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March 12, 2013 / Natalie G.

Cardboard Castles

Hello! I have returned to the internet/blogging world just to show you what I’ve been up to lately. Today an amazing album was released by one of the nicest, most creative and talented people I know, George Watsky.

We shot this video last month and I’m incredibly proud of the way it turned out. I had lots of amazing people helping me out and it shows. So take a look, take a listen and support this great artist by purchasing his new album, Cardboard Castles, available on iTunes and in record stores everywhere.

May 25, 2012 / Natalie G.

A Snapshot of Peru

This one time, I went to Peru with my sister and it was… awesome… no, awesome doesn’t even cover it. The trip was an adventure full of breathtaking scenery, delicious food and incredible South American hospitality. I can’t wait to share all of my photos but I still have a lot of sorting and compiling to do so it will be a few days. But, in the meantime here are a few to give everyone a taste of what is to come… eventually. Blogging is hard guys.

And there you have it.  The above photos are from Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo. Stay tuned, more to come eventually.

February 1, 2012 / Natalie G.

Sometimes… I make cool things…

…with incredibly talented and dedicated individuals.

The first weekend in November found a group of Emerson Alums and other dedicated folks on two farms in Temecula, CA shooting a video for the insanely talented George Watsky to promote his newest album Watsky & Mody, a folk rock/bluegrass/hip hop collaboration with the brilliant Kush Mody.

It was a challenging adventure for sure but the result is something that I am incredibly honored to have been a part of and I’m proud to have it as the shining star of my portfolio. And now, Man of Constant Sorrow:

Look for another video coming late next week from the same fantastic EP.

January 19, 2012 / Natalie G.

Inspiration: Envelope Drawings by Mark Powell

While catching up on a few of the blogs I read during my “lunch break” at work I came across the incredible artwork of Mark Powell. Powell’s most recent portrait series are created on vintage envelopes from around the world with only a Bic Biro ballpoint pen. The detail is astounding and to think that he created them with something as simple and cheap as a Bic pen is pretty remarkable.

The piece above he calls Quick Scribble - if my quick scribbles looked like this I’d quit my day job.

If I had to choose a favorite, it would be this last one.  I love the way he incorporated the stamps into the image. I like this piece so much, I think I’m going to buy a print of it for my wall.  To see more of his work check out his flickr page, and if you’d like to purchase a print of his art you can do so here.

January 2, 2012 / Natalie G.

2011: Briefly

2011 was a whirlwind of a year. I can’t really believe it is 2012 already. I know everyone says that the older you get the faster time goes, but until this past year I never really understood what they meant. Holy cow.

Here are a few highlights:

Paris! Japan! Mexico! All in under an hour! Magic? Kind of… In April The Boy and I went to  Disney World. He was still working at ABC so we got free passes into the parks and his Aunt and Uncle rent a house in Florida in the springtime to get away from the cold New England winters, so we had to go.  I had never been to Disney World and it was quite an adventure. Epcot was probably my favorite park… Or Animal Kingdom… I couldn’t choose.

While in Florida we went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and had Butterbeer! It was amazing… Although much too sweet to drink too much of – I’m glad I tried it. And even though it was small Hogwarts and Hogsmeade/Diagon Alley were incredibly well-built and the attention to detail was remarkable.

In May The Boy and I flew back to Boston (where we went to college and met) for a lovely wedding.  It was the first of our friends to get married and it was wonderful but I have to admit it is a little strange to think that there will be many more friends getting married in the coming years.  The Boy also took me to dinner at the place where we had our first date – pretty adorable.

In June I had the opportunity to go to Costa Rica with my family. My sister had been living and working there for almost 2 months and after meeting her in San Jose we travelled to the coast and to the beautiful Arenal Volcano.

My sister and I at Rincon de la Vieja National Park.

Natural acid pool at Rincon de la Vieja National Park – yes, it is boiling.

In September I went to Minneapolis/St. Paul to visit my younger sister. Her Boyfriend and I drove out to see her race in a cross-country meet in the Minnesota countryside. On the way back we stopped at an apple orchard and picked up some delicious apples and a few apple donuts for the road.

She ran such a great race! I was so impressed. I was also very cold.

Contrary to how it may appear, I did not spend all of 2011 gallivanting around the world. I wish. I spent most of it working, and then I worked, and then we moved, and then I worked more. I worked on a lot of commercials, like this one, and this one and even this one! I started the year off with a music video which was an adventure to say the least.

I also got the opportunity to production design a few videos on my own. The first one was for Gabrielle Taryn’s I Surrender which I shared in an earlier post .

I also production designed two videos for George Watsky, an incredibly talented writer and performer. The first video was for George’s version of Mrs. Robinson and featured Danny McClain, the suave singer pictured above.

The video included a pillow fight which was fun to create but a challenge to pick up… feathers went flying everywhere. I’ll be sure to post a link to the video when it comes out.

In November I worked on the second of the Watsky videos – an homage to O Brother, Where Art Thou? - that we shot on two farms in Fallbrook, CA, about 100 miles south of Los Angeles.  Above you can see the blueberry pie I made sitting on a windowsill we managed to rig to be a freestanding set piece. Rigging it was a challenge seeing as we were in the middle of a field with limited tools and no Home Depot near by,  yikes! This video should be coming out soon as well… I can’t wait.

George and his chain gang band.

I spent the holidays in Portland, Oregon with my wonderful family. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to call my hometown. My friend Laura came up with me for a few days and we did all the great Portland things I could think of – which ended up being a lot of things!

Voodoo Donuts! Apple Cider Donut! Nom, Nom, Nom.

And we made delicious gingerbread cookies!

Finally, The Boy and I ended the year in style with perhaps the greatest concert I’ve ever been to – Pink Martini at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.  They welcomed the New Year with an incredible set and a full marching band at midnight!

I look forward to the adventures 2012 will bring!

September 23, 2011 / Natalie G.

Lately

Lately I haven’t been around much. Obviously. I have been extremely busy though. I’ve moved from job to job and even took an adventure to visit my lovely sister in gorgeous St. Paul, Minnesota – more on that in another post.

Back in June I did the Production Design for a music video for Gabrielle Taryn – an awesome artist who lives in NY. It was a really awesome experience and one of the few things I can actually say I designed all on my own. Almost everyone on the crew went to Emerson and we were all able to come together and spend a weekend making an awesome video. Hopefully in the future I’ll do some posts about what I actually do for a living but here’s a look at something I’ve done in the past few months.

Enjoy!

Also: The dining room and bedroom are my apartment – decorated for the shoot but that’s where I live. And the sets were constructed (under my direction) by the lovely gentlemen at All Sets.

 

July 19, 2011 / Natalie G.

Today I…

picked a bunch of gorgeous tomatoes from my boss’ garden. (Don’t worry – I had permission -  he and his wife took an amazing vacation to Europe so I get to harvest their garden while they are away.) Tonight they will become a magical dish that is still to be determined. I can’t wait.

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