“The Rings” Act I

These are pictures from my Senior Show, Act I of “The Rings”: A Cinematic Storytelling by Sierra Bennett

I remember how much effort it took to make these, how much time and how I was taking like 6 classes along with doing my senior show. I also had a job waitressing. I don’t know how I did it. Probably the drive to make something I truly believed in. Something I made. I was influenced by Cindy Sherman’s classic ” Untitled Film Stills” and her use of Noir settings (look it up kids- I mean it!). I think she is amazing and was really drawn to her in Art History. She was a woman after my own heart. Doing her makeup, costumes and putting together a miniature story.

I love storytelling, it’s an art form that is unto itself. I realized I wanted to make sense of a story instead of just random film stills. I felt as though I was telling a story I could still leave the audience guessing.

ACT I 

Act I, Still I

Act I, Still I

Act I, Still 2

Act I, Still 2

Act I, Still 3

Act I, Still 3

Act I, still 4

Act I, still 4

Act I, still 5

Act I, still 5

Act 1, Film still 6

Act 1, Film still 6

*Fun fact: These were taken at the Appalachian Student Center at North Georgia College & State University. It’s a really old house. really creep and I promise we heard some freaky noises that no one could have done or that could be explained*

Stay tuned for Act II tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

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Today at Stone Mountain Plantation

Today at Stone Mountain Plantation

For photographing stairs. Any stairs. I even put several pictures of stairs in my senior show. They are so mysterious. So haunting. It’s like an afterthought.

In Savannah Georgia, at the haunted b&b I stayed at.

In Savannah Georgia, at the haunted b&b I stayed at.

From my senior show: It’s about a Man, His Wife and His Mistress, all photos are copyright by sierrabennettdesigndesign

Act I, Still 2

Act I, Still 2

Act I, still 5

Act I, still 5

Act 1, Film still 6

Act 1, Film still 6

I love how you can photograph them in so many different perspectives.

I miss photography. I need to photograph more. And I will.

Back to the Drawing Board

waitress-13Waitress  is one of my favorite movies. I love the story line-  the realness and the ridiculousness of the characters, blended together so perfectly.  It is written and directed by Adrienne Shelly– who also co-starred in this movie.

I read about her once in Cosmopolitan magazine once before I even saw the film. She died and was thought to have committed suicide but was actually killed. Her story was one I remembered. She left behind a little girl and a husband. I saw Waitress  a few years later and immediately recognized her name. I, of course, looked up on imbd to see where I recognized this name.

This movie had such an impact on me, the characters were so beautifully themselves, the music for the scenes were perfect with it and the story line was flawless. I’m so inspired by her. Her husband put up a foundation in her name for female directors: http://www.adrienneshellyfoundation.org/

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I really enjoy analyzing movies. See I took a script-writing class and learned how to really break apart a scene. I did The Virgin Suicides. Another film I love. I remember how in that class I was always inspired creatively and compelled to create small stories I had thought up into something (Carrie Schrader was an amazing teacher so that didn’t hurt- her current project :www.kickstarter.com/projects/1880224680/the-nuggets?ref=home_location). At the end of the class I wrote a short script (psychological crime)- so rewarding.

So in 2013, my “New Years’ Resolution” is to finish writing a short script I’ve been working on. To take a little time each day to do so. There is a major one I’ve been working on for about 3 years + and I have a lot of development on the characters but there are so many more techniques I can use to really enhance the characters. It’s a story that I’ve created that I feel super strong about. About 4 sisters who are distant after their mother’s death and how it gets mended back together despite their opposition to do so.  But it’s also so much more than that!  It needs to be told now, I also have many other stories I want to work on.

DIY gifts

While I was reading through my favorite blogs that I get inspiration from I saw A Beautiful Mess‘ page on their quick DIY Ideas.

That got me thinking. I am making gifts this year, mainly because I’m skint. But also because I also thought that my friends might like a sweet homemade gift that is art.

 

I like to paint and wanted to paint a couple of canvases with a really cool print (from metallic paint and paper doily design) for my friend’s mom. Her style is Modern Nature so I wanted to go for a grey blue color with a bronze metallic color.

Then I had some extra paint left over and decided to make a new color. I’m going for an owl on a tree and of course I must let the paint dry. The pictures are of the beginning of the gifts.

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I have my old roommates a scrapbook I’ve been working on forever that is of their honeymoon in New Zealand and Fuji. I also made these Hers and His frames for each side of their bedside table.

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I will show finished gifts tomorrow. I am going to use the journal/stamp idea for my friend’s little sister Rachel. It’s a cute idea and I’m obsessed with the metallic paint.

New graphics

Okay folks. I’ve moved in with my parents- you can read my activities/feelings on that at my other blog. From this I haven’t really been designing as much mainly because my laptop with my programs haven’t been working great (time for a new laptop once I get some moola!) and I’ve been avoiding it like the plague.

but now I’m back. Now the graphics I created are for my other blog and took me like maybe an hour for both. They are simple and get the point across, which is my style. And cutesy, which I also like.

One I made for a post I'm doing on being humble.

One I made for a post I’m doing on being humble.

My Fresh New Start logo, I finally made after meaning to forever.

My Fresh New Start logo, I finally made it after meaning to forever.

In the next few days I will be showing new and old graphics. Some are for business, some are for me. I really need to practice my graphic design knowledge. It’s been awhile since I’ve designed and the art of design is something I truly enjoy.

Yearning

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I have a insatiable yearning to paint today…maybe after the festivities..will post what comes of this. I’m happiest with a canvas and a paint brush. and paint all up in my hair. I once had a painting teacher who like me to paint what I took pictures of…This reminds me of a beach house I stayed at a couple years ago..Oil painting maybe?

Toots,

Sierra

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