Writing Is HARD!

Hi Friends! 

Writing a blog about your passion is hard. Sometimes your passion is very time-consuming. Filmmaking, watching movies, and tv is very time-consuming. It also moves incredibly slow. Some film projects can take months and some can take years. I have been working on a project that is finally moving, but I have had this idea going for about a year and a half.

So here I am again, back from a hiatus to say thank you! If you are reading this you are the best and I truly appreciate you. Most of the time I am a one-woman show and lately, I have been juggling a bunch of stuff from my personal life and YUPP projects (because I am finally making big moves). I will be sharing more regarding YUPP projects soon. 

But for now, let's chat about writing. Writing is so HARD especially for someone who is not a great writer. I have been working on a web series that I originally wanted to write, but after having a friend read over what I wrote, she decided to jump in and help me (some of the jokes were not funny). I am forever grateful for her and I am so excited to finally film this project. 

However, I want to practice and do better so my goal for the rest of the year is to write a blog post related to filmmaking, producing, editing, watching TV, Movies, Media, and all things creative. That seems like a lot but I have a lot of thoughts and I am very passionate about my art and creating fun content. So please stay tuned and feel free to subscribe so you don't miss out on any news or blog posts!

I look forward to sharing more along with reading any comments or questions you may have for me. Feel free to reach out via email at yupproductionsinfo@gmail.com follow on Instagram @yupproductions and search YUP Productions on Facebook! 

-Cice



My Netflix Binge!

Hi, Y’all!

Today, I want to share my thoughts on what I have been watching on Netflix. I have been really busy, so I might be a little behind on all these new series and movies. However, I want to share what I have been watching lately with you all.

Let me start with Dead To Me, I love this show! It is so well done, Netflix seems to produce high-quality production for almost all of their projects. The acting is great, Christina Applegate nailed the role. The story is fantastic, it’s something I haven’t seen before and I am hooked. There was a video on Christina Applegate saying now and how empowering its, and after watching a little closer her attitude of “zero f’s given” is phenomenal. Granted, she is grieving her loss, yet, she is still so relatable. I have yet to get to the end of the series, but as of right now, I am not sure how they are going to continue on to another season.

Because I have been so busy, I have not been able to commit to many shows, however, I am a huge fan of what Netflix has been coming out with lately. Here is a list with a short thought on the originals I have watched lately.

Wine Country - The production value on this movie is great, as mentioned earlier Netflix does a fantastic job on the production. The storyline is not the most relatable but it was still great to see where this fantastic cast would go with the jokes. I do wish that Tina Fey was apart of this movie a little more, but other than that it was an okay movie. I would give this a C.

Last Summer - Netflix, come on! As a Chicagoan, it was so hard to watch a movie that was “based” in Chicago, but not filmed here. Also, the style of this movie was similar to Valentine's day and New Year's Eve, where it has a star-studded cast, but no one actually famous was in this movie. The story lines did not make sense of how they tied together. Did they all just go to the same school? That’s cool, but still not something I would want to watch again. I would give this a D-.

Someone Great - I loved this movie. The way they edited to show the timelapse of their relationship was my favorite. Social media has become a huge part of our lives and I think the editors did an amazing show showing that timelapse with some social media pieces but not in a cheesy way. It looked very natural and organic. Not only was it the text of an updated status but also the audio of her writing out her thoughts and peoples comments. The story is relatable to anyone who's gone through a breakup and it was very well done with Gina Rodriguez. I would give this movie a B+.

Good Sam - Netflix, you are the best. As I have mentioned before the quality production value of these movies are fantastic. The storyline of this movie was a little cheesy but still heartwarming. It kinda felt like a Christmas movie even though it wasn’t based around Christmas or the season. I would recommend this movie if you are bored, and don’t have anything else going on. I would give this movie a C+.

I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on these movies and TV shows. If you would like to chat or share a thought feel free to comment or reach out via email. Don't forget to follow on Instagram @Yupproductions and on Facebook! Catch ya later!

Cice

Time Management

Hi everyone!

Today I want to discuss time management. I typically work well under pressure and on a deadline, however, I do not know how to manage my personal time. I am often letting my work overflow into my personal time to complete any project I am working on at the time. One example is when I was shooting a music video fell on the day I had plans with my friends for Galentines day. I went to the shoot and filmed all day and I was so excited to start editing. Naturally, I debated what I wanted to do but ultimately decided to hang out with my friends. Later that night when I got home I started editing on the video and stayed up till 2AM editing.

