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Impressions

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Impressions

Another of my photo series, called Impressions. Enjoy!

Photos © Martina Mikulcikova (martinuenda), 2012

 

Alla Toscana in Slovacchia

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Alla Toscana in Slovacchia

“Piccola porta per un vostro futuro viaggio”

Little door to your future travel journey

 Photos © Martina Mikulcikova (martinuenda), 2012
The idea is already on the paper. The new restaurant is expected to open by 2014. (Of course, expressed by Italians) so till then, if you ever want to taste a piece of Tuscany and not travel 300 km, you can try the current restaurant, Antica Toscana, that offers great homemade pasta, wine, and friendly hospitality of its Sienese owners.
Their official website can be seen here:
(http://www.anticatoscana.sk)

Life in a Bowl

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A film shot produced by four Webster students may make it to the Diagonale

Like the fish in the bowl, we swim silently in our in bigger tank. Maybe we brush past each other, but otherwise, we are stuck. The fate of people who swim in such tanks becomes the main topic in the movie produced by four Webster Vienna students.

After discarding several story ideas, Gretchen Gatzke, Jackie Thode, Kate Kapuza and Lisa Walzel decided to use a short story by their colleague and friend Stefanie Rauchegger, titled “The Girl With the Goldfish”.

The story is about a girl who stopped loving her partner but can’t find the way out of the relationship. More generally, it’s about human’s capability to express and cope with emotions.

Though the video is only eleven minutes long, it took the group almost six weeks from the first discussion of the script to the final version of the movie.

For Jackie, it was the first experience as director and main editor. She calls the three days of actual filming the best they could have been, “also because everybody collaborated well.” Post-production was a bit rougher. Yet, she says, “the team members gave what they could and did what was needed when asked.”  Lisa’s role in the movie was taking care of the cameras, sound, light, and equipment.

Kate was in charge of the shot lists on the set and was taking notes during the filming so the postproduction would go smoothly. Gretchen tried out her acting skills in her first movie, apart from middle school plays in Aspen, Colorado. This experience, she says, was more enjoyable, but even more tough than she would have imagined. “Spending more than ten hours a day doing the same scene over and over is hard work,” she says.

Apart from the four Webster students, one more actor was needed to play the male part in the story. On short notice, Virginia Ernst, a friend of Jackie, was invited to play.  She agreed, with a double goal in mind: “I was thinking that every famous singer or songwriter has already been in one movie,” she says, “so I was really happy when Jackie asked me if I could be an actor and part of the team.” On top of this, she composed the music for the movie. The difference between the two jobs? “When you get into a role you have to become part of it. When writing songs, you are just yourself.

As the instructor of the video class, Holger Lang says: “They were collaborating well and used the strengths of each group member.” Holger also had the idea to submit the short to Austria’s biggest annual film festival, the Diagonale in Graz. This idea made the students work even harder. “We want to be proud of what we send to the Diagonale”, says Jackie.

It is not going to be easy. More than 500 films are submitted and over 25,000 visitors come to the Diagonale. In March 2013, we will know whether “The Girl With the Goldfish” will have made it. For more and earlier information, visit the website here.

Photos © Martina Mikucikova (martinuenda), 2012

Gretchen Gatzke (left, as The Girl), media communications major and editor of the Loop, and Gini Ernst, songwriter and singer (as the male partner in the movie).

The Girl With The Goldfish portrays a very real relationship between two people. “It’s not one of those unrealistic or utopian stories. It happens on a daily basis: people love each other and after some time their relationship falls apart due to diverse reasons,” says Walzel.

“It seems to me that we have forgotten how to express our feelings so we keep them to ourselves. In the story, the girl stops talking because she suffers from depression. Instead of communicating her feelings, she remains silent,” says Rauchegger.

Depression and (non)communication between people is what drove Rauchegger to write the Girl With The Goldfish.

The couple are like the two fish in the bowl; there is nothing left to say. They are stuck,” adds Rauchegger.

As it goes, also in the story one of the partners tries to save the broken relationship, and the other silently wishes to walk out unnoticed.

Gatzke (left): “We worked great as a team, there was definitely a lot of chemistry and I think we both felt like we knew each other even though we had only just met.”

The openending challenges the audience to take from the movie, the message they wish. Yet, it does reflect on the (dis)ability of humankind to express emotions freely.

Body never lies

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Body never lies

Do you ever find it just a little hard to trust people? They had let you down before, and even if you try, you can’t really send those suspicions away. Or maybe it’s rather someone new that doesn’t seem to look any trustworthy, and you are not sure if to give him a chance. Of course, you don’t want to be that fool, who uses prejudice for reasons as Voltaire once wrote. You stop, and think. You might convince yourself that there is actually a reason why you should be careful and rather a bit suspicious. However, let me give you a hint now: Next time you’re on any doubts with person’s honesty and reliability, don’t fool yourself with your own biases. Just tell them to dance!

Not that long ago, even though nobody told me, I found all the courage in my body, and entered my first dance lesson. Little worried, I ended up with a class of other kids that were four years younger than me. Not only you could tell it was the first time I was trying to work with my own body, I was also awkwardly standing out, because of the age difference and height compared to the other girls. I felt somewhat like Billy Eliot, trying to embarrass himself when doing a pirouette among all those girls with pinkie-shiny tutus. I felt awkward, and of course, in the spotlight.Yet, this wasn’t all what Billy Eliot experienced. There is one more moment in that movie, coming right after the hundreds of bad attempts to perform a pirouette. There is a successful one. All the desire and effort turned into a single pirouette, you would say. But that was just the beginning. He rehearsed everyday, in the bathroom, in the room, on the streets; he was remembering the positions, the steps when falling asleep, and he strived for improvement so much, that he achieved it.

Photos © Martina Mikucikova (martinuenda), 2012

And so did I. am on the stage. Still standing in the spotlight – but there is no embarrassment. There is peace and anxiety. This time, it is me wearing the tutu. Not pinkie, though. A more mature one – black, reflecting not only the shiny glitters but as well the grace of the Dying Swan. Up on my points, honored to feel the majesty, I give all that I received and strived for. I dance until the very last tune plays. There is silence.I stand up to bow, and I suddenly look back to the beginning. My first pirouette. My first joy. I listened to every word and watched closely every move that was revealing the art’s technique. The rest was coming from inside. There is no age, color, size, or beauty limit when a body starts to move. One great dancer, Jânia Batista, once was told me that everybody dances. That people are born dancing, in front of TV, to the music on the radio – our bodies desire to be heard. And some realize, as they grow up, that this kind of expression has become their passion.I sometimes wonder how many people are aware of their own body and the power it has once we learn to listen to and communicate with it. It reveals the truths to you and to those who speak your language. As Martha Graham, the mother of modern dance, once said: “Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul’s weather to all who can read it.”My persistence and determination are paid back. I come back to reality, and the audience is responding to my soul. They understood.Oh, and one last thing, if you’re ever on any doubt, remember: Body never lies!