College Life: Dating

1491344006820Filming the Pinal County Fair was a great experience! I’m almost done with post-production, it’s going by much quicker than I had anticipated, and once done, I’ll be posting it on YouTube under my channel, GEL Studios.

With the time consumed in these projects and school, I’ve recently realized that I haven’t been paying attention to things that I’ve before thought significant. One of which being, yes, boys.

I don’t mean to say that I was obsessed with guys or dating, but it was certainly on my mind. I’d been on a few dates before coming to college, mostly with those I’d known for a long time in my hometown, but coming to EAC and only recognizing the names of a handful of people was a totally different experience. I had to learn to adapt to my surroundings through the compromise of bad experiences. Though I’m not sure if sharing these experiences will help what people think of me, I can assure you that I really don’t mind embarrassing myself.

Mistake #1: “Group dates are unnecessary.”

I think it was the second month of my first semester when I decided to ask someone on a date. I talked to the guy only a few times in passing, but I didn’t think it would be too hard to start up a conversation if we went on a date. He seemed talkative enough. Unfortunately, that idea blew up in my face within the first five minutes of the night; sitting in an already quiet restaurant with only the occasional “How’s your food?” was not what I would consider exciting. My brain just seemed to turn to mush, answering with only a few “mhm’s” and “yeah’s” to his questions. I think at one point I even said “spaghetti” when he asked how my day was… from across the table I swore he asked what I ordered. Since that date, I haven’t heard from him. It’s safe to say that he probably died from my awkwardness.

Thankfully I had much more enjoyable experiences with my past boyfriend. We went on several double-dates that both us and the other couples loved. The motto “the more, the merrier” has never been so real. I think I’ll put it as my new Instagram bio.

#2: “I have enough time to put into a relationship.”

This was probably one of my more constant thoughts. Before college, I hadn’t been in an “official” relationship. I was simply too busy. In college, I felt that almost everyone had a boyfriend, or at least a close-to-one. At first, this annoyed me, but after a few weeks, I decided that I too could be in a relationship. After all, my classes were only a few hours a day, so I could put that extra time into a boyfriend.

I had been on a few dates with a particular gentleman that I found I was really starting to like. He was sweet, courteous, and really the perfect boyfriend material. After our fifth date, we decided that we should be an exclusive couple. For the first month and a half, it was great! I had a blast meeting his family, having dinner together, and meeting up before and after classes.

Unfortunately, while in the relationship, I realized that my work in school was starting to slack. From forgetting to turn in projects between other assignments and flat out never studying, I knew my grades were suffering. I felt a horrible guilt for pushing away my boyfriend in order to try to catch up, and in doing so, I began to realize that, no, I didn’t have time for a relationship. I broke it off rather suddenly, but on a good note.

I haven’t been on another date, but on a happier (not to boast) note, I’m still at a 4.0 GPA. *thumbs up*

#3: “College guys are so much different from high school boys!”

Ha. The cliche of the year! Of course, I can’t speak for every college guy, but I can honestly say that 50% of the people I’ve met while at Eastern and Central Arizona College act just like high school students.

It’s not purposeful, but I think my personality might lead guys to think that I am flirting with them when in all actuality I’m just being friendly. Over the last few weeks, I had three guys trying to message me on Facebook and Instagram, to which I ignored; not because I’m being rude (well, maybe just a little), but on top of the fact that I’m not interested in dating anyone, all three of them have bluntly stated that they “have girlfriends” to my face. I never asked if they had one, so did they say this just to make it seem like they are more attractive than not? I have no idea. Not sure if the tactic worked on other females they’ve talked to, but it definitely didn’t for me.

I feel bad for their girlfriends, whether or not they exist.

Alas, this didn’t only happen in college. Flashback to junior high and high school where I knew several people like this. Girls and guys were equally guilty for this bizarre scheme, and though it didn’t happen to me personally before college, I could count on two hands the amount of times it happened to people I knew.

I wish people could discern the difference between being friendly and flirting. It’s sad, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I will no longer initiate conversations with guys; I don’t want them getting the wrong idea.

Overall, I’m happy to say that I am single and probably will be for a long time. If asked on a date, unless by someone I can honestly say I enjoy talking to, I won’t feel bad saying “no, thank you.” (Sorry, mom. I know you want me to be social and date haha.) Until my schooling is done, or almost done, I have no intention of boyfriend hunting. *shrugs shoulders* I have too much I want to do before settling in a relationship!

-Savannah Griffin

Filming Pinal County Fair

Day one of filming at the county fair is almost done! *phew* For those who didn’t know, I wanted to film a fun, short doc of the PCJL organization  (Pinal County Junior Livestock) as a resume booster. And fun it has been, but with the obvious problems that almost every filmmaker encounters.

Problem #1: Left my house empty-handed of the mic kit.

I got to the fair, batteries charged and SD cards formatted, and started pulling out my equipment when I realized I had forgotten the microphones. The funny thing is, I had told myself the night before to not leave them. Of course, I did.

Problem #2: Noise and Lighting

Going along with my first issue, even if I did have my mics and wanted to use sound, as much background noise as there was, I probably wouldn’t have been able to pick up anything. I’ll just have to put music over the video to fill in the empty space. (I’m open to song suggestions!) Also, because the arenas are covered under the barn, the shadows were absolutely horrible. I’ll have to go into serious color correcting mode in post-production.

