72 hour film shootout

friday 8pm, a theme is announced and each team (i think, about 30 each year) has basically the weekend
to write a script, produce, shoot, edit… make a five-minute film based on that theme.

thursday afternoon, my boston plans were kind of flimsy and i had a sudden itch to make a movie
so i mass-texted the crew to see if they were down.

first year we did it, we landed 3rd place, second year 2nd.
so the natural progression would be to aim for 1st,
but i knew to win, we had to have heart.

during friday night’s brainstorming session,
tony came up with a really sweet, thoughtful screenplay idea;
henry and rain just needed to fill in the blanks with their snarky, comedic voice.

but saturday morning, i was given nothing i asked for – sunshine, heart.

instead, i got a cop comedy with four dudes, a whole lot of swearing and rain’s cave as a backdrop.
so we nixed the idea of trying to win, said fuck it and decided our new goal was to just make people laugh.

some stills.

rain noe, veanne cao

gregg woodcock, veanne cao

giuseppe diomede, veanne cao

rain noe, mike cinquino

trying to take on three roles (director, cinematographer, editor) wasn’t the brightest decision.
not exactly the film i wanted to make, but it is what it is. 72 hours.

and as much as i wanted to kill rain on monday,
making things makes me happiest,
especially when i get to do it with my friends.

• • • • • •

shootout top ten films premiered as a part of the
new york asian american international film festival (wow that’s a mouthful).
we were nominated for best director, won best screenplay and placed fourth.
not too shabby at all. :) i was just happy we got to make people laugh.

rain uploaded the short to his youtube here.

labor day weekend cabin trip

with seven friends, four shibas
and my little happy dude.


the cabin we got this time wasn’t as sexy as last time’s, but it had charm.


cheese + pineapple + jalapeno + BEEF = :D


the creek nearby.


as dorky as this picture is, it brings me much joy.


substituting missing pieces.


playing around with shutter speed.


adam‘s got a knack for figuring out songs when he hears them,
but he says, “it’s just chords.”

at one point during the trip,
we were alone on the front porch fooling around, playing random songs
and he improvised “tous les garçons et les filles” for me to sing along to.

[adam doesn’t speak french, he just likes to pretend like he does.]

last night, aafilmlab film festival

we were nominated for best story, best director.

we won:




i agree with rain, “the winning film rightfully blew us away,”
and i hope to one day make films with that much heart.

pic of me (director/cinematographer/editor), rain (writer/actor),
adam (music producer), tony (producer/actor) and henry (writer) from that night.

14 days in iphone pics

with help from the camerabag app (out of order):

kimmie is the cutest.




adam loves al green as much as i do.


korean bbq.


rain rehearsing on fire escape.


kimmie tries to ease my devastation.


henri’s leaf-stache.


4th of july fireworks over hudson river.


on our way to legion, by josh.


it seemed like a good idea at the time.


why brooklyn feels like home.




i hate hipsters and their retarded performance art, destroying pianos on bedford.
breaks my heart.


three had my attention, two have my affection. josh is one of them.


suzanne gave me my new year’s resolution this past january:
“no self-sabotaging.”

but i have a lousy track record with boyfriend/girlfriend relationships
so it only makes sense that i avoid them.
at least for now.

but then josh sends me
a video of him playing the guitar, singing, “i’m going crazy without you”
and i get all mooshy inside and then i don’t know what to do.
currently listening to:

you got me where you want me, but i ain’t all there