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    Roque’s Weekly Review for 09/04/19

    Hello Everyone! I have had quite a full week of activities with birthday celebrations, a small film shoot in the woods last Monday, and a fun Labor Day pool party. Here is a photo of the BEAUTIFUL birthday cake my family got for me last weekend: Yeah, my family calls me “Don”. It’s complicated. This week, work gets underway for my big film project this fall semester. I am recruiting crew members and talent for a mockumentary that I have been mulling over for a while in my head. More on that later. I’ll also be part of the crew for other film projects currently in development. In addition to…

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    Roque’s Weekly Review for 07/17/19

    I have had a memorable week. Last Thursday, I got to perform three songs at a wedding for friends of mine. This has been in the works for months. I composed new arrangements for the songs, and I’ve been fine-tuning them a whole lot. I used most of my sound equipment and my faithful keyboard that I have had for years. It was a magical day, and I loved singing for the happy couple. Then, last Friday, I joined some friends of mine at the Ascend Amphitheater in downtown Nashville to see one of my favorite bands Young the Giant perform. I got to hang out with people I adore,…

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    Roque’s Weekly Review for 7/10/19

    Another week has passed through this warm and misty summer we’ve been having here in middle Tennessee. I go for long walks in our hollow. I read books and cuddle with my cat whenever possible. We do not have the sounds of cars rushing by, honking horns, and airplanes forging paths out into the sky. Instead, we have the lengthy discourse of birds, the mating calls of frogs, and the song of wind simmering through the leaves of trees. I acknowledge all of this as often as I can because I am sincerely grateful for this music that surrounds me. Speaking of music, I’ve spent the last few days making…

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    Roque’s Weekly Review for 05/22/19

    Thanks for swinging by for another weekly update! My life is so different when I’m not in school. I feel like I went from living in a cramped outhouse to a spacial palace in the woods. I’ve been playing lots of music, reading books, napping, cleaning up around the house, and cuddling with my cat. FEATURED WORK This week, I want to continue unpacking some of the work I did over the past school year. I want to share one of the short films I made for my Single Cam II class. This is a class that focuses more on film making as opposed to live television operations that use…

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    Roque’s Weekly Review for 1/23/2019

    Hello! It’s that time of week again! Time to check in about what is new with me. College Check-in I am in the second week of school right now. I have met all of my professors, and I have a good sense of what lies ahead. This spring semester, I am taking two production classes that will have several film projects, a black and white photography class, and a lab for astronomy. In addition to this, I am completing a big creative project that has been in the works for a very long time. (More on that later.) There will be a mountain of work to be done in the…

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    Roque’s Weekly Review for 1/16/2019

    As I write this update, I am in the thick of my first week back at school. This semester will be a logistical balancing act between all of my class work, an independent film project due at the end of March, music-making, and all of the other important parts of my life (time with loved ones, friends, family, my cat, and for myself to regroup and rest along the way). Starting next week, I’ll be including a weekly school check-in to update all of you folks on what I am working on and how I am doing. Now, on with this week’s new stuff from me. Photography Feature: Sandor Katz…

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    Roque’s Weekly Review for 12/19/18

    Yes, it has been a minute since I published one of my weekly reviews. Nonetheless, here I am, and I have some fun tidbits to share. 1. Fall Semester 2018 in College As of yesterday morning, my university released my grades for this past semester. I worked very hard, and my grades were awesome! I had numerous projects and papers that each took a lot of thought, time, and sweat equity. I learned a lot this semester, but I sure am glad it is over. I now have a month off from school, and though I do have quite a bit of work to do on an ongoing project, it…

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    Roque’s Weekly Review on 11/7/18

    Hello Beautiful People, It’s time for another quick update. I hope everyone’s week is going well. Midterm Election Results I live in an incredibly conservative state, and the two most highly contested offices (for Senate and Governor) were won by candidates from the Republican party that I did not support. I am disappointed, but I am glad that the democrats have regained control of the House of Representatives. Even a little progress can go a long way. Light Painting Last week, I completed a fun assignment for one of my classes. I have never done light painting before, and I did not think I would manage to pull it off. …

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    Roque’s Weekly Review on 10/24/18

    Yes, it has been a minute since I last posted an update. This last month has been full of school projects and travel, but things are calming down for a little bit. 1. School Update In the last month, I worked as a director for one film project and then as a producer for another. I worked within a team of fellow students to design ten minute variety show types of programs. We acquired actors/comedians and a vaudeville/juggling act.  Both projects were filmed in a studio, and we used multiple cameras, lighting plots, set decorations, and set changes. A lot of thought went into these projects, and we were quite…

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    Roque’s Weekly Review on 9/26/18

    So, what’s new this week .  .  . 1. Pianissimo The second issue of my newsletter Pianissimo hits email inboxes this week. There will be another graphic poem and the debut of a new youtube video performance featured in the issue. If you would like to subscribe, just click below: SUBSCRIBE TO PIANISSIMO 2. Photography On social media this week, I posted a couple of images of a photography assignment I recently did for school. The assignment involved learning how to work with different shutter speeds in a camera. Here are the images for your perusal: This image involved the use of a fast shutter speed that essentially freezes a…