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  1. Is Premiere CS4 too ancient to discuss in here? Should I start a thread called "Really old versions of Premiere Pro" before I start asking questions? I just feel like my questions are a bit too amateur to ask on the big Adobe forums.
  2. Interesting... Sounds like I need to more research. Thanks, Neb
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    Hard Drive camcorders?

    Despite the overwhelming response to my question, our group went ahead and purchased a nice Panasonic upper end domestic use hard drive camcorder. So far so good. We're going to have to buy some special editing software because it saves footage as .mod files, and the converter I tried significantly reduced the quality. It's going to get us started making shorts, though. Cheers, Neb
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    As much as I hate to add to the "I haven't seen it, but..." kinds of replies, I'm going to do it anyway. We're going to a "Deadwood" themed party this Friday night. Neither my husband nor I have seen an episode or ever intend to. When the show first aired, many of our historically-minded friends were all atwitter over it...then plunged into despair and disappointment after a few episodes. They loved the look overall, the props, the costumes, etc., but what I kept hearing was "too dark!", "too vulgar!", "nasty language!" (and these comments are from some pretty earthy characters, mind you). Yes, the "old west" has been whitewashed by Hollywood in the past, but even in the roughest railhead towns there were limits to colorful language. Yes, most of our modern vulgarities existed by the late 19th century, and often much earlier, but was this part of everyday speech anywhere but on the docks/railroad gang/mines? Not really, and especially in the presence of women. For some eyebrow-raising reading, peruse the books full of letters written by Civil War soldiers to each other. The ones they wrote home to mother or sister or in a professional bent are most certainly NOT full of expletives. I little vulgarity lends verisimilitude, too much becomes wearisome. I don't want that kind of thing rattling around in my brain, so I'll beg off, thanks. Neb
  5. I know this is probably beneath most of you, but our performance troupe (Warhorse Guild) is looking for a hard drive camcorder to record gigs and do a bit of promotional work for our outfit, and I was wondering if anybody had opinions on the new generation of hard drive camcorders. Right now it looks to me like the Panasonic SDR-H18 (30gb, expansion slots) is the way to go. I see a lot of folks complaining about difficulty in low light situations, but then we'll be shooting in broad daylight most of the time due to the inclusion of horses in most of the work. Not too many ponies around the table with little Timmy's birthday cake, if you know what I mean. Any thoughts? Thanks, Neb
  6. Yes, and yes. As Bruce Campbell says, you can be an actor anywhere (paraphrase) and community theater is an option. It really does give Joe Average a chance to literally get in the limelight. He also says that you shouldn't do it if you don't enjoy it. Right now I'm dealing with a leading man who is so nervous that he's nauseous before he goes on, and is a mass of nervous ticks on stage. He's NOT having a good time. I asked somebody on production why the director didn't hold second auditions when the original leads backed out, she said "She does hold auditions! We just can't get people to show up!" Now, I don't know if that means she actually DID an audition, or that she usually does. I certainly never received a notice about the second one, and I never saw a notice on the e-list for the Roving Players. You can't tell me there are so few interested parties in the greater North Kitsap area! Frankly, I just think it was a "the devil you know" situation, and she called a known quantity, even though this "quantity" has a reputation for nervousness, blanking out, and zero confidence. My thing, though, is this: the show is not about me as an actor. It's a product that I am creating that innocent people are paying money to experience. I am extremely averse to offering up a less than professional product. I'm currently working my butt off wearing hats I hadn't planned on wearing in such quantity, such as providing props and wardrobe and doing graphics work for a volunteer job. I'm not in this for the "limelight". I've worked on multi-million dollar films, TV shows and commercials. I've done live performances ranging from robbing trains on horseback to belly dancing. I can get "limelight" any time I want it, and I don't do it for free anymore. I'm beyond that, and I just want to do a good job! I auditioned for this show as an experiment; to see the inside workings of the Roving Players, and as an acting exercise. It's exercise, all right! With that in mind, last night I think I arrived at a solution to my problem. The director wants the show to be light: big emphasis on the comedy elements, rather than the frankly dark subject matter (if you take witchcraft and the supernatural seriously, which I do). This is helping me a lot with dealing with my Shep. If I really focus on the comedy and the sheer wackiness of the situation, I buy her falling for him. He's hopeless, but that's ok, because she's hopeless, too! Yes, it starts to turn it into a screwball comedy (without Cary Grant, unfortunately), but it helps me a lot. I'm making my makeup a bit stronger and have ramped up the goofy reactions to the other characters. This seems to be helping the energy, at least for me. If this were a serious little drama or anything, I'd be sunk. Luckily, it's not, and I think we'll be ok. Thanks again, and let me know if you decide to come to the show! Neb
