|Posted by Steven Molony on January 30, 2012 at 3:25 AM|
Lately, I've been a bit AWOL from posting much of anything. There has been a lot happening but I can't quite talk about some of it just yet... which is too bad because it's exciting! Unfortunately a lot of this time is spent waiting. Let me just say to keep your eyes on "Safety" (Here's the demo trailer if you haven't seen it yet). There are plenty of things to look forward to but there's a considerable amount of red tape one must get through before they happen.
So what is it I do to occupy my time before then? Well recently I've been doing some odd jobs pulling cables through an under construction hotel, and swapping old TVs out for new flat screens. This was extremely tiring, but the extra money is nice.
Thankfully, I was with good ol' pals Timothy and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dan-Glaser/182662745080956" target="_blank">Dan.
Otherwise, I've been taking the time to watch some films from the 50's because I realized recently that I haven't really seen many of them. I've been watching the works of James Dean which, unfortunately, aren't many. Before his untimely death, he had only done "East of Eden", "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Giant". I've watched the first two, and now I have to tackle the apparently aptly named "Giant" with its 4+ hour run time. I consider it a history lesson for myself, as I am always pushing myself to learn more about my craft.
I enjoyed both films but it's really amazing to see just how much has changed with not only film, but acting as well. While there was a certain livliness in actors like James Dean or Marlon Brando that was lacking in others, it's still a very classic kind of performance. Some of which tends to seem over the top by today's standards. There are a few moments in "East of Eden" that stand out but then, James Dean had just come from doing lots of theatre and that line between stage and film acting, hadn't quite yet been clearly defined. It must also be said that it seems like that was a time in which you HAD to be talented if you were being put in films. People earned their way there. Today, if you look good with your shirt off or you have a size -∞ waist with an orange tan and you carry a small canine around in an overnight case, you're eligible to be an A list star. This doesn't apply to all actors/actresses, of course, because there are wonderful talents sharing their ability with the world. It's just that there are a lot more celebrities who are famous for nothing these days.
Art is always evolving but lately, it just feels like there's been a lot more macaroni glued to paper plates instead of masterpieces. And the budgets for those macaroni messes can cost over 100 million...
I've also been reading more literature on acting. It's good to read the views of other people. If any of you feel so inclined, take a look-see at Talma's "On the Actor's Art". It's a 15 or so page essay written by the French actor in 1883.
Before I sign off for now, I want to send a very special Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Indie GoGo campaign for The Joker Blogs. You guys are amazing, and I hope Season 2 won't disappoint.
Until next time!