businesss-wise. So, IT IS TIME TO EXPAND! Wheras it has been a mostly full-time job for our team, it'll now be a very full-time full time job for our team. I'm going to be hiring more people (we're job creators!) and I think we're going to be able to operate more efficiently.
In the past, hitRECord has had more opportunity than we've been capable of taking on - and that's a good thing. It's time to expand to help realize our full potential. We've been planning hitRECord's growth for a while now to coincide with my feature film project. What we're doing here at hitRECord won't falter, it will accelerate. In the coming weeks, we'll get into the specifics about how everything will work. I can't wait to share some of this stuff with you.
I was telling Jared yesterday that the work we've been doing here at hitRECord — the constant collaboration and creative output — makes me feel like I'm trained and ready for the marathon that is directing a feature film. Thank you for that.
And, thanks again.
The best is yet to come...
This is the version that was played at Sundance 2012!
(I added this to the Summer Collection collab because I know we have sold posters in the past and thought that this could possibly be produced as a poster print.)
Since the end of the show, I've been trying to figure out the best way to express all of my jumbled thoughts and feelings about it. Watching the livestream, I felt moments of excitement and indescribable pride. SO many times, I smiled and laughed, marveling at all that we have accomplished - a few times, I winced and bit my knuckles in uncertainty.
When I woke up this morning, I wasn't sure what I wanted to say. And so, I started cutting up some paper. And soon I realized, as the pieces came together, we have SO much to celebrate. Some things last night were PERFECT, and others were rough and a little awkward - but that's the great thing about hitRECord. We try new things, we take chances, and we move forward in brand new ways. I love what we've accomplished so far, and I can't wait to see what comes next!
This includes my weekly reRECs, plus some thoughts on Sundance and The Blue Dildo film. All in about 6 minutes!
RECord Stamps (Sundance 2012 Sheet) - artanon
hitrecord - elayne
A Tiny Little Piece of My Mind - Melananie
hit it - marigold
A Modest Proposal (Jelly Baby Version) - Metaphorest
Hello all! I wanted to share my thoughts on our Sundance 2012 show.
First of all, we played ALL NEW records. I'm enormously proud of us as a production compan...
I gotta pack, so not a lotta time to write here, heading back home now from Park City. Mostly just a big THANK YOU to everybody who contributed to our Sundance production. I love what we made together, and I love the making too. Thanks again <3
A few tweaks here and there based off of notes etc. I've been having so much fun doing this. Thanks to everyone who's put it and got on board.
I'm pretty bad at writing descriptions as you can see.