Sunday, August 7, 2011

We Rescued Cleo!

This was a truly rewarding weekend. When you're out managing or rescuing unwanted cats, you usually don't get a best-case scenario - especially right away - but WE did! Within a span of a day, my husband and I managed to grab our most lovable and friendliest young stray, Cleo, and got her in to an establishment that will pamper her, and find her a loving new home...

The scary thing is, this fawn colored tabby had gone missing for a few weeks. I feared the worst had happened. When she finally returned, we decided we'll catch her and get her indoors, ASAP. Abandoned at a very tiny age, Cleo belongs to the stray and feral cat colony we manage where we live. This 6-8 month old cutie-pie is sweet, gentle, and very engaging. She loves being around people, and hasn't a single mean bone (or whisker) in her body. No hissing fits, no mood swings, no nippiness, no scratching spells - nothing. Cleo has a stellar personality and stunning looks to match, so we're sure she'll get adopted in a heart beat :-) She probably would like to be an ONLY cat in a household.

Feels great to know that our Cleo is sleeping soundly in the comfort and safety of loved ones, well fed, and in the clean vicinity of other needy kitties, thanks to our superb friends, Carolyn, Marcia, and Kandi at the Secaucus branch PetSmart cat nook (representing Hudson County Humane Society, Liberty Humane Society, Closter Animal Welfare Society (CLAWS), and Animal Life Savers). These ladies are all awesome...

Cleo's favorite napping and comfort spot - people's FEET..!!

Cutie Cleo's informal adoption page:

Monday, August 1, 2011

Meet Dechen

I've been busy story boarding and developing elements of my thesis film for the last 6 weeks.. Whew.. Still can't believe I'm a senior now.. Anyway.. My film will be traditionally animated on paper and is due April, 2012..

It's about a young Buddhist monk who learns that despite his care and nurturing, an extraordinary flower finds a harsh and frigid environment better suited for its existence.. The story takes place in a Buddhist monastery up in the mountains of Leh, Ladakh (situated East of Jammu-Kashmir state of India), and centers around a young boy, Dechen and his surprise discovery, an exotic, high-altitude flower..

Spent my entire junior year at reading, researching and collecting material for my film. I've had the idea for my film for some time now. Chose to give it a shot for many reasons - color palettes, time of day, different seasons, special effects, exotic layouts and sounds, and finally, a simple story (that stems from my own personality and experiences). Yeah, I've given myself a continent-load of nuances to think about - and work on..!! But I'm basically just trying to challenge - and 'wow' - myself.. After completing 3 student films at SVA, I wanted to go all out (before I graduate and take off).. Oh, and never mind that my inflamed drawing hand is STILL not back to normal - the ONLY thing about senior year that scares me.. Let's see by the end of all this if I crash and burn, or soar..

So far, the meetings with my advisor, Don Poynter, have been going well.. He's liking what I've been showing him, which is a good sign.. Will keep all of you posted on the progress... Oh, and the title for the film is still up in the air..