Having some fun – Movies and Music

Just got home after checking out a friend, Lauri Kranz, and her band Snow & Voices playing in Hollywood. For someone like me who does not go out on the town much, it was a great experience. She sounded awesome, the club was nice, and then we went to the very trendy Katsu-ya Hollywood where several of the LA Lakers were rolling in after their NBA playoff game.

Next up. this Thursday, the 21st, we are screening a film, Dreams Play A Part, written and directed by Emma Jones. The project came out of our screenwriting class, where Emma was working on a feature concept. She ended up writing and directing this 30-minute short which serves as the back story for the characters of her feature script.

Dreams Play A Part

She cast the movie entirely from her fellow Strasberg students and has put together a strong project. The movie is well-shot, and Emma certainly displays a visual sense that is rare among actors making their first foray into film making. It is particularly exciting to  see the film on the big screen after watching clips of it in editing. Should be fun.

More events to come as we have a busy couple of months on the way!

Published in: on May 19, 2009 at 10:45 pm  Comments (3)  

Lots going on!

There is so much going on at the school right now I have had little time to blog. I was in New York and the place was humming. Students who had made it through the auditions were planning their production work for next fall already.

Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden returned to the Institute to speak with our students. She had the whole audience enthralled. All in all, the energy in NY is like no other place on earth. It is a rush every time I am there (and pretty good all-you-can-eat Sushi doesn’t hurt either!).

Here in LA, there is also plenty going on. I will be teaching as part of a Summer Intensive program for 6 weeks, starting July 13 and going through August 21- I am going to work my actors really hard and shake it up. You can’t get too complacent as an actor – or a human being for that matter.

Plus, we just finished casting for a short film project, “Past Meets Present,” that I am developing with Sasha Krane here at the Institute. He and I will be shooting in two weeks with the help of Conor Gass, and Herb Berraza (our in house production SWAT team). We are delaying production in order to finish a photo shoot that will be happening these next two weekends, but while we wait, Sasha and I are planning the next short in the pipeline.When I have some clips to share, I will post them here and you will see our actors at work.

Speaking of actors at work, I will be judging on a panel for my friends at ActorCast. This is one of the biggest things you have probably never heard of. They run the actor database system for some 90% of the major studio TV & Film casting. That is a big deal. What that means for an actor is that they are THE best of the actor sites because the 500 casting directors who tap into the database daily are the ones who run the casting world. Strasberg students can host there for free, but others should check it out as well. I will post more after I review the actors who submitted their audition reels for a special showcase.

On top of that, we are preparing for a screening of one of our student’s short films – a half hour piece that was developed in our screenwriting class and shot over the last semester. I will provide details of that as well as we get a little closer.

All that to say that I have not left the blogosphere. There is lots in process, so that means there should be plenty to talk about over the next few months. Of course, I am still here to talk acting and answer questions about anything. If you have a question, don’t be shy. We can talk Strasberg, Stanislavsky, Mamet (if you are brave), or Meisner (or sushi!).

Be brave. Bring your questions.

Published in: on May 6, 2009 at 8:25 pm  Comments (1)  
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