What I Did: Week Ending 2009-03-15

  • @the_brian_jones Thanks! Do hope you get to feeling better. in reply to the_brian_jones #
  • RT @Foodimentary: Happy American Chocolate Week! <– Best week of the whole year. #
  • Trying a @Teavana Formosa Nut Oolong this morning. #
  • Audition slot for the Alliance Theatre Acting Program’s Summer Rep is at 7PM-EST. #
  • @the_brian_jones Thanks buddy! in reply to the_brian_jones #
  • One Flew Over the Cookoo’s Nest has ended. Lot’s of people telling me how good I am acting as a mentally ill patient. My reply-Who’s acting? #
  • Whoops. Forgot to mention it’s on March 21st. –> Audition slot for the Alliance Theatre Acting Program’s Summer Rep is at 7PM-EST. #
  • D’OH. Shooting for Bright Flames TV is at the same time as the Cookoo’s Nest’s cast party. Party should be in full swing by the time I show. #
  • @vickybz Yeah. Me too. in reply to vickybz #
  • Refilled lots of tea canisters over the weekend. Almondina Biscotti black tea this morning. #
  • Got the date wrong. Shooting for Bright Flames TV is on Sunday the 15th. Not on March 14th, day of the cast party. #
  • That means I will miss another Gladiators hockey game. #
  • All you websites that resize my browser… I hate you! I will never return. #
  • All time favorite Audiobooks in order: The Hobbit read by Nicol Williamson. Idoru read by Jay O Sanders and Harry Potter read by Jim Dale #
  • OK. so it’s not a single book, mentioning Harry Potter, but Jim Dale does an awesome job. #
  • Off to proof a headshot being printed, then dinner with the wife. Return to work for a production release and then to home. #
  • OK. Back in the office and probably have an hour to wait before I have anything to test. Tea is steeping. #
  • Mandarin Orange Green tea and Guacamole make an odd flavored burp. Just thought I would share. #
  • Testing is done. I can go home. Yeah!!! #
  • @the_brian_jones Good luck. in reply to the_brian_jones #
  • @jasonburns Instead of “Bless You”, try “Damn You”. See if that works any better. in reply to jasonburns #
  • The entire QA team is out sick except for me. It may be a very long day. #
  • RT @bigelowtea: Question: how many cups of tea do you drink a day? <– about 5 #
  • Speaking of tea, its time to brew a cup. #
  • hmm.. Earl Grey Creme or Almondina Biscotti. I thing the latter. #
  • I would like to have a few cold beers and a hammock. Near a beach. #
  • @Kerriana My favorite, when I am not having tea. I add peppermint on cold days. in reply to Kerriana #
  • Nearly 75% of the acting work I have received has been through people I know. Thank You!! #
  • Last year at the Unifieds, my headshot was with hair and I had none. This year my headshot is with no hair and I have let it grow out. #
  • http://tinyurl.com/bxua4r (via @addthis) #
  • OK well that did not quite work like it should. Tim Berners-Lee talk at TED #
  • OK well that did not quite work like it should. Tim Berners-Lee talk at TED http://tinyurl.com/bxua4r #
  • #RawDataNow #
  • Does bragging about your good karma deeds give you bad karma? What does the number 7 smell like? What do you get when you multiply 6 x 9? 42 #
  • @bigelowtea instead of in reply to bigelowtea #
  • Did you know that the official state fish of Hawaii is called the Humuhumukununukuapua? It means “fish with a pig’s nose”. #facebook thing. #

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What I Did: Week Ending 2009-03-08

