The City and The Strange

Since starting Cinema Production at DePaul I have worked on many short films. Being on location brings me to places I would have never gone and shows me things I would have never seen. I feel like I have seen so much more of Chicago, and I love it. It’s given me the opportunity to take some cool photos of the city and of some really strange things…Here are a few photos I’ve taken on the way.

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The Dreams, Wishes and Goals of a Thirteen Year Old

I started this list of life goals in 2005, when I was thirteen. I added to it a few times in middle and high school and I’ve checked a few things off that I have accomplished since. The way it’s written below is what it looks like on the first page of this journal, cross throughs, checkmarks, excessive exclamation points and all.

“DREAM — When we take time to dream, we discover the many windows to our soul.” – Isabella Burani

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The reasons I keep journals never diminish, I love seeing the growth in my ideas and thoughts.
Dreams/Wishes AND Goals 

  • Go to college (A university)/get a well paying job that I like ✓
  • Be in band through high school 
  • Become good awesome at the piano
  • Start a family (after I’m 20…maybe 25…at least)
  • Stay in touch with my family and friends even after I start my own family
  • Become Bilingual (English and Spanish)
  • Go to France ✓
  • Go to Ireland, go to Australia
  • Do whatever I can to stay healthy
  • Never drink any alcohol of any kind or smoke
  • Be in cheerleading through high school ✓
  • Become a really good singer
  • Be the person I want to be!!!!!!!!
  • Always be brave!!!!!
  • Let my voice be heard
  • Never stop taking photographs
  • Finish my scrapbooks
  • Keep writing poetry
  • Graduate high school with a 3.6 or higher ✓
  • Fill this book with my thoughts
  • Have no enemies
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Purdue Bucket List

    1. Attend Boiler Gold Rush – aka BGR aka Freshman Orientation.
      • Well of course!
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    2. Attend a basketball game
      • Absolutely
    3. Drink an entire Den Pop.
      • It was painful but yes.
    4. Eat at Triple X
      • Their breakfast is the best
    5. Get a milkshake at Pappy’s
      • Never got around to it.
    6. Pull an all-nighter
      • More than I’d like to admit, I miss Hicks library
    7. Fountain Run
      • OH YES!
    8. Attend a concert in Elliot Hall of Music
      • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Weird Al…not at the same show.
    9. Go to Harry’s Chocolate Shop
      • Just a couple of times 😉
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    10. Achieve a 4.0 for one semester
    11. Ride the Citibus
    12. Get a part-time job
      • Good ole ITaP
    13. Get a drink from the Lion Fountain
    14. Live with a random roommate
      • And I’ll never regret it Zucc!
    15. Skip a class on purpose and for no reason at all
    16. Visit a professor outside of class for office hours
    17. Become the president of something
      • WIT (Women in Technology!)
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    18. Shake hands with the university president
    19. Stay friends with someone all four years
      • Since STAR, Jess!
    20. Attend a football game
      • Particularly for “Shout” and the IU Sucks dance
    21. Join a random club
    22. Go for a ride on the Boilermaker Special
    23. Get a picture with Purdue Pete
    24. Get a picture with the World’s Largest Drum
    25. Take a nap somewhere on campus
    26. Go to a Fraternity party
    27. Go to a Baseball game (at the new field)
    28. Go to Trivia Night at Jake’s
      • Where I met a very special guy, Max, I wish I was a better girlfriend to you.
    29. Go to Famous Frank’s
    30. Go to the Cactus
      • Thursday, the best and the worst night.
    31. Attend Breakfast Club
      • There is something exhilarating about drinking at 5 A.M dressed in a goofy costume.pirate
    32. Go sledding on Slayter Hill
    33. Walk under the Bell Tower
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    34. GRADUATE.
      • Boom! Bachelor’s Degree.

Gosh, I miss life at Purdue sometimes. Great times with great people in a great place.

Boiler Up!

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Classic Monday

Sound, Speed. Camera, rolling. Scene 1A Take 1. CLAP!
Over and over I dream, shot 1, shot 2, shot 3, shot 4…but for some reason the shot never seems to change. The name changes and the director and the DP act like we’re getting somewhere but from my perspective it looks like the same shot. I look closer at the subject…it’s me! How can this be? I’m running sound, I have a mixer attached to me, boom pole in hand, yet right there in front of me is me! It’s weird though, I’m sleeping. Every time the director yells “Cut” actor Kelli wakes up hits the snooze button and goes back to sleep for the next shot…the next shot which happens to look exactly the same. The confusion builds in sound Kelli as the shots continue until I become more and more conscious and realize it’s almost 7:30 A.M. I get out of bed in a panic, I have to work at 9:00!
I take a two minute shower, make my outfit, hair and makeup look presentable. Usually I try to leave the house a little after 8:00 A.M. since the morning rush of the Red Line can take a little longer than the average commute to the Loop, I was pushin’ it.
Not only do I have to be at work at 9:00 A.M. but I have to return sound equipment to the Cage at DePaul. The equipment is due by 12 P.M. but I work until 5:00 P.M. The Cage opens at 9:00 A.M, how do I manage this? I have to be the first one in line at the Cage at 9, pray that the employees get to work on time and if I’m lucky I can be at my desk across the street at the College of Law by 9:05.
Needless to say by the time I get to the train stop this morning (with a suitcase full of equipment by my side) I came to terms with the fact that I’m going to be late. Stop after stop more and more people get on the train, it seems like even more than usual. My face is in the armpit of one person while my butt is against someone else’s, I start sweating in my scarf and leather jacket, feeling a bit claustrophobic. I close my eyes listening to Lindsey Stirling, trying to imagine I’m the only one on the train and it’s me playing the violin, it calms me down.
I open my eyes and look up to see what stop we’re at….North and Clybourn, then I read, 7:44 A.M. Wait, what?!
I start laughing silently to myself, I most definitely forgot to change my alarm clock and my oven for Daylight Savings. I’m not going to be late to work…I’m going to be early.
I celebrate my silliness with a lemon poppyseed muffin and a blog writing session.
Happy Monday!

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