Vow of Chastity

Some films are made that follow the “Vow of Chastity.” This means doing away with grips, gaffers, foley artists, sound designers, costume designers , set designers, set builders, special effects, tripods, etc. It is a fascinating idea and has produced some interesting films, including Idioterne, Dogville.

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Colorful Hat: A Circus Tale

Colorful Hat
I just saw “The Colorful Hat: A Theatrical Circus Tale” at the Carolina Theatre. A custodian dressed in all white coveralls entertained the audience in between performances by acrobats, aerialists and jugglers. The juggling acts included single ball contact juggling, 3 cigar box juggling, 3 ball juggling / bounce juggling, 3 and 4 club solo juggling, and 6 club passing. Also there was a solo aerial ring act, an aerial silk duet, a trapeze duet, and a strongman – acrobat duet. I may have forgotten a couple of acts.

From ColorfulHat.com

Bill Forchion toured 4 years with Cirque du Soleil’s production “Saltimbanco” as an acrobat and character. He performs the Partner Acrobatics act with his wife, trapezist Serenity Smith Forchion.

The Aerial Fabric Duette is performed by Elsie Smith and Marina Sgambellone.

Jen Slaw has been performing since 1999, and was the 2002 International Jugglers Association Three Ball Open winner.

Tony Duncan has entertained around the world winning awards at the World Juggling Championship, and the Variety Artists World Cup held in Japan.

Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion toured 4 years as duo-trapezists with the Cirque du Soleil production “Saltimbanco.” In 2003 they founded Nimble Arts, a Vermont based trapeze and Circus School.

They will be performing Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

TV Station Traffic directors

I work part-time at a TV station and from time to time I have to deal with information about the commercials we air.  Many commercials are identified with an alpha-numeric code called an ISCI.  ISCI stands for International Standard Coding Identification.  Many large advertisers use ISCI’s to uniquely identify their commercials.  So that Coke commercial you just saw might be called COKE1234.  Scheduling the advertising at a TV station is handled by the Traffic manager or director. Find out more about what a Traffic director does at Traffic Director’s Guild of America.

How to watch the Grammys like a pro

Six years ago, I was suddenly promoted from a guy who made weird faces behind a drum set to an eligible Grammy bachelor. “Closing Time,” the big hit from my band, Semisonic, was nominated for best rock song. Though it had already faded from the charts, the moment was intoxicating: My family chatted avidly about the show, perhaps envisioning, as I did, a live cutaway shot of me and my two bandmates seated in our fashionable Grammy clothes… by Jacob Slichter

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