Graham Wardle Blog
2012-12-17 21:58:46Hey Hey,
Well I'm back in Vancouver now. Another season done. It was crazy. 2012 has been a crazy, crazy year. I knew it would be but I never expected to learn some of the lessons I did. And I am still learning some of them. I can't thank all of you enough for supporting Heartland and commenting on my work. It really means a lot to me. Most of this work has been an exploration and was never intended to be published in any format. So thank you for sharing your thoughts and commenting.
The Google Hangouts have been my favourite. Meeting people face to face (Digitally) from around the world is awesome.
Season 6 has some awesome moments. For those not living in Canada I won't give away any spoilers since you may be behind on the show, but I'm sure you can read the message boards on the official site to get an idea of what happens. The end of this season is epic. The director who worked on the last two episode is a favourite of mine and did an amazing job. I think you all will really enjoy it.
I have my first copy of my book being shipped to me now. For some reason it was shipped to Ontario first and then back to Calgary. Since I had to leave on the 7th of December it arrived late on the 8th. So I had a friend pick it up for me and is shipping it to me now. Once I do the final edit and make sure everything looks great, I will announce it for sale. With half of the profits going towards a young writers scholarship. More details to follow!
I'm reading a great book right now that I can't recommend enough. The Author is Michael Singer and the book is called "The Untethered Soul." Mr. Singer was on Oprah Winfrey's Spiritual Sunday Program talking about the book. You can find the interview on youtube if you want to check it out.
I'll also be posting another 3D audio on set session with Kerry James in the coming weeks as well. We had a long talk about life and space and crazy stuff. I'll be putting that up on my sound cloud account for all of you to enjoy.
Ps. The new google maps app is out. And I can't express enough how happy I am to have a map application that works again.
Love, Strength and Purpose.
Merry Christmas Happy Holidays!
2012-10-02 10:41:21Hey Everyone,
What a year this has been for me. Many changes and lots and lots of growth. I can't thank you all enough for your support and words of encouragement. I just wanted to share what's going on with me now. I'm working on a few projects I'm excited about while filming the remainder of season 6 of heartland. I just finished a small role in a feature film my friend is directing called Cold Lights. More info at twitter.com/@coldlightsfilm
I'm working on two projects right now that I'm very excited about. One is a book of my writings and pictures. Most of it I haven't published on my site so there is a ton of new stuff and lots of cool pictures. The book will be available hopefully by December of this year if all goes well. I'm planning to donate half of the proceeds towards a scholarship fund for young writers. Haven't ironed out all the details on how that will work but I'll keep you all updated!
The other project is still in development but it's crazy fun and includes the use of the binaural microphones. ;)
I'm also taking Dj classes twice a month to learn how to mix music and one day to create my own. Very excited about that too :D
So thanks for reading and please post below what you are doing to challenge yourself and how you follow your bliss. I want to hear what fun adventures you are all taking!
2011-12-04 23:32:24Dear fellow internet people,
I have been absent for quite some time. I must say that I can't thank you all enough for your support and inspiration. Reading your comments on here has been a great reminder to continue exploring and expressing myself. So thank you all.
I am planning to do another Google hangout with 9 random people very soon. I will keep you all updated via Twitter on when it will happen. I loved the last one. Although I wasn't planning on it going for an hour, I thought it was a perfect time frame. This next one will also be for an hour as well.
Heartland Season 5 is completed and it was a challenging one. I'm very grateful to have been apart of it and am looking forward to hearing all your feedback. Right now I have 5 months off and I love it. Hang out with friends. Meet new people. Try new things. Travel. Meditate. Build stuff. Explore. I love it.
BTW the picture was taken during the filming of an upcoming episode. It's actually like 2 or 3 away I think. One of the camera guys took it and sent it to my email.
I've also got a bunch of fan mail that I'm slowly replying to. Please bare with me everyone. I read every piece of mail I get but it takes me a bit to write back.
In other news I went out and saw the new Muppets movie. Anyone else seen it? I thought it was incredible. I have always loved the Muppets humor. I took my little sister and kicked back and enjoyed a good quality film. It was cool because there was all ages there. Good quality entertainment there.
So in closing thank you all for your support I will be doing another Google hangout soon!
Hey everyone. Welcome to another addition of Graham's blog,
I'm your host, Frogger.
Thank you for visiting the site and taking a look around. We really do appreciate all your comments and insights. If there is anything special you think would be a great addition to the site or just wanna ask some questions please let us know in the comments below.
