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bullet Posted: 11/14/07 at 12:57pm
I'm sorry to hear that you stagecraft workshop wasn't well and enthusiasticaly attended.  I wish you were here to give one, I've been trying to get one together for over a year now, but I don't have anyone truly competent to do it!  Still trying to entice someone from the local university (50 miles away) to come down and do it, but so far I've seen little interest from them.  I can guarantee them 10 people and there are probably more, since there are two other local theatre organization besides mine who should be interested.  Don't give up hope.  Maybe it's just a matter of educating would-be volunteers about how interesting and  fun stagecraft can be. But who knows when it comes to people?  I've been trying to establish an apprenticeship program here with the designers to pass on information and skills to would be designers and volunteers, but it's really been difficult to get people to commit to being a mentor!  I don't get it.  People complain about being overworked and overused as volunteers, but they don't want to pass along their know-how to someone else...who in turn could take some of the pressure off!  People are crazy.
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bullet Posted: 11/14/07 at 10:29pm
thanks drose, i'll just let it wash past me like a wave.
I don't know if this may help you or not?
  A few years ago [2002] I started up a 'Stagecraft gGuild' at the old mill Theatre in South Perth.
  I modeled it on the idea of a branch of the guild operating in each theatre group , who were members of  our our State Independant Theatre Association  {ITA}. The  first thing was to orginise a series of workshops, at the Old Mill Theatre for any interested bods.
There was no fees for jioning the guild, only thier weekly 3 hour workshop particapation, for 5 weeks.
This was to establish a core of about 50 Guild members, which we did.
After completion of the workshop process, where by each had moved colectivly thru  4 stages  of achievement;-
1  Mechanisist
2 Techie
3 Artisapher
4 Guild 
[which was final Investiture by into the Guild.]
Off hand I think the Guild emded up Investing about 20 members - the rest had either opted out Or lost interest.
Each invested member got a patch red woven badge, to sew on thier own black T shirt, which had the theatrical masks & Stage Guild done in Safron Gold coloured thread.
[as we had no funds, it was cheaper to have the patch badges made up for them & logisticly easier  & cheaper than  supplying a silk screened shirt]
Each of the member from several theatre groups, in turn would establish thier own branch of the Guild, within thier home theatre group. Training others of the group , under thier theatres Constitution, Rules & regulations.
So each branch was only affiliated to the Guild as a whole. each elected a guild Master who were representitives of the branch to the  Central Guild, which was initaily held at the Old mill.
The central Guild would hold specialist  Stagecraft workshops, from time to time, sponsored by equipment suppliers  or  techies from within the  theatre industry, in various aspects of the game.
that was the Grande plan, anyhow I was Directing back to back shows. Man of La mancha & A chorus Line  at the time, when I hade my series of strokes. the last was caused after second Carotid artery Operation. When a few radical floaties where lefy swiming about.
  I tried to keep the Guild going from my hospital bed & enlist help from Aunty 'ITA' our beloved Theatre association, who's only answer was "we can't help it's your problem"?
so it all was flushed down the dunny, to jion all the other pathetic ideas!
However I think it may work in your situation, possibly to the extent of cliostered academics knocking on your door, with proposals of assistance or whatever?Wink
I'd love to go to the US, except for the liberal gun laws.
We worried when our daughter & her husband, spent about a week in New Yourk, as a side trip, while  they atended the Cricket world Cup in the West Indies, for 3 momths just recently.
When statisic suggests there is just as many firearm related incendences, as vehicle accidents each year. I doubt it is all just media properganda!
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bullet Posted: 11/15/07 at 2:04am

Thanks for the info!  I'll have to do some research and see who might be interested.  As for liberal gun laws...I've lived in California, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Alaska and I haven't been shot yet!Smile

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bullet Posted: 11/15/07 at 4:30am
I know I'm a drongo!
I think I  may have been exsposed to far too much over the top, car chacing, shoot em up,  over exagerated  TV rubbish!
Unfortunately it may be the sheer weight of numbers, when there is a larger population in an average City there, than there is in the whole of Oz. Even throwing in the kiwis from over the ditch, along with the sheep!
It is incomprehensable for us to to think that every second person  one would meet, could be carring a gun.
I'm a total narna when my daughter in law & niece fly there with quantas every few weeks,  returning unscathed, more likely to be assaulted here!
It just shows the power & ability of a piece of electronic furniture to brain wash.

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Since this thread started on the subject of an acting workshop, I'd like to offer my two cents.

I'm a director, and I just recently conducted an acting class and performance workshop. I introduced basic Stanislavskian principles to the classes, and worked primarily on scene study and building a character. Additionally, we performed theatre games, like Zoom, Give & Take, and Emotional Hitch-Hiker for warm-ups and imagination work.

The classes went well enough for me to continue with two more classes (Basic & Experienced), plus a directing class. They will probably start in late February.

I'd be happy to share my experiences and how I structured the classes if anyone is interested.
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I am interested! Please share!
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Pujtz here, Iíve been interested in filmmaking ever since i got my own handy cam in 7th grade. Didn't pursue my passion until about two years ago when i decided that i wanted to take filmmaking from being a hobby to being my full time career.  I put together my ideas and plans and went out to find funding, that didnít turn out so well as I wasn't formally trained. I'm now based in Asia, teaching English as a Second Language, and Iím scouting for some film schools in the region.  One school that caught my attention is the International Academy of Film and Television.  I was hoping anyone in the forum is currently enrolled in any of their film programs; i would really like to hear an insiderís opinion

 

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bullet Posted: 5/01/08 at 12:42pm
Stgdirector4, I would very much like to hear how you structured your class.  I'm going to be doing another workshop this summer and am always interested in new ideas!
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bullet Posted: 5/02/08 at 10:15am
Tony I would love the DVDs. Hurry up and do it. It would be worth a lot to be able to share this with actors. Let us know when it is more than just an outline.

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bullet Posted: 5/05/08 at 8:22am
Originally posted by GoldCanyonLady

Tony I would love the DVDs. Hurry up and do it. It would be worth a lot to be able to share this with actors. Let us know when it is more than just an outline.

 
I am back to thinking about this and working on the outline AGAIN!!! SEEMS TIME is my biggest enemy.  I work for a living - a real, involved and time-consuming job.  BUT my outside committments have drastically reduced as of late - I planned it that way - so I can now begin working on the outline for the DVD's or book or whatever I plan to do with it all in the end.  BUT thanks for the prod.  I need that every now and again to keep the juices flowing and the mind racing toward getting this done.  I mean, it's something in MY opinion, is much needed even though there are already good books out there - that MOST people don't know about, never find or just can't afford - I mean after all Corson 9 is over $100 bucks (but it's still one of the best available).  I THOUGHT about a book but a DVD is easier, could be cheaper in the long run and can offer much more information - I can talk faster than I can type even though I CAN type quite fast.....and it's easier to listen to than to read.  SO I'm likely opting for the DVD route - and far less expensive, much more honest and to the point and HOPEFULLY will DEBUNK a lot of the garbage that's out there from those who just because they've had a semester or two - or even a couple YEARS at makeup work - think they're qualified.  As I've said before, I've been at this almost 50 years and I STILL am learning - it simply never stops.  SO Keep prodding me - keep bugging me about it and I'll get it done.
 
THANKS however for asking again.
 
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