Monday, June 24, 2002

summer school at Gunn

I just started an SAT preparation course at Gunn High School. The class focuses on building vocabulary - which is one of the most important aspects of the exam. Our teacher is very diligent and she makes every effort to ensure we don't fall behind. She's also very kind, although she gives out many assignments. No wonder they say Gunn is a competitive school.

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Friday, June 14, 2002

halfway through high school

This was the last day of school before summer. The Spanish II Honors final was very tough, even with all the bonus questions. The other exams weren't easy either. I just hope there won't be a nasty surprise when I get my report card. *crosses fingers*

Having finished 10th grade, I'm now halfway through high school. It's hard to believe I'll be an upperclassman in the fall. Damn, time goes by fast.

The good news is that my family has lots of things planned for the summer. It should be pretty awesome. :-)

Currently playing: Thief: The Dark Project

Friday, June 7, 2002

and now for our feature presentation...

I recently mentioned that we had to film a soap opera for Spanish II Honors. Our project was finished yesterday and presented today in class, along with all the others. I think everyone did a great job!

About our project

Our production is called Amor y Mentiras ("Love and Lies") and took about three weeks to make. Shannon was our de facto director as most of the filming was done at her house. Our roles were as follows:

  • Me as José
  • David Barth as Davíd
  • Sarah Murray as Sarita
  • Michelle Nelson as Micaela
  • Shannon Haley as Lilia

Part 1

Davíd and José are two bad guys who rob a bank during a crime spree. This part was filmed at a mom and pop store in Los Altos called J & R's Foodland. The manager of the store was kind enough to allow us to shoot there. He even guest-starred as a bank teller!

Part 2

The crooks use the ill-gotten money on a vacation to the Bahamas. They cross paths with the girls while there and fall in love with them. The girls find them charming and invite them to their vacation home. This is where the love scene takes place.

Part 3

The romance is short-lived as Davíd and José plot to frame the girls. But when the girls find out what's going on, the thugs burn down the vacation home and shoot Sarita dead. Davíd and José flee the country as the scene ends.

Special thanks

This project wouldn't have been possible without the help of others. Special thanks go out to the following people:

  • Shannon's mother Sharyl for helping around.
  • Sarah's mother Carol for the occasional ride.
  • The manager at J & R's Foodland for letting us film at his store and guest-starring as a bank teller.


On the whole, I'm really proud of what we accomplished. Although we had our disagreements from time to time, our group generally worked well together. It's too bad I can't share the video as I don't have a copy myself. You'll just have to use your imagination!

Sunday, June 2, 2002

love scenes are so awkward...

"Do you want to kiss her instead?" -- Michelle, after I refused to hug Sarah

For the final project in Spanish II Honors, our class has to film Spanish soap operas, also known as telenovelas. I was assigned to a group with four other people, namely David, Shannon, Sarah and Michelle. Shannon is our de facto director as most of the filming is being done at her house.

We've been working on the project for about two weeks and just finished the obligatory love scene. The most awkward moment was when I had to give Sarah a hug while professing my love for her. But because I'm still shy around girls, I adamantly refused to get close to Sarah, much to everyone's annoyance. In the end, she and I just held hands instead. *blush*

In hindsight, this is something I regret. Sarah is a very sweet girl and surely wouldn't have minded. She was probably even a little offended that I didn't want to touch her. Oh well.

So yeah, love scenes are always awkward. Especially when you're the actor.

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