Sunday, November 02, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
"Special member bonus inside."
Yet, when I fall for opening it what I'm presented with is a coupon that I can give my friends or family to get one month free. Given that Netflix will pretty much give anyone at anytime and anyplace a free month, how exactly is this a "Special member bonus" for me???
Ah - my mistake. Apparently the Bonus is that when they redeem this free bonus trial I get one free bonus rental. Hmmm... let's see... most of the time I don't have the time to watch the three movies I'm entitled to... so I ask again, how is this exactly a bonus for me?
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Today is "National Orgasm Day."
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Basically, it talks about the current Canadian
It also talks - or I should say - alludes to American Exceptionalism and the fact that some people think America should perhaps reconsider it's stance on freedom of speech. Oh wait - hang on - did I say "allude" I believe I should have said, "explicitly states."
I quote: "Some prominent legal scholars say the United States should reconsider its position on hate speech."
Now the article seems to fairly even handed in presenting both sides of the argument, but the overall gist of it is that America is alone in the world regarding the idea that speech should truly be free. Of course what this (and the quote above) is referring to is "hate speech" which is a big amorphous, undefined blob of thought that seems to say any speech that might make someone else feel bad is no good. If that isn't the least bit
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I'll wait for my audience.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Now - on to the regularly scheduled blog post(which may not be as witty and erudite as previous entries due to the sinus medication cloud my brain is currently swimming around in).
My partner, Steve, and I did some casting on Friday, with our always wonderful casting director, Mark Sikes. It wasn't for GCC, but for the actual paying gig. It was fun and we saw a lot of good people. But it was interesting. Generally with the freebie stuff we've been doing you don't see a whole lot of actors but you kind of know that up front. Yesterday, with a paying gig to offer, we saw quite a lot of people, yet it was still pretty surprising that there were quite a few no-shows. In a business where 50% of the job is just showing up - a heck of a lot of people didn't show up.
And there was another phenomenon that I thought was quite interesting. As this project is an informational, "how-to" video, we had some voiceover work as part of the sides, being that voiceover work is going to be a substantial part of the production process. I can NOT BEGIN to tell you how many actors walked into that audition and asked if we were going to do the voiceover. And then, when we said, yes, in fact we do want you to run through the all the material we took time to assemble and photocopy and get out to you, at least half of them hadn't prepared it and wound up reading it cold (and given that it was somewhat complex and technical, tended to stumble and bumble through it - one guy actually jut gave up in the middle and walked out).
Let me just tell you, in case there are any actors among the three of you out there reading this, that if a producer/director/casting director actually takes the time to include some dialogue (even, and let me make this perfectly clear, even if it is only just YOU speaking) in a set of sides and then sends it out to you there's a better than even chance we didn't do it just so you would have something extra to wrap fish with once the audition was over.
I mean, I'm just saying...
Thursday, May 08, 2008
This particular project is actually kind of fun. It's an industrial but an interesting one for the boy in me. We get to play with cars. More on it later.
Friday, May 02, 2008
Get ready for the Fourth Annual World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD)! People across the globe are encouraged, on Saturday, May 3, 2008 to tend their portion of the world's garden clothed as nature intended.
Gardening has a timeless quality, and anyone can do it: young and old, singles or groups, the fit and infirm, urban and rural. An elderly lady in a Manhattan apartment can plant new annuals in her window box. Families can rake leaves in their back yard. Freehikers can pull invasive weeds along their favorite stretch of trail. More daring groups can make rapid clothes-free sorties into public parks to do community-friendly stealth cleanups.
Click here for more
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
But in keeping with the age old internet tradition of keeping your eyeballs glued to this page forever - here it is:
Friday, April 25, 2008
The Submitted Episode:
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
For the initiated:
Mickey Rooney (used to describe a dolly move)
Groucho (a direction given to an actor)
Cowboy (a camera angle)
Two T's (another camera angle)
Producer Tape (expendables)
C-47 (grip equipment) (and one of the most commonly heard terms on set)
C-Stand (also grip equipment and another of the most commonly heard terms on set)
There are other's I'm sure, but my brain is still trying to absorb the caffeine I pumped into it this morning, so if I think of anything else, I'll include it.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I'm just thinking about that now, I as I sit here, going through all the footage from the last shoot and making retroactive script notes.
