Movies – The Art of Visual Storytelling

kids16When The Jungle Book movie released a few months ago, The Guardian in its review wrote that ‘hyper real digital animation meets old-fashioned storytelling’.

Many wondered what the point was in remaking an old Walt Disney classic from the mid 1960s which was undoubtedly a brilliant musical masterpiece. Rudyard Kipling’s tale about a jungle boy growing up in the jungles of India was simply fascinating enough in the book version and the original animated version lived up to expectations. So the question was raised simply because the modern version of 2016 left the old fashioned animation and the songs behind and embraced live-action computer graphical interfaces to tell the story better. And the results have been mind-blowing seeing how well the movie has been received world over. In the context of the battle that mankind is facing over environmental issues and the constant debate over human-animal coexistence, the movie although based on times gone by, has equal relevance to present contexts.

Many of us have watched movies based on best-selling books and novels or on real-life incidents

Why Actors Should Stop Planning

how-to-start-an-acting-careerAllison leaves an audition and pumps her fist. “I nailed it! I did everything I wanted to; laughed at the exact right moment, gave them that sarcastic look, put my hand on my hip… that was awesome!”

Sheena leaves an audition for the same role a little dazed. “I have no idea what just happened.”

Who books it? Probably Sheena. Why? She was fully present. So present and connected to the other person that she has no idea what she herself did. There was no room for self-reflection in the moment because she was so focused on the other person.

Think about it: in your real life, have you ever left a conversation knowing exactly what you did during every single moment? You might remember laughing, and you’ll definitely walk away from that conversation charged with feeling, but you can’t recall it like a video tape. You don’t know exactly when you put your hand on your hip or what your facial expressions were at any given moment. (Unless you have Highly Superior Autobiographical

The Secret To Surviving The Quiet Season

dsc_1289-1024x680-810x538A successful producer once told me that the key to surviving this industry is how you handle the time in between gigs. “It’s easy when you’re working; it’s what you do when you’re not working that really counts.”

He wasn’t suggesting hiding under the bed with a pint of Cherry Garcia and a vision board and waiting for the phone to ring. He also didn’t mean you should focus solely on career-centric activities, networking your face off until you’re tongue falls out of your mouth. He meant, above all, you have to stay creative and enjoy a well-rounded life.

After all, wasn’t it your artistry that inspired a pursuit of this career in the first place? And what inspires all art? Life. Our creativity and ideas spring directly from the well of our life experiences. The more life we live, the deeper the well from which our creative souls drink like a bacchanal.

So how do we continue to fill the well? We live. Fully. Every single day. Here’s how you remain creative

Netflix Offers a Lot of Programming

My daughter had been trying for months to get me to subscribe to Netflix. I just honestly did not see the reason for that when we were already getting nearly 200 channels on our cable subscription package. She tried to tell me I was wasting money on it, but I honestly thought she was just trying to get her way. It turns out that she actually did know more than me about this. She told me to look at a website called netflixinsider.com, so I did. I figured if she was going through this much trouble, then she might actually have a valid point somewhere in there. Continue reading →

Classic Sitcom Characters Who Attend Memorable High School Reunions

This summer marked number 35 for me, and I celebrated it the same way I did all of my other high school class reunions. I stayed home.

Of the 320 people who graduated with me way back in 1981, I have kept in touch with the half dozen I was close to back then. The others, while I wish them no misfortune, I really have no desire to reconnect with.

Even though class reunions are not for me, I have enjoyed TV shows with characters who have attended theirs. Here are seven classic sitcoms that aired an episode on which at least one regular member participated in a high school class reunion.

All in the Family

Archie (played by Carroll O’Connor) reluctantly agrees to accompany Edith (played by Jean Stapleton) to her reunion, where the most anticipated guest will be her high school sweetheart Buck Evans. The former track star, now obese and bald, is unrecognizable to everyone but Edith.

The Andy Griffith Show

Deputy Barney Fife (played by Don Knotts) anticipates rekindling his romance with Thelma Lou (played by Betty Lynn) when their Mayberry class gets together, only to find

From Stage To Screen: Toning It Down While Keeping It Real

Ah, the stage! The glorious live performance. When you’ve had years of experience on the stage, every cell in your body knows what performing feels like. Your body knows to be bigger, louder. It feels full, grand, real and you can hear the audience react. How rewarding. How deliciously rewarding!

Then you do film or TV for the first time and your eyebrows act like caterpillars on crack. You look like a bobblehead or cartoon character. You’re surprised your eyes don’t pop out of your head to the sound of an old fashioned horn. There’s no way around it; you’re simply horrible.

You’re told, “Be small! Be still! Tone it down! Don’t do anything!” So you stop: you stop moving or doing anything. You try to keep those caterpillars – and the rest of your body – contained.

