Posted by: TOC | May 19, 2015

Have (silly) Wig. Will Act.

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…as I mentioned recently. I have been doing some (very rare for me) on-camera stuff for/with friends. Here is the latest short film: A look “behind the scenes” at the creation of the title song for one of the 70’s most memorable sitcoms – in the form of a fever dream.

Interesting timing because “the Other Ray Charles” passed away just a few weeks ago after a long & successful career. RIP Ray! Much respect!

So here is the film “Come & Knock – the Other Ray Charles

Enjoy. Comment. Share. etc.:

Posted by: TOC | March 26, 2015

This Week’s Excitement.

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In a rare treat for this writer and generally behind-the-scenes and/or behind-the-camera guy, a short comedy I did a cameo in made it through to the finals in this year’s “Scripted Comedy Festival” at Hollywood’s own iO West (that stands for “Improv Olympic” for you non-comedy-nerds.) We’ll see how it does in the final showdown this Saturday night, but it is always fun to work with friends, see the results on screen and hear strangers laugh. It is pretty much what we live for. I’ll post the link as soon as the competition is over.

In other news, things over at Blunt Farce are heating up – in spite of the lack of new posts. The animated cartoons are getting some renewed interest and we’re working on aligning the stars for the new podcasting venture – which is way trickier than you might expect.   …and NO, that is not me in the picture, wise ass.

Posted by: TOC | February 5, 2015

Another LA Cartoon returns.

Just a quick note to let friends & subscribers know that I am finally bringing Another LA Cartoon back from hiatus. Finally figured out a way to make & manipulate the images without the help of PhotoShop. So, with any luck, ALAC will be posting a new cartoon every Thursday morning for the foreseeable future. Thank you for your interest, and your patience. Click the link above or the cartoon in the sidebar –>

Posted by: TOC | January 2, 2015

A 2014 review of sorts.

I received the yearly email from the good people at WordPress containing my “year in blogging” review and the numbers weren’t good. I don’t mean the “traffic” or the clicks or the incoming comments. I mean my own performance. I only put up two new posts in 2014. Two. It was that kind of year.

While I did do a lot of things and accomplished some important personal/creative goals, it was still a bit of a down year. I’ve described it to friends as a feeling of “being on hold” for reasons I still can’t quite put my finger on.

I wrote less this year – in terms of completed projects and in terms of pure, raw word count – than I have in any of the past 15 years… and yes, I do track these things with an almost OCD-like compulsion. I won’t cop out and blame “writer’s block” or anything like that, because I have never really believed such a thing exists. Maybe I was suffering from some burn-out, sure, and was just a little tired in an existential sort of way.

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But even through the writing was lacking this year, I did much more than the usual amount of performing. I climbed up on every stage that would have me and did many “spoken word” “storytelling” and “essay” shows, some as a returning guest and some as a newcomer. I also acted (if I dare to call it that) in three comedy shorts that will surely find their way online whenever they finally make it out of post-production. All the performance work was fun and exciting. It also helped fill some of the void I have felt since my improv theater/home of 13+ years closed down (going on 2 years ago.) It is a loss I am still coping with.. with varying degrees of success.

I also helped a lot of friends with a lot of their own projects. I formatted and did the artwork for a friend’s ebook novel.  I must have read & given notes etc for at least two dozen friends’ scripts. I helped with some post-production editing, I even taught a little guitar. So, even though my word and page counts were hovering near-zero, I wasn’t completely shut down creatively.

Now I have to look ahead to the new year and figure out what I’m going to differently, what I’m going to do better and what I’m going to do more of.

I’m not sure I want to revisit old ground – like my Ask A Punk blog which, although I loved it dearly, I still feel like I was answering the same questions over and over again. I do hope to re-launch the Another LA Cartoon photo-blog soon, but there are still some technical difficulties that I haven’t figured out how to handle yet.

I will get back to my straight-up screenwriting. I have two comedy features that I set aside in 2014… not because I didn’t think they were good ideas, but because I just couldn’t commit to the writing itself (as I said, this was a new, and difficult sensation to sort out.) I am also planning on launching a podcast later this year, which I know is a pretty ambitious and time-consuming undertaking, but I think I’ve come up with an idea small enough to be do-able, and big enough to be interesting to me, and (hopefully) other people.

…and of course, I plan on being more dedicated to the Planet OConnor blog.

It is a new year people. I know some folks say the whole “New Year, Fresh Start” mentality is dumb because our calendar is really just an arbitrary thing (on a cosmic scale.) But I say ANYthing that helps us consciously note the passage of time and the incredible opportunities that still remain to move forward, grow and improve ourselves, to look outward and create, and help… well, that has to be a good thing.

Stay Strong !

Posted by: TOC | April 5, 2014

No, I don’t speak Korean.

…but I often wish I did. Especially when I’m doing a “script adapting” job like the one I did last week. When I tell people I’m working on something like this “adapting an animated feature from Korea” into English, they assume I’m some sort of multi-lingual genius.

I’m not.

What happens is this: I get a copy of the film in the original language (with ‘visible timecode’ burned into the picture) along with a script (actually a huge Excel document) that includes the dialogue in usually poorly translated English, along with the ‘in’ and ‘out’ points of each line of dialogue.  I have to make sure those in & out points are accurate (to within one frame ) and then I have to re-write what the character is saying so that it matches the ‘lip flap’ seen on the screen AND makes sense plot-wise and character-wise… all while ‘American-izing’ slang and metaphors and whatever else might not make sense to a Western audience. If it sounds tedious to you, I can promise you that it is not. At least not to me. It does, however, require patience and a whole lot of time. It often takes an hour to ‘adapt’ just one or two minutes of dialogue, but for some reason I find it to be enjoyable work – rewriting not just by the line or word, but by the syllable… and of course trying to slip in some good jokes along the way.

 

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