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Turning 54: A Film


While my son is on the job hunt, he found a video transfer device for me to buy so he could transfer all of our old VHS tapes, and 8mm tapes to a digital format.  He is done!  And I couldn't be happier to have this completed.  This is the one I bought and it seems to have worked well.
One thing I have noted as we watched bits and pieces of these tapes: I wish I would have recorded more of the places and the adults. (I mention that too in the last little film)  The adults shy away or we just put the camera on the toddler learning to walk.  And while yes, that is cute and I'm enjoying re-watching my kids learning to walk,  we all agree that we sure wish we could see more of the adults at the birthday parties and family gatherings.  I suppose it really just hits home because of losing Jim and now both of my parents.  I realize how much Jim didn't talk when the camera was on because no one likes to hear their own voices on tape. 

  Tape yourself.  Tape the other adults too.  Your kids you are taping will also love to see their aunts and uncles, grandparents, and of course parents when they were younger.

Here is a bit of an attempt.  But, I'm not talking on it yet. Ha!  Baby steps.

I didn't tape too much because the big problem with getting in front of the camera is that you aren't behind the camera, so it takes more planning and effort. 


Turning 54 from Jill Ruskamp on Vimeo.



Who doesn't love the drop and pick up game played with a one year old?!

Happy Monday!

Moving Day: A Short Film

We moved our son a few weeks ago out of his apartment.  By the time we came to help, he had already dismantled much of it. I tried to get a little bit of the place to help him remember it.  I think it would be great fun if I could go back and watch a video of the apartments and houses I lived in through college!  People often don't think to tape or photograph the things and places of their lives.  Of course we want to see people, but it's so fun to see the rest of the story as time goes on too.  I haven't done a lot of that in the past, but some.  I'm trying to do more of it.  This was all shot on my phone.  It was cold, beginning to snow, and get dark, so there wasn't going to be a lot of dilly dallying around to get good video shots.  It's a good memory piece.

My Not So Little Dancers


Our dance recital isn't until the end of April, but they have already had "picture day". 


This year, since I have my little studio space in my basement I could take their pictures myself. Of course they still go down to the studio for the group pictures.


I really need a bigger space and back drop than I have as they are getting so tall!


They were such willing participants, it was so much fun.


I had other ideas to to try, but I didn't allot enough time on this day for experimentation.


They are in separate tap/jazz classes, but are in the same ballet class.  The costumes are soooooo pretty this year!


A Little Known Fact



So I had another birthday....and I guess that always makes a person reminisce. And, go dig through old papers. This is kind of a fun trip down memory lane and something few would know about me.  

I played a horse in Equus in 1990!  It was in a community theater in Sioux Falls, SD, but none the less...I had a part!


Now, I announce this fact like you all know about the 1970s psychosexual play that won a Tony and had Daniel Radcliffe star in it in the 80s

And, maybe you do.  I do now, but truthfully, I had no idea what it was about when I went to audition for it.

No idea whatsoever.  

My first baby was about 6 months old and we had just moved to a new city, new state right before her birth.  I had started a new job and Jim had started his Family Practice residency all in the past 8 months.  Apparently, I thought that all wasn't enough adventure and decided to try to get a part in a play.  

I'm pretty sure it was actually just the opposite.  Life was too much and I needed an outlet.  

I came home from the auditions laughing and told my husband "Apparently there is normally a nude scene for the lead actor, but this director decided to do it clothed!"  I remember sitting there as the director announced all of this with my best poker face on.  Trying to be cool like the other kids, knowing all about famous plays and all.  When they asked me which role I'd be auditioning for, I mumbled something about being open to any of them???  Apparently you should know such a thing before going in for an audition.  Poker face again.  I believe I was good at that face.  That's called acting.  hahaha!!  When I got a call to be in the chorus which included being a horse, "a customer" with two lines!,  and a "theater goer", I was thrilled. 


My husband went to one performance and thought it was agonizing!  We had a tape of it somewhere and he joked that we would use it as a punishment for the kids to have to watch someday.
Trust me when I say he didn't insult me.  All the acting was actually quite good, that wasn't his complaint.  It was the drama of it. Not our cup of tea.


That's me!  Jill Martin then.


Page 2 of "that's me"!


From the newspaper then.  Look at the awesome horse heads that were constructed for us!  They were a great likeness of those used on Broadway.  


That's me on the left. :) 

Of course, when this has come up in conversation over the years...
Me: "I played a horse in Equus"  
Every other person: "Really, which end of it??"
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