  • RT @Foodimentary: Did you know in 1938, Indiana professor, Rollo Harger introduced the ‘Drunkometer’, the 1st alcohol breath testing device. #
  • Despite the slush yesterday, we still had an audience of about a dozen plus. #
  • RT @DocGyver: @SWayward People crazy about watching crazy? 🙂 <–ummm goes without saying, I suppose. #
  • Headache. #
  • Did I mention that the furnace for the main floor of the house is broken. At least the upstairs furnace is working. Knock on head (tis wood) #
  • OK, knocking on the head did not do much for the headache. #
  • So Peanut M&M’s and a coke has not helped (or hurt) my headache. Suppose I will give advil a try. #
  • @jtalia – A tea person myself. Did I get the right account? Rosewater auditions? in reply to jtalia #
  • @jtalia Cool! in reply to jtalia #
  • RT @redstarvip: I support empowerment of women worldwide with this tweet. #apowerfulnoisehttp://tinyurl.com/arkjmq #
  • How come after eating a large plate of vegetables, I am still hungry. #
  • I need a year planner for Mac and/or iPod Touch. Something where I can put in all dates so I can plan what if scenarios. #
  • Off to the Alliance to work with Pat Hurley on monologues. #
  • OK at work now. The furnace when out last week, finally had it looked at today. He jiggled a few wires and charged me $154. Could be worse. #
  • Corporate boss is in town and in the office today. Told he already did a walk through looking in all the cubes. No porn today. LOL. #
  • @DavidBlue I get the same thing as a mentally ill patient in One Flew Over The Cookoo’s Nest. The not having to act bit. in reply to DavidBlue #
  • Do’h. Keep forgetting. Tonight is Industry Night – PWYC – at New Dawn Theater: One Flew Over The Cookoo’s Nest. #
  • Approaching 200 people I am following. I think I might be addicted. Even when looking for a new phone my thought is can I tweet from it. #
  • RT @Wossy: Am just going to knock on Michael C Hall’s door. <– Have him join twitter! #
  • I played SimCity on my iPod Touch for about an hour last night. Made good progress… then the app crashed before I save any of it. Do’h. #
  • Took my headshot to Prima for more copies. I need sixty for the Unifieds. 100 minimum and they will print resumes on the back of 50 for me. #
  • Well off to the 1 of the final 5 showing of One Flew Over the Cookoo’s Nest. Tonight is PWYK. #
  • Nothing can ruin you day faster than an email to the world starting with “Well if this has passed the QA tests”. It was all user error. #
  • My day was good until then. Great even. Now I am in a damn bad mood. #
  • @MacHeist Yeah, I’ll take a free copy of DEVONthink! http://macheist.com/tweetblast/ #MacHeist #free #
  • @the_brian_jones You can get it for free by going to this link http://macheist.com/tweetblast/ in reply to the_brian_jones #
  • No news is bad news. Never heard from my audition on Monday. So its a spring of classes at the @alliancetheatre: Actor’s Process, Voice Over #
  • The auditions for the Summer Reps are in a couple of weeks. #
  • A great Pat Hurley quote: “Mmmm. I make the best instant coffee” #
  • Off to find some food before tonights show. #

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Three “Shows” on Saturday

I had three shows on Saturday: A TV shoot and 2 stage shows. I left the house at 8 AM that morning for the TV shoot of Bright Flames TV. And after 2 stage shows for One Flew Over the Cookoo’s Nest, I made it back home around 11 PM.

One Flew Over the Cookoo’s Nest – 10 down, 5 to go

But let’s backup a bit. The weekend actually started on Thursday evening with an 8 PM showing of Cookoo’s Nest. And as I write this, I cannot remember how many people were in the audience; less than 10, I believe. Friday saw a very responsive crowd of about 30 or so. For Saturday’s matinee, I had arrived in time for cast call having just left the Bright Flames TV shoot. Really had no time to spare between those two. Saturday saw our largest crowd of over 50 people. That was a great night.

Sunday Slush and Calamine

I had been hearing for about 5 days or so, that there would be snow on Sunday, but as Sunday drew closer with no significant drop in temperature, I figured whatever snow we did have would not stick. So as I am driving towards the theater it turns from rain to very heavy snow. Still, I was thinking that nothing was going to stick to the roads. I can admit it; I was wrong. Some of the streets were starting to be covered in slush. Even the parking lot was covered in wet snow.

Once I get to the theatre, which is in Duluth, I am thinking I am not going to drive to the Alliance Theatre after the show. I had an appointment with Pat Hurley for practicing my monologues. From the Alliance to my house in Buford is 37 miles (74 miles round trip). And from Duluth to the Alliance is 12 miles less. Rescheduled with Pat for Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile in the dressing room, the cast is going over who is going to do what if 2 of our cast members do not show up. Who is going to say this line? Do we need that line? What lines are important? So we kinda work this out, but thank goodness they show up.

Meanwhile, again in the dressing room, I was saying I was not going to get dressed until we have an audience. “There are 20 people on the books.” OK, nevermind, I will get dressed. We didn’t quite have 20 but still a larger crowd than we had for Saturday’s matinee even with the snow.

