Posts Tagged ‘the work’

Current Status part 2

December 25th, 2013 No comments

Wow, another long time since my last post. Been going through some crazy personal stuff which for the most part has died down now.

HATCH did not go through, but I learned a lot about the submission process for curated theatre festivals, so that was really useful.

Three scripts went out, two came back with the big “REJECTED” stamp across them in my imagination. Third one I still have hopes for, as I really love the piece.

Not directing for New Ideas this year, because I did not know you could apply with a script AND apply to direct. I did do the cold reads for New Ideas this year. I don’t have a current headshot or the $$$ to get a new professional one done up. Guess I’ll do a selfie with a duck face.

No, just kidding.

Applying to InspiraTO to direct this year again if there are some scripts that grab me. Because let’s be frank, if you’re not getting paid to direct, then the script you work with had better excite you. Otherwise you’re just going to drag the whole production down with you.

That’s it for now. As part of the clean up of the personal mess of my life, I can n0w devote more time to creativity and happiness. So expect more blog posts on a regular basis.

The Shamanism of Directing

May 9th, 2011 No comments

Because it sounds better than The OCD of Directing.

First step is to get at least one, preferably more, visuals around the script in my rehearsal book. I use them as a touchpoint when I think I need them. A technique taught to me by my mentor.

The next is to get some visual from my previous production on my smartphone as my wallpaper. This reminds me of what I did right, and wrong, the time before, and hopefully reminds me of a broader success where audiences were delighted, not just me being delighted in a masturbatory fashion.

Once I get those in place, then I can begin a hunt for the music/sounds for the piece.

Rehearsals can be going in full swing without all this in place, but I only feel truly settled when all of the preceding has happened. The first one (pasting one or more graphics in my notebook) always happens before the first rehearsal, though.

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October 15th, 2010 No comments

It’s interesting how much of the stuff I’ve scribbled on my little yellow pad is getting discarded as I transcribe into my computer machine.

I’d be wondering why I bother writing it down, except I’ve done things this way many times before.

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Lynda Barry Teaches me Creativity

September 13th, 2010 No comments

My new approach to creativity is going to be the Lynda Barry “Is it good? Does it suck?” approach.

Rather than trying to answer those two questions every time I start a new creative project, I will just start doing it without trying to answer them.

I tried to find a link to the comic, but no luck. So if you want to read the brilliance of the whole thing yourself, you’re going to have to find a copy of “Best of Comics 2006” in the remainder bin at your local Book City.

Take this iPad and shove it

August 21st, 2010 No comments

Well. Not to harangue against iPads. They seem like fine devices. Let’s agree the title for this entry is me telling all writing assisted by technology to go shove. (For now.)

I am really pleased with the way writing has gone since I switched to paper pad and pen. I know it’s going well because the little movie of the script in my head is looking real fine. There was no little movie playing on earlier drafts when I was typing straight into my laptop.

Really liberating, and I’m very happy about it.

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Never Spend Your Only Friend

August 20th, 2010 No comments

Your guitar and your pen.

Thanks to The Who.

Yeah, the paper pad and pen are rocking. Up yours, technology. Says the man updating his blog from his smartphone.

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Screw the Laptop

August 20th, 2010 No comments

My laptop is an ancient Celeron beast. It works fine for what I need it for, especially after I installed Linux Mint, but it is heavy.

Netbooks are really pretty, but they aren’t being given away for free.

So I’m back to what I used to do, if I don’t want to schlep around a backpack full of laptop, I use a paper pad and a pen. Simple. Light. And the writing process is easier because it’s really satisfying to draw lines through stuff I don’t like, make little doodles, and so on.

Then when I transcribe to computer, I’m rewriting some bits at the same time. Really, I was a lot more intelligent when I wasn’t a corporate resource.

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Back to Work

April 6th, 2010 No comments

It’s been a nice post-production lazy spell, but time to start phoning some theatres. And trying not to shriek in horror when they give me their rental rates.

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Back to the Grind

April 3rd, 2010 No comments

Calling, looking at spaces, etc.

I found a nice space for a clown show I want to produce.  Still looking for a cheap, decent theatre space. But this is Toronto. Everyone who has a space likes to charge a premium for it. This is when the spreadsheet is my best friend.

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Ze Callback

January 17th, 2009 No comments

Yee hah, a callback! I love callbacks, they mean someone sort of likes your looks or your talent. Sometimes both.

Now I have to memorize, memorize, memorize. Got fresh batteries in the recorder! Go boy! Go!

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