Today Graham cleared his final test for his motorcycle license. He only had two slip ups one on a left turn and the other on his U-turn. He's glad it's over, tests aren't his favorite thing to do. It's a beautiful sunny day in Vancouver so that made the whole process a lot smoother. If I could direct your attention to the top of the page there is a picture for you to see.
In other news Graham took apart an old SX-70 Polaroid camera and was able to manually fix it with some fancy screwdrivers and other random tools.He didn't think he'd be able to fix the shutter, but did so with some tinkering. Definitely a mini triumph for him. It now closes properly and now he's gotta get some film in it and make sure all is good. In case anyone else out there is into old polaroid cameras there is a great site for getting film called Impossible Project. http://www.the-impossible-project.com You can buy film and I think they even have some cameras for sale as well. And now over to Rob with insight into Graham's life...
Glad to be on board and yes we do have some crazy insight into Graham's life. A week ago today Graham journeyed out to North Vancouver to try a float tank he had found while searching the internet. He's been looking into this for around two years now and is happy to say he finally found a place to float and he loved it. For those of you out there who haven't heard about floating or are curious here's a little video to inform ya.
Fade Back in:
Well folks there ya have it. Graham said he hasn't experienced that kind of relaxation ever. Simply wonderful. Unfortunately there aren't many tanks for floating in Canada. And there aren't even any float centers specially for floating in Canada. Only a few tanks in people's homes. It's an unusual method of relaxation but it's by far the best we've found. An now back to you Frogger...
Graham will be headed back to Calgary this week to start shooting on the fifth season of Heartland. He's received the first two scripts and it has been reported they are a great start to another year at Heartland. That's all for now folks and I'll leave you with a fun video,
Stylish and Simple. Like a fancy cracker with good cheese and an apple slice.
And this one!
:D Don't know where the idea of posting to my blog as a news crew came from but it was fun. ahaha
2011-02-22 20:22:30"The fear of failure will paralyze one into everlasting mediocrity."
I had an audition today and it was a great eye opener to say the least. Life has a funny way of dealing me just what I need even if I don't agree. Today was a perfect example.
I had 19 pages of lines to memorize which ended up not being that bad in the end. They only asked for the 2nd and 4th scene to be done. So It worked out to be around 7 pages. So not too bad. But very intense content. It was quite heavy stuff... Anyway, got there and went in to the audition and did my first read and couldn't connect. Couldn't get in touch with the character. I don't know why. The structure was all there but no real emotion or heart was in it. So the casting director asked me how I felt after I finished and I said, "Okay, nothing special." I know I could have done better. When practicing the night before I had the emotion and could connect, no problem. But accessing feelings is a tricky thing for me. Sometimes I just close up and protect myself.
*Acting is such a weird thing to do when you think about it*
So anyways she agreed with me and said she couldn't connect or feel the characters pain. Then asked me some other homework questions and we talked a bit. She asked me if I wanted to take 5 min and come back in later and try again or just go again right now.
I thought about it. There was a part of me that wanted to go outside and take some time. But I knew that would only lead to me beating myself up about how I couldn't connect. And once you leave and then come back in there is all this pressure so I then thought about staying and just going again. I knew I was having difficulty and going again to quickly might just lead to a repeat of the last read.
So then I thought, "Screw it." I'll go again and try something new. See if that works. If it doesn't then well... (That's about as far as my thought pattern went)
So I sat down and had another go at it. It went better. But I didn't fully let go. It wasn't where I felt it needed to be if I was directing the film. I knew it was an improvement though. It was tough to get a feeling off the casting director as to what she thought about it. I thanked her and the other person in the room who was reading the lines with me and left.
Feeling satisfied I was able to up my performance but slightly bewildered as to why I couldn't completely commit to the scene or the character for that matter. I've had auditions in the past four years while filming Heartland but haven't had any really intense ones that test me as an actor. This one pushed me to my limit and revealed my weakness. My fear of failure and attachment to results. It was a bitter taste in my mouth.
Thank God it was sunny today. It was 6 Degrees and the sun was out just being the sun, awesome in every way. So that provided some natural antidepressant.
So in short I guess I'm saying get outside your comfort zone. That's where all the fun happens anyway.