Later on stage: There is a point in act ii when McMURPHY and HARDING are mixing a drink concoction from the medicine cabinet. Greg (McMURPHY) grabs a wrong bottle and puts it into the hot water bottle that is being used to hold the drink. When he poured it out into small cups it was this white-ish looking liquid. Only one or two people drank it. I had a sip thinking maybe it was a treat from the stage hands. Turns out it was Calamine lotion. Vant (TURKLE) and I have to take all the cups and bottles off the stage at the end of the scene. And usually I will drink anything that is still left in the small cups, but I was not drinking this stuff. I sit at the table near the end of that scene and so in character, I emptied all the small cups of Calamine laced liquid back into the hot water bottle. Had too. Could not get it all off otherwise.

At the end of the show, the snow had lessened and even was beginning to melt off. By 6 or 7 PM, it was nearly all gone, at my house anyway. I could have gone to the Alliance.

Bright Flames TV

Finally, after about 5 months for me (longer for the rest of the cast), we were able to get in the studio and actually shoot. And we didn’t get done. We had until noon and really only got 1 hour of shooting done. Tech took a long time, but they needed it. Focusing lights, sounds, etc.

On Friday, I received a frantic phone call from Teresa. The group providing the costumes lost the measurements for everybody. And the phone number for Teresa was on that sheet of paper. So I gave here some measurements and they grabbed some costumes, but did not have time to alter them. So Saturday morning, I pull up the paints and I look like I have just done a commercial for losing 100 pounds. What was worse was there was no belt loops or suspenders. I borrowed a belt from Doug and sort of just put the belt around my waist to hold up the paints. Once the vest and jacket were on, you could not see the belt.

So with an hour studio time left, we actually begin to shoot. I had never used teleprompters before, but I knew the concept. What was unfortunate was that the teleprompters were on 2 of the cameras. So for large swaths of dialog, people are actually looking straight into the camera. The early thought was to have 3 cameras: Straight on for all five people and one on each side for the 2 people on each side. The teleprompters were supposed to be just off camera.

And we did not finish, damn it! I believe we need another 3 hours of shooting, to get various camera angles, hopefully without looking directly into a camera. Robert wants to do some close ups, etc. I hope this turns out to be an OK production.

Eventful weekend to say the least.

5 Down 10 To Go

First weekend of One Flew Over the Cookoo’s Nest has passed. We had very small audiences to midsized audiences, talkers and laughers (those who do that in excess). We did have lots of great audience feed back as well as people leaving. One person who left who left said they had an autistic son and our play hit too close to home. There were a lot of good comments from audience members. Two more weekends to go.

Outside of the play, I did get accepted to the 2009 Atlanta Unifieds. All hearsay is that there are 250 slots for the 2 days and over 350 people applied. Two people I know did not get accepted and 4 of Pat Hurley’s students at the Alliance did not get accepted. I really wonder what the acceptance criteria was and what the real number of people who applied was.

What I Did: Week Ending 2009-02-22

  • Tired today. Tech rehearsal for “One Flew Over The Cookoo’s Nest” went to 12:15AM-EST. #
  • A friend of mine, Takara Upshaw, got a call back for “A Sunday Afternoon at Loemann’s”. Congrats. So I suppose I can say I am not cast. sigh #
  • Hoping to hear if I got a slot at the Atlanta Unifieds this year. Rumor has it that nearly 500 people applied for 250 slots. I need an agent #
  • Bill Bryson is the best writer. But what I really love is Bill Bryson reading his audiobooks. The Best. #
  • It #
  • What is it? #
  • Well its official. I got a thanks for auditioning, but no thanks email. Takara Upshaw did not get cast ether although she did get a callback #
  • You know, I want to buy applications for my future iPhone without having to go though the app store. #
  • I really miss my Handsping Visor with phone attachment. Best phone I ever had. Sad that that was the late 90’s. #
  • As soon as I walk in the door at work this morning, I get pulled into an argument about how long it takes to drive from Atlanta to Orlando. #
  • “You got to take the 475 around Macon.” “It takes me 6 hours. How in the world does it take you 8 hours.” <sigh> #
  • On to other topics: I was giving a slot at this years Atlanta Unifieds. Number 160. The bad thing is I have my 2 minutes just before lunch. #
  • @the_brian_jones And I was thinking maybe a Blackberry Storm over an iPhone. Calender and Contacts are a must. in reply to the_brian_jones #
  • @the_brian_jones Have you tried Missing Sync? in reply to the_brian_jones #
  • @the_brian_jones Show went OK. Not quite a dozen people. in reply to the_brian_jones #

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