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B is for … Blocking

In the theatre, Blocking refers to the process of working out the moves the actors will make on the stage, the precise places they will stand, the actions they will perform. The director, in blocking a play, works not only from the stage directions already indicated in the script, but considers the emotional impact the actor’s movements and gestures need to make, the balance on the stage, the logistics of…

April Accountability Check-In

“Tra-la! It’s May!” (I promise I won’t sing the whole song for you. Not on my blog, anyway. I can guarantee I’ll be singing it at home though, because I am very glad it’s May.) (If you want to hear the song in its entirety, go to iTunes and download the original Broadway recording of Julie Andrews singing The Lusty Month of May from the Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot.…

The Restoration of Otto Laird by Nigel Packer — Book Recommendation

Title: The Restoration of Otto Laird Author: Nigel Packer Publisher: London: Sphere, 2014. Genre: Adult fiction Theme: self-renewal, aging Opening Sentences: It was not uncommon, these days, for Anika Laird to return from one of her morning trips to town to find her husband standing naked in the kitchen window. The first time it happened she was mildly surprised; by now it had become the stuff of routine. Synopsis: Otto…

How to Make a Picture Book — The Making of Bubblegum Princess: Part 1, Series Intro

I am delighted that Julie Gribble has agreed to do this series of blog posts on the process she went through in creating, publishing, and marketing her picture book, Bubblegum Princess, (written by Julie, illustrated by Lori Hanson). Julie’s background, as you can see from the brief post I did last month, is in film and television, which has given her a unique perspective from which to approach the production…

Film and Theatre Meet Writing: Part TWO, Thinking Like a Director

This mini-series (or rather, brief duet of posts – Part One is here)  had its inspiration in a post back in April in which I suggested using the idea of blocking a stage production as a way of approaching outlining a book project. A few people indicated an interest in me pursuing this idea further, and well, I tried. Somewhere along the way, the idea morphed into using concepts from…

Seeing Through Film — Starting to Think Like a Director

When I got my first DVD player, I’m embarrassed to admit I hooked it up incorrectly. I could watch DVDs, but couldn’t access the extras. I just lived with that, and even when I finally got my wires uncrossed, I rarely even thought about the extras since I was so used to not seeing them. That has changed. I am particularly drawn to either feature-length director’s commentaries (that is, the…