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I’m a little shaky typing this. I found out that actor Sean Connery passed away today. I’d gone on Instagram to post my photo of a new durum wheat loaf—and I saw my friend Tim’s note on Instagram. As a child in the 60s I wasn’t allowed to watch the Bond movies until I was […]
Above: Warm up sketch while watching a documentary on Isaac Mizrahi and a 1990s fashion show. I seem to have forgotten to write in the time, which was basically 30-40 minutes before starting the next sketch. All the sketches happen fairly quickly, but then I take time to watch the show. All images in today's […]
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A film goes behind the scenes in the fashion industry.
On July 15, 2008 I participated in the 48 hour Film Project in Minneapolis. "Teams" met on Friday night to draw genres and begin planning. I had volunteered to help and received a call that night that Greg Graham (who was directing and shooting the film) wanted me to show up at 10 a.m. Saturday and act! The film is now up on You Tube where you can view it if this embedded version doesn't work. The Pescado Affair. (The film runs about 4 minutes, you don't have time to not watch it!)
If you are unfamiliar with the 48 Hour Film Project you need to know that besides drawing a genre at the start of the 48 hours, all the groups are given the same following items to include: a character's name and occupation (Mr. or Ms. Perkinson; substitute teacher); a prop (fish— look for the many uses of fish throughout "The Pescado Affair"); and a line of dialogue: "You look very familiar.") All of these elements must appear in your film. The point is to eliminate attempts to pre-write and pre-plan before the competition starts.
The genre Greg and Andrea drew was Spy Genre; I think their interpretation is pretty fun.
No image on today's post. Instead I'm just going to encourage you to go out and see Disney's "Bolt." It's a delightful animation (great details, great action and angles) about a dog named Bolt who gets separated from his owner Penny. (I don't want to tell you more because I went knowing nothing more than that there was a rather crazy hamster in the movie. If you don't know more than this the opening scenes will be even more enjoyable for you.)
John Travolta gives voice to the title character and brings additional delicacy to this sweet tale. He has a lovely soft register to his voice and he utilizes it here in moments of surprise (such as when Bolt meets dogs in NYC who want to sniff his butt). Every second of his vocal performance is a delight. I will never look at Styrofoam® in the same way again.
Above: Gumby and his best friend Pokey, claymation characters created by Art Clokey. The other day I was taking a break and noticed that Sundance Channel had a documentary on Gumby called Gumby Dharma. I remember watching Gumby as a youngster and being fascinated with the movement and construction. I never learned anything else about […]
Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S. Throughout the country people are traveling home or gathering with friends to celebrate a holiday that means so many things to different people. Historically it celebrates a fall feast among Pilgrims and Native Americans in 1621. For some people the holiday means enduring more of the dysfunction with which they grew up. Kodak and other companies in their advertising would like us to believe we are all making warm and happy memories. Some people in this current economy will find their circumstances tighter than usual.
Whatever your situation past or present, humor can help you to a better future. When I think of humor and Thanksgiving I think of "Home for the Holidays," a 1995 film directed by Jodie Foster. The stellar ensemble cast includes Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Robert Downey Jr., and Dylan McDermott.