Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Highlights - Berlin (Germany) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 191 - II)


2013 Highlights - Berlin (Germany) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 191 - II) from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.

This one-minute video shows you highlights from the 1-minute Moving Postcard videos I shot in Berlin in 2013. Actually, there are two shots from my parents' backyard, which is near Hamburg, not Berlin.

For the last video of 2013, I had planned to make a 1-minute video comprised of favorite shots from all the 2013 videos. Well, it turned out that selecting just 24 shots or less selected from 52 different one-minute videos was the kind of challenge that begged for a different idea. So instead of just one video, I decided to make three videos for you, featuring highlights from Germany (In A Berlin Minute) videos, the United States of America (In A Brooklyn Minute and In A Colorado Minute) and from other countries (In Another Minute).

You can watch "2013 Highlights – Other Countries – In Another Minute (Week 191 – I)" HERE.
All the Berlin videos (2010 - 2013) you can watch HERE.

The music in this video is a brand new instrumental version of “Sitting Still” by Jason Matherne of Goonygoogoo Productions, who has provided most of the music this year. Thank you, Jason, you seriously rock!

Thank you to everyone who has been watching, sharing and commenting this past year. I wouldn't be doing this without you. And a special thank you to my friends who have come along on video shoots with me around Berlin this year: Nicole, Adam, Gilly, Bine, Dave, Elke, Claire, Mutti und Papi - I miss you - but I know I'll see you and go exploring with you again!

Happy new year to you all (and please keep being brave and kind)!
xx Luci

P.S.: I'm aware the title currently says "In A Colorado Minute" - about to fix that…

Brandenburg Gate featured in the video "2013 Highlights - In A Berlin Minute (Week 191 - II)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

2013 Highlights - Other Countries - In Another Minute (Week 191 - I)


2013 Highlights - Other Countries - In Another Minute (Week 191 - I) from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.

This one-minute video shows you 2013 highlights from all the Moving Postcard videos I shot in other countries than Germany and the USA.

For the last video of 2013, I had planned to make a 1-minute video comprised of favorite shots from all the 2013 videos. Well, it turned out that selecting just 24 shots or less selected from 52 different one-minute videos was the kind of challenge that begged for a different idea. So instead of just one video, I decided to make three videos for you this week, featuring highlights from Germany (In A Berlin Minute) videos, the United States of America (In A Brooklyn Minute and In A Colorado Minute) and from other countries (In Another Minute). I will release these videos throughout this week.

The places featured in this "2013 Best of In Another Minute" video are:
Rio de Janeiro – In A Brazil Minute (Week 147)
Salvador (Carnaval / Carnival) – In A Brazil Minute (Week 149)
Coastal Paradise: Ilha Grande + Paraty – In A Brazil Minute (Week 148)
Manchester, England – In A Berlin Minute (Week 137)*
Szczecin (Stettin), Poland – In A Berlin Minute (Week 168)
Mallorca Island, Spain – In A Berlin Minute (Week 156)

The music in this video is a brand new instrumental version of "Sitting Still" by Jason Matherne of Goonygoogoo Productions, who has provided most of the music this year. Thank you, Jason, you seriously rock!

And now a special thank you to all my friends who hosted me this year across the world: Thank you so much, Stevie, Jessica, Bine, Gilly and GJ! I'm so grateful to have you as my friends.

The one-minute video featuring highlights from all the 2013 In A Berlin Minute video will come next..

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* The Manchester video I actually shot in 2012. But because it was in December and in my own life it fits more with all that happened in 2013, I decided to include it here.

Ilha Grande, Brazil

Monday, December 23, 2013

Favorite 2013 Christmas Songs (MusicMonday)

Just can't pick one favorite indie rock type Christmas song for 2013. So here are a few of my favorites…

The National and Gregg Allman: "Silver Bells"



The Raveonettes: "The Christmas Song"




Kate Nash: "I Hate You This Christmas" (NSFW - language)




Bad Religion: "Angels We Have Heard On High"




Spirit Animal: "Come To Christmas"




Happy Fangs: "All I Want For Christmas Is Halloween"



The Killers + Dawes: "Christmas in LA"



Cat Power: "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"




… and my favorite song of the season, which isn't really a Christmas song, but comes with a very sweet Christmas video. (Also, I had already blogged about it before, but I didn't think it should be missing on this list!):

Lily Allen: "Somewhere Only We Know"



Frohe Weihnachten - Merry Christmas - Feliz Navidad - Buon Natale - Feliz Natal - Vrolijk Kerstfeest - Wesołych Świąt - Joyeux Noël - God Jul!