And for those who haven't seen it yet here's a great video I posted on my twitter the other day,
2011-02-08 16:50:06I mean when you think about it technology IS moving pretty fast. So I'm hoping by the time I'm 45-50 there will be spaceports with cheap flights to mars. I mean right now it's all rocky, red and bland but who knows! What if we were able to discover water there and do a little gardening here and there and volia! Tropical paradise! Wishful thinking maybe. Plus I think we gotta get this planet in order before we start venturing out into other territory.
I'm just saying one day I would like to take a road trip through space on my Tron like motorcycle. Cuz how cool would that be? Awesome.
Blast-off into the sky on a motorcycle spaceship.... so cool.
Okay, so now that I've geeked out my fair share, it's time for creative writing. I'm loving the stories everyone has posted to the last entry so I want to keep this rolling. Keep having fun with this.
The picture above is for your inspiration. Incorporate it into your story or simply use it as a starting point. Stories can be in any language and any length.
And to get the ball rolling here is mine.
Wilson and Winston.
These fellows were the best of travel friends. They had grown up in the same tree. Birds of different parents but they shared the thirst for adventure.
Wilson always sat up front on the raft since he had the better eye sight. Winston would steer the raft from the back by pulling a tiny string back and forth which was attached to a fin like apparatus that propelled the raft forward. Winston came up with that one.
They had been gone for several months at sea exploring and plotting everything in a small book they called the Winchester. They had finally returned home after such a long trip. They had grown. Each of them now weighing at least 5 pounds more than when they left. Winston really enjoyed his goldfish. He'd sometimes eat 50 a day. Of course this would keep him full for the next few days but still that was a big meal.
"AHOY!" Someone shouted from the distance. "Wilson... Winston? Is that you?" The voice echoed along the water.
Wilson turned back to his friend and smiled a bird like smile. "He remembered." Winston said with a twinkle in his eye. Wilson laughed to himself and called back with a familiar bird call.
"WILSON! You made it!" Gasped the voice on the shore.
The birds slowly steer their raft towards the shore. The sound of tribal drumming pushes its way through the trees and across the water. There is a celebration for the two weary travelers.
The figures on the shore become clearer as they move closer. Two men standing with open arms now waving them back and forth. Winston slows the raft as the they approach. It grinds into the sandy shore and comes to a gentle stop. Wilson walks off the front and onto the shore. Leaning down and picking up some sand in his mouth and then throwing it over his shoulder. He ruffles his feathers and stretches them out. His feet grip the earth.
Winston jumps off the raft pulling a leather strap that's tied around Winchester, the book. Together they walk up the shore towards the giant fire they have made in their honor.
Wilson leans over to Winston and says in a hushed tone, "They're not going to be able to read our writing."
Winston looks back at him and shrugs. "Memories are always a little brighter with some creativity."
From a distance we can see the two birds walk up the beach.
That's mine. Thanks for reading. Hope you are all having a good one and I'm looking forward to reading yours!
2011-01-12 01:37:24Hey yo
It's been awhile since I've blogged and that's because I didn't really think I had anything worth talking about really. I mean I could have blabbed on about boring stuff and movies I've seen and what I'm doing in my time off but really that doesn't excite me to blab about my life to others so I just waited until I had something to share.
I want to start a little contest for fun.
The picture attached is the starting point. If it inspires you, write a short story in the comments section. It must include the bed and the details of the picture but the story is entirely up to you.
All languages welcome!
So that's it. Now to get the ball rolling, I'll give it a try myself.
The ladder up to the bed begins to sway back and forth. The ropes tighten and groan with the added weight. A hand reaches up into view and grips the metal bed frame. It's frail and slightly shaking. It's an old lady with long white wavy hair. She's wearing a brown robe with colored beads and on her feet are white fluffy slippers with bushy tails hanging off the heels. She crawls up onto the bed and gets comfortable amongst the pillows. Laying on her back, she sways her body from left to right causing the bed to swing from her movement. She builds this momentum with confidence and familiarity. Reaching out her right arm, she grabs her book from the shelf with the lamp. On the next swing of the bed, she flicks the light on.
Back and forth the bed rocks.
The ropes stretch and relax with each swing. The birds from above always enjoy these last moments of daylight.
Back and forth.
She smiles to herself. Something she just read reminded her of her past. All the while enjoying the final sways of her bed.
Back... and ... forth... The bed comes to rest.
She continues to read while her eyes flutter gently. Her body sinks deeper into the pillows. She slowly drifts off to sleep.
All is quiet.
A voice from the left says, "Good night sweetheart."
And a hand swings in and flicks off the light.
