Barçablog 6 – “In Croatia I’m a 12…”

I’ve been sort of secretly disappointed with myself for the years I’ve let go by without finishing these videos and basically abandoning this blog. So instead of just feeling that all the time, I figured I could also do something about it and finish them like I promised myself and others I would. Here we go…

This video is the weekend after La Merçe. I think it was the one weekend many of us from the program just stayed in Barcelona and didn’t jet to another city. We explored the home turf, and it was an awesome reminder of why we all chose this city in the first place. El Palau Nacional, Estadí Olímpic, Port Olímpic, La Rambla, meeting new friends from Vere Island and Croatia, and Plaça de Catalunya…there’s a little bit of everything in this one. I don’t get homesickness for anywhere quite as much as I do for Barça. Here’s to nostalgia.

Thanks again.

Kev

 

To This Love

Been a while folks. A lot’s happened. I’m in a vastly different place than I was since my last posts. A good thing, I think. I’m moving forward, and that’s generally a good direction to be going in. Most recently, I just wrapped a really awesome play called The Pillowman. Changed my life, working on that thing. If you ever have the opportunity of watching it, anywhere, I highly recommend you don’t pass up on it.

Now that it’s over, however, I get to let the darkness of it go. And part of that, I’ve realized, is playing a lot more in the light, and LOVING it. Here’s something I’ve found for bringing a little sunshine in your life: if you wanna smile, work on things that make you smile. And two things guaranteed to make anyone smile? Babies and puppies. BOOM.

“The only way to be happy is to love. Unless you love, your life will flash by.” – Tree of Life

Thanks again 🙂

Kev

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barçablog cinco – La Mercé, Correfoc, and Gratuitous Cursing

A year ago today, I landed in Barcelona with 30 some-odd strangers, hopped on a bus to Castelldefels beach town, and started a journey that has literally changed my life. It’s insane how people look back on their experiences in life and how it’s shaped them to be who they are today, and already I’ve filed that part of my life as one of those chapters. It wasn’t my first time traveling outside of the country. Hell, it wasn’t even my first time studying abroad. But whatever it was; some sort of combination of the rich culture I was a part of, the awesome relationships I forged, and the INSANE experiences I shared all coalesced into something only describable as powerful and meaningful enough to affect me even still. Yeah, I know it’s super vague to put it that way, but equally as vague has been this insane amount of nostalgia that’s plagued me the whole last week leading up to this anniversary of sorts. Maybe I’ve got a thing for milestones. Maybe I’m a romantic in that sort of way. Or maybe you should just get your ass on a plane and experience for yourself what I’m talking about. Trust me. It’ll change you. And a year later, you’ll still be riding the wave.

Exhibit A: This video right here. It’s been a GOOD LONG WHILE mis amigos Barcelona. The last barçablog I threw up here was a solid 9 months ago…UNFORGIVABLE. That’s kind of why I sentimentalized a little bit up there, and also it’s why I may have overdid myself a bit on this video. It’s a solid 15 minutes of action, but for good reason! For lo and behold, finally, my time at La Mercé festival has been immortalized in digital video glory.

For those of you not on the up and up on what the hell la fiesta de La Mercé is, worry not…because you’ll see it all here through my slightly skewed, ever shaky lens. Basically picture this: Spain’s second largest city shuts down for a weekend to party, complete with free wine tasting, parades with giant piñata puppets, outdoor midnight carnival rave, the grandest fireworks show you’ll see outside Paris on Bastille Day, and a FIRE RUN, in which a fatty dragon rolls down a boulevard shooting fireworks into the crowd and and army of men dressed as devils follow suit. BY FAR the craziest thing I’ve willingly been a part of.

Also, a word of warning about that part of the video. My mother has expressed her displeasure more than once with the amount of cursing which goes on in not only my videos but also at times my writing…language which she finds befitting for a sailor. Flattering as that may be, as a response I must say that I always strive to find moments in my speech and diction upon which only the choicest of profanity would only serve to enhance my eloquence. Even so, I couldn’t help but notice how during the Correfoc, even I failed to use my swearing as a compliment to my verbal articulation. In my defense, I challenge ANY of you motherfuckers out there to stand beneath a twirling tower of pyrotechnic pain with an ungloved hand holding a camera and not let a few vulgar F-bombs slip through the defense. Therefore, I did my best to cover up what nautical language may have leaked out, but don’t be all too surprised if I failed to plug all the holes.

