Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Steve Carell Anchorman Audition

A great audition. While not a guarantee of success, being brilliant does help.


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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Coppola on Themes

When you make a movie, always try to discover what the theme of the movie is in one or two words. Every time I made a film, I always knew what I thought the theme was, the core, in one word. In "The Godfather," it was succession. In "The Conversation," it was privacy. In "Apocalypse," it was morality.
The reason it's important to have this is because most of the time what a director really does is make decisions. All day long: Do you want it to be long hair or short hair? Do you want a dress or pants? Do you want a beard or no beard? There are many times when you don't know the answer. Knowing what the theme is always helps you

- Francis Ford Coppola (from metacool). Actors, as assistant storytellers, likely benefit from a one word theme for a project too; it's a tool to help make good choices.


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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Acting and Stardom

Somewhere back there I really came to the conclusion in my mind that the difference between acting and stardom was major. And that if you become a star, people are going to go to see you. If you remain an actor, they're going to go and see the story you're in.

- Morgan Freeman


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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Pigeon-Holing on Network TV

Network television is a business that functions more efficiently by way of rampant pigeon-holing. This is not evil. This is reality

(from The 4-hour Staffing Season). This connects with the idea of actor log-lines.

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Friday, April 08, 2011

Talent Scam Prevention Act Violator Pleads No Contest

The operator of a talent management company has pleaded no contest to two violations of the Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act of 2009.
The law specifically prohibits talent services from engaging in the business of talent representation and charging money upfront for the promise of securing jobs. It also requires such services to post a $50,000 bond with the state and calls for use of unambiguous language in contracts with aspiring performers

(from Variety).


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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Unions Met and Plan to Make Plan to Merge

The Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA Presidents' Forum for One Union met on April 2 and 3, 2011, in New York City.
Representatives of both unions unanimously approved draft resolutions for consideration by the unions' respective National Boards of Directors. The recommendations include a draft mission statement for the successor union and the appointment of formal groups to work on a proposed meeting schedule to develop a merger plan



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Tuesday, April 05, 2011


Most brilliant, forward-thinking art in this world - art that has had any lasting influence - was at first unnoticed, or ignored

(from Don't Quit Before the World Opens Its Eyes).


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