Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Still availed

Well, I've got two more days on avail for Invasion.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

San Diego and back again x 2

It has been a while since my last post but with good reason – I've been working non-stop on the comic book, 60 Minute Broadway since Sunday of last week. The picture accompanying this post pretty much sums up the way I feel – a bit bruised and battered, but totally happy. John Keating and I made a pitch book for the comic, complete with some script pages, four pages of finished artwork, and a cover letter and took it down to the San Diego Comic Con. We had quite an adventure, and it wasn't all easy, but I think we both came out of it inspired, motivated and basically of the mind that, y'know, we can really do this thing!!! We can really make this happen and get this comic published. That feeling, and all the positive feedback we received while at the con kept me going, even with about 6 hours of sleep total, between Wednesday and Saturday. I think it's time I got some sleep.

** Funny, I wrote this on Sunday (7/17) after John and I got back from the Con in the early hours of the morning, hence its complete outdatedness. In my sleep-deprived haze, I must've forgotten to push the "Publish Post" button, so it's just been languishing in my drafts folder, waiting to be published.

Anyway, I can't believe a week has already passed since the Con! I still haven't recovered. Gonna try and publish a more detailed account of it this weekend, with pictures and everything on the official 60 site. Superfly Superman, Fat Klingon Bastard and Fat Speeder Biker are not to be missed!!!

Friday, July 08, 2005

Raindrops keep falling on my head

When it rains it... well, it rains a lot. It was just a couple of weeks ago that Hollywood seemed to be in a drought - at least for me. I hadn't gone out on more than one or two auditions in two months and career movement just seemed nil. A lot of my friends were going through the same thing, although there were others who had just booked pilots, or movies, or commercials. So it wasn't an industry-wide thing, but I was definitely feeling it. Although concerned, I wasn't despairing as it gave me more time to work on a comic book my buddy John Keating and I have been working on, 60 Minute Broadway. I also had other things in the pipeline, like some freelance web design, logo design, illustration and other random things that seem to always take up my time. Well, in the past two weeks, things have changed.

I've been on two callbacks for commercials and a callback for a table-reading for a feature film. I went on this awesome audition for Volvo yesterday that completely fit my type and that I had a great audition for. And finally, I got a callback yesterday for a small part in ABC's big new sci-fi show for the fall season, Invasion. Went to the Warner Bros.' lot in Burbank and met with the producers, (Michael Berns and Thomas Schlamme, I think) and had a decent read, although leaving there, I felt I could have made better choices. Whatever though, I felt the same way with the Wendy's audition a few months back and that worked out okay. And best of all, today my agent called with the good news that I've been put on avail for Invasion. Woo-hoo!! *ahem* Actually, I can't get too excited until I'm actually on-set as sometimes these things just don't pan out, but needless to say, I'm feeling a weensy bit giddy right now.

So now John Keating and I are going off to San Diego for their huge Comic Convention to pitch 60 next week so I'll be burning the midnight oil drawing all weekend in preparation for that, I'll hopefully be hearing back on that Volvo commercial and I'll even-more-hopefully be hearing back from the Invasion people in about a week or so. Oh yeah, and a bunch of us in the Dee Wallace Stone Acting Studio are pooling together to send out postcards, headshots and goodies to casting directors over the next few weeks, so hopefully good things will come of that, too. And I'm totally aware of the fact that this is all perception, and next week or the week after, things might start to dry up again and fear of the drought may return, but for now, the rain feels damn good.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Howl's Moving Castle review

Being a big fan of anime, I was excited to hear Hayao Miyazaki's latest work, Howl's Moving Castle (Hauru no Ugoku Shiro) was being given a limited release here in America. Miyazaki-san has been called the "Disney of Japan" and it's no wonder: his works and that of his animation studio, Studio Ghibli, recall the innocence and wonder of Disney's greatest works like Bambi, Dumbo and Pinocchio. His latest doesn't disappoint.

Howl's Moving Castle is about a young girl named Sophie, who is living out a rather mundane life when she is cursed by a witch and is transformed into a hunched and brittle 90-year-old. Looking to free herself of the curse, she travels into the wastelands, where she finds herself aboard, yes, a moving castle, owned by a wizard rumored to eat the hearts of young girls. There she meets a fire demon, Calcifer, who is also cursed and bound to Howl in some way (as a rule of their respective curses, Calicer and Sophie cannot reveal what their curse is). Sophie makes a deal with Calcifer that if she breaks his curse, he must break hers. Adventure follows, with Sophie falling in love with Howl and Howl struggling to fend off the darkness within his soul. It's a beautiful movie, set against the backdrop of two warring countries, a device that for the most part works, although we don't find out much about the war, other than the fact that it was started over a missing Prince.

I highly recommend this movie, although it shares many similarities to Miyazaki-san's past work, especially Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi), so if you didn't like that one, you probably won't like this one. Just as in Spirited Away, the protagonist must find the strength within herself to break a curse (the curse on herself in Howl's, the curse on her parents in Spirited). Evil characters become cute sidekicks (Witch of the Waste in Howl's, Yu-baaba's baby in Spirited). The flawed and dangerous male, with a curse that threatens to consume him (Howl in Howl's, Haku in Spirited, Ashitaka in Princess Mononoke, for that matter). All these similarities don't take much away from the enjoyment of the movie, however. Although I think Spirited Away is the stronger flick, there are plenty of original ideas and many scenes of breathtakingly beautiful animation to keep your eyes occupied for the duration. We just don't get animation with this much imagination here in America anymore. Well, maybe we get a little of that magic from the Pixar movies. But certainly not from Disney, Dreamworks, Blue Sky or the rest of them.

This one will be a definite addition to my library when it comes out on DVD, although it will have to take a place behind My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro) and Spirited Away, being as those two are my all-time favorite Studio Ghibli works.