My Many Musings...

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Kristen Stewart/Marcus Foster "I Was Broken" music video icons
thebricklayer
A crap-ton of icons from Kristen Stewart's (gorgeous) music video debut in Marcus Foster's "I Was Broken" video (yes, the song that Rob sang/covered forever ago!)
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29. 30.

Please feel free to take and use, just credit me if you use them! Enjoy! ;)

More Hunger Games teaser icons!!
thebricklayer

I have multiple categories of icons this time around! Half inspired by a screencap I saw on a website talking about the Hunger Games, and also inspired by a project that I'm doing in college--it involves us picking apart your selected image and finding an area that you can work into an abstract focus. So, with that, here they are!

Mockingjay pin abstracts - Remember those shots when the pin was swirling? These are some experimental abstracts with the screenshots of it!
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Various abstracts - The barely-glimpsed beauty found in random shots. Is that a camera-man or a co-star in Katniss's eye in 22 and 23?? :O
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Arena ambience - Representing the mood of the movie; I supremely respect how well they've showcased the wonderful woods of the south-east in this film so far!
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28. 29. 30. 31.

Backward Mockingjay - These are what I like to call the "backward Mockingjay" icons--they were from screencaps I made when the Mockingjay was spinning at the end, and it spun around backwards; I thought it looked really cool!
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Extra various teaser icons - The only one I really tinkered with was 42. I added a little Motion Blur to make it look like she was running fast. :) The others just came straight from the teaser, and were sharpened up a bit!
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44. 45.

Well, those are my Hunger Games teaser icons for the day! I swear, it's like I've become obsessed with making icons from this teaser lately! I just can't stop! o_O

Anyways, feel free to take them and use them! I only ask that you give me credit if you're asked where you got them! Enjoy! ;)


58 Hunger Games icons
thebricklayer

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I hope you guys enjoy these icons! I got a little carried away when I was screencap-ing the trailer, and then I just HAD to make icons.

Please credit me if you take them to use, and use them to your hearts' content--that's what I make them for! :)


Icons
thebricklayer

Hunger Games  (20 icons)

The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn Part 1  (43 icons)

 

Hunger Games

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn Part 1
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21. 22. 23. 24.
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29.30. 31. 32.
33. 34. 35. 36.
37. 38. 39. 40.
41. 42. 43. 

Clearly, with over 40 icons in the Twilight department, I have a problem. :P Haha, I just couldn't stop making them! I got on a roll with the New Moon ones, and it just cascaded from there!

Also, can I just say that I think Elizabeth Reaser is highly underrated, and that Esme is highly underused as a character? Anyone agree? You should. :P 

And I know that a lot of people think that the Twilight series sucks--not us, of course--but to those people, I'd just like to tell you to take a look at the cinematography for all of the films. As a whole, the series is BEAUTIFUL, cinematography-wise at least! That's all I could think about while I was making these icons, just how beautiful the movies are, from the lighting to the set design to the choreography for the actors.

Anyways, I hope you guys enjoy these icons! Please credit me if you take them to use, and use them to your hearts' content--that's what I make them for! :) 


Hunger Games icons
thebricklayer

Please credit me if you use! Thanks, and enjoy!

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Milkshake
thebricklayer
It's rare I write anything about random movies I've recently seen, but these two movies are so much more than random movies. They stirred up all of these thoughts and feelings for these movies, and I couldn't not write about them...

Last night, I stumbled onto a movie called Before Sunrise. I stumbled across it when I was searching through a user's list on IMDb that someone had made, consisting of all of the most "beautiful" movies, in their opinion. I had heard of Before Sunset (the sequel) back when it came out in 2004, but had never seen it. And now, reading the premise of this Before Sunrise, it really struck a chord with me. I knew I had to see it.

The movie, in short, is about a two twenty-somethings--a boy and a girl--who meet on a train in Europe, who decide to spend the evening together just walking the streets of Vienna and talking. On the surface, the premise could seem boring; two people talking for the length of a film? Really? But the night portrayed in the movie is just a chronicling of their every moment together, talking, laughing, learning about one another...They change locations constantly, and that's all part of them growing closer, moving together, constantly moving but staying together.

Then there's the sequel, Before Sunset, which I'm not going to go into any detail about it, because I don't want to ruin anything for anyone who might want to watch it...

