Don’t want to bring things down too much, but death’s been on my mind recently–last week, we lost two people who were connected to YOMYOMF in their own ways. One of the workers in the real estate office next to our YOMYOMF office passed away of an unexpected heart attack as did Cira Felina Bolla (from cancer) who was the DP on my fellow Offender Alfredo’sYOMYOMF Network series REALITY REBOOT. I didn’t know either particularly well, but both were young and seemed to be full of life so it was shocking to hear about those losses.
Of course, we all have suffered similar losses and know all too well that death can come unexpectedly but things like this really remind you of that. It makes you aware of your own mortality and that of those around you and, at least for me, makes me think of all the things I’ve always wanted to do, but seem to never get around to i.e. the bucket list.
I don’t really have grand ambitions on my bucket list–i.e. things like climbing Mount Everest–for me, what I want is pretty simple: to be able to comfortably do what I love to do, be around good friends and family and to support them, etc… But the one thing I have always been saying I want to do is take my parents on regular vacations. We used to do family vacations all the time when I was growing up, but I have to say it’s been a long time since we’ve all been together that way. And as my parents are getting on in years, doesn’t make sense to keep putting it off so I think this summer, will make that happen. Perhaps we finally do that Alaskan cruise or the tour of Machu Picchu we’ve been talking about.
What about everyone else? What’s on your bucket list?
It is my terrible and humbling privilege to write a few words about Cira Felina Bolla, who succumbed to cancer two days ago, at the age of 41.
I met Cira two years ago, and in that time, we became collaborators and friends. We worked together on three projects and multiple martinis – she was my cinematographer – and I got to know something of her personality and character.
I would like to share with you a few moments spent in her company.
Have you been the victim of passive-aggressive behavior? I’m here to tell you, you have options: stab the person in the eye with a fork; open the front door, walk out and never come back; spend ten years turning their friends against them, or – OR – give them a big fat spoonful of their own medicine:
Now me, I would never pointedly ask my son if he has seen the dog’s collar, which I know is sitting in plain view on the table, as a way to hint to him that I’m mad he hasn’t walked the dog yet; nor would I…
…oh never mind, point is, next episodes, Liz will have her REVENGE!
Our actress, Liz Ho, did a wonderful job dancing around with the sign, goofing off, just being generally bouncy and buoyant. But Christ almighty, there are some people out there who belong in acrobatic troupes…
…or dance companies…
These guys are so good I would stop and buy an asbestos covered donut from them.
Some of the moves have names – The Helicopter, The Blender, and Spanking The Horse (the spinner puts the sign between his legs, slaps his own behind, and giddy-ups).
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Last week I talked about the sheer joy and terror of directing for the first time. I’m not done. Today we continue with lessons 6 – 10. But before we get to any of that, here’s how I spent a Sunday morning in August:
Remind me never to complain about “work” again.
6. Happily, you are not alone. Making a movie is a big fat collaboration. I co-directed with my dear old friend, Robert Consing.
First, some context: I’ve spent the last twelve years happily typing away in hotel rooms, coffee shops, and my dining room, churning out scripts and revisions as needed, gleefully oblivious to what really goes into the making of a movie (let alone a little web series!)
Now I know different, and it’s all wonderful and frightening and exhilarating and terrifying. But at least I wasn’t alone: I co-directed with the multi-talented Robert Consing.
1. And this is probably the most important thing – bring candy to the first day of shooting.