Monday, June 29, 2015

A New Project...

It's been awhile since I did some writing, but today the writing began to flow! I finally started setting to paper an idea for a stage play which I came up with over a decade ago. 

It's a comedy, or at least is meant to be. Didn't write dozens of pages, but it is more than I have written in a long while. I won't say what it is just yet, but I do intend to continue working on it, until I have a completed something.

The whole reason I started thinking about a play idea I came up with so long ago, was because I started getting the whole theater thing going again and auditioned for a couple of farces in the past ten days.

When things slow down for me in one form of acting I get the urge to try another play. The last stage production I was in was back in 2010; five years ago. At the time, I didn't plan on doing another play again. But, hey, in five years, things can change. Of course, my prediction could hold true, if I can't get cast in anything!

Monday, June 15, 2015

"The Deserter" - Book Mention

My silent, comedy feature, The Deserter, what I call A Revolutionary Comedy! - was mentioned in a book sometime back entitled Colonial America  by Deirdre Clancy Steer and Amela Baksic.

Many other period movies and television productions are listed also, but, I consider it an honor that my little film The Deserter shares a page with The Adam's Chronicles, Mel Gibson's The Patriot and The Last of the Mohicans!

For those who have no idea what The Deserter is here is a preview of it.

It has been described as a "silent comedy," a "comedy-drama," a "masterpiece," "a remake," (which it isn't) and just about everything under the sun. One thing it hasn't been called, at least to my knowledge, is "unoriginal." And for that I am proud, because there really isn't another film out there quite like it.

It is a silent film with music, but with no inter-titles, even Keaton used inter-titles for his masterpiece The General. The Director's Cut has a 12 minute long battle scene which follows the ebb and flow of an 18th Century battle. The music utilized is ragtime and 18th Century fife and drum. It might not be for everyone, but I am still excited when I think back on the years I labored making it.

I was lucky to have some great actors and hams to act in it! Some very generous and funny people. Unhappily, a few have passed away, but I am still in communication with some of them.

For those interested in buying a copy of the film (I made up a second printing) it can be purchased at various websites including...