Anonymous asked: so when do we finally get to hear about this train
lol whutUpdate: Oh. I get it. Hmm.
we are very safe, not scary.
The Year That Was
2013 did alright by me. I had but one resolution (to buy a bed) which ended up being nullified by the generosity of a friend who was moving out of state (he through in an air conditioner, too).
My writing has been a little sparse here because of the biggest development of the year, working on a feature screenplay with my good pal Aubrey Bellamy. It’s been an incredibly fun and sometimes frustrating process, but three drafts in, I couldn’t be more proud of our work or more excited to continue it.
A brief recap of this year’s writing, as it stands recorded here:
I won an Oscar, began a largely neglected style and fashion sideblog, the most noteworthy entry of which was this, shared a scattered thought or two, wrote about a garish adaptation of a garish novel and a wonderful adaptation of a pretty disappointing novel, quickly reviewed some spooky books and movies, and spent Christmas with Robert Evans.
My favorite book released this year was (probably—probably is a caveat on all my favorite things until the end of time) Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear; my favorite movie was Frances Ha. I’ve been sort of a passive audience for music and comics this year, so I’m not gonna weigh in on those. My favorite TV show was I don’t know what. Not Breaking Bad. I’m the worst! What can you do.
It was a good year for live spectacle. In March I crashed MOMA’s Armory Party and saw Solange perform. I went to a bunch of baseball games in spring and summer. I saw the Yeezus tour and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular within a week of each other.
I went back to L.A. for the first time since moving to New York. I’ve been here the exact length of time that makes it feel like I’m going home on both my departing and arriving flights. I finally bought a new coat. My fifteen-year-old family dog passed, and I miss her almost constantly. I grew out my bangs and then cut them back. I did a voice for my friend’s animated short.
On the whole, things are good, and my mattress is no longer on the floor. Can’t complain.
Merry Christmas! Here is an Octopus Pie animation by me. With the help of these folks:
Effects + Additional Animation
Flynn Nicholls icelvl.tumblr.com/
Tessa Strain twitter.com/tessastrain
Background Cleanup Assistance
Kou Chen vainvanes.tumblr.com/
A little film I got to work on. Merry Christmas!
This is the best Christmas song that was not recorded by John Denver and the Muppets.
This is something I’ve dreamed about for a very long time.
“My whole concept of Holiday Tessa is based on your Holiday Tweets, which have been mostly about leathery old men.” - Dan Gagliardi
Highlights from the Imaginary Christmas Special, A Very Robert Evans Christmas*
- "Was it cold outside? Baby, it was cold everywhere."
- "So I told him, ‘I’ve got no gift to bring, but what I do have is gonna send you through the roof.’"
- "I can tell you one thing—it sure wasn’t a silent night at Chateau Evans."
- "We were all having a White Christmas the winter of ‘74 and did we ever pay for it."
- "When Coppola wanted a figgy pudding, you brought it right there."
- "Chestnuts were roasting on an open fire, and we were roasting MGM at the box office."
- "Not a creature was stirring, except for Nicholson, that old troublemaker."
- "Frosty was an old pal of mine. The hat was my idea. I said ‘Kid, you gotta give ‘em something to remember you by.’"
- "Bob Towne was one of the greats. Visions of sugarplums danced in all of our heads — but he could see the movie in it."
- "You could call us kings, but wise men we weren’t."
- "All the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names, but I could tell right away that that kid had something.”
- "You gotta understand, we were all kissing Santa Claus back then.”
- "In the meadow Ali and I built a snowman and pretended it was Daryl Zanuck. He said, ‘Are you married?’ I turned to Ali and said ‘Baby, that’s not a half-bad idea.’"
- "Virginia, not only is there a Santa Claus, but baby, you’re looking at him."
- "What do I want for Christmas? Baby, let me tell you. I’ve made some of the biggest box office hits of all time—I’m talking huge. I’ve seen it all and done even more. But all I want for Christmas is you."
*A Tessa Strain and Geoffrey Lapid Production
I call this series “James Bond Plays By The Rules.”