UPDATE: Margaritas at Midnight, Carmarthen Bay Film Festival, U.K.

CBFF selection

Margaritas @ Midnight was screened on Thursday May 30th at 12:20:

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http://carmarthenbayfilmfestival.org

Moved mountains to get there, but who knew Paris-Wales travel could be so long, complicated, and expensive? It turned out I couldn’t spend two days on the train including 400€ Eurostar tickets (holiday weekend rate? last minute?) or fly into Cardiff  and get transportation from there to Swansea (one flight daily, times didn’t mesh). Really wanted to be there in person! Next best thing: someone wonderful represented me=Mr. Paul Raymond, great guitarist who played on Margaritas 🙂

His report: “Evening went fine but …no cigar 😎 It was great, spoke with lots of film people and they all noticed the vid. Also it was seen at the festival so it’s all good. M@M has lots of cred that’s the main thing.”

No award was given in our category, Short Comedy. So we didn’t win but we definitely didn’t lose.

Our first film festival! To be continued! Thank you Paulie!

xxxxxx Aliss

Is it Love or Robots?

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A screen shot taken this morning on the Margaritas at Midnight YouTube Analytics page where the number of views continues to zigzag in the war between Youtube and the Robots (?). Are these real people loving the video or bots masquerading as people? Will YouTube approve these views or delete them? Enjoying the suspense!! Never a dull moment!!

To be continued!!

No, I didn’t hallucinate :-)

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Test shot for M@M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLT2uGolYIA

Playing the YouTube video game! In one week the views for Margaritas at Midnight have gone from 5,000 to 8,000+ back down to 5,000 up to 6,500, back to 6,100 and now 7,600+!

What a roller coaster for a newbie like me… Here’s a screen shot from 5pm today:

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To prove to myself that I didn’t hallucinate. Chills, thrills and spills!

Apparently this happens a lot? The YouTube algorithm thinks robots are watching and culls those views?

To be continued! xxxxxx Aliss

Thousands of YouTube Views! Am I a Star Yet?

Margaritas at Midnight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLT2uGolYIAIMG_1302One of my test shots for the video…

Making this video has been the biggest blast of my life so far! It brings together everything I love: writing, singing, music, images, designing, fabrics, hanging out with creative genius buddies and loved ones…

I’m also the producer!  I should be posting like crazy, in everyone’s faces “consistently” as the gurus advise… but there’s been other work to do: copyright papers and DVD’s, registration with the producers’ union, uploads to music platforms, film festival entries, airplay… and of course announcing the release on social media.

The video was chugging along happily on YouTube racking up views by friends and well-wishers when suddenly the numbers started jumping 300+ a day and we flew pas 1000, 2000 and 3000! Wow! Is it going viral? Should I think about gowns and jewels for the red carpet? Start writing acceptance speeches? Hit the gym? Get super body positive? Bleach my teeth? Exciting!

Turns out National Margarita Day was coming up on February 22 and YouTube was featuring Margaritas at Midnight all over the place. After the big holiday things the pace slowed to 50 or so views a day, still very nice! We’re moving past 3600

Looks like I might not be a threat to Cardi B or Lady Gaga just yet. Less pressure. Plenty of time to plan the next video and build a set around M@M, test it out on intimate audiences before the Super Bowl.

Meanwhile, the perfect calling card and launch pad to get my a** back into music after a long family break…

Thank you everyone who watched, shared, commented, recommended 🙂

Stay tuned! xxxxx Aliss

PS since I posted this we’ve picked up 4,500 views! 8,000 and counting! Mysteriously the numbers vary depending on the device…And keep going up and down!!!!

Today (Wednesday March 6th) YouTube shows 6,238 views! Is there such a thing as negative views? Are they like anti-matter? Do they bombard the positive views and nullify them? What an adventure!!

Update September 2019: Picked up thousands of views on May 5 for Cinco de Mayo, picked up more end of August, now at 14,500 and counting! Thank you everyone!

TO BE CONTINUED

 

xxxxxx

Margaritas at Midnight

margaritas thumbExcited to share “Margaritas at Midnight” my first music video as DIRECTOR (AND singer songwriter) 🙂

Recorded with the British band Rough Score, guaranteed tequila buzz with bluesy lounge beach music…true love, shamanic dream or cautionary tale?…

Includes DIVINE margarita recipe demonstration 🙂

Here’s the link:

Now on i-Tunes

http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1449311127?ls=1&app=itunes

And Apple music

http://itunes.apple.com/album/id/1449311127

More soon!

xxxxxxx Aliss

Film…and Fromage

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Where can you enjoy the passion and erudition of Cinema Master Bruno Toussaint followed by a gourmet cheese tasting with assorted wines? Only at Paris Writers’ Retreats sponsored by the Rohm Agency pariswritersretreat.com. Bruno entertained and enlightened us with a weekend of insights into the art of story telling through image and sound. His outlines are clear and to the point, with rich video illustrations from the likes of Stanley Kubrick, Francis Coppola, Andrew Stanton, and Darren Aronofsky. Against a soothing background of bâteaux-mouches gliding by on the Seine just outside a tall French window, lively discussions and inspired readings by our ensemble cast of witty luminaries (novelists, non-fiction writers, and searchers) added to the festivities, guided by Bruno’s skilful moderating and sense of humor. Then, each evening he initiated us into the artistry and mysteries of fromage:

DSC02673The Master presents platter number one (plan américain), in ascending order of sophistication,DSC02670cutting to the chase in a close up (knife clicks metallically on ceramic surface).

DSC02671Dolly out for daring knee-shot of our hostess, behind her always-stunning table (still-life chiaroscuro painstakingly researched at the Louvre).

Leading ladies in group shot by Fabrice…12977285_10206772563532229_3692852297497162057_oAliss, Anne, Karin, Wendy, Bruno, Susan, Letitia (laughter, toasts, clinking of glasses).

12967904_10206764660254652_2240648670203855480_oDialogs with our leading men, photo by Wendy…

 

DSC02665 Establishing shot from Wendy’s door towards Notre Dame.DSC02663Zoom out, looking west from Pont Marie (Parisian traffic noise in the distance)…

To be continued…

Dreaming on the Sky

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Looking up, projecting inner visions on the sky, our infinite screen, opens imagination.  What do we want to take with us into the New Year?  What do we want to leave behind?  What bridges do we want to cross?  What do we love so much that we can’t not do it?  When we put our hearts fully into a dream, it changes us and our “reality.” Most people hate the word commitment, but here’s another way to look at it:

“As long as we are not committed, doubt reigns, the ability to withdraw remains and inefficiency always prevails. Concerning all acts of initiative and creativity, there is an elementary truth,the ignorance of which has countless consequences and aborts splendid projects. At the moment we fully commit, Providence also goes into motion. To help us, all sorts of things take shape, which wouldn’t have happened otherwise. An entire chain of events, of situations and decisions create in our favor all manner of unplanned incidents, meetings, and material support that we would never have dreamed of encountering on our path…Everything you can do or dream of doing, you can venture. Audacity contains genius, power, and magic.”  W.H. Murray, The Power of Commitment

Let’s throw our big dreams for ourselves and the world into the sky: health, happiness, creativity, abundance. No dream too big to come true.

Happy New Year! xxxx Aliss