  7. Yous guys are great! Thanks! Sorry I've been slow to respond to your replies. First dress was last night. It was an adventure if nothing else. My "Shep" was his usual unappealing self, PLUS he couldn't go a page without completely losing his mind and forgetting whole chunks of lines. I spent so much time feeding him his lines that, if I got paid by the word (ha: if I got paid at ALL...but that's another subject) my take home for last night would have fattened by about 15%. MrMando: Poison in the coffee is starting to look really good. After tech rehearsal Sunday I came home and grumbled to my husband that I deserved a Purple Heart or at least a Combat Infantry Medal for doing this show. Gah. I've actually been trying to find the "why" of why Gil likes this guy, and all I've been able to come up with so far is that she's spent her life with glamorous, bohemian, artsy, colorful, supernatural types, and this grey, lifeless, nerdy, clammy nebbish is SO different that he's exotic and attractive to her. *sigh* I like your wife's Uta Hagen advice. It will be a herculean task, but I think I can make it work. It may default to "light on the hair", since this guy's physical presence and personality are a comprehensive train wreck. GW: The director is Sue Michaelis, and I'm sure you've never heard of her. The Roving Players have been doing shows in Indianola for about 30 years, and in 30 years it seems they've been content to "do it the way we've always done" and not learn real theater craft AT ALL. I was warned going in, by a friend who has Stage Managed for them in the past and refuses to do it any more. I auditioned anyway, because I like this play. Initially I was offered "Aunt Queenie", which was great! Then the Gillian backed out at the last minute and I got bumped to the lead. The initial Shep backed out, too, much to my dismay, and instead of holding auditions to find a new one, the director just called this guy and he volunteered. She KNEW he had a history of nervousness and blank-outs, so WHY?! did she cast him. I'm at a total loss, frankly. Anyway: Gillian-Me (Nancy Frye) Shep-Will Stewart Aunt Queenie-LeOnna Small (she's fabulous, so I forgive her for stealing my part) Nicky-Craig Hurt Sidney Redlitch- Ken Stephens http://www.rovingplayers.org/index.htm We're at the "clubhouse" in little Indianola, and probably for the last time. They just did a remodel and are being very touchy about us destructive theater types setting up a show in their pristine space...despite the fact that the RP have been doing it there for three decades. They even forbade the sound baffles, so it's an echo chamber now. I see a move to Kingston in their future. If you guys really want to come over, why not carpool to save dough? The ferry is so expensive. There's a dinner theater on Oct. 13 (love the date: ha!), which might make it more of an "occasion". If you want to just walk over on the Kingston boat, I could pick you up if you don't mind going in a bit early. Thanks again! Neb
  8. Hey all; I'm in a bit of a pickle. I'm playing Gillian Holroyd in a small-town production of "Bell, Book & Candle", and I've been saddled with a "romantic" lead who is anything but romantic. He's a bit older than me, I'm 44 and he looks like late 50s-early 60s, but that wouldn't make any difference if he had any kind of charisma at all, which he does not. I know it's all about ACTING, and I don't need to "feel" any romantic inclinations for my fellow thespian, but this guy actively repels me. He's nervous, wooden, hesitant, and clumsy. I wasn't expecting Cary Grant, Rex Harrison, or even Jimmy Stewart (who had the role of Shep in the film version), but I never imagined this guy in my worst nightmares. His hands are cold and clammy (when he touches my face I want to wipe it off the minute he lets go). When he puts his hands on my shoulders, his fingers dig in and twitch nervously. When he tries a sly smile he looks lecherous! He's a nice guy, he's just a disaster as an actor. It's torture to be on stage with him, and we go into dress rehearsals next week. I have to carry all of the energy of our scenes together, because he gives me nothing to work with. It's exhausting. I and others have tried to help him relax and inhabit the part, but he is SUCH a cold fish. Why oh why was he given this role?! 8O Help!!!! Any advice? Desperate in Kingston, WA (a.k.a. Neb)
  9. Well, we're a few years down the road and I'm looking at cameras again. The price on a new DVX100a has dropped considerably, so what's a good price on a used one? I just got my ProVidFilm e-newsletter and all of the ads for the DVX say "make offer". Any of you guys have thought on what a good offer would be? Thanks so much, Neb
  10. Just saw this request on the blog of my current favorite comic strip (Wondermark, by David Malki): "As you may know I've been making a movie for a while, and it's getting real close to being done. After the New York show next weekend I hope to have the time to start posting some trailers and clips online. But right now I'm asking for a little bit of help -- there are some special effects shots that we're trying to finish, and I'm running out of hours in the day. Are you good at rotoscoping and compositing in After Effects or Shake? Or photo-realistic matte painting? Drop me an email if you're interested in helping out on the project, or want some more info! (If you don't know what any of that means you can just smile and nod and back away slowly.)" http://wondermark.blogspot.com/2007/06/308...oes-unsold.html Just FYI, since I'm no earthly help in these areas. Neb
  11. Just watched it: nicely done! I'm bemused by the "comments" on the site. What's with the guy annoyed about having "propaganda crammed down my throat"? I guess I missed that part of the film. Neb
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    actor's rant room...

