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Sunday, February 28, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
editor's note: sending out a Christmas card in the first few weeks in january is, while perhaps a bit late, not entirely unheard. and that was our plan with this post. but then came the sundance film festival, a bout with (suspected) salmonella, then work on a disney channel movie, all without a day's break. and our writer spent last monday snowboarding. as a result, the yearly Christmas letter is only now being published. sending printed pages through the postal service is customary, but as most of our kinship and demographic is connected via interweb communications, we have opted to post the Christmas letter here, instead. further, we have chosen to eschew the traditional prosaic format, favoring instead snippets of moments of note from the year two thousand and nine, anno domini.
and a happy new year to you, too.
sheep go to heaven
in 2009 i learned...
our worth is not determined by cans of food
it doesn't matter who sustains you in church, the calling is the same
goats make excellent Christmas presents
*nsync marionettes make the best white elephant gifts
the world's largest recorded game of capture the flag is 1200 people. i may have been in a bigger one
30 is not too old to have a disney character on your birthday cake or bed sheets
it takes more than dogged deterination and whole ton of quarters to win the biggest prize at the amusement park,
i'm just not sure what that is
a movie about clouds can make you laugh, cry, and laugh again in five minutes
maine my new second favorite state
the biggest ball of twine in minnesota sits under a makeshift pagoda
don't break down your fee for a wedding video into an hourly rate; it's so small it's not even worth it
back up your hard drive often
some movies are too boring even for me
helvetica is a very common font
there are bears in yellowstone
rafting down a river with floating pieces of ice will leave you frozen from the waist down
the best movies are rated pg
i blessed a baby with a movie star
most of joseph smith's ancestors aren't lds but they look like him
teaching fifth graders can be terrifying, but if you bring treats and good music, they'll think you're pretty cool
if you're going to take pictures in the middle of a corn starch fight, use a disposable camera
it's fun to be a groupie
nephews are awesome
it's easier to go up a mountain than to come down it
we should be like darth vader
in life, it's the boring stuff you remember most
it's never too late
Sunday, February 14, 2010
- we work for the festival. they pay the first year drivers comparable to a low production assistant rate on a movie. second year drivers get the same as a bad rate for a loader on a camera crew.
- there are different fleets. i was on the "film maker fleet", said to be one of the best because we just drive directors to the screenings outside park city. "jury" is also a good fleet to be on, because you're just driving the jury members to their screenings. "premiere" is the one that drives the stars to their showings. it's cool because you get to say you drove [famous person], but you're also driving neurotic/obsessive publicists and crazy entourage members. and often from party to party until long hours. "paid packages" is just that: someone comes into town and hires a car and driver for X days. during that time, they own you. film maker fleet didn't brush me with as many celebrities as the premiere team had, but i had cooler people to talk with (the doc guys are much more down to earth than the fiction directors; you know, the movies with "acting" in them) and no really late nights.
- i think there were about 11 of us on the film maker fleet, and i really liked those guys. i think jury had five drivers, while premiere had 15. ish? i was told that there were about 100 drivers total, meaning that paid packages has 70 or 80. i never saw nearly that many, but i guess they were off doing their own thing.
- there are several different venues around park city showing movies, but those often sell out the day they go on sale in the fall. if you really want to see movies (instead of hoping to get a glimpse of a celeb), go to the showings outside of park city: the broadway theater and the tower theater in salt lake, the egyptian theater in ogden (very cool), or the sundance resort in provo canyon.
- each fleet has a dispatcher, who assigns us a run. we had a room at the marriot hotel (the festival headquarters) that we'd hang out at in between runs. some guys had friends or family they'd stay with in park city, and there was a house for us to stay at, but my experience with it that one night was less than ideal. like most, i'd drive home every night (though a few people offered to let me crash at their place in salt lake, a little closer).
- would i do it again? absolutely. it was an overall blast.