Let Your Smartphone Work For You…and Your Next Film!

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Following Samsung & Apple’s recent reveal of their dual-lens camera systems, and with steady improvements to phone camera specifications and accessories across the board, it’s no surprise that some independent filmmakers are steering toward the less-traditional style of smartphone  film-making. Of course, this kind of transition to a more efficient, cost-effective workflow is nothing new. Take for example journalism — and the fact that I’m coming at you live from my iPhone.

So apply this to your newest film idea. You are planning production and realizing how expensive it is to make a film. It requires a lot of people, time, locations, and equipment. An awesome way for filmmakers with a tight budget to get their films made is to take advantage of what they already have at their disposal. This starts with your smartphone! (more…)

Five Minutes to Curtain

“Actors, five minutes to places”. The call goes out across the intercom backstage and in the green room. While the Actors are busy putting the finishing touches on their costumes, the technical staff on the production burst into a flurry of activity not unlike like when NASA Mission Control is about to launch a rocket into space. This is live theatre, there are no redoes! For the next several hours many different departments and people must come together as one to execute perfectly to put on a successful live performance. If you haven’t opened a show (or were present for a rocket launch) it is one of the greatest thrills you can experience! (more…)

Paint Nights & Why We Love Them

Chances are that if you haven’t been to a paint night yourself, you know of at least three people who have (thanks to their instagram account). Aside from being all the rave, paint nights are an awesome way to connect not only with friends, but with art. For those of you who’ve somehow missed the memo on just exactly what a paint night is, don’t worry, it’s pretty self-explanatory. With the help of a guiding artist, you and your friends are led through the creative process of creating a painting unique to you. Best part? You get to take home your new masterpiece! (more…)

Analyze and Act

Holding a new script in your hands can be a bit daunting at first. As an actor, your job is not simply to memorize your lines – it is to understand why you are saying them. The process of discovering your character and their story is done through script analysis. Though there are many ways of interpreting a given script, each interpretation should be done with the foundation of what the playwright has embedded in their story. (more…)

Get Warmed Up for Your Next Dance Class

Getting ready for your next dance class takes more than practicing the steps. Dance class demands energy, stamina, and a 100% effort. To do all of this, you need to properly warm up. Warming up steadily gets blood pumping to your muscles and increases your heart rate. In doing so, you reduce the risk of injuring yourself. (more…)

Preparing Percussionists

Unlike many of their fellow band members, percussionists have the task of not only mastering one instrument, but every instrument in the percussion section. This leaves an even greater challenge for band directors. As a band teacher with first-time band students, percussionists usually come in abundance and also find themselves unengaged. With limited class time, more attention is oftentimes put on helping wind instrument players produce their first notes. In the meantime, your percussionists are either left playing slow quarter notes, or creating utter mayhem hammering on their drums.

There are two vital steps to creating a well-rounded percussionist: (more…)

Twist Up Your Warm Up

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Just like for any athlete, warm ups for actors are essential. Performing in a play is in many ways its own athletic event. Think about it: in sports, athletes practice rigorously each day in order to be able to instinctively react and improvise in the moment when it comes to game time. For actors it’s the same exact thing with rehearsal and performance. What makes this possible for both the actor and the athlete? A well warmed up instrument, able to spring into any direction at any given moment. (more…)

Tis The Season To Sing

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Pulling into the final stretches of this holiday season, you may find you have a million things buzzing in your mind. Hopefully all the shopping is done. If not, no judgement from us! But as you’re wrapping those last minute gifts, or decorating the house, take some time to consider bringing in this Holiday season with song! That’s right: we’re talking about caroling.  Whether it’s an old family tradition, or something you’ve never tried out, we suggest you make this year the year to sing out! (more…)

Thanksgiving Hacks: Arts and Crafts

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Take down the spooky cobwebs, and take out your glue sticks! With Thanksgiving approaching, your mouth may already be watering for some turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. What better way to make the time fly than to indulge in some festive decorating? But before you rush to the home goods aisle, take a detour to the crafting section. That’s right! Bring the whole family together before turkey day to make some of your favorite festive crafts projects. Check out this awesome list of craft ideas by Brit + Co to get yourself started! (more…)