Saturday, January 24, 2015

James Udom in Tamburlaine

In December I made my way to Theater for a New Audience in Brooklyn, where James Udom was acting in a rare production of Tamburlaine. He plays the oldest of three sons of the manic Tamburlaine, bent on conquering everything and everybody. Daddy loves him until he loses his taste for war.

James is a marvelous actor who - what luck for me! - played the lead role of "Freddy" in my play Scamoramaland and is now paying his dues in NYC and getting steady work in classical parts. It was really satisfying to see him on a big stage, where he deserves to be seen.

James comes on first, looks around menacingly, throws on his cape with flair, and is followed by the rest of the invading army. The production uses minimal scenery, and is accompanied by a percussionist in the balcony.  It's long and grueling and absorbing, with many piercingly well-played characters and striking stage effects.

John Douglas Thompson, who plays Tamburlaine, is an actor of huge energy,  completely convincing as a volatile warlord with the world's biggest chip on his shoulder, a man whose reality distortion field makes friends or lovers of all who submit, as long as they submit, or until he decides to throw them away. In modern society he might be called manic-depressive. In his world he's simply a force of nature.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Loaded for bunny

Adam Reese & Jessica Chisum, real-life couple & acting powerhouse, on the set of The Bunny Man, now loping its way toward film festivals

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Feeling thankful

Ah, the crisp smell of dying leaves, the squeaking of penny loafers, the feel of books being cracked open (those low-energy-consumption, platform-independent devices you can read in the bathtub), the awesome sight of middle-aged alumni trudging toward the stadium,  seat-cushions in hand...
As Thanksgiving 2014 approaches, I feel thankful.
I finished a short film (The Bunny Man!) in collaboration with talented people, Shelter continues to find a home on screens here and abroad (Canada, Japan), Wild Book made it into a steampunk festival, and I was invited to curate a Weird Film Night at a winery!
What luck to work with such creative, cooperative people.
I have more ideas than time or money to pursue them, and am grateful for that kind of problem.
The masterful actor James Udom, who graced my play Scamoramaland in November 2013, has landed a part in an off-Broadway production of Tamburlaine.  May he get the big fat career he deserves.
Finally, I have my health, for which I'm most grateful of all.
OK, back to work.
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Friday, October 3, 2014

Bunny Man into sound post

The Bunny Man is finishing up in sound post-production, at Disher Music and Sound.
Thanks to the amazing power of EvilTone XL Pro 3.0, they are infusing the story with both menace and comedy. I'll never go to back to old EvilTone XL Pro!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Weird Film Fest a success

Weird Wine 'n' Film Fest went well - good turnout, enthusiastic crowd, and looks like we'll be doing this again.

Ten films, mostly by women, plus "The Embalming", written by Frank Tuttle, author of the Markhat fantasy noir stories, and one of the funniest people around.

I found some of these films at the 2014 Etheria night - an event for horror and other 'genre' films by women, at the Egyptian Theater in LA. Some creepy, some funny, some with pathos. 

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Color grading can be fun

... when you're working with Jesse Spencer. The Bunny Man is one step closer to finished.
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Friday, July 25, 2014

weird film set experiences

Recalling experiences - on my own sets and crewing on other peoples' films - it's been challenging to pick the weirdest experience, (that I can mention without getting in trouble) - but I think in the end it would have to be: picking out a rat in a reptile store to use on a film set, and waiting for the director to decide if he would settle for a brown rat because they were out of gray ones.

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