There are things in life that are often unexplainable. Occurrences that are difficult to process logically. My Grandfather’s passing was one of these times in my life. The week after he passed was filled with funeral preparations and processions. As a young teenager, it was a difficult week for me. But, I’ll never forget the reprieve I found in my Uncle’s stories.
Happy Monday Everyone!
Hope you all are recovering from the weekend well, especially the Super Bowl last night that was hosted in our very own ATLANTA!!!
Even though you can’t count on every Super Bowl to have you on the edge of your seat, you can always count on the commercials to have you crying from laughter or having your heart strings tugged. And this year’s commercials did not disappoint. In the name of creative advertising and film, we’ve rounded up our 10 favorite commercials from the 2019 Super Bowl.
Cue the music people, it’s our favorite time of year, and no, I’m not talking about the holidays, although I do hope all of you had an absolutely wonderful holiday season! I’m talking about, drumroll please, award season! Particularly the Oscars. Yes that’s right, the films that mean anything to anyone finally get their recognition and the actors who have been snubbed for years finally get their awards (shoutout my man Leo). And with the nominations coming out in just a week’s time, we here at Trove have been discussing who we think is going to win what, specifically the coveted award for “Best Picture”. Of course, the Oscars are in place to acknowledge so much more than “Best Film of the Year”, but c’mon, who can name every single category being recognized without looking it up? If so, I’ll give you all the money left in my bank account ($10.27 last time I checked! I’m doing great Mom and Dad, I promise!)
With the new year fast approaching, and the upcoming releases of Disney’s own video streaming service, it is no secret that the competition has been pushing other current and new streaming services to get or stay in the game.
With so many to choose from- Who is to know which has your favorite shows and which one will have more diverse content than the others?
So, let’s compare the current leaders in streaming services, and those soon to come-
Just like everyone else, we here at Trove Studio are prepping for the holidays!
All of us are departing for a few days to enjoy this time with our families. However, we will back next week. In the meantime, I thought, what is one thing everybody loves over the holidays? Well of course, binging our favorite TV shows while once again immobile due to insane amounts of food we have consumed.
Therefore, I put together a list below of some of the classics to put you in the holiday-ish mood.
November 12 will now be earmarked as another sad day in the entertainment and film world. As it lost another legend, Stan Lee- comic book writer, producer, and publisher. Stan Lee passed this Monday at the age of 95.
Creator of such iconic stories that we all love such as Spider Man, Black Panther, The Fantastic Four- course I could go on and on. In order to pay tribute to him, I wanted to a give rough overview of Lee’s career.
Hey Trove fam! We have to introduce you to our new assistant editor Vivian, she is pretty awesome! What makes her so awesome? Well, just asking her what she finds interesting about herself she said, “I feel like I have an ability to make the most mundane activities seem interesting. I’ve spent the last year getting to know myself a lot, and I’ve accepted that one of my superpowers is having a natural positivity towards anything I invest time in. I love helping people get excited about simply... living. “ Wow! What a statement right? Everyday Vivian shows up to Trove with a smile on her face and she is just so inspiring as a person, you can’t help but want to be around her! :)
Some of her hobbies consist of trying new restaurants and then going home to try to replicate the food she just tried. She also likes to watch “Chef’s Table”; hmm maybe this is where her food inspirations come from? She even likes to bring us some new food and drinks to try in the office, another reason why we love her. :)
Besides watching Chef’s Table, of course she likes to watch other tv shows such as “Game of Thrones” and “This Is Us.” As for movies “Short Term 12”, “Her”, and Wong Kar Wai films. Basically anything emotionally heavy and character-driven, she loves it!
Music is another love of Vivian’s she enjoys making playlists in her free time! Sound is what got Vivian started in the film industry. She helped establish “Sofar Sounds” in Athens Georgia, where she was a videographer and video editor. “I discovered a community of people who wanted to help create this platform for artists to express their musicality. I transitioned into filmmaking through a similar collaborative process, but that’s where I discovered my passion and appreciation for editing”, she says. We definitely feel that Vivian is in the right field for sure!
Since starting at Trove, Vivian has found that she really appreciates the balance of professionalism and interpersonal conversations between everyone. “I think that level of comfortability is important for a company’s growth,” says Vivian.
Some of her goals for the Film Industry over the next two years are to focus on being the best AE any Editor would need. Eventually, she would like to be pass over that knowledge and work her way up to be a full time Editor. In the meantime, Vivian is still trying to figure out what her “editing niche” is and enjoying the creativity from looking at the color orange (Trove Studio)! :)
Hey Everyone! It’s October and this week we are celebrating Halloween! Here in the studio we’re excited for the horror movies, haunted houses, makeup and costumes! We went around and asked our Trove team about some of their Halloween memories.
