blogging about creativity

casting choices

clapper board saying casting call

clipart from WorldArtsMe.com

I got to do some casting once, for a series of CBC Television promotional spots, and I had a blast. The directors were looking for characters to represent typical CBC viewers. I was given details like age range, sex, ethnicity. Storyboards outlined the action and environment. These thirty second mini-films were designed to remind viewers why they had chosen to watch Canada’s national public broadcaster. They told brief stories of typical Canadians; an older woman watching a … Read the rest

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out of the spotlight

My dad shot Super 8 films of us when I was a kid. I can still feel the abrupt cold dullness of the world that came back once he’d turned off the hot, bright light he used to get a good exposure. That shocking fall back into reality meant the fun was over. I had lost his attention. The camera, which had focused his interest in me, was powered down. no longer looking in my direction. The world lost its … Read the rest

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aging, acting and Star Trek conventions

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Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, William Shatner, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden
Star Trek: The Next Generation Reunion, Salt Lake Comic Con FanX 2014

Even though I know that actors are not the roles they play, I often indulge in using Google to find out what happened to them. I feel like the story is continuing with them. Or maybe, I’m continuing my involvement with the story through wondering about connections between the cast member and the character. … Read the rest

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feedback fear

the face that started it all

the face that started it all

I won’t ask for feedback on my creative projects, in spite of feeling that I really should.

I am afraid.

I don’t think I’ve got a clear idea of what it is I want to say about the world and my experience of it. And if I give someone else a chance to offer an opinion, I know I’m a wimp, and I’ll change my work to meet their expectations. I’ll lose the opportunity … Read the rest

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