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Did I mention that I'm trying to get into a graduate course here in the States? Well, I am... I want to study documentary filmmaking. So today I took my GRE exam. I got 700 on the quantitative and 680 on the verbal.

So I wanted to know from you guys who have already done this, is this a good score? Because I have no idea what the scores actually mean. There's no information as to the minimum I have to get in order to get in the schools I'm looking into (Emerson College in Boston, Temple University in Philadelphia, American University here in DC and Savannah College).

Also, do you guys have any tips on writing my essay? And who to ask for recommendation letters?

This is so completely different from what we have in Brazil that I'm feeling kind of lost... But hopefully I'll be able to come back to the States next year! Yay! :)
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It's been a while...
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... four years, to be exact. Since my last vid. You know, I feel like a newbie all over again. So I know how to use the programs and everything (kind of). But I've been watching a few newer songvids, and they're so much more evolved than they were 4 years ago! The whole editing has become much more artistic, people are using more effects, fast paced cuts, zooms. I'm lost!!! So I'm facing this as a new challenge: focusing on the artistic side of the vid, and less on the technical. We'll see how it goes.

Of course, *this* vid is nothing like that. I made it during a five hour class, and it's pretty much only hard cuts and cross dissolves, pretty basic stuff. But still, I kind of like it. I'm a complete space geek, and when I got the series DVD from my mom as a gift, I just knew that I had to vid Shepard to this song. Warning: the song will get stuck in your head. Seriously.

Fandom: From the Earth to the Moon
Song: Save the Last Dance for Me, performed by Michael Bublé
YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seI1-YxcWfk
Download: Right-click to save (DivX file, 37.5 MB)

Let me know if there's any problem with the file, it's the first time I tried compressing anything on my mac. Hopefully it'll work!
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Back to vidding
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So, how's the vidding community lately? You know, for the first time I'm right here in the States, have cable in my apartment, and can actually keep up with all the shows I want right up there with you guys. Problem is, I still haven't figured out where all the programs are. In Brazil there were basically three channels: WB, Sony and Fox. Here, there are hundreds of them! I'll have to make a time sheet or something...

Thing is, there aren't really that many shows that interest me anymore. Or maybe I'm missing something really good. What have y'all been watching (and vidding) lately?

Anyway, like I mentioned in a previous post, I'm taking a video editing class. And our first project was... You guessed it, a music video! :) Well, I was definitely happy with that! Although I wanted to present something that didn't constitute copyright infringement, so that it could be shown at the school's student presentations. So I decided to go with the band. Yeah, I know, it does seem like it's an obsession, but you know, it's just *there*, I have tons of footage from a million rehearsals and performances, and I can use them any way I like, and the songs, too, so I figured it was a good project.

Except that I couldn't get the darn footage to work on Final Cut Pro. Still working on that, and I might have figured it out, so maybe I'll do it anyway. But we had a deadline, and I needed to do *something*, so I reverted to what I already knew and made a music video to a series. More specifically, Tom Hank's "From the Earth to the Moon", which I just happened to have bought recently and enjoyed tremendously. It's done, burned on a CD and handed over to my teacher, who is going to critique it this next Tuesday.

But I was just wondering, would anyone be interested in beta-ing it for me? Pretty please? :)

My band
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First off, sorry if I sounded sour in my last post. I was having a bad day, but really, I have nothing to complain about, I'm happy and studying and playing my heart out, and am exactly where I'm supposed to be. Which is actually my new philosophy in life. No matter how much you plan everything out, if your plan doesn't take you to where you're supposed to be, it just won't work. Something will happen to take you down your proper path, and that something might be subtle or might feel like a big huge anvil on your head (which has been the case these past few years). But really, it's been an amazing and interesting ride so far, and I'm pretty sure it's just getting started! :)



If you want to check out the band, here's the web site: http://www.batalawashington.com/

And if you're passing through, come and watch us!

Edit: Remembered how to use lj-cut. Yay for me!
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Hi!! Ok, I don't think anyone remembers me anymore... Heck, it's been years, I guess. But hey, I just wanted to drop a word to you guys and tell you that I'm living in Washington, DC! Well, only for a few months, but still. I'm thinking of getting a masters degree next year, so maybe I'll be here longer. Also, I'm taking a video editing class, and might be coming back to vidding, although I have no idea what's been going on with the vidding community in these last couple of years...

