Monday, 29 January 2007

Worth blogging

I sometimes wonder what's worth blogging and what isn't. I am often cautioned by my friends and acquaintances, and sometimes strangers on the street, that I come perilously close to the 'too much information' line far too often.

On the other hand, it's my blog and no one is forcing you to read this.

So I'm on this Theatah thing right now. Started in December when I attended my first Fringe event of the seasons(the performers' lottery and announcement of the 2006 theme and whatnot), and then a couple of weeks ago I went to "Rocky Horror Show" at MTC (see previous two entries). And last week I garnered my first semi-professional theatrical credit, as videographer for Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre's production of "The Real Inspector Hound", as part of StoppardFest (this year's MTC great playwrights festival, or whatever it's called). Two critics musing about life and reality while watching a murder mystery. Very funny.

Anyway, we're still trying to get the thing transferred to disk, but the point is my name's in the program. Yay me. Not bad for a few hours contribution, and indirect contribution at that. And I got to see the play for free. Next time (assuming there is a next time) I might try to get involved earlier and see some rehearsals, and try to plan something slightly fancier than plopping the camera down on tripod and pressing a couple of buttons. This play in particular I could have made more use of the zoom without too much trouble, had I bothered to worry about it.

The gig came to me by way of my friend and colleague Arden Ogg, who's been friends forever with Cathleen Enns, director of the play, and who's been helping with set dressing and whatnot. I made a point of saying "just look at the fringe on that chaise longue!" as a matter of mutual support. But Arden wasn't available on opening night to do the videoing, and suggested I could. Which I was happy to do. Didn't expect to actually get program credit, but there I was. Borrowed the camera and the tripod from friend and colleague Terry Janzen, who uses both in his research. And as far as I know haven't gotten it back to him yet, but oh well.

So any minute now, Arden and I will figure out how to get the sound *and* the image burned to a disk of some kind, and distribute some to the company. If we/I continue doing this, we might have to learn how to operate an actual video editing program to add titles and such, but that's for next time. Right now I have real work to get back to.


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