Sunday, November 27, 2011
The art experience 5
About three weeks ago, I got a chance to go see Bald Soprano in the Fred Stone theatre. The whole play was very confusing for me. First of all, everyone spoke in fake British accents, which made very hard for me to understand. And also, I did not understand the plot at all; I have no idea what the story was about despite the fact that I did concentrate on trying to make sense out of it. Especially the end of the play, where they started back right at the beginning, I had no idea why they even did that. Although, I did not really understand it, I did enjoy couple of scenes. I really like the scene when one of the female character in black dress talks with one of the other guys, and they realized that they were actually husband and wife, but apparently they weren’t according to the maid. The other scene that I like was the scene when all the characters argued about the doorbell. I like how none of they were either right or wrong about it. I appreciate the actors’ ability to perform even though the whole play did not make any sense because I know that it is hard just to act normally and being able to entertain the audience. The actors did a good job entertaining the confused audience. Overall, I did like the play even though I had no idea what was going on. However, if I ever had a choice to see it again, I wouldn’t watch it again.
The art experience 6
On November 10th, I had a chance to go see the preview of Little Shop of Horror with my RCC class. I was really excited about it because it was free. First thing that I liked as I entered the theatre was the stage, it was beautiful. I liked how the crew created something that looked like an actual city with very limited space. The fact that there was a live band was really cool. As the play goes on, I enjoyed all the song. The opening song got my attention. Fortunately, I got to sit in the second row, so I could see every characters’ facial expressions clearly. (Thanks to Crysta for picking the seats for us). From my opinion, the whole sitting in the front experience was so much better than watching 3-D movies. The costume was really cool too. I like how Ryan really dedicated his hair for that play. I love Jaz’s version of Audrey. Her and Taylor had a lot of chemistry. Brian’s character was very entertaining. There was a scene when Brian made me very uncomfortable. If I remember correctly, it was the scene where he sang the Dentist song. Brian came really close to me as he said, “say ahh”. I actually said ah as he said that the first time because he scared me. The plant was my favorite character. I like the fact that no one notices anything weird about it. Overall, I like everything in the play. I would see it again if I had a chance.
The art experience 7
At the beginning of November, I was assigned to read the unpublished play Feeder: A Love Story for my RCC class. The whole play focuses on Feederism. Feederism is a type of sexual fetish involving obese women consuming large amount of food for the sexual pleasure of their partners and viewers. In the play, the guy, Noel, was trying to get his girl. Jesse, to a 1000 pounds. However, once Jesse got to 700 pounds, she had doubts as to whether she should keep doing it , as she became immobilized. The play was very educational. I never knew what Feederism was until I read the play. For me, I don’t feel like the whole play is a love story, it’s rather more about lust in a weird way. In the play, Jesse went on a TV show so that she could get help losing weight. Noel did not know that Jesse actually decided to do on her own so he thought that she was kidnapped. From my opinion, Noel was very selfish as he was the one that came up with the getting to a 1000 pounds idea. Although Jesse loves eating, I don’t think that she would have liked to have been that obese. Pretty much, Jesse just agreed to do that because she did not want to lose Noel. If Noel really loves her, he would’ve loved her as she was. Overall, the whole play was weird. I felt very uncomfortable reading it especially because I was reading it out loud with Jennifer So.
