2008

Well, last year I fell into the cliché of writing the annual wrap-up of the past year, but this time I’m embracing it from the beginning.  Let’s make this a tradition, shall we?  I know, I know… where do I come up with all of these original ideas?  A blog entry on New Year’s Eve that talks about the previous year??  I’m a genius, what can I say.

I called 2007 my year of transition, and that continued into this year.  2008, however, also became a year of self-discipline – and learning to say goodbye when it’s necessary.  2008 was a year of change…

Let’s start with the biggest, and worst, moment of the year.  In February, my dog died.  I loved that little old lady, as I’ve written about before a number of times, and I still miss her every day.  I don’t want to spend much time on this, as I’ll be talking about her again in a month and a half when I release her last movie that I’ve been hard at work on, but she was a huge part of my life – so there was no way to avoid mentioning it here.  Also, less than a month before she died, Heath Ledger had his accidental overdose.  As my anticipation had been building for The Dark Knight, he was really on the forefront of my mind and it was a very sad thing for me to hear.  That, followed by Katie a few weeks later, and it was just a double-whammy of crap.  2008 was off to an absolutely horrible start, but things improved, as they always will.

The second biggest topic of this year for me is a tie between school and Get Back.  First, school.  I started the spring semester intent on becoming a Computer Science and Information major at UCI.  Well, that’s just not me.  I was aiming for what would be secure and make me enough money to live a normal life, but I wouldn’t have been happy.  So, I again let myself realize that movies are the only thing I could do to live a satisfying life, and I set my focus on attending Chapman.  Just recently, however, I have faced some personal choices and realized that Chapman was just another safety net – something that I could do comfortably to avoid pursuing my dream of Hollywood.  I had always wanted to go to film school, but that time has come and gone.  Not that I couldn’t, but more that I shouldn’t… enough time’s been wasted already.  So, that’s another plan changed.

Next, we have Get Back.  With the script completed in January, we are closely approaching the one year production mark.  I’ve met some interesting people, and had some great times so far.. but what I’m REALLY looking forward to is shooting the darn thing 😉  The time is coming, though, and I hope to tell you how well it went for my 2009 post next year!

Finally, speaking of movies, this was a good year for me.  Two of my favorite movies of all time came out this year, though I know you know what those are already 🙂  Here’s a quick list of movies released this year that I loved – and obviously recommend wholeheartedly:

The Dark Knight
WALL•E
American Teen
The Incredible Hulk
Rambo

Not a long list, but for me – the fact that there are 5 movies there is pretty amazing 😉

So, like I said, 2008 was a year of change.  Let me sum it all up for you:

• I grew my beard fuller and my hair longer than they have ever been before.
• I solidified my college major, only to change it again.  Then I decided to skip college altogether because…
• I re-realized that making movies is the only career I can imagine having.
• I wrote an 80+ page screenplay for a friend.
• I became more self-disciplined than I’ve ever been before.
• I asked out a girl for the first time in a VERY long time (think years).
• I said goodbye to my oldest friend when we put my dog to sleep.
& I continued to learn about the world and myself more and more everyday.

Sure, there was more to the year than this – one could never describe everything that happened in an entire year with just one post, but if you know me you no doubt were there for most of it.  Besides, that’s what the blog’s archives are for 😉  Predictions for 2009?  I have no idea.  I’m going to finally, FINALLY, jump myself into the moviemaking world, so who knows where I’ll be in a year.

“Let’s hope it’s a good one, without any fear.”

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About Mark Mushakian

Just a man who loves God, women, kids, dogs, movies, and every other lovely thing in life :)
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