Alan, one of our interns and PAs, said as a kid his family didn’t really do halloween, but the best memories he has are carving pumpkins and dressing up as Mushu from the Disney movie “Mulan.” His dream pumpkin to carve would be Shrek and Fiona, but to set these pumpkins apart he would leave them out all year! Alan says, “I just feel like that is what you should do with a Shrek pumpkin, you know?” Alan doesn’t have many plans this year for Halloween, but he might try to go to a Anime convention in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan.
It was a lot of fun talking with Ashley, Trove’s Producer, about her halloween experiences. She remembers her mom dressing her up as a witch EVERY SINGLE YEAR! Ashley's favorite costume was being a Genie, but she said it was not very good once you had to get bundled up for Maine’s cold weather. Something really cool about Maine -- other than the weather -- was how crazy everyone is about the Salem witches.
Going from one extreme to another Ashley then moved to Florida. She said, “Halloween is just not Halloween in Florida. It’s way too hot!” Even though halloween is not the same in Florida, Ashley really enjoyed her nephew dressing up as Buzz Lightyear from Disney’s “Toy Story”.
Now living and working in Atlanta, Ashley hopes to dress up as Cardi B this year. Cardi B is definitely going to be a really fun and popular costume this year. What do you all think?
Speaking of Disney, we have another PA who might be afraid to go into the Disney’s Haunted Mansion or she just wants to give the dead their respect … we are not really sure. (Shh, don’t tell her name is Shelby.) As a kid Shelby would carve pumpkins and watch the movie “Hocus Pocus.”
Hocus Pocus is just the essential ‘scary’ movie you watch as a kid, you know!” Shelby said. Of course, we had to ask who her favorite Sanderson Sister is. She went with Mary, the witch with black hair, because she’s so funny. She thinks Hocus Pocus is a great movie because it’s a story about family, and even though it’s kind of sad it has a great ending. Her favorite part of the movie is when the Sanderson Sisters sing “I’ll Put a Spell On You.” “I love that song so much.
I even sing it when it’s not halloween.”
Shelby’s favorite costume so far for Halloween, was when she and her boyfriend went as Bob and Linda from Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers,” her favorite show. This year Shelby is planning to dress up as Lara Croft from “Tomb Raider”, Leeloo from “The Fifth Element, or the block furniture characters from Kanye West and Lil Pump “I Love It” music video. The goal is to be someone really cool or something just plain funny and stupid, said Shelby.
After talking about halloween costumes and traditions, we then got on the topic of hauntings and people being haunted here at Trove Studio. We heard Alan tell about his Grandma’s haunted pacemaker randomly going off after she passed away. Alan said, “usually the pacemaker will make a weird noise when his dad is upset or going through a hard time. “
Ashley told us about how her cats like to hide in her box spring. One day her box spring was making weird noises … and it wasn’t her cats! Her apartment was built in the 1920’s, so it really could be anything. Maybe a cat died and was haunting her because she loves cats so much? Who knows?
Although, the best story of them all, of course, was from Ben, our director.
One late night, Ben was at the studio while no one else was here. He was working while listening to the audio book “The Demonologist” by Ed & Lorraine Warren. In the audio book the Warren’s describe the difference between ghost and demon possession. According to the book, when a demon is bothering you, there’s always a bad smell and something gross around like urine or feces.
So Ben’s just listening along and then decides to go check the mail outside. Everything was normal and nothing out of the ordinary. He got the mail walked back inside and … stepped right in some kind of feces. To this day, Ben doesn’t know where it came from or what caused it to appear. Maybe it was because he was listening to the audio book or maybe not?
On another occasion, we went into the studio in the morning and Ashley had a weird liquid that smelled really bad on her call sheets. We looked at the ceiling and all around ... no leaks or spilled cups of water or coffee. Maybe it was the demon again … What do you all think? We would love to hear your comments below. :)
We hope you enjoyed reading about what some of us are doing here at Trove for Halloween and our big haunting here! If we’re filming for you this October, a lot of us like Reeses, Kit Kats, Nerds, and Milky Ways ... Ben just tried a payday for the very first time and doesn’t care for it, but he also tried a Take5 and said it was surprisingly very good -- so those work, too! ;)
We can’t finish up the blog without mentioning some great events going on in the community. What we recommend for October are the haunted tours at SweetWater Brewery, Edgar A Poe Experience at Wrenn’s Nest and Marco Ramirez's "The Royale" for people looking for something decidedly less scary (“not scary”). Go check them out and have a frightening October!