As a 2nd AC, especially on a film or series, you tend to work very closely with the script supervisor for a long period of time. I have fond memories of more than one.
UPDATE: As an update, I went trolling through some of the blog rolls of the sites I frequent and came across this blog Script Goddess. If you have some time and are interested, give it a look - watch the film she has posted about sleep and read the piece on Brent - he was a good guy - someone who helped me when I was just starting out. In fact, I'm going to crack open the nut that is my blog roll, over one the left there, and add this one.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
In 411 BC Aristophanes used erect phalluses to great comedic effect in his play "Lysistrata".
Here are just two examples, though more abound throughout the play.
CINESIAS:(To the audience and pointing at his jolting prick)
My God, this prick! It’s worse than starving Hercules, waiting for his lunch.
HE LIES DOWN WAITING WITH HIS PHALLUS POINTING AT THE SKY. MYRRHINI ENTERS WITH A PILLOW.
and then later:
That’s a… that’s a… Spartan message rod.
Hah! If that’s a Spartan message rod then so is this (Indicates his own phallus)
Don’t worry friend, I know what’s up. You can tell me the truth. How are things with you men in Sparta?
SPARTAN HERALD: (Moral relaxation ensues after the disclosure but he is still visibly, very uncomfortable physically because of the affliction (ed note: the "affliction" is an erection))
All of us, Spartans, as well as allies, have stiffies like this one. We all need a fuck!
(ed. note: the original Greek word for "fuck," according to Google is: γαμω)
Friday, April 04, 2008
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
I guess it's tough to Shecky Director when you're trying to watch a monitor and hold a boom pole at the same time.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Star F*cking all the way to the Century Mark
Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been adding celebrities to our friends list at a brisk clip. I’ve also been including them in the "Top Friends" list, which may or may not be annoying some of you depending on whether or not you used to be on the "Top Friends" list.
There are two reasons for this. One is that I’ve been trying to reach the 100 Friends mark (I’m just kind of needy that way), so I was adding friends (plus, I just need all the positive affirmation I can get, sniff...). The other is that I’ve been adding friends who have some celebrity, not, as you might think, in the hope that some one of them might see our valiant, if humble efforts to provide top-notch, sex-farce comedy to the internet audience (which is clearly and sorely lacking of such material) and pass that information along to some one of their high-powered, juice-wielding friends who could make a single phone call and have us all employed providing top-notch, sex-farce comedy to the television or feature film audience (which is clearly and sorely lacking of such material) but in fact I’ve been adding celebrity friends with the hope that some of you out there might say, hmmm... I wonder if they really KNOW that guy?
Full Disclosure: I actually have met, was complimented by, and traded a few brief emails with Jackie "The Jokeman" Martling.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
In other news, we're casting this afternoon for the next three episodes.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
You just can't make this stuff up.
It's got me thinking about the William Goldman line Hollywood loves to quote, "Nobody knows anything."
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
I figure if I'm laughing at my own material, I might as well post good reviews too.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
The links for episodes 3 and 4 are here:
I'd embed them, but the frame seems to overlap in blogger. There doesn't appear to be a way to make it fit well.
Episode 3 http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/4857f81dcc
Episode 4 http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/c2cf5dfdcb
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Sigh... maybe I'll post it.
I just feel like I should wait.
Monday, March 03, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
I think, after a brief but frustrating struggle with LiveType, that I might have a finished rough cut of my first webisode ready. What the hell is a finished rough cut? Well, basically, it's a cut that's not so rough, but it's not yet finished in my mind - is anything ever?
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
We shot last week - small crew - bigger cast - fantastic people - and I'm doing retroactive script notes now.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Now, those of you unfamiliar with Burning Man may find it a bit mystifying - although you may not - I don't know. I did kind of write it with the idea that non-burners might read it. It also gets a touch racy at points, so those of you with delicate eyeballs may want to hold out for the Reader's Digest version.
I also want to take a brief moment to thank my good friend Joel Miller for the excellent work he did in helping me with this. (I could have waited for the inevitable award show to do that, but I have a feeling he'd prefer I do it now rather than wait weeks or months like I did with the swag I promised him.)
Oh and just in case anyone is interested, the movie rights are still available. You know, just in case.
I'm pretty excited about this, though I'm not sure if I should buy that Bentley just yet.