And you certainly see a difference. It’s not nearly as big as it was before. But now instead of Roger Rabbit, you look like Robbie the Robot. You’re empty. Uncaring. Boring. Weird. Like you’re stuck in a cage, frozen.

You’re afraid to move, feel, express or be yourself.

So where is the happy medium between

How to Move Up in the Workplace Via The Office Characters

Introduction

Moving up in the workplace is essential in the business field. The great thing about The Office is that even though it is a humorous hit television series, they apply real business concepts and situations within the show. Analyzing through the seasons, we find that certain characters use different strategies in order to proceed in higher rankings within the company of Dunder Mifflin. This article will introduce some ways that a few characters got promoted and moved to higher positions.

The Ryan Howard Technique

Ryan Howard started off hired as just a temp (temporary employee). Although it was not expected for Ryan to be a permanent employee, he got a hold of the company’s culture and was able to adapt into his position. When Ryan’s sales continued to increase, he was then hired on as a sales representative. Corporate saw much potential in this young sales rep and continued to observe how his new position increased the company’s sales. Corporate was even so pleased, that they promoted him to join the corporate workforce as vice-president of sales. Unfortunately, Ryan began using different drugs which distracted him from doing his job. He was later

7 Actors Who Played a Memorable Attorney on the Big Screen

Hollywood and lawyers have gone together like two peas in a pod since the very inception of motion pictures. In an industry built on fantasy and unlimited imagination, playing an attorney in a well-written film can be the direct route to big recognition in an actor’s career. From Atticus Finch to Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee, those portraying legal advocates have given us some of the most memorable characters in Hollywood history. Among all the many examples, these top seven thespians provided us with some of the most unforgettable performances in the courtroom.

1. Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch

No one can forget Gregory Peck’s portrayal of attorney Atticus Finch in “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Admirable father to Scout and Jem, Atticus Finch uses his legal prowess to fight against racial injustice in Depression-era Alabama. His defense of African-American Tom Robinson, who was wrongfully accused of rape, stands the test of time as one of the top courtroom performances ever.

2. Joe Pesci as Vinny Gambini

As an unsuccessful and frustrated attorney in “My Cousin Vinny,” Joe Pesci’s comical portrayal of Vincent “Vinny” Gambini earned this film a cult following. Vinny pulls off an unimaginable

How to Get the Best Viewing Experience Out of The Office

Introduction

The Office is a hit television series that everyone should properly enjoy. Sometimes it is easy to start a new television series and not get the full experience the show has to offer. It is just a show, so what all can you possible miss? Surprisingly, there are multiple ways that you can fail to get the full experience of a television show that the director intended you to have. Fortunately, I have watched all nine seasons of The Office a few different times. This article will help guide you through ways I have personally sought out to get the best viewing experience of the hit television series.

Start from the beginning until the end

With new and easier ways to watch your favorite television series (such as Netflix and Hulu) it is tempting to skip ahead to seasons that others recommend are the best ones. When I first began watching The Office, I started on the fifth season without watching the seasons that were prior aired. After I finished the rest of the seasons, I felt extremely satisfied with the show and recommended it to multiple people. However, I was unaware that

What Is The Consideration Before Buying A Portable Projector

To buy and set up a projector for a home theatre system or presentation could be somewhat challenging. Here are some pointers that can act as a good guide to look into.

Ambient Light

Light from the surrounding can wash out the image of the projection. The brightness of a projector is measured in lumens, so do check the lumens before a purchase. Brighter ambient lights would mean requiring higher brightness, which translates to, more lumens needed.

Powered by battery

Projectors generally consume a lot of energy; however with the advancement in technology, portable projectors are becoming more efficient. In some cases, it can be powered by a small battery for roughly 1-2 hours. Of course there might be a trade-off not forgetting the factor mentioned in this article.

Mounting your projector

Most projectors can be displayed upside-down or right side up, allowing for flexibility when deciding the mounting position. Another important thing to take note of is to ensure that the projection is not easily obstructed.

Affordability

In the past, there aren’t many choices, getting a basic projector requires average expense of about a $1,000, or more for

Here’s How You Can Get Branding Videos for Your Business

Thanks to the social media and viral world, most of the brands and businesses are now willing to invest in aggressive marketing. Over the years, video marketing has emerged as one of the best tools for promotion and marketing, and there is a need to think beyond the box to create more engaging and genuinely appealing content. What does it take to make the right videos for your business? In this post, we will talk of these aspects along with some of the crucial elements that matter the most in choosing a service.

Understand Your Customers and Audience:

Video marketing isn’t just about producing content. It is also about finding an anchor with the audience, and for that, you have to understand the expectations of the target public and find a balance between those expectations and business goals. This may seem easy, but more often than not, it requires a lot of planning. Take your time to talk to the marketing team, find the right ways to create a plan, and as you make one, you have to find a few ideas to take the plans to the next level. It is wise to find