We had our class photo day on Friday the 8th of August. Our theme was trashy after party. Which is great because we're normally quite classy... generally. These photos display the classy before the transformation. There will have to be a part two when our teacher e-mails the photos...
I borrowed my friend's dress and we pretended to be Kelly's bridesmaids. It all worked so well.
In the week following our shoot, disaster struck. We all got sick! Well most people got sick during shooting week- my body held out until a couple days after.
Brenda and I got Denny's on the Saturday after our last day of filming. I did not know how badly I was craving greasy american food. We had pancakes AND burgers! It was too much, but so needed. Especially after our celebratory wrap-up night. Those pancakes were so good. So good.
I got to skype with my friends one night and it was very needed! I get to see them so soon! It's been so long, but also so, so short. Right before I stopped by a bookstore and got The Luminaries which I've been craving since arriving in New Zealand. It is based in NZ and so I thought it was fate and that I had to buy it before I left. So I did! And also picked up a beautiful version of Jonathan Safran Foer's two novels- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Everything is Illuminated. Soooo lovely. Sorry, suitcase.
Back in class again, we find ourselves napping and trying to stay warm! For lunch we keep going to Elliot Stables and getting healthy juices (and southern fried chicken and chocolate cake). I think the juice is what has saved me. I had one bad sick day where I was running around with a fever, but I recovered that night pretty miraculously. Thanks to juice.
The longest week ever finally happened in the last week of July (aka my birthday week!). We had our shooting week that lasted from Sunday-Friday. It was wild. I got to work with a professional Art Director to design our sets that took place mostly in a boxing gym. We constructed a kitchen out of trash! Working with creative people is so inspiring and I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with such cool people. AND they made me a fake birthday cake for my american birthday (I got to celebrate twice!). So cute.
One day I had to run down the street to buy some things for our set and I stumbled in to the midst of a rally. It was really intense and mind-opening to see all these people on queen st.
While we were all stressed and tired, we managed to have a lot of fun during shooting. I think we'll eventually look back on all of it with fond memories. One day. Ha!
I want to do another post on my thoughts on my 24th year like I did back here. I get emotional reading that post because so much has happened since sweet nearly-23 year old Abbey wrote it! Anyway, those words will wait for another post. For my birthday celebration I went out in Ponsonby with all of my lovely, film school friends! Lots happened! And I honestly giggle to myself when I think of that night- the dancing, the hugs, the lack of sleep. We all had to wake up early the next morning to do school work, as we still had tons to do before we shot our film!
Grateful for these people, and this life I live. Here's to 24!