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Lou

I was babysitting for the weekend and found myself extremely happy at the idea of finally having a subject to photograph. He’s a pretty fast dog, that doesn’t seem to answer to his name so it was hard to get shots of his face, but I managed to get a few good ones.

NikonD3300 (18-55 mm Kit Lens)

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Revisiting Jurassic Park

 

There are a multitude of reasons why I enjoy this movie so much. To keep it short, Jurassic Park encompasses so much of what I love so dearly about the art of film. From the story, to the practical and digital effects, to the sound designs and that unforgettable score. This movie carries everything I love about cinema. And now, here we are in 2018 with the fifth installment of Jurassic Park approaching theaters quickly. While most JP fans will admit that there will never be a film or sequel that can match the thrill and beauty that the original Jurassic Park brought, I am one of the very few fans that actually enjoyed the films that followed. While I do have my issues with each of them, I still genuinely enjoy them.

I rewatched a 1 hour documentary special on YouTube covering the making of Jurassic Park. If you haven’t watched it, you should definitely give it a watch. It gives you behind the scenes details on how the idea for the film came about to how the film was made. I will say that one of the coolest things about the Jurassic Park franchise is the filmmakers ability to deliver “real” dinosaurs. And by “real” I mean very realistic looking animatronics. They could have skated by with something that was so much more simpler or cheaper looking, but they gave their audience something filled with so much quality and imagination.

 

This behind the scenes doc is a great watch if you are interested in learning how they made this film come to life.

 

Jurassic World, I’m ready.

 

W.R.R.

Anhillation

Colorful and mysterious, yet lacking in true storytelling captivity.

From the moment I walked through the doors of my local Cinema and used my nifty MoviePass to purchase a ticket for this film, I was interested in the possibility of stepping into a theater hoping to see something as crafty as Ex Machina or as mindful as Arrival. Instead, I was met with something strange, a tad bit confusing and at its best … peculiar.

Anhillation sets the scene of a world (which really means a government) that is questioning the existence of a shimmer…yes, a shimmer. A colorful and slightly invisible wall that instantly takes you into what should be known as a forbidden forest upon stepping into it. Military officials go in, but the question remains on if they come out. Although the picture was driven by its mysteriousness, it missed the mark on delivering what the true mystery was and why we were actually waiting for it.

While I think the movie desired to bring viewers into the science they were trying to present, I found myself caring more about where they chose to film. The location seemed beautiful and serene, that is until things get a little…beastly. While the film was lead by Oscar Winner Natalie Portman, I would say the stand out star was Jane the Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez. Her persona as a tough, yet distressed participant on this journey was fitting and I would hope to see her in more roles similar to this, preferably with a different storyline.

My rating 6.5/10

Happy viewing,

W.R.R.

I Feel Pretty

It’s amazing what we can accomplish and who we can impress when we have the confidence to do so.

What if, one day, the us that we so freely cut down because of unappealing features that we hate and the flaws that we find ever so present becomes an us that we admired, an us that we complimented and an us that fueled confidence and beauty in other women.

What if our rise into beauty and confidence had nothing to do with changing our appearance and everything to do with changing our thoughts.

This is what “I Feel Pretty” teaches us.

What if the key to making it in this world meant understanding how to bulldoze past all the hate, mean comments, rude remarks and just outright lies that have been made against our appearance and our character. One of the best lines of the film came at the end when Amy Schumer’s character, Renee, proclaimed that all it takes is wisdom to know that we are more than what someone else’s negative perception of us is. That when it is all said and done, its in the “knowing” who we are and what we are that will push us to new dimensions in confidence and beauty.

I was listening to a song once that had the lyrical line that really stood out to me:

“What we believe becomes what they see”

  -Rhyon Brown “Pretty Girl”

I think this became true for Renee in the film, and I think it holds true to us in real life.

When an army of pop culture, magazines, strangers and peers are rising up against you, fight back with the knowledge that you are more than blushed cheeks, tinted lips and good or bad genes. You are child of God. A masterpiece made perfect with no flaw in you.

“Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.”

Psalm 27:3

Do not solely strive to “look” pretty. Strive to feel it.

 

Much love,

W.R.R.

The Hallway

Around 5:00am last Monday I received a group text message from a Church member. It was a photo of a door, nicely hidden behind the green branches of nature that surrounded it. It was comforting and intriguing and it even held some holiday flare. However, it was not the photo of the door that inspired me to cling on to it to the point where I was ready to use it as my desktop photo, no. It was the caption:

“Until God opens the next door praise Him in the hallway”.

It’s weird. I’ve heard this saying plenty of times before, but it is only now where it is truly beginning to have meaning. Not to mention that the timing of this text could not have been anymore…”coincidental”.

About two weeks prior to receiving this text I felt this desire for something more as I was driving to work. I had just had an interesting and chill weekend with friends, but it left me wanting…needing something more. I was beginning to fall more in love with the hope that God would give me the opportunity to go somewhere with Him. I wanted Him to take me out of my everyday circumstances that I had grown so bored and stagnant with and into a place where I was learning to depend more on Him. As I was thinking this I began to realize that Dallas, Texas had been a city that I have recently become curious about visiting. So, for whatever reason, I came up with the idea of how great it would be to somehow find a temporary position in Dallas, Texas. A solid government position that would allow me to move and live in Texas on my own that would only last for a specific amount of time. After all, I don’t have a desire to leave California forever, I just need a temporary escape that would allow me to grow in every area of my life.

I pulled up to my job about 10 minutes before I would have to clock in. I decided to use this moment to do a random job search. I went on to GovernmentJobs.com and I typed in “Public Administration” in the subject box. However, when it came to the location box, I decided to type “Dallas, Texas”. Random. I had never done a job search in another state before. But since I was in this “wondering” state of mind I decided to give it a shot. When the search came up one of the very first positions that I came across was the job opening titled, “Management Fellow”. The title wasn’t very descriptive so I decided to click the opening to read what it was about. I was shocked. It was an entry level government position in the City of Dallas for two years for someone who will recently complete their Masters in Public Administration. There are times when I really don’t believe in coincidences. This is one of them. What are the odds that at the exact moment I was hoping for a temporary escape in Dallas, Texas, that I would randomly choose to log on and find a temporary position that matches my qualifications.

Here is where the hallway comes into play. I applied for the job. Almost as soon as I got home. I attached every single document that they could possibly want to see to my application believing that this was a sign from God. I was anxious about applying, but hopeful. I felt even more confirmed when I got an email two weeks later that I had made it to the second phase. After completing that step, I now find myself in the hallway. It’s been exactly one week since I submitted my paper for phase 2 and I have not heard anything back. I have found myself obsessing over the possibility that this really could be an opportunity sent from God, and I am trying my best not to screw it up. The irony. It is the last thing I think about when I go to bed and the first thing I think about when I wake up. I dream about it, I check my emails constantly and I find myself drifting from excitement to sadness. For the past few days I have been fighting the urge to check on the “status of my application” with a quick email, but I am forcing myself to remain still, and trust God. If this is His will, then it will be. But if it is not, then it is back to the prayer board. As much as I want it, I will not force anything God has not yet confirmed. So I am painfully and imperfectly learning to praise Him in this hallway until the next door opens, even if the Texas door stays closed.

So, I am lifting this up to Him. I would not want to move anywhere without His blessing or approval. Thanksgiving is in three days and I will be spending it in Las Vegas with family. I’ll just obsess over that and the fact that I have a rough draft for a 25 page paper due in a week.

Much love,

Whit