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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Spring Break fun! + exclusive photo!

Hey there, AGtubers! Long time no see! Well guess what? Im back! 

The musical finally closed last weekend, and though it was a stressful, time consuming commitment, I was honestly kind of sad that it was over. It was such a great show- we blew away audience after audience. On closing night we had a full house, which is incredible because the theatre seats 950 people. The show ended with a standing ovation and cheering so loud that my ears rang, and as soon as the curtain came down, nearly the entire cast broke into tears. It was so bittersweet. 

It was quite a ride, with many ups and downs, but in hindsight the show was one of the most exciting, social and musical chapters in my life. It would be wonderful to live it again, but that chapter has closed. It is time for me to move on to a new phase in this year: recovering my wounded grades (the play left me with no time to study or do homework) and catch back up on my video making.

Since it is spring break, (one of the few free weeks in my school year!) I am trying to strategically plan my use of daylight. My plan for tomorrow is to wake up early and get straight to filming, and then edit after dark. Since its dark outside right now, I am trying to plan tomorrow's film schedule. 
It is such a beautiful time of year. I love spring. Instead of trying to formulate videos inside my mind, I went for a walk today, and I let the forest inspire me. I hiked up the stream, scoping out good spots to film. I found a doll sized "swimming hole" and a waterfall farther downstream. I thought about building a raft for my dolls, but then discarded that idea because the danger of getting them wet would be too high. I really wish AmericanGirl dolls could withstand water. I have all these hilarious stop-motion ideas, but they all require getting the dolls wet. I wish there was such thing as dry suits for dolls! 


Today I took some photos of my dolls next to the waterfall. It was quite precarious crawling across the slippery stone next to the rushing water, clutching a doll and camera in my hand. I never fell, thankfully. I took pics of Sarah dressed up as a hiker, and as Eva in her meet outfit. The scenery near the waterfall looked very tropical, so paired with her Hawaiian outfit she looked right at home. Here is a photo of the little scene. Its exclusive, for blog-readers only! 



Tomorrow is going to be a big filming day. I am not really sure what I have planned yet, but I can probably come up with something while I sleep. Speaking of sleep, it's probably about time for me to go to bed! See you all soon. :)

35 comments:

  1. YAY! YOUR BACK! So this means your feeling better?can't wait for new videos! Eca looks so beautiful! Almost like she's back in Hawaii!

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  2. Oh my goodness! I can't wait! It'll be great to get more videos soon! Happy spring break!
    And also, Eva looks gorgeous! I love that picture so much! I wish spring would come around here. It's still freezing and no flowers. This snow is really getting old...

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  3. OMG That picture is AMAZING. <3
    The scenery just like blew me away!
    Can't wait for new videos to come!
    -☮♥Ⅿℯɡ

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  4. That picture is SO BEAUTIFUL! You are really lucky that you can go someplace with a nice scenery to shoot pictures! I just have my closet doors! Lol!

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  5. O Oh great! Your back! Yay! I hope you had a wonderful Easter! ;)

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  6. HI ANNA GOD BLESS YOU IM A BIG FAN OF UR VIDEOS I LOVE UR PICTURES UR DOLLS ARE BEAUTIFUL I LOVE UR PICTURE OF EVA

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  7. Anna you so lucky! Its your first day of spring break......but today is my last! :) haha figures! Beautiful picture of Eva by the way!

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  8. Eva looks beautiful in that picture! :D I'm glad you are back!

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  9. Hey! I really love the picture, it's gorgeous!! I wish I could go to such a wonderful and beautiful waterfall like that!! Did you shoot that picture with the Canon Powershot A4000 IS? I really wish I could have seen the play, what was it about?
    -Abby

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  10. Its so beautiful!!! Eva is well taken care of!!!!

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  11. So excited for your videos to start again, Anna! Eva looks beautiful!

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  12. Oh My Goodness. ♥
    Eva looks gorgeous! And the Scenery!!
    Amazing.
    Cant Wait to see what you come up with!

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  13. I'm so excited that you're back!!!
    My little sisters and I have been checking your YouTube channel everyday to see if you've made a new video yet.
    Congratulations on your play!
    ~Audrey <3

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  14. Yay! You're back! Where is Kanani that outdoors is so pretty?

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  15. yay you are back love the picture

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  16. It is amazing how much your picture looks like Hawaii. I guess the similarity is they are both rain forests. I am guessing you did not have tropical temperatures though.

    Is there a way to use blue screen with stop motion so your dolls can swim?

    Welcome back, Anna! We are all looking forward to your creative endeavors in the AG realm. Glad you had fun with the play.

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  17. That is such a nice picture! Truly beautiful!

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  18. YAYA! ANNA'S BACK!!!!!!!! I thought I would never live to see another post! JUST KIDDING. anyways I really hope you can find the time to comment on my blog. NO ONE COMMENTS. Its kinda lonely. Ok bye.

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  19. Your scenes are so beautiful ! Are they in the woods or something?

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  20. YAY! YOU ARE NOT DEAD! xD lolno. That picture is shamazing! do you live next to a forest, or is it in your backyard?

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  21. You live!!!! I was about to go crazy with you not blog posting! haha! But, i just want o ask for someone to please see my blog

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  22. I love your videos!!!!! I saw it last week!!!! It was great!!! I tried to do something involving dolls and water, but one of my dolls fell in a puddle. :(

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  23. Aw! Cute photo! How do you keep Eva's hair so perfect?! My friend has Kanani, and she is seriously considering sending her to the doll hospital, her hair is so bad! We need styling tips!

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  24. Looks like a Hawaiian jungle. Love it! to view my AG blog visit me at http://taraheartag.blogspot.com/ thanx!

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  25. Hi, I just want to ask could you do a super girl 2 movie this summer? I think it will be sooo cool! I love super girl 1, I think 2 will so cool! please think about it! thanks so much! (:

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  26. Hi Anna,
    Sorry about you voice ):
    Get well soon!

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  27. Yay! I can't wait to see a new video!

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  28. Wow I'm surprised Eva didn't fall! I would be too scared to put my doll there! But the picture is beautiful!

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The story behind it all....

In September of 2009, a pre-teen girl named Anna was searching youtube. She no longer used her american girl dolls. they were behind the closet doors, gathering dust. She reluctantly glanced over, then began to type in the search bar: American Girl Dolls. A video came up. She clicked on it. 14 coustumed dolls slid onto the screen and began to dance together, waving their arms and doing cartwheels. Anna was shocked. How could this be possible? This was.... Amazing. She quickly searched a few more. There were hudreds of videos, by usernames like stephenswodadancer, AGlovejess and girloftheyearstudios. Anna couldn't believe it. This new discovery was incredible! She ran to her room and pulled out her two dolls, felicity and samantha. She grabbed her camera. And, she began to film.


It is now four years later. I work on videos almost everyday, usually stopmotions. I have gathered quite a few veiws and subscribers on youtube, and I really appriciate when people comment on my videos. I have come unbelievibly far, but I still leave up those first videos from two years ago, because for me, those are the memories that I will always treasure. I am so happy that I can share them with you.