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September 14, 2017:

MEETING THE TALENTED STUDENT COSTUME DESIGNERS

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Well, dear readers, the cloven hoof of negativity got worse yesterday so do send those most excellent vibes and xylophones for a few miracles and for that cloven hoof to get the HELL off my doorstep. I surely do not need this kind of stress with prepping all manner of projects that require all my time and energy and I don’t need no stinking energy-suckers. I has spoken.

Yesterday I got only about three hours (if that) of sleep, due to an over-active brain worrying about the Kritzerland show and all the other stuff. So I was quite overtired the entirety of yesterday. I got to LACC at nine for my two hours of meetings – six student designers, all of them very prepared and very talented. I was suitably impressed with their passion and energy and they all really loved the script and the idea of doing a big period show. At the end, the other director with the show before Levi and I were asked to make our top two choices, which we did. And of course one of them is the same. The fellow who heads the costume department asked if a third choice could also show me designs and I said absolutely. I’m sure any of my choices would do a fine job.

At eleven I decided to go to the House of Pies. First I had a nice chat with the head of the department, so that was fun. Then I ordered the broaster chicken – two breasts, cornbread, and a small side salad. I have to say I love the broaster chicken but this batch wasn’t nearly as good as it usually is. It was so filling that I took the second breast home with me. I stopped at the mail place and picked up some packages, then came right home. I had to answer e-mails, have telephonic calls, and do some work on the Kritzerland show. The second guy I was really hoping for is going to be out of town on show day. So, still looking for the guy and one more gal, then we’re cast. I have half the songs chosen. I could barely keep my eyes open, frankly, and I had to deal with the negative e-mail, which was irritating. Then I had to sit on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on Blu and Ray entitled The Creep Behind the Camera, a mix of actors and real people interviews about the man who directed The Creeping Terror, the killer carpet movie and one of the worst movies of all time. I didn’t mind the real people interviews, but the actor stuff was horrible – bad schmacting all over the place, horrible writing, bad direction and cutesy scoring. Basically a complete waste of time. The Blu-ray does include The Creeping Terror so I watched a bit of that – it’s amusing for about five minutes, then it’s just bad. I love the box description – restored in 2K from vault materials, said vault materials looking to me like a 16mm print – if it’s 35mm it’s not good 35mm – scanning a print at 2K is a joke, especially a used print. And then foisting it full frame is an additional joke. Cannot recommend even to fans of bad movies.

Then I went to Gelson’s and got a tiny bit of mac-and-cheese for my evening snack (I’d already eaten the second breast, which I wish I hadn’t), came back, ate it and watched a motion picture on the Flix of Net entitled Berlin Syndrome – kind of a cross between The Collector and Room, sort of. I liked the actors and it was certainly well done, but part of a director’s job is to understand pacing and this movie simply goes on for a good fifteen minutes too long. Tighten the entire middle and you have a much tauter film. But I liked it and it’s fairly suspenseful.

Then I listened to music, whilst doing more work on the computer.

Today, I think I’ll be working solely on Kritzerland and getting all that done so we can announce the cast and get it up on Facebook. I’m going to see about having the Richard Sherman visit on Sunday now because I need to shoot a little video with him for the small Indiegogo campaign we have to do for Levi. I’ll eat, hopefully pick up packages, hope for some four-star miracles and less stress, and then I’ll relax at some point.

Tomorrow we do our workshop at LACC, and from there I go directly to the Music Center to sup with Kay Cole and then see the opening night of The Red Shoes, which I’m very much looking forward to. The weekend will be what it will be.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, work on the Kritzerland show, eat, hopefully pick up packages, work on the Kritzerland show, and then relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite women-in-jeopardy films? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have met with such passionate student costume designers.

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