Yes, so, as some of you know, my main passion is filmmaking, and apart from some music videos, I haven’t blogged much about my work. But tomorrow (Friday, July 20), we will be premiering Revenge of the Falcon, my short comedy, which although didn’t take too long to do, actually has been brewing in one form or another since October 2005. In fact, we had to remake the film from scratch because…well, just because, all right? Some of you know what I’m talking about.
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ONSTAGE: Smooth sailing from here – ‘Rough Crossing’ closes season with a farce on the high seas
Ted Mills, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT
July 6, 2007 8:02 AM
In his rehearsals, director Rick Mokler is having a Tom Stoppard, life-imitating-art moment. The second half of “Rough Crossing,” Stoppard’s farce set onboard a transatlantic cruise ship, plunges the action into stormy seas, a moment when all the technical stage wizardry afforded by the Garvin Theatre will come into play. And midway through rehearsals is exactly when things get tough: The actors go off-book and Mokler starts to run through the technical aspects of the show.
“The challenges are all about precision,” he says about the production, which previews Wednesday, and will cap SBCC’s season. “We have incredible speeches, and it’s all about the timing. Coupled with that, we have six primary actors and eight dancers, and they all have to move in the same direction.”
That is, Mokler says, when the ship hits rough waters. It will look a bit, one imagines, like the moments in “Star Trek” when the bridge is under fire, but much, much better.
“We have a horizon line that goes up and down outside the window, wall sconces tipping one way and then the other and a tray on top of a piano that keeps moving,” he says.
Audience members might want to pop a Dramamine before the show.
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Transformers’: less meets the eye – Transforms money into wasted time
BY TED MILLS NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT
July 6, 2007 8:19 AM
Good morning class. Welcome to Day 2 of the Michael Bay Film Academy. I’m glad all of you could attend the screening of “Transformers” last night. Weren’t we all pumped! I certainly could feel the energy in the room as professor Bay unfurled his latest masterpiece. But you might have some questions regarding how to make films. I will address these questions.
I know some of you, when you were kids, played with the Hasbro toys. For those who were reading books — OK, everyone, calm down, let me talk — Transformers were cars, trucks, planes and the like that turned into robots. Some were good — they turned into GMC trucks and Camaros — and were led by Optimus Prime. Some were bad, were called Decepticons and were headed by Megatron.
What’s that, Smith? You think the movie should have consisted of robots fighting? That’s what the fans want, you say? Well, you obviously don’t know the first thing about Michael Bay filmmaking.
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This has to be some of the freakiest stuff I've seen in some time. On the other hand, it's 2 a.m. in the morning. Help.