Problem #3: Permission Miscommunication

Four weeks before, I had texted one of our family friends who is a committee chair hancho to see how I could get permission to film. He said it would be fine because the barn and arenas had already gotten permission from exhibitors and parents to take pictures and whatnot, but he’d ask the committee for their blessing just in case. Well, like an idiot, I was under the impression that once I’d gotten their okay, I would be able to film wherever under the barn, including inside the arenas.

That being said, I climbed into the show arena and started filming. I even met an awesome guy who was there doing pictures for the newspaper and exhibitors, and, low and behold, was supposed to act in one of my classmate’s western short films that next Saturday. Small world. Anywho, after filming both the goat and steer shows with this guy, I got called over to the arena stand and was asked if I was “supposed to be there.” Uh oh. I tried to bring up Danny’s, the family friend’s, name to refresh their memory that I had gotten permission to film for the fair, but they were just as confused as I was.

Unfortunately, I ended up being kicked out of the ring in the middle of a show in front of everyone. Talk about embarrassment. On the upper note, I had already gotten most of the footage I will probably use in editing, so it was a win-lose situation. I guess it kind of turned into a win-lose-lose situation though after Danny got phone calls asking if he’d given me permission to film inside the arena. Danny, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry for getting you in trouble!

Well, I think that pretty much summed up my idiotic moment for the week, unless something worse happens before Saturday. Haha 🙂

Thanks for reading!

-Savannah Griffin

Looking for Professional Photographer

This summer, if I’m not able to go to the LA internship I was accepted to, I decided that I would start videographing events in the central Arizona area. As of right now, I’m working on short documentary-type films for both the Pinal County Fair and the grand opening of a doctor’s office chain, both of which will help my resume and sources expand.

Though I’m able to record videos, it’s come to my attention that I will need an extra hand for photography purposes. Especially when it comes to taping weddings, still-shots are great not only for putting into the videos, but handing to the customers as a bonus physical form of memory.

The preferred photographer should have their own equipment, whether it be a lens kit, tri-pod, and/or camera, and experience with Photoshop and Lightroom. It is necessary that they have a flexible schedule this summer in case of last minute calls. I will be using one of the newest versions of the Canon DSLR for video, so to match the style, the applicant should understand the functions of such camera, or even better, have one of their own.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in this position, please contact me via email, Facebook, Instagram, or call me at (480)842-6124. You may send your portfolio, and website if applicable, to my email at savgriffin@gmail.com

Thank you!

-Savannah Griffin

Writing Qualifications

Writing, in no particular subject or area, has always been a passion of mine. I love storytelling in the form of script, and honestly, before I discovered my now Media Communications major, I probably would have majored in English.

Thankfully, I’ve been given the great opportunity to display my love of editing and writing through the job I currently have in the marketing department of Eastern Arizona College. Editing and scripting newspaper and social media articles with Lori Dugan has seriously been one of the best jobs. I love hearing about the otherwise down-low news concerning eastern Arizona and the college, and to be able to write about it via blogs and articles is a dream. Lori has already reserved me the occupation for next year, too, which excites me!

I would love the chance to find an internship to increase my skills, so if anyone knows of a place to apply, let me know! Thank you, guys!

 

-Savannah Griffin

Phoenix Film Festival (Problems)

So, this last semester I had planned on entering a short film and script into the Phoenix Film Festival, but quickly decided to hold off until next year– too much to do in only a few months. This would have been my first entry into a festival, so I really don’t know how to go about it. I suppose trial and error will come into play soon enough.

Anyways, I started rewriting my script last night and ended up almost deleting the entire thing due to frustration with dialogue. It’s easy to imagine how natural a conversation should go, but writing it out on paper is so much different! Whenever I thought I had it, I would read it out loud and groan. Is there any way to make conversations between characters not so… staged…?  I’ll have to ask Aaron about it in our next Masterclass lesson.

I think any good actor or actress can pull off even the most staged conversation in a way that feels natural, but unfortunately, I’m limited to the actors I have access to. Instead of them coming to me to ask to be in the film, I’m having to recruit and re-recruit people, and frankly, none seem die hard enthusiastic to be included in any project. (Only a few days ago, my pal David who is filming his Capstone had almost all of his actresses cancel out on him last minute. Talk about sucks.) Because I’m a poor college student, I don’t really have the funds to provide pay for my actors, so I’m still trying to find a way to motivate people to come to casting auditions and participate. Any ideas for this would be super beneficial.

Lastly, I think one of the largest problems I have on any level of scriptwriting and filmmaking is coming up with a good, solid title for the film. Should it be more suspicious and secretive as in “The Silence of Innocence”, or more straightforward like, “The Day Daniel Kent was Kidnapped”? What’s too long? What’s too short? What catches peoples’ eyes? What doesn’t? Yeah, title-block is definitely a syndrome for writers.

Hopefully I’ll have this all sorted out before summer so I can start officially filming! If you hadn’t already guessed by my title ideas, this project is about a boy who is kidnapped, but not in the cliche way other stories might make it. I’ll share more about it later on, but for now I’ll retire back to my work.

Also, a huge thank you to my new followers of this blog! Love getting emails and notifications from you!

 

-Savannah Griffin