Refragmenting Fragments

Exploding Earth

Last Sat­ur­day, Troy, our friend Joe and I went to a meet and greet event with Cana­di­an direc­tor Bruce McDon­ald at the Princess Cin­e­ma cafe pri­or to see­ing his lat­est offer­ing called The Tracey Frag­ments. I wouldn’t call myself a fan of Bruce McDon­ald, hav­ing only seen one of his movies thus far, but Troy was real­ly excit­ed about the event. I was only in it for the hot choco­late and the movie. I didn’t even bring any cam­era with me to the event. So Bruce arrived about an hour late because he missed his train and so on and so forth and half an hour into his late­ness I already start­ed talk­ing the guys into leav­ing since we each already got the free com­ic book they promised to the first 40 peo­ple to show up. But Troy said that since we’d already wait­ed this long, we might as well wait until he showed up. And show up, he did. Praise the fly­ing spaghet­ti mon­ster!

As I said ear­li­er, I didn’t bring any cam­era with me, and boy did I ever regret it. You see, after deal­ing with his old­er (as in age) fans who were busy singing him prais­es, Bruce sat in the table set up for him with a cup of cof­fee for a minute before he moved — tak­ing his chair with him — straight to our table. So, sit­ting across the tiny round table right in front of me was the man who’s poten­tial­ly made my degrees of sep­a­ra­tion to Kevin Bacon much low­er, and he was chat­ting with Troy like they were old friends. While he was hap­pi­ly sign­ing stuff for Troy and Joe, I was beat­ing myself for not bring­ing my cam­era with me. It’s just that I wasn’t expect­ing to be able to see him up close and per­son­al like that, which was one of the rea­sons I didn’t both­er to bring a cam­era. I thought we would have to line up to chat with him (which I think is lame) instead of hav­ing him come to our table. Life les­son #5878: Always have a cam­era with you. That is a les­son I learned ages ago but some­how for­got.

The Tracey Frag­ments itself is a pret­ty cool movie. It’s… art­sy, for lack of bet­ter term. Def­i­nite­ly not everyone’s cup of tea. Some might even find it a bit pre­ten­tious, but it was just the direc­tor doing his own thing. I’m okay with that. I do my own thing all the time with pho­tog­ra­phy. If peo­ple like it, great. If not, well, at least I like it. :) Any­way, if you’re any good at video edit­ing, you should check out the movie web­site. If you click on the Re-Frag­ment­ed menu, it will bring you to a down­load area where all the movie footage, musi­cal score and script are avail­able for free under the Cre­ative Com­mons license. If you live in Cana­da and you made a cool video out of it, you’re encour­aged to sub­mit it and if you’re lucky, you could win a prize and have your video fea­tured on the DVD release. It kind of makes me wish I knew any­thing about video edit­ing. Even if you’re lack­ing video edit­ing skills, you should at least down­load the musi­cal score by Bro­ken Social Scene. Some of the tracks are pret­ty catchy, espe­cial­ly their cov­er of Pat­ti Smith’s song, Hors­es.

I actu­al­ly start­ed writ­ing this post two three days ago. I am such a pro­cras­ti­nat­ing blog­ger.

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