Hello to all. I just want to let everyone that I have moved my blog to be on my actual website. Now it’s all streamlined. Please, I would love to see you continue to read and stay updated through that blog, located at http://shannahphillips.com.
Wow it’s been a week since I said anything….so let’s get back into it with my Weekly Likes & Yikes…
Good times with good friends.
Fun late night chats.
DP’ing a cute little video shoot for a friend.
Staying up till 3:30 thinking I could wake up the next day
Thinking that I could be like Super Man and stop time to get everything done that I need to
Not getting everything done that I needed to
All in all a good week.
Well Ladies and Gents, Sundance is over and everyone has gone home. Except for Alissa and I who decided to stay a tad longer and visit the area.
After we drove to the airport in the shuttle with the crew we came with we walked over and picked up our rental car (who wanted to charge me an additional $50 to what I had already pre-booked online for because they didn’t have the car I already paid for, well let me just say that got resolved and it was only $6.62)-wow that was a long parenthetical. We hopped in our Chevy Aveo and drove to Temple Square in Salt Lake.
I don’t have pics to post yet but it was beautiful, until my camera battery died…and I had forgotten to charge my back up, go Shannah! But Alissa let me barrow her camera. The area was stunning and the “sisters” were very friendly.
After that we drove around downtown for a couple of hours up and down the mountainside just looking around at the neat stuff that surrounded downtown. Finally it was time to check into the hotel drop our stuff off and go eat.
Smash Burger. Appearently they have in Kansas because Alissa has seen them before in her hometown. She had never been and since we don’t have them in Virginia we decided to be adventurous. It was good. They had an egg bun (sorry Jonathan, you’d have to do the burger – then bun) which was interesting. The texture of the bread was more dense but it was good.
Afterwards our extremely adventurous sides showed themselves and we looked at each other and decided-we were driving to Wyoming. Alissa and I had never been to Wyoming. Since it was only an hour away we knew that there was nothing more adventurous then visiting multiple states in one day.
It was amazing. I’ve always wanted to stop and take a picture by a state sign and up till now every time I mentioned the idea I was met with stares of crazy. Like “why do you think that would be fun” and “you’re crazy”.
So there’s that I will post the amazing pictures when I get home. But for now my adventure is over and I’m homeward bound.
I got in! I didn’t think I would. I wanted to have the college experience of camping at the box office over night however when Alissa and I went home to take a brief nap that nap turned into an all night sleep. So instead she woke up early to waitlist Sound of My Voice while I waitlisted Flypaper. I’m so excited. It’s about to start…I’ll let you know what my thoughts are.
So Flypaper was amazing. It was like the modern day Clue, which is a movie I watched over and over and over again on VHS (yes I’m that old) to the point that it wore the tape out. I am still excited about how awesome Flypaper was. The acting, story, cinematography, lighting, production design, etc…was just impeccable. I can guarantee that it will be bought and shown in a theatre near you. The story follows a man who enters a bank that is about to be robbed. He’s a but OCD (well maybe a little more then just a bit) and throughout the course of the movie discovers a greater plot then just a bank robbery. Patrick Dempsey does an incredible job of playing the obsessive personality that drives the entire film. Really great work and the intrigue keeps you thinking all the way to the end.
I think another reason why this film is my favorite is because of the experience I had to try and get tickets for it. When I first arrived in Park City on Sunday night one of the films I was hoping to see the most was Flypaper. When I saw that I wasn’t fortunate enough to have it in my package I decided that I was going to try and get a ticket somehow. I woke up early a couple of days and stood in line at the box office. I asked everyone I saw if they had any tickets they needed taken off their hands, but to no avail. So alas today I decided that I was going to wait list it. Hoping, but not for sure, that I would get in I went 2 hours and 45 minutes early to get a wait list number. I was #6 in line. I was so excited. So then the process is once you get a number you have to be back at the latest 30 minutes before the movie starts to get in the line again to purchase a ticket. I barely made it with only 6 minutes to spare. Then finally I was in and I got a great seat. So yeah, that’s just part of the experience here at Sundance. I’ve absolutely enjoyed my time and still can’t believe that I had the opportunity to come.
I’ve still got one more movie to see Meek’s Cutoff, the first movie I saw that I thought I would love. It starts at midnight, I have a long night ahead of me especially since I haven’t had time to pack yet. But it’s worth it!
Alright guys. So I write this post with bitter sweetness. I can’t believe how quick this week has gone by and I’m going to miss it here so much. This has been the most amazing time of my college career and I believe it has awakened a long sleeping dream that I thought was gone for good. I love making films. I am honored to be able to call myself a film student and cannot wait until one day I will be able to call myself a film maker.
Today I only have one movie on the docket, Meek’s Cutoff…with the hopes of wait listing Flypaper with Patrick Dempsey. Reviews will follow, but probably tomorrow since my Meek’s Cutoff is at midnight, I’m not sure what I was thinking.
Today has been amazing.
I started today with the most beautiful view of the Park City. On our first day here we past a set of lifts so to say that you rode up the mountain side to the top. I was so excited about the idea of taking my camera up the lift and taking pictures looking out on the mountainside.
Lift in Park City
Slope side condos.
Aliss and I with the awesome mountain background.
Drive slow in snow.
The lovely Alissa with the gorgeous background.
My artistic snow photo. I couldn't resist.
Jumping in the snow.
Then we had wonderful dinner at the Blue Iguana, which was featured on the Food Network. It was delicious. I had the Enchiladas with Mole Poblano sauce.
Fine eats at the Blue Iguana.
I happened to catch this wonderful photo of expressions in a quick snapshot. I don’t even remember what the conversation was about but I love the emotion in it.
I love Dr. Newman's expression.
The Egyptian Theatre. I never had the opportunity to see a film there since it’s incredibly hard to get tickets because of the historic nature of the theatre but I still enjoyed walking around it.
The Egyptian Theatre.
There is a local artist who started an idea of getting people to spot these little murals he did all of Downtown area and then to take pictures of it. I’m not sure what to do with the pictures but here are a couple of them.
Local artist work on walls.
The slogan for Sundance this year is “Be Here”. The logo is this incredible snowflake that takes small designs from movies throughout Sundance history and created a snowflake collage with each of those little images. It is an incredible idea.
How many movies can you pick out from the designs?
Ok great! I’m finally caught up. Unfortunately the internet in my abode cut out on Tuesday so I’ve been without a way to update my blog…trying to scrounge around for wifi unsuccessfully. So I decided to walk my laptop around with me and sit in the “film makers lounge” that they have in downtown. That didn’t quite work out but I have found the internet. It’s sad how dependent I find myself to it.
Anywhooo…today is going to be fantastic. I’m sitting in an interview with Civil War right now. A music group from Nashville Tennessee (which is close to my heart, I should blog about that sometime) who are this amazingly honey sweet voices with a country modern twist. I am planning on checking out their music later…Jonathan you should look them up.
We will be hearing from the directors of The Redemption of General Butt Naked in a few minutes which I’m very happy about because there are so many questions I have to ask and hope will be answered. They spent five years working on and producing their film, to finally end up at Sundance. More on that later…but for now,
The Redemption of General Butt Naked-directors