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Austin: They Said Just Go to College

I would like to present the second film in my series, Friends of Spencer.  This film is about my friend Austin and his college experience as he enters his forth year of college in San Francisco.
 
 The footage in this video ranges from August of 2015 all the way to September of 2013.  Enjoy! 

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Matthew Cui: Happiness

Today I give you the first video in a new series I am calling "Friends of Spencer". 

I realized a couple months ago that I have some amazing people in my life.  I wanted to figure out how I could capture them and document who they are as people.  So I decided to interview my friends and turn them into short films.  

The first one up is my friend Matt Cui.  I became friends with Matt early in college even though we had gone to high school together for 4 years.  I'm amazed by Matt's work ethic, ambition, leadership skills, and ability to connect with people.  

I am very proud of this video and I am proud that the Matt you see in this video is the Matt that I know as a friend.  It isn't a persona for the camera, it’s Matthew Cui.

Enjoy!

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DTLA Dinner Club

My friend, Josh, hosts a dinner club in Downtown Los Angeles every week on his rooftop.  This is a 30 second video I made about it.  Enjoy!


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Music by:

Hippie Sabotage - "White Tiger"

Thoughts About Vlogging

Today I made a vlog about vlogging and my thoughts on what I want my youtube channel to be. Lots of talking in this one!


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J Cole Concert at Staples Center

J Cole is my favorite rapper.  I've been listening to him for about 4 years and I have to say, he has changed my life.  I jump at every opportunity to see him when he comes to Los Angeles.  Here's his latest visit.

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Music by:

Vox Portent - "In the Rain"
https://soundcloud.com/voxportent

IKEA with Mom and Pop

This is a video I made about my trip to IKEA to buy a chair with my Mom and Grandfather (Pop).  I made this a little over a year ago in June 2014.  A lot has changed since then.

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I haven't been filming

I haven't been filming much over the past two months.  On my flight back to LA I set a goal to use my next month off of work to focus on editing videos that I never edited and on making new videos. Here's that resolution.

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Music by:

oshi - "weird inside - just ask (oshi redo)"
https://soundcloud.com/oshimakesmusic/weird-inside-just-ask-oshi-redo-1

Short Film: Sunday Football

Hello from New Orleans!

I've been missing Los Angeles a lot recently.  So I put this short film together to give me that "taste of home". Enjoy!

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Music by:

qole- "Teal Socks"
Tei Shi- "Go Slow"

I'm in a slump/ Story behind photos

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I wanted to write a blog post today but I didn't feel like writting something that I would then proceed to edit it into perfection and edit the realness and imperfection out of, so I recorded an audio clip.  

Gotta do more and more and more and more

The push to do more never seems to stop.

I want to do this and I want to do that and oh no I don't have time to take a day off. But I will be lazy and waste a whole day "trying to work".

I believe this comes from my inner voice telling me that there isn't enough room for everyone to be successful. That there are people out there passing me up and I am being left behind. But does that really matter? There's plenty of ways to be successful and if being successful comes at the price of happiness is it really worth it? And when you get this success will you really feel satisfied with it or will you continue to want more? Something unreachable.

6am Dance Party and Evening Barbecue

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Today I went to a morning dance party, interviewed my friend Kenny, and went to a BBQ on a Downtown Los Angeles Rooftop.

If you are interested in hearing more about LA Daybreaker check it out here: http://dybrkr.com/

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Making Food From Patagonia

I learned a couple months ago that Patagonia not only makes clothing but also food!  I am a fan of their clothing so I thought it would be a good reason to try their food. It was impressive!

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Reminiscing About College

I haven't been to college since I dropped out.  But when I stepped on campus the memories came flooding back.

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Music by:

Vox Portent - "In the Rain"
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Split Screen Vlog

I wanted to make a vlog today but I didn't want to make my typical type of vlog.  So I decided to do a split screen vlog!  It was very fun to film and I hope you guys enjoy it.

Short Film: The Keychain Maker

A couple weeks ago I was in San Miguel de Allende Mexico for work.  We were filming in this local market and I was introduced to this man who makes keychains out of solid pieces of brass and a hand saw.  His personality and craft captured my fascination so I made this short film about him.  Enjoy!

Music:
Branden Deal "When You Leave"
https://soundcloud.com/braden-deal/

The Lies of Social Media

I think social media is a great tool that can be used to connect with creative people and great companies all around the world, but I find it very hard to use it solely as a productive tool.  Often I find myself wasting precious time on it, time I will never get back.

