Hello again, Gentle Reader(s?),
In this episode, we are going to talk about building a set. Sort of.
Actually, building a set is a lot like working a puzzle. Basically, you start out with a bunch of separate smaller seemingly unrelated pieces which just sort of sit there and say, “I dare you to try to find a way to make us look like we were meant to be together.”
Things like screws, nails, sheets of various types of wood, vinyl, metal, plastic, rubber, tape and a couple of other “secret” ingredients that I still haven’t figured out.
Once you start assembling all these materials, there’s no going back (to the hardware store to return the items that you really wish you hadn’t purchased in the first place.) So, you may just as well push forward until you get it right and make the thing work.
Once you do figure it out and complete section number one of the puzzle, the rest is actually pretty simple and the three hours you spent building section one gradually becomes about twenty minutes for the rest of the project.
And the best part is seeing the fruits of your labor for the first time…
*Music: Theme from 2001 A Space Odesy by Richard Georg Strauss
I almost got a haircut today. Really – I did. Almost.
I really need a haircut. Badly. And I actually asked for and received $20.00 cash back at the grocery store specifically for the purpose of obtaining one. Not only that, but the barber shop is located in the same shopping center as the grocery store. Only about 250 feet away, in fact.
I even told my wife that I was going to get my haircut today. And a couple of friends, too.
I really wanted to, but I didn’t.
So why didn’t I?
Well, the macro explanation is that I pride myself on being frugal (read that, “cheap”.)
The micro explanation, as one would expect, is a bit more explanatory.
Week after next, 75% of our children are showing up at our house from, literally, hundreds and thousands of miles away in different directions around the country. This, in and of itself, would normally neither cause me to visit or not visit the hairdresser, however, this particular visit is for the purpose of filming scenes in our movie project.
My hair needs to look more like this…
…And less like this…
The issue is not that my hair needs to look like it does in every other scene in the film (although it does) and in order for that to happen, I have to get it cut. And the issue is not that if I get it cut this week I will probably have to have it cut again next week, too. The issue is not that if I get it cut this week it will cost me $20.00, or if I get it cut next week it will cost me $20.00.
The issue is that if I get it cut this week and I get it cut next week, it will cost me $40.00.
Hence, no haircut today, but a haircut next week.
Because I am frugal.
One of the most important things an actor can do is to get the right facial expression to fit the storyline, character and director’s demands with the most important part being the director’s requirements. It’ especially tough when your youngest son is directing.
Steve is a tough and demanding director. I just can’t seem to get my facial expression right in this shot.
I’m guessing Judy has had about enough…
As most of you know, I am involved in the production of a motion picture. In the movie, I am required to speak with a British accent. Because I have never spoken English English before, have to practice, which is fine, except that it is driving Judy nuts.
I have found a way to make her even more crazy with the ‘practice’ sessions – I have begun narrating my life. In a British accent. Yes, I walk around describing my every move, everything I notice, my every thought. In a British accent (sort of).
As I said, it’s making Judy go bonkers.
This is fun.
It’s not very good, but I think mine’s better than Kevin Costner’s. Closer to John Lithgow in Cliffhanger.
But it is getting better. Really.
Here are three samples for your perusal…
A few months ago, we were testing some functionality on the D3300 camera. There was a guitar in the room (seven, actually, but I only have two hands, afterall). Steve and Judy decided to play along (Judy playing the part of the beatnik** in the coffee house, totally enthralled with my performance. Note the look of complete contemplation of the lyrics and the keeping of time with her foot).
In the video, we are not actually Dixie Fried (especially me). And Judy is not a shape in a drape in this case, but she is certainly everything plus.
And while this may have you interviewing your brains, and you think the performance is slated for Crashville, if you know your groceries, you will see I actually threw babies out of the balcony. Just be sure to focus your audio.
And yes, this is off the cob.
Murphy expresses his opinion at the 2:35 mark.
The whole thing is actually quite disturbing…
a young person in the 1950s and early 1960s belonging to a subculture associated with the beat generation.
Progressing with green and blue screen testing this weekend…
Shawn was able to join us this weekend, and we built a frame for the screen so we can move it wherever we want. We also did some blue screen testing in the side yard – came out awesome.
And the free trial version of Adobe After-Affects expired. I guess I’m going to have to buy the thing…
More improvisation and trying to make each other laugh…
And now, Behold the 4000 Beings!
Learn how to quickly travel to the moon!
See confirmation that ‘Spicolli’ really is ‘Holy’!
Discover how many beans it takes to fill a Vegan!
Revel in the true wisdom of Scooby!
Finally know beyond the shadow of a doubt who REALLY did it, where they did it and with what it was done! (Major spoiler alert)
Relive the reason I spent two weeks in the hospital four years ago!
Become enthralled in the dramatic buildup to the final confrontation!
Beware of the consequences of underestimating the 4000 Beans!
Witness the Sad Demise of Jezebel!
Listen to, and Stare in Wonder at, my Closing Monologue!
Observe why you don’t wear a green shirt when filming in front of a green screen!
Watch me become Translucent!
And find out what Steve really thinks of this effort!
Started working more into the green screen practice. again, none of this is part of the film, it’s just practicing and figuring out how to do this stuff.
Sky Diving… How not to…
First Time In France?
Let’s Try France (Again)
My youngest son, Steven Kammerer, was up this weekend.. It’s always fun when he is here. This was sort of a working weekend for us. As one of my “newly retired” duties, I am working with Steve, Billy and Shawn on a cinematic production – we are making a movie. Should be done around mid 2017.
And this was the first attempt…