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18 September 2010 @ 09:43 am
Getting to Know You Meme - Day 1  

How-do.  My name is Shannon.  I'm the oldest of four kids; I have two younger sisters and a younger brother.  Born and raised in Kansas, and my mom went to KU, so November-March (April if we're lucky) is ALL KU BASKETBALL ALL THE TIME.  I cried, literally cried, when we lost to Syracuse in the 2003 Championship Game.  I also literally cried when we won in 2008. 

I am amused that the first thing I thought of, after discussing my family, was the KU Jayhawks.  So.  That should tell you something.

Growing up I wanted to be an actress.  I did school theater and was ~awesome.  Then when it came time for college I randomly applied to USC's Film School amidst all my other applications to theater programs and was accepted.  And got a scholarship and hella financial aid because hi, middle-class girl from a big square state.  So I went to film school, and it was pretty fantastic.  I specialized in post-production sound which means that I know how to make fake footsteps by crunching through old used film to make it sound like walking through grass, and I'm one of those annoying pedants who says "level" instead of "volume," and if you want to make someone's voice sound like it's coming out of a telephone all you have to do is cut out all the low-end.  THESE ARE ALL CLEARLY USEFUL LIFE SKILLS.

Then I went to the University of Texas in Austin for grad school and learned how to be a screenwriter.  Grad school was even more awesome than undergrad.  I miss academia.  It is a very safe, nurturing womb-type place for me.  If the whole actually making movies things doesn't work out, I would be quite happy teaching screenwriting at a college somewhere.  Of course,  you pretty much have to sell something and be a professional screenwriter before any school will hire you, so it's kinda a Catch-22.

I love the following: science fiction.  Julius Caesar.  Sleeping with my window open on cold nights.  Apple cider.  Snuggling my kitty cats.  Halloween.  The internet.  Reading while I eat.  Television.  Driving at night.  Candles that smell good.  Starting new hobbies I will eventually abandon.

When I was a very small kid, in the 6-8 year old range, I used to lie in bed at night and fantasize about walking.  I would imagine waiting till my parents went to bed and the house got very quiet, then sneaking out of my room and packing my backpack with a change of clothes and some peanut-butter sandwiches.  Then I would slip out the door and just start walking, on empty, moon-lit streets, never passing another person.  Just walking.  Sometimes, I will think about how much I would still like to do that, and decide that one day, I will.  I will pack a bag and drive out to some lonely one-lane road late at night and I will just start walking.  It will be great.

Day 02 – Your first love
Day 03 – Your parents
Day 04 – What you ate today
Day 05 – Your definition of love
Day 06 – Your day
Day 07 – Your best friend
Day 08 – A moment
Day 09 – Your beliefs
Day 10 – What you wore today
Day 11 – Your siblings
Day 12 – What’s in your bag
Day 13 – This week
Day 14 – What you wore today
Day 15 – Your dreams
Day 16 – Your first kiss
Day 17 – Your favorite memory
Day 18 – Your favorite birthday
Day 19 – Something you regret
Day 20 – This month
Day 21 – Another moment
Day 22 – Something that upsets you
Day 23 – Something that makes you feel better
Day 24 – Something that makes you cry
Day 25 – A first
Day 26 – Your fears
Day 27 – Your favorite place
Day 28 – Something that you miss
Day 29 – Your aspirations
Day 30 – One last moment

(I cut out all the "in great details" from this because it made it look cluttered, I think it's kind of implied, but I also won't necessarily be able to write in great detail about all of these, so.)
enigmaticbluesenigmaticblues on September 18th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
Nice to meet you!

Also, I like your introduction, and walking at night on empty streets sounds pretty damn cool. (As does knowing how to do sound-type things. VERY cool.)
Shannon: b5 londo bwkungfuwaynewho on September 18th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
I miss doing sound. It was quite nice, doing something I was good at; unfortunately, it's been so long now that I would have to retrain how to use the mixing boards and editing platforms. :(
nhpwnhpw on September 18th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)


I'm trying to figure out why I was not at all surprised that you love Halloween and doing things (like walking and driving) at night.
Shannon: dexter ghostskungfuwaynewho on September 18th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
Because Halloween and nighttime are awesome?

I forgot to add that I love thunderstorms. :(
nhpwnhpw on September 18th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Ooo thunderstorms!

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Shannon: jayhawkkungfuwaynewho on September 18th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
I can't say I'm a Florida fan or anything, but I hate UConn, so I have to agree with you there.
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Shannonkungfuwaynewho on September 19th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
Halloween is so my favorite holiday, it's not even funny. I'm slowly building up my collection of non-ugly, non-kitschy, non-garish decorations - it is really hard to find the kind of stuff I like for less than all the monies.