This is how my time is broken down. I have a full-time job where I work as a highlight editor. Lately, I have taken on clients and their music videos. Lastly, I have been working to grow this blog and YUPP’s Instagram.

I do have a full-time job and I work 40 hours a week, however, I work 4 days a week for 10 hours a day, which gives me an extra day off weekly. On that extra day, I dedicate my time towards YUPP, whether it’s the blog or a cool new video. When I work on a music video, I am typically editing around the clock. Depending on what time I head into work, I might edit before or after. On my days off, I typically will dedicate 8 to 10 hours to the music video until the video is completed.

Lately, I have been incredibly motivated to write more about myself and the process that goes into being a filmmaker. With that motivation comes energy to edit and create more videos whether they are for Instagram or YouTube.

This week was the first Tuesday I took an off day from working on YUPP, for a day to myself. I don't have a music video scheduled until next month, so I decided to spend the day outside since it was really nice. The consequence to that would be that I did not get a chance to a blog post on Tuesday because I was unprepared, but I am okay with that. It doesn't matter how much time you have, it will always feel like you do not have enough hours in the day or days of the week or weeks in the year to finish whatever you are working on.

I hope you are enjoying reading my thoughts and comments through this blog. If you are listening to the podcast hope you are enjoying that as well. I look forward to creating more content for you to read, watch, and listen. If you have anything, in particular, you are wondering about please don’t hesitate to email me your questions at Yupproductionsinfo@gmail.com. Till next time friends!

Cice

To All The Teachers!

Happy Saturday!

To wrap up Teacher Appreciation week (I am a day late because it’s Saturday), I want to highlight a few throughout my education that made an impact on where I am today and pushed me to pursue the career I am in.

My first AH-HA moment was in the 7th grade. For some reason my class was unbearable and Mr. Kamin, the 8th-grade teacher at the time, came in to reprimand us. During his speech to the class, he said something that really stuck, and honestly, it’s the only thing I remember. He said he would like to see us on TV for curing cancer or doing something amazing, not because the police were searching for us. I don’t know why but this really made me think what can I do to make him, my 7th-grade teacher, and my classmates proud. Throughout the years as I developed my interest in filmmaking I always thought how cool would it be if i was at the Emmys or Oscars and Mr. Kamin was watching?

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Eventually, I moved on to high school and I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian or a chef, but I was never really committed to it or pursued. I don’t remember at what moment I said I wanted to be a movie director, but when I came to that conclusion Mr. Bradburn was there to provide insights on what that entails. I took his production class, and it taught me what the work that goes into filmmaking consisted of.

While in high school I signed up for an After School Matters program at Gallery 37 that was focused on TV/Film Production. There, I learned more techniques and how to use Avid. The last two years of high school I became hyper-focused on what I wanted to pursue. At that time it was directing, but eventually, I’d move onto a different passion.

After I graduated from high school, I was accepted into DePaul University as an education major. While I was applying to colleges, my family and I rationalized the job situation if I were to have majored in Film or TV, so I decided I was going to major in education to become a Spanish teacher. That lasted 3 weeks before I was sitting in my counselor's office to see how I can transfer to the College of Computing and Digital Media to major in Film Production. I got into a groove with school and projects and I found that I really loved editing and the post-production process. I was looking for a job and I came across a posting with the College of Communications to work as a technical manager and editor for our school broadcasting show Good Day DePaul.

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Rick Brown gave me the job even though I might have not been the most qualified person as a young sophomore still trying to find her way. He saw something in me and I appreciate him for giving me the opportunity to find what I really wanted out of a career.  Although I didn't take any of his classes he was constantly teaching me along with his students for two and a half years.

Once I was in the working world, there was a time that I was nowhere near I wanted in life. I vividly remember running out of the office during my lunch break and taking a walk down to the river. I was in complete tears and the only person I could think of to reach out to was Rick. During that 30-minute lunch break we discussed my interests, what I am drawn to, and where I want to be. He gave me some numbers to call and companies to look into. I went home with a game plan and a month or two later he emailed me with a job I might be interested in. What a coincidence, it was the same job I had just walked out an interview for.

I got the job!

Today, I am where I want to be in my career with more goals than I had a year ago. Aside from my friends and family, I am incredibly thankful for the educators that motivated and inspired me. To all the teachers, you are appreciated and you should be celebrated every day.

Cice