Puppy Christmas ornament from my video "Christmas Tree Time Lapse - In A Colorado Minute (Week 190)"
Watch it here: http://movingpostcard.com/christmas-tree/




Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Tree Time Lapse - In A Colorado Minute (Week 190)


Christmas Tree Time Lapse - In A Colorado Minute (Week 190) from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.

Decorating the Christmas Tree is one of my favorite holiday traditions - even though, in a way, I didn't grow up with the actual activity as a tradition.

Back at home in Germany, my mother would set up the tree and decorate it behind closed doors on Christmas Eve. We then would wait in the dark hallway until my mother would chime a bell and open the door. In the middle of the otherwise pitch-dark house shone the Christmas tree lit-up by candles and with presents all around. We would sing a song as we walked in and then the fun began...

In America, people decorate their tree weeks if not even almost a month in advance (the day after Thanksgiving) - and wrapped presents start compiling under the tree in plain view as they come into the house.

For all those years that my American husband Scott and I have spent the holiday away from our families, we have combined our traditions by getting a tree just a few days before Christmas and decorating it together. On Christmas Eve we have a nice dinner and open the German presents and talk to my folks. On Christmas day we open the American presents and talk to his folks - and then have friends come over for food and drink. Over ten years ago we also added the tradition to read funny stories (usually by David Sedaris) and maybe watch a funny movie, like A Christmas Story.

Every year we have added special Christmas ornaments. Unfortunately, right now they are still packed up in a green wooden hat box (that Becky Hawk gave me) in Brooklyn. So we started all over again this time with new ornaments and created wonderful new memories to mix in with lovely old memories of holidays together.

This video shows a lot of us (Scott, me and our dog Whiskey) and our current home... we made it especially to share this personal and happy time with you, our friends and family - here in America, in Germany, and around the world.

Wishing all of you a happy holiday with love and peace in your heart and mind.
xx Luci

P.S.: The song was recorded by James D. Blodget and is kindly available via Wiki Commons. Thank you,  James!

Frohe Weihnachten - Merry Christmas - Happy Holidays


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Classic Moving Postcard episodes from Brooklyn and Berlin

About a year ago, YouTube pretty much killed my Moving Postcard (GNYBerlin) channel, the home of In A Berlin Minute and In A Brooklyn Minute. While the channel was reinstated almost immediately, it never recovered from losing almost 8,000 subscribers, half a million views (with the subsequent high SEO ranking) and the uncountable comments, conversations and virtual friendships formed.

In A Berlin Minute


At first, I waited for YouTube to do the right thing and reconnect all the links (the videos still existed, they were just blocked). They didn't. So I focused more on Vimeo (where all videos continued to be public) and building my own website: MovingPostcard.com.

Altogether, I took a step back and decided to spend a lot less time on promoting and communicating - because I realized I had spent so much time and energy on this project that other aspects of my life were suffering. This becomes very apparent when one corporation just wipes away all the work you had done.

There was a time when I wanted to write an article about the question of legality when a website takes away all the social media content you and your social network had created together. But life got in the way of focusing on that. Maybe one day, maybe not…

At some point, I began re-uploading to YouTube and by now am almost done with having all videos back on the channel. I would love to be able to reconnect and rediscover all the old YouTube friends. But that seems almost impossible without it taking over my life again.

In A Brooklyn Minute

In any case, I never stopped making and publishing a new video every week. And I will again this week. Because in the end, it's really about going out and exploring, making a video and sharing it with all of you who like to watch.

So here are five classic 1-minute Moving Postcard videos from Brooklyn and Berlin that I re-published this week. Hope you will enjoy them again.

Abandoned Gardens - Verlassener Schrebergarten - In A Berlin Minute (Week 117) [HD]




Sunrise Time Lapse - In A Berlin Minute (Week 116)




Sunset Time Lapse - In A Brooklyn Minute (Week 115) [HD]




Park Slope - In A Berlin Minute (Week 114) [HD] 



American Classic Cars (Oldtimers) - In A Brooklyn Minute (Week 113) [HD]




Sunday, December 15, 2013

Photos from Horsetooth Reservoir in the snow

These photos I took while shooting the 1-minute video "Snow at Horsetooth Reservoir – In A Colorado Minute (Week 189)" - which you can watch HERE.



Surviving (or hibernating?) plants at the north end of Horsetooth Reservoir. 



Hiking trail along the east side of Horsetooth Reservoir. 



Evergreen trees against blue sky in a snow and rock-covered landscape – even winter is colorful in Colorado.  



Deer prints in the snow. 



