News Reflections

Make Way, Make Way

Hi everybody! My name’s Chris Murphy, and I’m the newest intern at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, New York. I’ve spent three long years at the Niskayuna High School (is the name Niskayuna too hard to remember? Just think, “Frisky Tuna”), but in order to finish my fourth year with flying colors I need to finish an internship somewhere.  When I heard that, my mind jumped to the Sanctuary immediately, and by immediately I mean once my video teacher suggested it.  Since Troy is a mere two bus rides (totaling about an hour’s worth of sitting) away from Niskayuna (I care because I don’t have my driver’s license), and the Sanctuary people are cool enough not to care what time I show up at, I took the internship!

So here’s what I made on my first day: A video tour/diary of my first day! For anybody who’s been reading this blog for a while, you’ll be pleased to see the long-time Sanctuary blogger Emily make an appearance. (You’ll also notice I wore a work shirt that day. It was uncomfortable, so today I wore a much simpler shirt with a collar. Next time I’ll probably wear a T-shirt. I’m gradually going to wear more and more comfortable clothing until eventually I’ll be showing up naked.) (And don’t forget to click “Read more” after you’re done with the video!)

So here’s what you need to know about me (because there’s a pop quiz at the end of this post): I’m a senior at Niskayuna High School. I love making movies, I’ve been doing so ever since I was able to, and I’ve been told I’m pretty good at it. Here are the three places you can watch things by me, in order of descending inappropriateness:

THERMOBARBARIC – A Public Access TV series I’ve been directing over the past year. It’s a mockumentary about a heavy-metal air band, and it’s fairly inappropriate (but I’m most proud of it).

Not Happy Productions – A blog with all my short films. This is the highest-quality work I’ve done, and it’s mostly appropriate. They’ve won some awards, some of which I didn’t make up.

Cops and Robbers: Robbers Unite – A old webseries I wrote and directed, using the Halo videogames. It’s pretty tame stuff, the swears are few and far between.

That’s all I’d really want you to know about me. So finally, here’s the pop quiz about what you’ve learned about me! You thought it was a joke, didn’t you?

  1. What is Chris Murphy’s cell phone number?
  2. What is Chris Murphy’s greatest fear?
  3. What is Chris Murphy’s secret fantasy?
  4. What is Chris Murphy’s address?
  5. What unusual part of his body does Chris Murphy shave?

If you got at least one out of five answers, you officially know more information about me than I thought this blog post conveyed!