The art experience 8
Recently, I’ve been having this zombie obsession. (Thanks to Rollins Zombies Apocalypse Survival Club). So I decided to look up all the zombie movies on Netflix. I came across this movie called The Crazies. The movie follows the classic zombie movies plot: small quiet town, virus outbreak, apocalypse, everyone dies at the end. As I watched it, I still debated whether it counts as a zombie movie or not, as people that got infected did not have zombie characteristics. Everyone that got infected still had consciousness. However, their appearance changed and they all had the urge to kill. From my opinion, this movie is much more scarier than the average zombie movies. What makes this movie creepier would be the fact that those people that were infected were still humans, and nothing could be creepier than psycho killers, especially when they were everywhere in one small town. One of the creepiest scenes I saw was the scene when one of the people that was infected slowly walked into a room where one of the main characters was tied up on a bed and could not move. In that room, there were also other people tied up to the bed lining up. As that infected person walked pass each bed, he stabbed the people on the bed one by one until he reached that main character’s bed. The fact that I saw other people get killed before her repeatedly made me imagined of what that person would do. The way the camera showed blood dripping from under the bed gave me a chill. Overall, I felt like this is one of the best horror movies that I’ve ever seen even though it’s not a zombie movie.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of Seymour (a meek flower shop assistant) and his problematic plant, The Audrey II (named after his co-worker, and the love interest of this story). The story takes place in the 60’s and on the poverty stricken Skid Row. As the story progresses, we discover that Audrey II, is not any ordinary plant – he (yes he) is in fact, an extraterrestrial, man-eating plant who uses a very sharp tongue to convince Seymour to collect his ‘plant food’.
The Rollins production of Little Shop of Horrors was absolutely brilliant. John DiDonna did a superb job in the direction of this production. The set, lighting, sound effects, props, and costume/make-up were all perfectly constructed and composed.
As for the acting, the entire cast did a wonderful job. Taylor Sorrel (Seymour) set a new standard for Seymour. The progression from shy-nerd to tragic hero was flawless and the vocals were good too. Jaz Zepatos did a wonderful job as Audrey bringing a much more powerful voice to her than I have ever seen before. Robert Burrows (Bum and Audrey II vocals) brought a rather powerful jazz tone to the devil plant, and Brian Hatch (Orin + five others) was amazing as usual in is portrayal of multiple characters. Not to mention, the comedic timing of the entire company had the audience entertained every second of the show.
On October 8th, my cousin, Jennifer, and I spent the day at the Ocoee Founder’s Day festival. Basically, the entire city of Ocoee (and surrounding towns) gather together in a giant field, surrounded by tents filled with overpriced vendors and listen to live country music. The festival is actually an entire weekend event, but they day that we went on, is the biggest of all three. We set up a nice area directly in front of the stage and then bought all of the food and drinks we would need. The only thing left to do was sit, listen and enjoy. The acts included Michael Ray, Hazzard Kounty, Little Texas, Daryle Singletary, and most importantly…Mr. Joe Nichols.
By the time that Joe actually went on, it was dark out (and we later discovered that it was around 8:30). We were both extremely excited because Joe Nichols is one of our most favorite country singers – we danced and sang along to every song and had an amazing night. Joe’s portion of the concert lasted for about three hours and then we had to run to beat the traffic. We had such a great time and you can’t beat a entire day of live country music (three hours of which were one of the best country musicians of our time) for free! ☺
I recently went through a rather informal dance audition. It would have been much more professional, but the department had a ‘technical’ issue, and had a rather difficult time advertising the actual audition. So long story short, I talked to Dr. Sherry (in charge of the up-coming dance show) and he asked me to attended Ms. Les’ inter./adv. Jazz class as my audition. The experience was rather interesting because that was actually the first ‘technical’ Jazz class I had taken in around three years – I wasn’t nervous, but it was more challenging than I thought because I found myself falling into old habits instead of adapting to the new teaching style. After class, Ms. Les called me over and we had a rather nice conversation. She said that she thought I would be able to keep up just fine, and that she was going to put me into two of the three numbers, and that she wanted me to shadow the class to get me back into a dance class before rehearsals start. So even though the audition was as formal as I’m used to, it still turned out all right! ☺
Last Sunday, I went with my mother and her co-worker to see The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. I’m sure everyone has his or her own opinions on this story, but I for one love Twilight (not as much as Harry Potter, but still…). This installment of the collection wasn’t the best, but it held its own with the other three movies. The storyline included the first ¾ of the book, from the Wedding up until “the change” (and that’s all I’ll say about that). The acting was tolerable, and the set/effects were what made this movie worth watching. I love Stephanie Meyer’s work, and because of that, I will definitely see the last chapter of this saga, but I would only suggest it to true Twilight fans, or people that aren’t too ‘stuck-in-their-close-minded-ways’ about what a Vampire story should be.
