Thursday, March 30, 2006

Shakespeare Folio to be Sold

The complete first folio of the playwright's work had a print run of approximately 750 in 1623.
However, only a third of these survive and most of them are incomplete.
The book is being sold by Dr Williams's Theological Library in London, which hopes the proceeds - expected to be more than £3m - will secure its future
(from BBC News). 3 million British pounds is about 5.2 million U.S. dollars right now. A facsimile of the First Folio can be had for about 80 U.S. dollars. You can read Shakespeare's complete plays online for free.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

No Fear

No fear. Too simple words. A six year old can spell them and feel insulted that they even have to.
-Dawn Morrow

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Rough List of Casting Director Workshops

In no particular order: from my friend Rona.

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Humor: Are U Ready To Be a Hollywood Screenwriter (or actor)?

Clay Allen's amusing 'quiz' from late last year about how ready one is to work in this town. [gone offline]

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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Confusion Over Small Format Video

From Venal Scene:
I know that we can download movies on to our cellphones/iPods...but who are these people who want to? Do they actually enjoy watching content on a screen the size of a Grinch's heart? Tell me, you downloading-movie-to-cellphone people, why is squinting pleasurable?
Driven by the audience's desire to access what they want, where they want, when they want, the rise of the portable video device is a good thing for us makers of theatre/film/video/entertainment.

NBC has made over six million from having their shows on iTunesicon for only a few months. 'What do we care about NBC's bottom line' you say. They pay writers and actors.

If video on small portable screens means it's easier for me to pay my rent, I'm all for it. Even if I weren't, the consumer of our work is, so will us or nil us, this is a direction things are going for the immediate future. Worry not: Radio was not killed by the Television, and Theatrical Movies were not killed by the video tape.

The average American now spends more on Entertainment (including equipment) than they do food. All of this makes it easier to find a way to get our work to the audience. That makes it easier to pay for our food, rent, doctor and life. That makes it easier to do the kind of work we want to do. That is good. Part one of the Small Format and Online Video series of posts:
  1. Confusion Over Small Format Video
  2. Online Video May Affect Production, Distribution and Our Income
  3. TV to Become Small Format Online Video More and More
  4. SNL Half Gets Online Video
  5. Warner Bros. Domestic TV Embraces Small Format/Online Video

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