A quick scroll through instagram turns into writing down book recommendations, adding places to my “explore Los Angeles” list, and much too often looking at friends of friends and friends of friends of friends of the opposite sex ( filters make them look good!).  Most of what I do on social media can, in some sense, be classified as productive.  But in the big picture of my life and my goals it is not helping me.  

I have also noticed that when I browse social media I am not so happy when I turn it off.  I’ve recently realized that social media is just a highlight reel of the greatest parts of people’s lives and it’s easy to forget that.  For instance, my Instagram is a gingerly perfectly curated feed of beautiful dogs, wonderful food, airlines flights, and travel photos.  But the honest truth is I spend a lot of time sitting at a computer editing footage, driving, and eating raw vegetables that are not even complete food dishes, they are just ingredients!  Social media doesn’t show the fact that not everyone's life is not a collection of perfect moment after perfect moment. It’s important for me to remember that everyone’s life contains highs and lows and often times the lows out number the highs.  

I need to fix this but I don’t think it is wise to cut out social media completely from my life, especially based on my career path in the film industry.  But I do think it is wise to figure out how to control it.  Here is my plan…

  • First off I have removed all social media from the homescreen on my phone and put it on the last screen deep in a folder.  This way it is out of sight and hopefully out of mind.  

  • Second I will only check it twice a day.  Once in the morning and once at night.  I have set aside 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night for social media.  After those 15 minutes are up, my social media is over for the day.

I look forward to seeing how I fill the parts of my life that are currently consumed by social media.  The times when I am waiting for the subway or waiting for a friend to show up at a coffee shop.  Instead of reaching into my pocket to stroke a piece of glass and metal to make me feel comfortable perhaps I will talk to the hipster sitting next to me with his $5,000 Apple Watch and EBT card? Just a thought.

This is the plan, it’s bound to change but I know myself and I know I need a plan in order to change or accomplish a goal.  I will keep you all updated in due time.  

 

TED Talk: A Tale of Two Americans

When I dropped out of college I like to say that is when my real education began.  I began to pick and choose what I wanted to learn and I have noticed it has had a great impact on my knowledge base.  I no longer have to learn and splurge for a test or assignment that I know I will not remember the second I walk out of a classroom.  

One of the ways I continue to educate myself is by watching TED talks.  I think they are a great resource and even with their popularity, I still think they are slept on.  I new section of my blog will include my TED talk recommendations.  These are a collection of TED talks that caused me to pause and think.

For the first TED talk I picked A Tale of Two Americans by Anand Giridharadas.  In this TED talk Anand talks about America post 9/11 and second chances in America.  This one struck a cord. 

(Also I kept thinking this guy has the same jaw as Kayne West.  Am I wrong?)

I have an itch to write and I’m about to scratch it

35mm Film Photo taken in 2014

35mm Film Photo taken in 2014

The summer before college started I found a book called The Artist’s Way.  It is a book to help with one’s creativity.  It’s a 10 week course that involves taking your “inner creative” out on dates and working with it to maximize it or to help unblock it.  Like most things I did it for a little while but then fell off.  Well, I guess I could say I didn’t fall off and more or less decided I was finished!  One thing I did pull successfully from The Artist’s Way is a practice called “Morning Pages”.  Basically the idea is that each morning you wake up and the first thing you do before going to the bathroom, eating, or brushing your teeth is to write three full pages of longhand writing.

I took this practice and ran with it for about two years.  It was wonderful and made writing one of the easiest things in my life.  Whenever I had a college essay I could now fly through it because thanks to morning pages writing three pages was like breathing to me.  Breath in and out and then I’m done!  

Over the past six months I have fallen off the Morning Pages boat, but I don’t want to fall off of writing. Over the past month I have been having an itch to write and I have started acting on it.  This time it is different in that I have begun to focus my writing more on topics that interest me instead of just random thoughts.   I plan to put my writing on Made By Spencer from now on. 


The writing will not be professional or grammatically perfect for that matter.  It will more or less be writing that falls somewhere between a personal journal and something you would say in a conversation to a friend. It’s going to be very informal and raw.  

Here we go!

Video: Getting Lost in Mexico

I'm in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for work. We had a day off, so a couple of us went out and rented ATVs to explore the town.  We got into a little trouble.

Thanks to:
Music Supervisor: Ziggy Gonzalez

Vlog: My First Cronut

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Music by:

Amy Winehouse- Rehab (Tom Misch Remix)
https://soundcloud.com/tommisch/amy-winehouse-rehab-tom-misch-remix