Art Experience 5
While at Rollins I have realized how much access to great concerts we have. From Pitbull to Avicii many different artists come through and perform so close by. I was fortunate enough to attend the Bassnectar. I am not a huge fan of Bassnectar but I have always had an appreciation for the work he has done. Being in the concert there was a great atmosphere and being surrounded by true fans you couldn’t help but leave the concert being a big fan!
Art Experience 6
Last Thursday I am proud to say that I went to the midnight premiere of Breaking Dawn Part 1. I am a huge fan of the Twilight Saga so whenever a new movie comes out I am alway there at midnight. Even though Breaking Dawn was not my favorite book of the series I thought the movie was absolutely amazing! Being that the movie was so good the first time I saw it, it is no wonder as to why I went back that night to see it with my other friends!
Art Experience 7
While being home, and with the Christmas season approaching I decided I wanted to do something a little different this year. I have always had an interest in making and building different types of things, or even just helping my dad out with work around the house. Due to this, I saw a commercial for Home Depot that had an interesting ornament decoration and so I decided to build one for my family and one for my sisters apartment. It did not look all that hard to make but once I started I realized I faced quite a few difficulties with measuring the wood evenly and correctly and then having the paint dripping while drying. However in the end I am really happy with how it came out and am really excited to hang it up when the Christmas decorations go up!
Art Experience 8
All through high school all the sports teams would always make t-shits, whether for homecoming or the last game of the season or just for spirit. I always enjoyed making the t-shirts and was always making shirts outside of school for random occasions as well. I was talking to my mom and we were trying to figure out what we all should be for the Disney Marathon weekend when I asked if she would Mrs. Potato Head. She thought it was a great idea and I was excited because I got to make the shirt for her. I ran to Michaels the next day and bought all the supplies. I designed the shirt so that she can velcro on and off different eyes and mouth expressions just like Mrs. Potato Head can, the shirt came out awesome and she is really excited to wear it!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Last night I went to the Jay Z and Kanye West concert back at home in Boston with a friend. The whole time there were tons of different lights that were all going on at once. Since they were both preforming together and they had two different stages that they were on. It was really neat seeing what the two did with their props and stage equipment!
Last Thursday I went to the mid-night premier of the new Twilight movie: Breaking Dawn Part 1. Before the movie a few friends went out to dinner, which was a lot of fun. While waiting in the theater for the movie to start, I was amazed with how many people came to see this showing. The movie had a lot of cool elements that made it stand out. I could tell that in some scenes that they had to enhance Bella being very thin. There were parts of the movie that I really enjoyed, but then there were some that I really did not need to see.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Yesterday, I had the upmost privilege of hearing Richard Stoltzman perform live in concert. As I knew previously, Richard Stoltzman is the world’s best clarinetist. I was very excited to hear that he would be doing a recital here at Rollins, especially one that I could attend for free.
The first half of the concert consisted on Copland’s Clarinet Concerto and Bernstein’s Clarinet Sonata. Both are extraordinary pieces of music and Mr. Stoltzman’s performance of them was nothing short of that. His fluency and technical mastery of the clarinet was unimaginable. He made these two incredibly difficult pieces look easy.
The second half of the concert was much more relaxed. It consisted of 4 works by Gershwin. These pieces were nowhere near in the difficulty of the first two works but Mr. Stoltzman still made them shine. He is truly a master of his instrument and I only hope I get more opportunities to hear him play.
This past weekend I attended the Theatre Department’s Musical Production, Little Shop of Horrors. I’ve never been much of a theatregoer before but I found the show to be rather fun and exciting. The actors were fun and engaging and really brought me in; I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. The music was also very good. It was a tad on the repetitive side, but it’s Alan Menken, so what can you say? The songs were all very neat and often times made me want to tap my foot. It was an enjoyable experience.