    I'll play the part of Dr. Frankenstein today, and resurrect this ole' thread. Re. the last post: I had a similar experience in 7th grade. My teacher circled the word "imprecation" in a short story of mine, declaring "That's not a word!" Well, it was a word when Edgar Rice Burroughs used it in a John Carter story. Maybe it was discontinued by 1977...who knows? On another note, I had an acting job this last weekend for a Japanese TV show. Usually these Japanese (or Chinese) shows have somebody with a rudimentary grasp of English do the script translation for us English-speaking types. I just expect them to be pretty literal translations from the original language, and therefore a bit stilted and non-sequitor at times. This time, however, the translator, who was also the liason between the talent and the all-Japanese crew and director, did a fabulous job. It was actually smooth and logical! I complimented him hugely on his efforts. Now, why can't non-translated scripts be this good? Neb
  13. By Tom Horn. Has anybody read/reviewed it? I'm interested in his thesis (transgenics, etc.), but the excerpt I read on his web site was... difficult. His prose is awkward at best, and I don't think I could stand reading the whole thing. Just curious! Neb
  14. 3,738... got a late start, then had company both days this weekend, so only got a few hundred words in. Hope to make up some lost ground in the next few days. It's really hard not to stop and editorialize. This is my first major effort, so it's daunting but I know it will be very much a wortwhile excercise. Nebbo
  15. Well, count me in. This is really scary...I'm going to have to put pen to paper, and all I have is a few ideas and some scattered notes. 8O Aaaaaaagh! I actually signed up for this a couple of weeks ago because I thought it would help me get my lazy butt in gear. Let's see if it works. User name: Nebbo I already have a headache. Neb
  16. At the risk of digression, I concur with the above statement. I'd have to go back and look at "The Last Battle", but I always got the impression that Susan was older than 15 or so. The implication to me seemed to be that she had crossed into, to Susan anyway, young adulthood and was very much concerned with appearing mature and worldly and fashionable, and that the whole Narnia thing didn't get her points with her peers so she chucked it. This would synch with Narnia as an analogy for childhood conversion, later abandoned. The way it *doesn't* synch is that I don't believe one can "lose" their salvation by ignoring it or denigrating it. Perhaps if Lewis had been a bit more careful with the Susan thing she might have been bewildered and then repentant to find herself in Narnia at the end. Neb
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    Ghostbusters 3

    I love Harold Ramis. What's the deal with Murray? Is he suddenly to "serious" an actor to do something fun? Does he think he's too old? Neb
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    Fooey. I was just talking to a friend yesterday about being excited about a sequel! Maybe he should get together with Joss Whedon and they can form their own studio.
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    before it moves on to the next scene, so for the remainder of the running time I was in shock, thinking about what had happened...I can't remember the ending very well as a result. This was pretty much my experience as well. I've seen the film twice in the theater (don't have my own copy yet), and even the second time I was very shell shocked during the whole climax/finale...which is exactly how one should feel in a situation like that (combat, etc.). Since my first exposure to Alan Tudyk was Firefly, I have no previous character associations and the "Pirate" thing is a non-issue for me...but then I have a remarkable ability to lose myself in a good film (even if I worked on it personally). Neb
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    The only available version of "Northanger Abbey" is truly, truly awful. Horrifyingly, mind-blowingly bad. In fact, I didn't like it. Persuasion, on the other hand, is one of my favorite films ever! My husband even likes it (mostly because of the Naval element). Ciaran Hinds is magnificent and so is Amanda Root. I, too, love how she "blossoms" as the story progresses. I also appreciate the older ages of the protagonists. Fabulous film. Neb
  21. It has always been my contention that Titanic would be a fine film if the Kate/Leo stuff were edited down to a couple of minutes. The rest of it is very interesting for history buffs. Maybe just edit Leo out altogether. Yeah, that's it. That's the ticket... Oh, and I nominate all the dialoge between Anakin & Amidala in ST Ep 3. It's so bad I mentioned it in my bad romance novel blog. Neb
  22. "truthy, not facty"? Could you be a little more vague, please? Are we attempting to illustrate grey areas of personal perception? Is this like being sorta pregnant. sigh... That article is trying way too hard to assign artificial significance to slang terms that will fade into obscurity and be forgotten in a year...just like most insignificant and trend-dependant slang does. "whale tail"....snort...! Neb (have I used up my allotment of elipses yet...?)
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    Spirited Away

    You took the words right out of my mouth. The relationship between Haku and Chihiro seems a little rushed and forced at the end, but it's not that big of a deal considering how wonderful the film is overall. I love wondering what the family is going to find when they actually reach their "new" house. It's one of the few movies with a "dangling" end that I don't find irritating. Wonderful stuff. Neb
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