Monday, May 23, 2011

La Suisse

I arrived safely in Switzerland and it's just as beautiful as before. I had a great weekend with my host sisters and I haven't forgotten as much French as I thought I did. Here's the class reel for all of our films we made in Croatia! Enjoy!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Chronicle 20: So Cool!

Ah! I only have about 18 hours left until I leave Dubrovnik. It's bittersweet. I've really enjoyed my time here. I met a lot of RIT people that I'm looking forward to seeing again in the fall, and maybe over the summer. I got really close with the film students and am really going to miss spending time with them. I've also met a lot of great people from here. One person in particular is Mirko. He was an actor for two other students' films. He's a really great guy. He invited to the island he lives on for a BBQ the other day. It was fantastic!

He brought to an area on island where we could go swimming and it was so much fun. We'd been swimming in the Adriatic already but he let us borrow goggles and that brought it to a whole new level of cool. We could see the bottom and all the fish swimming. So cool.

It was a pleasure to work with him and I think we're all going to want him to fly to Rochester for our future films!

Another person I'm really going miss is Katarina, our peer mentor. She was also my Producer, helping with communicating with actors, translating and many other things. She also helped us get accustomed to  Croatia. We visited her at the wine bar that she works at one night and had a great evening. (That's her next to me)

This will be my last post from Croatia but I'll still keep updating throughout the next couple of weeks. I'll be in Switzerland until June 3rd and will keep you updated on my adventures there! Thanks for reading!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Chronicle 19: Dee duh dot dot de de dee de dot dot

For the first time in weeks we were able to go to Culture Class. We haven't been going because of film shoots. I missed going and I'm sad for all the info I missed. But our films needed to be made and so some sacrifices were needed to be made as well.

This week Vanda, our teacher, showed us some videos.

The first is a Croatian animantion by Dušan Vukotić. It won an Oscar for best animated short in 1961 and was the first animation from outside the US to win an Oscar. It's called Surogat by Dušan Vukotić.

The second is a dance from this region. Vanda knows how to do it but unfortunately she wouldn't show us.

The next two videos are of klapa which are amateur a cappella groups who sing really well. There's one rule for a klapa: none of the members can be trained in singing. They have to be total amateurs with no formal training.

A few random facts Vanda told us:

1) Dubrovnik was the first state to recognize the independence of the United States.

2) The Dalmatian dog, also known as the Dubrovnik Hunter dog, was first bred in Dubrovnik, Croatia. If you know me well, you know that my FAVORITE dog is the Dalmatian. Small world that I happen to love Dalmatians and I am studying abroad in Dubrovnik!

3) The stone from the White House is from an island (I missed the name) near Split.

4) The pen, or some special kind of pen, was invented in this region.

5) The necktie was first worn by Croatians so in a way it was "invented" here.

Yesterday, while of few of our peers gallivanted through Athens, Greece, Meghan and I went to Lokrum, the island right off the coast of Dubrovnik. We went cliff jumping and it was SO cool!!