The only thing that bothered me about the show was the ending. I was really rather confused about it. The large plant eats everyone and then a minute later they all come out and bow? I guess the plant wins in the end. Not on my top list of best endings. Oh well. I still liked the show and it made for a nice change from my regular classical music concerts.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
At first I thought this would be pretty simple, it's not. Creating fades is difficult when the lever controlling the fades is very sensitive. It is also very easy to lose the performer while they are performing.
Opening night was the first time that my fellow follow-spot and I were able to do our jobs without any errors. We were synced in our simultaneous fades, we kept the performers in the light and it was altogether a successful.
Follow-spotting has opened up a number of ideas and concepts to me as lighting designer.
From a technical standpoint the show was brilliant. The set design was simple but displayed some very interesting characteristics including a bathtub. How they got a bathtub into The Fred is beyond me. My favorite part of the set was the Salvador Dali style clock painted on the center of the stage. It helped portray the lack of importance of time within the show as well as displaying some amazing painting techniques. The most impressive part of the clock was the seamlessness between wall/floor and scrim. The costumes were of the time period and the sound worked well. I loved how the light levels rose slightly with each chime of the clock.
The acting was very good. The accents were believable and they really got Ionesco's point across. They showed how little people really do pay attention to one another and how both sides of an argument can be correct.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
The pieces I really enjoyed were the faculty piece. There was a wooden landscape installed on on off the walls that had me completely enthralled. The texture, the rises and falls of the wood all seemed so interesting. I viewed the piece from multiple angles just to see what I could discover. Each angle created a new sense of the piece and I loved that.
Another faculty piece that I saw took Park Ave and the people on it and had it represented by color coded boxes. This piece was interesting. It was a very dehumanizing art piece which made it very poignant.
The music was extremely loud as the concert began and people were screaming for the main person to come out; Avicii. I remember when he began to Dj the entire building actually began to shake from all the people jumping up and down like a stampede of wild animals. The concert lasted for about four or five hours. It was an awsome night and the fact that I could spend it with close friends made it even better. Avicii's music was energetic and lively which kept me and the crowd on our toes the entire time. Great Birthday.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Do we need rating system? I feel like rating system is useless, and shouldn’t be there at all. Based on parts of This Film is not yet Rated we’ve seen in class on Monday, I feel like the members of MPPA cannot represent the whole population of the audience, especially in the U.S., a nation consists of very people with various backgrounds.
First of all, obviously many members are parents of either young children or teenagers; it is only natural for parents to be protective, but to bring personal life into the rating system is not right. Not all the audience would agree with what such protective parents think. Many people that go to movie are also adults that do not need that family friendliness on what they want to watch.
Secondly, not everyone comes from the religious background. Obviously, these members would consist of the major religions like Christian. Many people do not care about religions when they go to see movie. Even if they do, there still some intensity of how much a person believes.
Thirdly, everything changes with time, in short amount of time to be specific. MPAA members restrict these changes with their way of thinking that has been like that for decades. The audience is not necessary stuck in the same mental time-loop like MPAA; they wants to see movie that is right for the time period.
MPPA’s rating system is not justified, and unnecessary. People do not need to be told by raters what they should avoid seeing, as it is a commonsense. Parents are capable of knowing what their kids should avoid seeing. If the parents were unable to do that, they don’t deserve to be parents. No one wants to see movie that offended you. I mean, why would you want to spend 10 dollars or more for the tickets just to be offended? Even for some TV Shows, if any of them offend you, you can just grab the remote and change the channel. It is just commonsense. People’s tastes also change with time. Soap Opera is not popular anymore; and also kids grow up. They won’t watch Disney Chanel for the rest of their lives.