2010-09-14 22:08:47So I thought I would share with all you some of my favorite sites on the web and videos I'm diggin' right now.
The internet is obviously I love of mine and I want to share with you what I enjoy on the world wide web.
If any of you have something you want to share that you found particularly interesting or just plain awesome please comment below and link it for everyone else and myself!
1. 8 TRACKS
A website for music lovers that allows users to create playlists of their favorite music and share them with the world. This is a great site for finding new music and just rocking out to whatever mood your in. Just type your mood into the search box and someone will have created a playlist for you. My user account is www.8tracks.com/graham714
2. Julian Smith
This guy is a creative genius in my eyes. Hilarious and wildly creative. One of my favorite videos from his http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVEe7TrUabg
3. Freddie W
Great with special effects. Lots of guns and action. He's become a youtube celebrity.
4. TED Talks
One of my favorite ways to spend time. These videos are amazing. From inspirational to mind expanding. I love these videos. Here are some of my favorite.
David Blaine talking about holding his Breathe for 17 minutes
Ken Robinson Talks about schools killing creativity
5. Derren Brown
This guy is incredible. A hypnotist and magician. You gotta watch this guy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej_bT4PJFrg
Now it's time for you to share your favorite parts of the internet...
2010-08-09 00:28:44Hey yo,
So I saw this movie called Mr. Nobody this weekend. It's a Canadian Co-production and a wicked film to say the least. Like inception but for the soul. A very insightful film indeed. I recommend for the older crowd. It's rated PG but the concept is pretty advanced. Whatever go check it out if you wanna see it don't listen to me babble. I liked it so I'm letting you know it's cool! Haha here's a trailer for the film
It's hot in my apartment right now, Maybe I should get up and open the window... Gimme a sec...
So yeah I saw that film this weekend which was awesome. I also planned my trip out to 100 mile in British Columbia. There is this house building seminar for these crazy self sustaining houses that I'm going to go to with a bunch of friends. I'm pretty excited to learn about them and at the end of the day we get to help build one which should be a lot of fun. Here is a video explaining how these houses are different.
I also want to have a giant party room in my house that is rigged with sprinklers and strobe lights. So I can Dj my parties and spray water in sync with the music with lights are flashing. :D
Now I wanna hear from you peoples, What is your dream house like?
Peace and love
2010-06-20 23:11:49I've always said since I was a kid that one day I'm going to live in Hawaii. One day I will have a place somewhere tropical. I love the sun too much. This weekend reminded me of how much I love being outside in the sun. Especially after all the rain here in Calgary.
I found this video on youtube while watching some of this users other videos and noticed he had just uploaded a new video. It turns out this user had seen my video and it inspired him to make his own version by changing the images but keeping the music and dialogue. I was very humbled that I my work had inspired someone else to make their own version of it.
Here is his video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S48UXM6K54o
And Here is Mine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yYEHiv07T0
And here is another cool video I love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMCqtPJfeSU
Hey guys to all you who have written me letters and sent me emails, I want to thank you for your support. I have been very busy with work this season on the show and haven't been able to get to them yet. I wanted to let you know that I read them all but I'm not always able to respond right away. I also had to close my fan email account firstname.lastname@example.org because I received too many forwards, chain mail, and spam. If you do have a question or just want to write to me, a letter is your best bet.
I've uploaded a new video to the site as well so check it out. It's different that's for sure.
I got a 6am pick up tomorrow so I'm off to bed I have a few scenes to shoot with Sugarfoot tomorrow! Oh yeah! I love that little guy.
2010-05-29 15:00:05So I'm back for season 4 in Calgary. We are halfway done shooting the first two episodes and I must say these are some of the best episodes yet. In my opinion of course. Some real challenging stuff and interesting twists and turns.
I was suppose to shoot this past Friday but since it was snowing here in Calgary they had to re-schedule the scene for another day. The weather here hasn't quite been to welcoming as of yet. It's suppose to get better this week but don't they always say that? I guess if I was a weather man I might try and give people some optimism if I knew the weather was going to be harsh for another week. Alas, only time will tell.
The picture here is from the other night. I was in Vancouver and I went out to play pool with my friends and they were talking on the other side of the pool table and I thought it looked like a good picture. It made me chuckled inside.
I also just got the scripts for Episodes 403 & 404 for Heartland and they are even more intense then the first two. Sugarfoot, the tiny horse, is back and I'm stoked. I love that little horse. What a trooper he is.