Anyway, that’s all that I can think of to say for now. This one’s for everyone who ended up making those 3.5 months the best of my life. Enjoy. And thanks =)

Kev

P.S. Anushe Shoro rocks my world for hooking it up with the fireworks footage.

F*CKING LATE!!!

Hey guys,

Me, Chris, and our Parisian buddy Erwan made a 55 sec PSA about safe driving for a Bridgestone scholarship in about 8 hours flat. It didn’t end up making the top 10 eligible for voting to the finals sadly, but all in all, I’m still pretty proud of it.

I woke up a couple Saturdays ago to Chris’ phone call about the deadline on this thing coming up. He really wanted to do it, and luckily, a couple years back, as a screenwriting exercise, I had written a non-dialogue sequence that we thought could work perfectly for this PSA. 3 hours shooting, a couple hours editing, and one Erwan in a raincoat in June later, and we had ourselves a video!!! I hope you guys enjoy, and I hope you all are having great sunshine filled days. Thanks.

Kev

Deal Breaker – Teaser Trailer

Hey guys,

Long time no see, homies! So if anyone’s still reading this, I apologize for being so MIA lately. School schedule picked up and so did a ton of projects. My bad. BUT, it’s summer time now, and the living’s easy so I got nothing to do but get back on my editing grind. Which I have started to do! But not on the Chris & Kev eps or the Spain vids. As of late, people have been graduating left and right (but not me!) and I have to move out of my place in a grand total of 12 days, and on top of all that Chris’ and my buddy from Paris, Erwan, who so graciously provided us a couch to surf when we were in his city, is staying with us here in California (shoutout to couchsurfing.org here).

In the past few weeks, I acted in a couple plays, wrote another, and wrote/directed a short film. Right now, the last sucker’s in the editing process, but I’ve had time enough to crank out a teaser trailer for yall’s viewing pleasure. Please enjoy, and I’ll try and keep up more regularly for the next few months. Happy summer, friends.

See you soon,

Kev.

Chris & Kev and co. – Glow in the Dark Ping Pong

A couple of weeks ago me and Chris pulled off quite possibly our greatest achievement to date (aside from being born). One day Chris called me up and we had a conversation I only now vaguely remember, mainly cuz I was napping for most of it. About 3 hours later I called him back and realized I had agreed to help him quarterback this idea he had for the Variety Show on campus. It was a staged ping pong show. But it was glow in the dark. And we were floating.

No problem, right? Well, kind of a problem. We literally went through hell to put it up: people dropping out, having to paint and build everything, broken lights, broken limbs. What we ended up putting out there was actually our first ever run with all the pieces in place. And while it definitely shows, it still is pretty cool to watch, and it was all worth it.

Please enjoy what I like to call Chris’ baby, and my godchild. Thanks again. =)

Huge shoutouts to Lexi, Annelise, Anna, Parisa, and Ponch for being the ballers in black.

Chris & Kev go to Whitey’s Castle 1.7 – “The End All Pee All”

Happy Spring Break!!! It’s been difficult to find any free time to edit. And it looks like I’m only gonna get busier next quarter, so I hope you guys are as grateful as I am for the weeklong break. Over the week off, I’ve had time to practice being homeless, increase my movie acquisitions and watchings, AND I had time for this little bad boy here!

I SWEAR I’m still working on getting up Spain vids too, but the next one is about La Merce festival, and anyone who was there with me knows, trying to edit that thing is chaotic at best.

For now though, allow me to present the culmination of the past 4 or so episodes. We’ve been building up so much for this moment, so hopefully you find it worth your while. And if you don’t, well, asi es la vida. Last we left you, Chris and I had settled on a little wager for his pee pee dilemma. If he can contain his urine in a 20oz. water bottle, I would run around in my underwear upon arrival at Lexi’s house. If not, vice versa. Then, pulling off to the side of the road, we got stuck in the mud, and that added a whole separate adventure and episode. And on top of ALL THAT, we only had about 2 hours left on our self-set deadline to get to LA. As you’ll see in later Europe episodes, Chris & I taking something so seemingly simple and idiotproof and finding out a way to overcomplicate it is something of a talent of ours. But thankfully, it only benefits you all, as you get to enjoy our ever-present struggles.

Now, with no further ados, setbacks, fakeouts, unexpected occurrences or the like, please allow this next episode to only add to the wonderful joy and bliss that is Spring Break.

And thanks again.

Kev