After watching the documentary in class the other day I do think that there should be an NC-17 rating because there is clearly a difference between it and R. The documentary showed me that there is a difference between the two if even the directors do not see it. NC-17 is meant for the older viewers and if it is given that rating it should tell the director that whom ever it concerns fixes it if they would like it to be seen in theaters across the country. The people who rate the movies should keep this rating for reasons that it people may not to see it.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
While I agree that the movie rating system is greatly flawed, I believe it is flawed for almost the exact opposite reasons than that stated in the sections of the documentary we watched. I personally believe that our grading system should be a lot stricter with its grading and should take both sexual content and violence into much more consideration. G movies should be absolutely innocent with nothing that could cause any sort of questioning present (only soft kissing allowed). PG movies can start to bring in some suggestive material, small amounts of violence, and perhaps even a few profanities. PG-13 can be more mature in content and can be allowed to show violence and very generic romance. R movies can be violent/graphic and can show sexual content as long as it isn’t “X-rated”. NC-17 is everything else that no one under the age of 17 should be allowed to see.
Things have changed greatly from yesterday’s world to today. Children are being exposed too much more than those of past generations and I’m not sure if it’s really for the better. Yes, they are maturing much faster because of it, but they are also being subjected to content matter that, in my personal opinion, is far beyond their years. Why can’t we try to keep children as innocent as possible for as long as possible? Why do we need to ruin their childhoods but making them grow-up and think of things they shouldn’t understand at that point in their lives? Our country needs to be stricter and needs to stop worrying about making everyone ‘happy’ when it comes to the entertainment business. We need to protect the people even if it means slapping a high grade on a movie, and the people need to learn to deal with that.
G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17
These ratings describe the appropriate ages to view a movie based on its content. They have existed for as long as I can remember. However, I believe over time these barriers will no longer exists, as they have become a less important factor in determining whether to see a movie or not. This is so as people are becoming more open and we are learning and doing things at younger ages. Likewise, what out parents would have been allowed to view at age 17 is not the same content we view today. This can be attributed to the evolution of society, as norms are constantly changing. The issue surrounding movie ratings is very controversial and is one that constantly needs to be re-evaluated.
I believe the movie rating is very subjective and based on what only a certain type of parent would want their child to see. This does not necessarily represent the majority of people. The issue of sexual scenes versus rape and violence is a very touchy subject. Personally I would prefer to subject my child to a sex scene rather than violence or rape. This is so, as I believe most teenagers before the age of thirteen know about sex, it is not something new and is a part of life. By placing a rating due to sexual content does not necessarily stop children from viewing the subject matter, there are so many other ways they can access this information today. On the other hand, violence, unlike sex, should not be practiced and therefore putting a rating on movies with very violent content is understandable.
Even though movie ratings are for society’s best interest, I do not believe they must always be followed. Every parent has the right to choose how they wish to raise their child, and soon enough I believe these barriers are not going to exist because we live in a very progressive society.
Movie ratings have its pros and cons. For your "average" parent they help oversee what their children are exposed. They are a reference key to those who seek additional information and with a rating it determines what film is picked for family night.
For your typical, rebellious teenager movie ratings are just a minor vexation; a bump in the road. Teenagers, speaking on personal behalf, pay no attention to them. They hold little value because if we really want to watch a movie we will. There is little regulation to see a motion picture at the cinema besides a check of an ID. But just as anywhere else, there are ways to get around the system and the majority of the time the ticket vendor could care less about the legitimate age. In other words, if you look old enough, you are old enough.
From the movie producer perspective, movie ratings are the gateway to how successful the film will be in box office and how many viewers it will get. It can be hurtful or harmful as seen in This Film Is Not Yet Rated, and an R- rated movie from an NC-17 movie makes the biggest difference in terms of its revenue. However, for producers who want to have an impact and depict the story to the fullest extent, ratings are another word for censureship. They restrict what is placed on camera and can take away the true natue of how the story transpires.
In my opinion, a movie rating for a mature audiences should not exist. If you go to the MPAA website and look up the meaning of what NC-17 you will find it reads "most parents would consider too adult for their children 17 and under. But what is "too adult"? It means something different for anyone and any age group asked. There is not a defintion for this phrase because it is open to interpretation. Maturity rather than age shoudld govern what a movie goer can be able to enjoy. The MPAA is an antiquited system that needs to change along the dynamic of our pop culture is evolving. We all want the hassle-free right to see a film. Why should that be harder to do than say?