My sister and I went up to the park last night and walked a couple miles, and as we were coming around one turn the road either went right back to the tennis courts, or straight to go out of the park and down through some fields, and oh, I just wanted to keep going straight so much. One day!

Why is my Giles Halloween icon not uploaded. Why.
xphilehbxphilehb on September 19th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
Great introduction!

And hey, my dad went to KU. (Both my parents are from Lawrence.) When I was five, he had me tape a statement swearing that I would go to KU for college. And when I was five, I really believed I would. Except I ended up staying in Nebraska for college, and every time we're back in Lawrence, he drives through the campus and talks about how I didn't go there. I like to remind him how much I saved him with in-state tuition.

So anyway, there are two things I know: (1) KU basketball is awesome, and (2) K-State is the enemy.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on September 21st, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
You know, I can sometimes be okay with K-State if we're not playing them. They're a Kansas school after all. Now Missouri? No. They are the enemy.

My favorite t-shirt ever:

xphilehbxphilehb on September 21st, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
Hey now! I was born in Missouri. Truthfully, though, I have no feelings about Missouri one way or the other.
Shannon: jayhawkkungfuwaynewho on September 21st, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
Missouri the state is fine! We go to Applefest in Weston, MO every October, and I buy my cheap booze and fireworks in Missouri.

The University of Missouri? Is evil.

Heh, I was looking through my random crap folder in Photobucket for more anti-Missouri pictures, and found this instead:

That is John Brown holding our National Championship trophy. That single image might be the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.
ghanima sun: olivia smileghanimasun on September 21st, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
I find all those post production sound techniques really interesting. But I don't really know anything about them. Very cool though.

I wish I had gone to grad school right after college, so I'm jealous there too.

Looking forward to the rest of the meme!
Shannon: tng picard sonnet finger pointkungfuwaynewho on September 21st, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
No one ever is interested in my love of post-production sound! Even other film people! So even if you are just feigning interest to be nice, thank you. (Don't encourage me, or I'll start yammering to you about how very few shows ever manage to properly mix looping.)

I took a year off between undergrad and grad, which was a good thing, I think. I got a little burnt out after undergrad. What would you want to get your masters in?
ghanima sun: scienceghanimasun on September 21st, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
I don't know anything about the technical stuff, but I like it when they show behind the scenes and the sound people like using random objects to make common sounds. So you can yammer all you want about that stuff, but if you really want me to understand you'd have to explain to me exactly what mix looping even means. Now if it's using a cantaloupe to sound like a car exploding (or whatever :D ) then I can understand that a bit better!

I sort of meant to go back to grad school, but I've learned I'm not really skilled at making productive life choices. I got a Bachelors in Astronomy and Physics. I love science, math and astronomy, but I've been out of school for so long, I've practically forgotten most of what I learned. I did really like college though, it was nice being in that sort of bubble of structure, learning, and convenient social outlets.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on September 21st, 2010 11:55 am (UTC)
Hee. Um, looping is when they rerecord their dialogue after they're done filming because the dialogue recorded on set isn't working for whatever reason - lots of traffic on the street, a plane went overhead, etc. Sometimes they also loop lines when they figure out that the audience is dumb and needs something spelled out - so you'll get shots where the person talking isn't on screen and you'll hear a flat "and that's why he called 911 that night" or whatever. It's also called ADR. But since it's recorded in a quiet studio and not where the rest of the scene was recorded, the two sets of audio won't match. One will sound like dialogue from a busy street, and one will sound like someone inside a quiet closet. So they have to mix the ADR - mixing is a term that covers a whole lot of different things you can do to audio. Basically, fiddle with a bunch of shit until they sound similar.

No one ever mixes looping properly on TV. And that's mostly because they just don't have time, but once you're able to hear ADR, you can never go back.

ANYWAY, I love science like crazy but have long forgotten my maths, so the likewise here is true - any time you want to yammer about astronomy, I will be sitting right here, listening patiently. :D
ghanima sun: drinkingghanimasun on September 22nd, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, ADR I basically know what that is. I've also noticed it being done really poorly on some shows. So yeah I can agree with you, sometimes it's done really badly, if even I notice it, and I'm not even a sound person or anything!
It does sound all sorta interesting, but very technical as well.

And thanks for the offer about yammering about astronomy. I really miss it, but I'm so disconnected from it anymore. I don't have much to say, except you might be surprised (I know I am) how many people don't know the difference between Astronomy and Astrology. Seriously.