Signal Film by Katie Cropper Klein

Behold the glory of pizza. I finished up the signal film for the ASIFA East awards this morning. Big time thanks to Susan for rotoscoping, Christi for hot dog eating and support with revisions, and Emmett Goodman for the dope jams. Come to the awards night and clap extra hard for us. Sunday May 17th, 2015 @ 6PM 

Post Half Marathon, ASIFA East Awards, and FINALLY SPRING by Katie Cropper Klein

Three weeks ago I ran the NYC Half Marathon and survived. Despite my fantastic planning, I'm sorry to say that I didn't train as well as I would have liked so my pace was not as great as I had hoped but definitely not what I would have described as 'bad' or some fantastic failure. I feel I should mention that I had to stop to pee at least once.

  • Total time: 2:48:25 
  • Avg pace per mile: 12:51

It was WINDY as hell for the second half of the race that started as a loop around central park then dipping down time square and finishing along the west side highway with the finish line near wall street.

they charge you an arm and a leg for a dang download, so just ignore the watermarks.

they charge you an arm and a leg for a dang download, so just ignore the watermarks.

Overall I felt really pretty great but post race was pretty brutal on my gut, so that is something to work on. My next big race is the Brooklyn half which I'll be running with my pal Christi so hopefully that will be more fun with a friend.

Next month, will be the ASIFA Awards. I spent a good deal of time preparing digital entries for the judging nights, though I had to miss all of them because of my teaching schedule. I do know that we really had a great selection of films so I'm really looking forward to the awards.

Be there or be square.

Be there or be square.

Lastly, Dayna Gonzalez and myself will be doing the signal film for the awards night so I'm excited for how that will turn out. Onward!

Who the hell is Nathan Hale? by Katie Cropper Klein

Apparently, an american revolution hottie. According to wikipedia he's the school teacher/spy that when he got executed by the english, famously said ""I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country." His name is also slapped on what feels like 78 different green highway signs scattered through the state of Connecticut on my drive to my latest gig, teaching at the University of Connecticut. 

UConn is a monster sized state school that essentially is a town itself. It's still early but the scale alone of this place is still surprising to me. It makes my college experience feel like an overgrown funky high school. I don't mean that it wasn't college level work that I did at Pratt so much as the size and very specific experience I got there. The course I'm teaching is intro to motion graphics and it is under the umbrella of the Digital Media and Design which I think  is part of the fine arts department. 

Last week was my first and I have to say it was really scary but also really exciting. Something to know about me if we've never met in person, when I'm nervous I turn a burning hot inferno color of red. It looks something like this. 

Yes, I'm told its called Rosecea. This is not news.

Things I need to remember going into class these comings weeks,

1. Say out loud what hotkey you're using OR don't use them at all.  

2. Speak louder, slower, and plan how you want to get to your point. 

3. Spend more time with each individual during demo day. 

4. Be less burn-y in the face, and try to enjoy the class.


I'm sure as the semester rolls on I'll have more meditations on the entire state of Connecticut, including how great right turns on red lights are. Till then I'll be prepping for classes and hammering out freelance projects with my girl Susan. Next month is Kidscreen in Miami and we can't WAIT.

Joe Kleinerman 10K - 2015 by Katie Cropper Klein

This past weekend I ran a 10k with my good pal and running partner Christi. The temps were a balmy 16°F with a wind chill of a delightful 5°

Needless to say I needed lots of motivation and threats from Christi to get my ass to central park at 8AM but I made it. It was one full loop around the park and the first time I've ever ran the Harlem Hill, which is much harder than I thought it would be. Luckily the beast hill was in mile 1 so it was all normal running from there. 

This week I get more serious about my training for the NYC 1/2 Marathon. I've got a trusty training calendar ready to go. I should start a hunt for new running shoes, it seems I've worn these out in less than year. Things to remember for next time, those water stations.. will feature exclusively frozen solid cups of water. note to self: run faster if you want water in its liquid state.