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    Trish Monaco.
    singer. songwriter.
    dog walker.
    human. living.
    loving. laughing.
    in Los Angeles

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Thursday, February 16, 2006

On Set

Ahhhh the glamorous life of movie-making!

Only the best for the body




High class bathrooms



5-star hotel accommodations




But seriously ... this is one of my favorite shots of our director and one of the DPs (director of photography). I love these people.




Not much has changed since my last post - except that I'm even more busy than I was two weeks ago. We shoot in a different location every time - all over the county. Keeps things fresh I suppose. Even though my heels throb, my shins ache, my head splits, my eyes cross, I've been fighting a cold all month and I haven't had a decent night's sleep since last month, I'm still loving this whole movie-making process.

At home, we have free HBO and Cinemax (or something) and I haven't had a chance to explore any of it. I don't even know how to use the digital cable box. There's a new season of Survivor I've been missing. The only way I know the date is because of all the paperwork I need to keep up with for the movie. I still don't have coffee donations for the weekend yet. We're still looking for extras for Monday's shoot. And I just confirmed Hunny and Piper care for Monday late afternoon. (thanks Danielle!)

We have two more weekends of scheduled filming. Not including any pick-ups that may (will) be needed. After that, it goes to the editors (also people I adore) and then it's out of our hands.

There's no way to express how much I'm learning. About film making and about life. Never a dull moment around here anymore.

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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Life Today


No Judi, the couch is not put back togetherable. We tossed it. I was afraid of trying to chuck it out the window and cause more damage than necessary. However, demolishing it made for a great stress release.

It was me, Robbie, Gigi and my new roommate Paula. You know, Piper's momma. Hunny and Piper absolutely love living together. Hunny adores Paula. And I know the love is mutual. I've never seen Hunny like this with anyone other than me. I might be a bit jealous. But then again, Piper chooses to sleep with me at night. So there's enough love to go around.

So I had this moment today. A moment I'm familiar with. Wondering about me, my life, my passion for life, my purpose in life. You know how that goes. I get into a deep slump that's difficult to come out of. I'm learning that I do eventually come out. But when I'm in it, it feels so real and takes over. I forget everything I know about spirit and love. Crazy how that is sometimes. Not very comfortable. I think I came to an understanding that I'm passionate about what I'm doing in the current moment. And instead of fighting that, I need to go with it.

It's good that the move happened when it did because every weekend in February is booked with filming. This weekend will be our first scheduled 12-hour day. It will take us at least 45 minutes to drive there. I'm picking up the donated coffee on the way (thank you 'bucks!), and I have to be first to arrive on set. Call time is 6 AM. That's right. The first 6:00 in a day.

Yeah so, the film industry is not all glamorous as it may seem. Even the actors have an early call time. But I'm still looking forward to it. We'll see how I hold out - especially filming two days in a row in the same location, at the same ghastly early times.

Hmm...I wonder, if it's the job of the 2nd AD to keep everyone calm and happy, who's job is it to keep the 2nd AD calm and happy? Two words: coffee and chocolate!

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

A Smashing Success

We spent a few hours on Sunday removing the last of my belongings from the former apartment. No matter how much I downsize and thin out every time I move, I still have too much stuff. I'm determined to get rid of more. I am in no mood for a yard sale. We put a few items outside for the taking - shelves, household items, clothing, etc. Everything is gone. Still there are piles of piles that need sorting (and hopefully tossing). But so far, we're doing great in the new place.
I know, the big question: What did we do with that couch? I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
BEFORE
With a little help from good friends...

AFTER


With very little help from me.