In other news, I am deleting my facebook account. Which many of my friends have asked me why and to put it simply, "I've just had enough." I have a few friends who deleted their accounts and I have thought many times about doing the same. Then the other day I just said, "alright that's it. I'll delete this thing at the end of the month." When I was in Tokyo earlier this year my phone didn't work and I was cut off from the digital world completely. I felt instantly and fully connected with the world directly around me. At first I had no idea how much I was attached to the world outside my surrounding area. The contrast really gave me insight into this and that's probably why I'm getting off facebook as well. To be connected with people on a more personal basis and not through a wallpost on a website. So I got two or three more days I think.... Three days to be exact. We'll see how it goes. I'm keeping my twitter as a way to share interesting videos I find or stories to share. But facebook is done for me. How about you guys? Ever thought about deleting yours?
Here is a cool short to leave ya'll with.
Oh and here is a techno song that I've been listening to too much.
2010-03-16 22:56:31I'm almost done shooting the Heartland Christmas movie. My last day of shooting is Thursday and then I'll be headed home on Saturday evening. Looking forward to getting back home and seeing my family and friends again. I remember in high school always trying to get away from my family and now all I want to do is spend time with them. Funny how things change.
The shoot has been pretty awesome. I learned how to drive a team of horses which was wicked. All I could think about while driving them was what it must have been like for those guys back in ancient egyptian days and their chariots. Man, if I could go back in time for a day that would be it. Go back and drive a chariot around the city at top speed.
While sitting in my trailer after lunch this song came on and I had forgotten how awesome it was...
So here's a link to the video:
All the best,
2010-03-07 19:16:02Saw the movie The Crazies last night and was disappointed. It had some interesting ideas and scenes but overall it fell short. I thought it would have been better if it was made for less money and focused more on characters.
On the flip side I had a buddy of mine introduce me to some amazing music. The album is called Riceboy Sleeps from Jonsi & Alex. Here is a link to listen to the full album for free on the website.
I was walking around Eau Claire Market today and a homeless man asked me for a dollar to buy a sandwich. I offered to buy him a sandwich and asked where he wanted one from. He changed his mind and then said he was going to buy a slice of pizza. He didn't look like he had been homeless for long. Maybe he wasn't just short on cash for the time. So I said sure where do you want to get pizza from. He pointed off towards the city and we began to walk. I could tell he was a bit uncomfortable. After a few steps he mumbled how far a walk it would be. So I stopped and asked him if he wanted to get pizza still. He explained he only needed a dollar and showed me the money he did have in his hand. It was bright out so we were both squinting while looking at each other. I told him that I don't mind helping people out I just want to know what the money is going to. He shifted his weight and slipped his handful of change back into his pocket. "Look, I'm not an alcoholic. I don't drink if that's what your asking." I could tell he was becoming agitated and even more uncomfortable now. I enjoy helping people out when they need a buck or two. If I have time I like to buy them the food myself. It's satisfying to me to know that I have fed someone and not caused them more problems. I don't remember who said what next. But I do remember him saying he would feel awkward walking into a pizza place with me so I could buy him lunch. I'm not sure if he was actually embarrassed or if he was lying to me about what he was going to buy. It all ended with him saying thanks and me waving goodbye. I walked away feeling as if I should have just given him the dollar and hoped he wasn't lying.
Alright I gotta go return a rental car and then study some lines for tomorrow.
2010-02-27 00:18:48I had a lucid dream the other night where I thought I woke up but actually I was still in the dream. I saw someone sitting beside my bed watching me sleep. I didn't know the man but I felt as if he was my brother. I thought I had awoken from my dream until I saw this man and he told me that I had not awoken and I would be able to return to where ever I wanted to go in my dream. So I did. I imagined a jungle with a giant vine swinging towards me. I ran as fast as I could and jumped off a cliff and reached out for the vine. My hands were stretching forward but just before I grabbed it, I remember I had created that vine by thinking about it. Then it started to fade. My mind couldn't grasp the idea of being able to create something with thought and instantly be able to touch it. The vine disappeared and I was left tumbling towards the earth. I hit the ground and it was all mushy. Then I woke up and my ankle was stiff. I don't think my ankle had anything to do with the dream but I found it odd. Haha
According to Joseph Campbell, dreams are your own personal myths. I like to think this dream represents the fear of taking a chance in life and not fully believing in your decision. Or maybe it means nothing at all and is simply my mind picking random images.