I don't know if I'll be good about posting. Probably not... Lately I haven't even answered many of my emails. So much has happened... I got my new apartment completely remodelled, but never actually got to live in it, since my stepdad passed away a month after I'd moved out of my parent's house, and so I moved back in to help her through her grief. And then the opportunity arrived to come here, study, and put together an all-woman percussion band in Washington, DC. So I came... And seriously, I have no plans at all for my life anymore. Things just don't work out according to plans, in my experience, so I just gave up planning altogether.

So yeah, I'm back. And I'm rambling, so I'll stop now. If anyone reads this, give me an update? I really miss you guys and want to know what's been going on...

Oh, and this is my band's website: http://www.batalawashington.com
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Aw damn. I feel like hell. I just had the most amazing week of my life, and today I feel like hell. I'm down and depressed and I don't know what to think. And I really don't feel like talking about it, cause then I feel like crying, and I don't wanna. Bah.

And y'all probably don't understand a word of what I just said. Sorry...

So... I put up the floor plans to the apartment at my site. They're here. The first one is the original plan (minus the graffiti'd wall, which wasn't there in the first place), and the second is what we're going to do. I'd go into details, but... Gah. Sorry. Maybe babelfishing it will help? I dunno...

Enjoy.
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Pictures
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I put up pictures of the wall after the grafiti'ing (comments are in Portuguese, though you can get the picture from the, um, pictures *g*). The party was lots of fun, the apartment is still in one piece (other than the painted wall, of course), and I'm still waiting for the architect to show me the project so that I can aprove it and start the remodelling. And I'm really really tired... But it was SO worth it!

ETA: I'm the one with short hair and a green t-shirt that says "Brasil 10" on it :)
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The Wall
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Okay, real quick update here cause I'm late for my swim class...

1. I've kind of moved to my mom's. I say "kind of" because most of my stuff is still at my old apartment. I have one month to vacate it, so I'm puttin everything in boxes and selling the furniture and hopefully I'll be able to get all that done in time.

2. I've discovered that I have a whole lot of junk. It's amazing how many boxes I already have, and there's still so much stuff left over! I wonder if I'll be able to throw most of it away, or donate.

3. I have a website! There's nothing in there yet (except for the layout), and it's all in portuguese, but still. It's there! That's where I'm going to be putting up the pictures of the new apartment, the remodelling, etc.

4. I have no internet access at my mom's. Well, she has access on her computer, but there's no cable in my room, so I can't connect my computer. So my process for updating the site is: I create all the stuff in my computer (which has photoshop and dreamweaver and everything else I need), then I put it all on my iPod, then I download it on my mom's computer, then I ftp it up to my site. Let's hope it works!

5. This weekend I'm having a "breaking of the wall" party at the new place. Where there will not actually be breaking, but rather graffiti'ing of said wall, which will be demolished at a later time for the remodelling. I'm planning on giving everyone a piece of the wall later, a la Berlin Wall *g*

Well, that's about it! I haven't been around much, mostly because I can't access LJ from my work, so I have to use my mom's computer, which is rarely available. Anyway, when I have the pictures of the party, I'll post them on the site and let y'all know!
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Hi everybody! Yes, I know I've been away for a looooong time, but I have a good excuse... I just bought my first apartment! Yay!

So, yeah, I've been kind of going crazy trying to work out a budget for the remodelling and the furniture and... Gah. It's amazing how much information I'm able to keep inside my head. But it's a whole lot of fun, and I'm definitely not complaining! :)

So yeah, I might be AWOL for a while. I'll try not to be, though. I'm thinking of posting about the remodelling, maybe posting some pictures and stuff. Don't know if anyone'll be interested, but it's a good way to keep a record of what I'm doing. The work won't start until next month, though, we're still working out what to do.

So yeah, a whole lot of planning going on! And I'm really really happy!

On vidding news, I finished remastering Bohemian Rhapsody, and am in the process of figuring out how to get it to a reasonable size to put up on a site somewhere. For some reason, when I try to export as a DivX in Premiere, the resulting vid comes out all blurry and full of little colored squares. Anyone know what's wrong?
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Glory
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Hey! I'm Glorificus!Collapse )

Not what I expected... Not sure if I agree, but still, kinda cool :)
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