Thursday, May 22, 2014

I MUSTACHE YOU SOME QUESTIONS

These days it seems that summer is upon us in Seoul, and I hate it. Warm weather is just not my thing whatsoever... though I will say the nice, sunny weather did match Wednesday’s adventures, when I did my first interview since the revamp of OPPA BLOG.

I won’t say too much about the person that I interviewed — don’t want to give too much away before the proper OPPA BLOG launch) — but I'll give you a short run down. My first interview is with an oppa named Hyun Gyu; he is a musician. We met up for lunch and coffee, though, since neither of us drink coffee, we got iced tea and milk tea respectively (with cheesecake!). We spent time talking about music, life, and random topics, and in between all that, I had him make and decorate a playlist and do a mini interview as well (Hyun Gyu also gave me some things to eventually giveaway to you guys when the time comes! Who doesn't like free stuff?!).

But man, filming by myself is hard — logistics is a tricky thing in general. I’m debating and figuring out how to go about this whole thing. I have footage but there was construction going on next door. the noise from which the mic picked up, focusing got weird during certain parts, and so forth.  I’ll see what I can do with it but if not… There’s always next time.

Trial and error I guess will be a huge thing for me, especially since I am a one-person team.  It’s a bit daunting and difficult cause I have all these visions and ideas for OPPA BLOG written out, but am finding myself having to change a lot of it based on what is actually possible for me to do by myself. But I guess it’s all about making do with what you have, trying your best and hoping it'll be enough. Maybe in time I’ll be able to expand and do all the things that I want to do, but until then the making of OPPA BLOG is pretty DIY right now (do I get punk DIY street cred for this?).

One of my biggest worries has always been the whole 'translating the visions/ideas in my head into reality’ thing. I’m actually really curious about how this will all turn out, even though I have this weird feeling I might just crash and burn… but that just might be my fears talking.

Despite all the slight set-backs, it was a really nice afternoon spent. Crazy story, for one of the questions I asked Hyun Gyu about his musical influences, to which he had answered Kings of Convenience and as we were walking back to the subway station, we ran into one of the members of KOC. Weird to say the least, but true story.

Sometime next week I am going to go see hyung (who've I've mentioned here) so he can do his Q&A, mini interview, and maybe even OPPA CAM (candid cam) of sorts… or something. Trial and error, this will be half the fun and frustration of everything.

I’m going to spend this weekend (attempting) to edit footage, marathoning “Hot In Cleveland” (Betty White forever!), and brainstorming more things… please send me your positive thoughts and good vibes.

If you guys haven't seen the last entry, I would love your feedback on a few things and what not for OPPA BLOG!

With that being said, here are some photos for your viewing pleasure.



Hyun Gyu had at work decorating the album art for his playlist.


Top: We did the interview at a cafe called, My Little Cafe. 
Bottom: Just some of the equipment I carried with me all day.

Supplies for decorating and conducting interviews. 

My Little Cafe is this wonderful cafe in Hongdae (which will be featured on OPPA BLOG). 

If you haven't and would like to please check out OPPA BLOG or me on these SNS related sites via the contact page (I will probably post some exclusive stuff on certain outlets!).

Friday, May 16, 2014

SOUNDING BOARD

So, I swear no more once a month updates, I just have had some unfortunate timing. My dad broke his knee while on one of his outdoor adventures then Sewol happened and I didn’t want to post anything out of respect. At the same time it’s been a whirlwind since my last update; Anna (of Indieful ROK) came and left, I’ve been drinking ridiculous amounts of milk tea while brainstorming, and been doing a lot of trial and error and making prototypes for OPPA BLOG. There isn’t much to say beyond that about what I've been up to, but there have been questions rolling through my head about certain logistic things about OPPA BLOG that I would love to get your thoughts on.

If I made a FAQ of sorts for OPPA BLOG, what questions would you like to see answered, what are some things would you want to know, etc.? Basically some points you think should be talked about and/or answered?

And, if I did a certain segment on OPPA BLOG (like Q&A) — would you guys want it in a consistent format (ex: just videos) or would you want/mind interchanging formats for things (ex: photos + text AND videos)?
 If I had people make a playlist would you like “liner notes”, with explanations as to why they chose said tracks?  
The one thing I am worried about with this is the amount of content I’d be recording/writing. I don’t mind doing the work behind all of that, but since you guys are reading it/watching it I’m interested in your input. Especially because I know some people can’t be bothered with long posts and videos and things like that. So, would you prefer just a few tracks being explained, if not at all?  

But with those questions out there now for you guys to answer and choose the fate of how this will go, I would look to hear your feedback on how I should approach this. Even on topics outside of the questions above -- if you have any input, thoughts about what you would want to learn about Korea from actual Koreans, or even just technical blog things, lay it on me (via comments below, email, etc).


And, so this entry isn’t all boring text, here’s what my life has been like lately via photos. 


 What my life has been like through instagram.

These is typically what's in my bag at all times when ever I go out to do OPPA BLOG related work. The pouch mostly has too many tubes of lipsticks, writing utensils, a surprising amount of chupa chups, rolls of film, mini to-do list, extra headphones, and misc junk. The journal on the left is a planner where I schedule things and map out things while the notebook on the right is my OPPA BLOG brainstorm/idea book of sorts.

On the left is the camera I have yet to figure out but am using it for most of the OPPA BLOG related content to come. On the right, my cameras which are all film-based minus the DSLR you saw on the left. I'm a huge fan of film and instant photography, which you'll be seeing a lot of on OPPA BLOG. 

My friend Hyang whom I've recruited because of her cute penmanship skills and sometimes sounding board (among the few other friends I bother) had a pseudo instax photo shoot of sorts after a day of making prototypes and brainstorming/planning out details for things.

If you haven't and would like to please check out OPPA BLOG or me on these SNS related sites via the contact page (I will probably post some exclusive stuff on certain outlets!).