There’s something so inspiring and comforting about wild dried flowers in the wintertime. 



Driving around the Horsetooth Reservoir on windy and steep roads. 



Rustic ridge between Horsetooth Reservoir and Fort Collins.

The ever-powerful sun is what makes Colorado winters better than any other snowy winters. There, I said it. 


Looking south across Horsetooth Reservoir, Colorado.
Evergreen trees in the snow at Horsetooth Reservoir, Colorado.



The red rocks common in Colorado, Utah and other western states stand out even better when dusted with snow.

The moon rising above the red rocks. 
The snow has fallen, the sun is gone - but dried wild flowers keep colorful Colorado colorful.
From my Instagram feed.


Powerful sun seen through an Instagram filter. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Snow at Horsetooth Reservoir - In A Colorado Minute (Week 189)


Snow at Horsetooth Reservoir - In A Colorado Minute (Week 189) from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.

While I discovered Horsetooth Reservoir (west of Fort Collins, Colorado) as a beautiful sanctuary in summer, it was just as stunning and comforting in fall - and now has turned into another striking sight covered in the first major snow.

We've had some snow here as early as October, but this was the first big snow fall that has stuck around for over a week. The first few days it was just too cold to go out with the camera (apparently the coldest days on record - so I'm counting on it not getting to -20 degrees Celsius again!).

By now a lot of the snow has melted under the powerful sun up here. Because I ran out of light when I filmed this week, I didn't quite capture as many different shots as I had planned. But I figure you'll get to see a lot more videos of snow from me in the upcoming months...

The lovely tune is the instrumental version of "Pompeii" by Josh Woodward. He makes all his music available under a Creative Commons license via his website: JoshWoodward.com. Thank you again and again, Josh.

Snow around Horsetooth Reservoir

Monday, December 9, 2013

Arcade Fire - "Afterlife" (MusicModay)

Not every song you like has to have a super personal meaning - and not every Music Monday post has to be long.

So without further ado, here are two different videos for the song "Afterlife" by Canadian band Arcade Fire from their latest album Reflektor. I like them.

The first video includes the lyrics and footage from a voodoo film.



The second video was directed by Emily Kai Bock.



Arcade Fire

Thursday, December 5, 2013

NBA Brooklyn Nets vs. Denver Nuggets at Barclays Center - In A Brooklyn Minute (Week 188)


NBA Brooklyn Nets vs. Denver Nuggets at Barclays Center - In A Brooklyn Minute (Week 188) from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.

When my husband Scott and I first started dating back in Florida, we watched the 1994 NBA finals in his fancy air-conditioned apartment with cable tv (and a swimming pool!).

Earlier this year, while he was living in Colorado and I was still in Berlin, we watched the NBA finals together via FaceTime.

Now that we both live in Colorado, we traveled back to Brooklyn (which we called home for the last 14 years, besides the time in Berlin) this week to attend a professional basketball game live for the first time. And it wasn't just any game, but the new Brooklyn Nets playing the Denver Nuggets.

Denver may have beaten Brooklyn pretty badly, but the Brooklyn Nets definitely have the more stylish team colors (black and white), fan fashion (mostly black with a little bit of white) and stadium. The idea of using imminent domain to take people's homes and businesses in our neighborhood and putting that ugly colossus that was named by the corporation Barclays right "in our backyard" and above our subway station I thought despicable while we lived here. And I still have issues with that. But I have to admit that the interior of the stadium is very cool and stylish with all the dark grey, black accents and white neon signs. And the selection of good food and beer was impressive.

But the best part, of course, was watching a live NBA game with my love.

Thank you Jeff Marks and Adam Elend for making this possible and getting us such awesome seats!

Hello Brooklyn. Are you ready?
Barclays Center - Home of the Brooklyn Nets

Scott and Luci
First NBA game live - at Barclays Center in Brooklyn

Monday, December 2, 2013

Lily Allen - "Somewhere Only We Know" (MusicMonday)

Tonight, Scott and I are flying back to New York City for a few days. If you know me then you will have an idea how much this means to me and how excited we are.

This makes today the perfect day to share a sweet song that touches me personally more than I need to write about here. Scott, you know this song is for you: Lily Allen covering "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane.

The song was recorded for the Christmas advertisement of the British department store John Lewis. You can either watch the animated commercial about the hare who gives the bear a beautiful Christmas he will never forget…



… or listen to the full version of the song.



You can also watch behind-the-scenes footage and download the interactive e-book (if you have access to the UK iTunes store or have other savvy ways to find things online).

Bear and Hare in "Somewhere only we know" by Lily Allen