... a blog to make sense of the world through writing and acts of creativity, to reflect on and respond to the crazy world in which we live. Can beauty, creativity, compassion, and activism emerge from this tension?
This past weekend, I saw as many of the films at the University of Guam Film Festival that I could manage. There's something about passion projects that is so contagious as far as creative urges go. In this creative phase of my life, I seem to be excavating those urges I had in the past. In this case, I had a stint exploring film in college. (Someday, I'll upload those films on youtube.)
During the month of April, for National Poetry Month, I had meant to post a poem that I had recently written on this website. After being bitten by the creative bug at the film festival, I wondered if I could do a little "movie" of the poem. (This is only my second iMovie ever. I made one of my niece at the playground when she was 4, I think. She is now in 5th grade.) So I spent several hours yesterday learning this and that, and did it.
In the spirit of Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work, I uploaded it on youtube. Making the little movie (more like a slide show) was a learning opportunity and now a sharing opportunity. I think I will get better at it if I do it more. I used a template, and maybe if I get more into it, I won't rely on a template.
So here it is. Seeing Beauty. Hope you like it.
Diane Aoki is a writer who explores other modes of creativity as her intuition leads her.