But HANDS DOWN, these movies are two of the most romantic movies I've ever seen. Not just in that, "Oh, look at that passionate kiss, framed in that romantic setting..." or "Wow, look at that fantastic love scene". No. These movies are far beyond the typical Hollywood love story. These characters share a connection on a plain high above the typical Hollywoodized chick-flick romance. It's so much more than that. It's not just something you see, it's something you feel, and relate to, and I think this is the first movie in a long time that I feel people everywhere could really relate to. Not so much as in, Oh, I see myself in these characters, but in that it's something that could logically happen.

These movies are about connection, and the random curve-balls life throws our way, throwing these two random people through a period in time, and we watch as the bonds formed between them just grown stronger and stronger.

Points of the movies made me laugh, made me tear-up, made my hands fly to my face in sympathy for them, watching them struggle, grapple with feelings (particularly a moment in a car in Before Sunset).

Jesse and Celine are two of the most easily-understood characters I think I've ever come across in film. Their backstories aren't given, they're built through the course of the films, through their conversations and explanations. Granted, they're light characterizations of everyday people, they are skeletons of real people, shells...But they're also so specific, in their mannerisms, in their opinions, that they're whole people, far more than just characters in a movie. There's something about them so undeniably real. They're real people, out there in the world somewhere. Obviously, there are people out there just like them, there must be, surely.

What really gets me is how often and how much they go through to stretch out their time together. Excuse after excuse after excuse...but they're always happy excuses, always the best procrastination, because you as the viewer WANT them to stay together as long as possible. The end of the first movie had me near tears because I felt so much for them, I felt what they felt for each other, and I wanted so desperately for them not to part.

I can't really explain enough to make people who haven't seen the movies understand, nor can I expect you to just get it...There are moments too beautiful in these films to put into words. They must be experienced, like you are the ones living the moments, almost. Really, you have to see these movies to understand. You HAVE to see these movies. Rent them, buy them, watch them. I'm going to buy them as soon as I can. My personal "favorite movies" collection will NOT be complete without them. These movies make me long to find a connection like that, or to enhance the connections I already have with people. I want to sit in a restaurant for hours and talk, or walk through a city in the wee hours of the morning and just roam, from music stores to bookstores to cafes...I want to stay up all night and fall asleep completely conversationally-satisfied.

My heart is always happiest after a spending a long night with my best friends, having talked and laughed so hard my stomach hurt, and finally climbing into bed still feeling the strong aftereffects from forging an even deeper connection with them, feeling totally emotionally full but still hungry for even more time, more bonding, more moments.

Life's all about connections, right? The opportunities for connection are all around us everyday. It's just up to us to reach out. Because without connections to other people, what have we got?

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thebricklayer
I have yet to really post an actual entry on here, with actual writing and my actual thoughts.

So here it is.

I am 22 years old, a college student, and an aspiring author.
But who isn't?
Isn't it, like, a rule that you have to be writing a book--or at least experimenting with writing a book--while you're in college?
So this is what I made this LiveJournal for.
To document my journey, on my hopeful path to getting published.

I've been working for over 3 years now, roughly since October 2007. And it's taken me SO long to get everything straight, not only in the story, but in my head--characters, plot, locations; basically getting the whole story focused enough and condensed enough so that it doesn't just seem like I vomited out my thoughts into a Word document and hoped something would come of it.
I've juggled scenes and swapped ideas in and out so many times that none of it should make sense anymore, but all the organizing and re-organizing has just made everything (FINALLY!) come together.

SO much planning has gone into this thing, and so much time...I can only hope it goes somewhere, anywhere, let alone as far as I'd like it to.
I dream about my book becoming a movie one day.
But again, who doesn't? How many people out there wish that something will come of their stories and their ideas? And how many actually make it happen?
Setting up personal "cast lists" and "soundtracks"...It's all inspiring, but ultimately meaningless. At least for now, anyways.

So, I continue writing. All 2010, I told myself Just finish the damn thing already. Seriously, how hard is it to finish something you've started? Does anyone else have this problem? It's not that I'm not committed, because I am. I'm just so easily distracted...I lose my focus so easily. But, at the same time, it's like there's been this core line, this central nerve of focus that has kept my every thought connected to my story, for all these years. I'm always subconsciously thinking about it and plotting and remembering important things that I need to add in.

I keep telling myself This is the year.
...As I've told myself for the past 3 years.

But really. I mean it this time.
This is the year.
If something were ever to happen with this, now is the time. I can feel it in my bones. It feels like it's all built up to this, like all this work has finally driven me here.

It's just up to me to finish it.

Alice/Hatter icons
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