Current Project: Alyona’s Eyes

Read my previous post on Alyona’s Eyes here.

Alyona’s Eyes has reached the editing phase. The Soviet-themed movie has come out to be roughly twenty minutes of intense footage. I have been working with the writer/director/editor (Christian Yonkers) to help him finish up the rough cut. He has truly impressed me with his quick editing abilities. The score was just finished a couple days ago, so we are shaping up to be done in time for the premiere at SAU’s Will Shoot For Credit event.

The link to watch Alyona’s Eyes will be posted soon, as well as an update on its reception at the event!

Lingerie Shopping in China

Traveling to China? My main tip: hit up the lingerie shops.

If you’re a woman, hit them up for yourself. If you’re a man, be a true gentleman and go for the women in your life.

The first draw to lingerie in China is its price. I was in Shenzen, China (a city on the mainland by Hong Kong) and buying bras was about the equivalent of 20 U.S. dollars. As any American woman can tell you, this is a phenomenal deal. The panties came to about five dollars.

The second draw is the quality. The bras are actually made to support women. The straps are thick, not the thin spaghetti-like pieces of fabric Americans expect to hold up their breasts, and the straps on the back have three to four hooks. When I returned to America and bragged about my bras to my friends they were so excited they scoured the internet for access to bras like this – honestly, us ladies just want proper support! Get with it, Victoria’s Secret.

The third draw is how beautiful the bras are! Look at these:

Buying any number of fancy bras like this in America is likely to break the bank, but in China they were incredibly affordable, and there was a large variety; the walls are literally lined floor-to ceiling with beautiful brassieres (I still regret that the electric green bras didn’t come in my size).

The fourth draw is the beautiful non-thong panties. Don’t get me wrong, I see the appeal of a pretty G-string, but for just regular everyday wear I want something comfortable that doesn’t make me feel like a granny. Almost every bra in this store came with a matching set of panties. They had lacey panties, see-through panties, panties with netting, and nary a G-string in sight. It was wonderful and freeing, particularly as pretty American underthings seem to be shrinking by the day.

The one drawback to the lingerie in China is its size. Women in China, as a rule, are smaller than American women, so not everyone can find their size in these shops. However, if you are an especially slender woman, these shops will be a boon to you. I am a teeny woman, and my ribcage is too small to fit American bras, which is incredibly frustrating. I need at least a 30inch around for a bra and the smallest most American stores go to is a 32inch.

(please forgive the low-quality photos, I only had my iphone 4s with me and I took quick pics…)


Our haul at the end of the day…stocking up on lingerie that’s made for real women!


My cousin doesn’t know what to do with that particular pocket…


Huge variety of underthings! See the racks of panties underneath too?

My New Portfolio!!

I’ve been hard at work developing a website for my portfolio on Wix. It has easier access to my films, photos, and blog posts on travel and other fun things!

I’ll still be posting on wordpress, but my website has a couple new features like:

A page featuring my better-quality film projects.

An updated gallery of my photos from Europe and America and my art projects.

A contact page with more info on how to contact me.

Links to my social accounts.


Just a prettier layout.

So check it out! The web address is

….still workin’ on funds for my own domain…

Cool Thing o’ The Week: Lynnie Girl

My cool thing of the week is a YouTube channel which is just starting up.

Lynnie Girl is a comedic YouTuber who satirically approaches modern topics (check out her video on Black Friday) with a positive twist. Her videos are just a few minutes long, but have you laughing right away with her antics and general clumsiness. The show seems like what a more innocent Jess (from New Girl) would make if she had a YouTube channel.

Lynnie Girl also has a FB page and a fashion-themed Instagram account.


Cool Thing o’ the Week: Yoga TX

I find a lot of cool things. On the internet. When I’m out with my friends. When I’m traveling. As much as this portfolio is mostly for my work, I would also like to use it as a platform to promote helpful, wacky, and beautiful things that I find…thus…Emma’s Cool Thing o’ the Week!!!

This week’s cool thing is a YouTube channel called YogaTX. I try to do of of these every day…which means I do one about three times a week. Regardless, Cole Chance’s yoga flows are one of the only workout videos that don’t make me grouchy at the instructor…and I actually feel better afterward.

Check out their YouTube page!

In Process: Alyona’s Eyes

Eleven and a half hours of on-set duties, not counting clean-up and set-up of scenery was what I did with my weekend. On Saturday and Sunday I was privileged to help out on the shoot of Alyona’s Eyes, a film set in Soviet Russia.

This film is being produced out of Spring Arbor University’s short films class, a production group affectionately named  Will Shoot For Credit. I have been along for the whole process, helping edit the script, brainstorm locations, assembling sets, and, finally as of this weekend, fulfilling my role as primary Assistant Director on the shoot.

My duties on set were typical for an AD: keeping the crew on schedule (we started late due to missing tripod plates but ended early so I feel accomplished), ensuring that the director received sustenance throughout the day, and tracking our progress on our shot sheet.

Alyona’s Eyes was written and directed by Christian Yonkers. Christian works for a newspaper company out of Hastings and is an accomplished writer. This was the first film that he directed, and, ironically, was one of the most complicated films produced by Will Shoot for Credit. The shoot went off smoothly, however, and I am looking forward to the final project.

I will be posting a link to the video once it is premiered, so keep an eye out for more info on Alyona’s Eyes!


Part way through the construction of our Soviet office. One of our KGB officers and our costumer/props mistress/extra having fun.


Inside our interrogation room.

Forget Me Never – Marjorie Yarmer

Charming, even in a wheelchair, Marjorie Yarmer presented herself as a delightful focus for an assignment for my film directing class at SAU. Marjorie was a talented teacher, and incredibly learned, holding multiple degrees. While suffering from dementia when I met her, she still offered a startling display of vivacity and clarity.

Before I conducted the preliminary interview, my idea was to focus in on a specific aspect of Marjorie’s life – namely, her romantic journey. I always love hearing the older generation wax eloquent about their high school sweetheart or the person they fell in love with and spent decades married to. However, upon talking to Marjorie I discovered that she had never married. Nevertheless, I still found my love story.

This was the story of a mother-daughter bond which was so incredibly strong that they lived together until her mother passed away. By the end of my informal interview, it was clear that I had found the focus of my project. I’m a big fan of Gilmore Girls, but this relationship even rivaled Rory and Lorelei’s. As Marjorie spoke about her mother, I felt deep respect admiration, and heard of a woman who knew how to make sacrifices for the well-being of her children.

Besides being a teacher, Marjorie also had a painting hobby and the portrait of her mother featured in the piece was painted by Marjorie.