Jeremy's Ramblings, Babblings, and Other Pretentious Bullshit.
Monday, June 28, 2004
Yes, I saw "Fahrenheit 9/11". Yes, it's amazing. Yes, everyone should see it. No big news there, although the fact that it was the top-grossing film of the weekend (unheard of for a documentary) and has become in the highest-grossing documentary in only three days is definitely big news. I also saw "The Bicycle Thief" for the first time yesterday, and was very impressed. If you haven't seen it (and you're hankering for a film about Italy's floundering economy after World War II), then I highly recommend it.
So, anyway, last night was the closing night of the Young Playwrights Festival. That's right, folks, it's over. Done. Finito. Not until next April will you have to hear the words Young Playwrights Festival. But I still have one more entry to write about it:
The final week of the YPF was an interesting examination in page-to-stage transfers. The script that I liked the least in this week (Eric Kanner's "Brotherly Love", a short-but-sweet fraternal drama) turned out to have the tightest and most successful production. David Watson's "Castles Made of Sand" was also a good show, although both script and production went a little long. Still, Mr. Watson is only 15 years old, and has an incredible ambition. He's definitely one to look for (he's also a funny guy, and very mature for his age). Another notable name is Adam Westfall Cochran, the 17 year-old musical writer who had a really fun show with "Rise Up". Unfortunately, the production was pretty out of control, with some over-the-top performances and too many wink-wink-nudge-nudge moments. But the audience ate it up like a belgian waffle with strawberry syrup, so what do I know? Mmm...a belgian waffle with strawberry syrup. That sounds really good right now. I'll have to see if the office cafeteria could whip one up for me.
So this past weekend, I recorded some voiceover work for the production of "Assassins" I'm in. (Shameless plug) I always wanted to do voiceover acting, so that was a lot of fun (I had the soundproof booth and everything), but something interesting happened. I always felt that voiceover actors were lacking in sincerity, as if the microphone kept them from getting to the true core of their role (this is, of course, excluding Pixar animated films, which have some of the finest voiceover acting ever). I felt that I could truly bring something to voiceovers, a natural edge. Now while I was reading these lines repeatedly, and getting different directions every time, I noticed that my readings were turning into that exact same type of acting that I was condemning. I don't think it turned out bad, just different from how I would be on stage (or how I really wanted the readings to sound). So now I rescind all disparaging comments made about voiceover actors. You guys are all right with me!
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