Sunday, June 19, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
BEFORE YOU WATCH THE BELOW VIDEOS POSTED, GET YOUR NOTE PAD AND A PEN TO MAKE LOTS OF NOTES. REWATCH THIS VIDEO 10 TIMES IF NEED BE TO REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT LARRY MOSS IS EXPLAINING.
Many have asked me - with this much passion that i have for movies, have i ever wanted to be an actresss - the answer as i have said time and time again is "NO" - i never have had the desire to be an actress, but I have always as long as i can remember (since my first movie at age 10: Sound of Music) wanted to be a casting agent. At a later stage I am thinking of writing a script and whatever Gods may be afterwards, he will lead and I follow - HE is the master of my fate.
You dont have to read but one page of this blog to detect how extremely PASSIONATE i am for the ART OF ACTING and MOVIES as a whole. I respect it - I love it- I live it - and there is no descrimination - I watch it all - if they are good - regardless of language barriers - i will watch it. I love it when an actor has incredible intellect and emotional depth to bring to the character to the screen with great acting and when they love the art of acting like I do (and not evidently doing it for the money/fame like most in our african movie industry do) - i instantly fall in love with them. You can always tell how much a person respects and love the true art of acting by the choices of scripts they accept to do and whom they choose to work with.
Before i move on to my topic on Method Acting - I advice my serious minded Actors - who have a goal to succeed in the international world as a well respected acclaimed actor to read the book (INTENT TO LIVE: ACHIEVING YOUR TRUE POTENTIAL AS AN ACTOR) by Larry Moss - which you can get from Amazon
Watch Larrys's interview and be extremely attentive to everything he is saying here in this 55mins clip, (not far from what i have said many times here before (ie let your family or friend watch your movie on mute for the whole movie and ask them if they were able to tell the story line - if they do not - then you have to rethink this whole acting thing and take some further lessons - You act with your actions and become the character - you dont act with just your screams/shouts/cries and this is the whole meaning of Method Acting - you become the character so much so -I cant differentiate between you and the fictional person - you become one - in that moment)
MY FAVOURITE QUOTE FROM HIM: "IT IS THE DIRECTORS JOB TO BRING THE BEST OF OF THE ACTOR"
(HEAR YE ! HEAR YE! -Ghana, Nollywood and all other lackluster african directors - did you hear that - if you didnt just rewind it and hear it again)
Even though i am no actor i took a lot from this video but the most that sticks out which i will advice all serious actors to take away from is Watch Daniel Day Lewis (movies: Last of the Mohicans, Room with a View) and Meryl Streep (movies: Sophies Choice, Bridges of Madison County) WITHOUT SOUND, to try and see what they are doing with their body language. You hear them and you feel them even without sound.
If you dont know Daniel Day Lewis - Several times Oscar Winner and the ultimate Method Actor - Ladies and Gentlemen I introduce to you "Daniel Day Lewis" Like all the many names listed below - find any movie he is in and study it like science to master the art of acting - this clip here is from "Gangs of New York" also starring another method actor and my all time favourite "Leonardo Di Caprio"
Best Method Actors (By: Shawn Lealos )
Method actors became popular when students trained by pioneers Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler came to prominence in the fifties. The training pushed actors to become the characters, using their own personal experiences to find the emotional core they portray. These teachers trained students who went on to win Oscars as the best actors of their generation.
Daniel Day-Lewis. Daniel Day-Lewis is a two-time Oscar winner, while receiving four nominations for his work. His method acting appears in films such as “My Left Foot,” where Lewis refused to leave his character’s wheelchair, spoke in the broken dialect of an individual afflicted with cerebral palsy and even had crew members feed him. The hard work won the method actor his first Oscar. Daniel method acting could be considered a bit extreme and here is why (movie titles in red):
***The Boxer: Trained for 18 months with former world champion Barry Mcguigan who later said that Day Lewis could have easily been a professional afterward.
***The Crucible: Etched actual tattoos onto his own body.
*** Gangs of New York: In preparation for his role as Bill the Butcher, Daniel Day Lewis actually took up an apprenticeship as a butcher; he would sharpen his knives during breaks in filming. He was also diagnosed with pneumonia on set, after continuously refusing to wear warmer modern coats as they 'wouldn't have existed in the 19th century'.
***My Left Foot: During filming as paralytic Christie Brown, Lewis refused to leave his wheelchair between scenes, so he could truly experience the problems associated with the condition. His constant refusal to break from character also earned him 2 broken ribs, from his continually hunched position in the wheelchair. He somehow sat still so hard that he broke his own ribs, and still didn't move.
**** Last of the Mohicans: Lived in the wild for 6 months, surviving only on necessities. No word if he ate a mountain lion whole and took a grizzly bear as his "Woods Wife," so we are forced to assume he did.
**** In the Name of the Father: For the part of a prisoner, Lewis lived in solitary confinement at an abandoned prison. The only reason he was not dragged away by the furious ghosts of long dead prisoners was the vast weight of his balls rooting him to the spot.
Robert DiNiro.Robert De Niro - With nigh-countless Oscar winning performances in films such as The Godfather and Raging Bull, De Niro is arguably one of the greatest actors of our time. He's also extremely dedicated to method acting. Why, he's been playing the role of "over the hill one note comedic flop" for nearly a decade now! While preparing for his role as Max Cady in Cape Fear, De Niro decided that he wanted his character's appearance to reflect the fact that he had spent a long time in prison. In order to do this, he paid a dentist roughly $20,000 to fuck up his teeth. It's a shame he wasted the money, if only he'd waited 14 years he could've gotten an audience member coming out of Meet the Fockers to do it for free.
In conclusion i recommend all serious minded actors to invest just $13.00 and buy this book and read it 10 times over. You will thank me later
Friday, June 10, 2011
Here are a few snippets from the first few chapters
Thursday, June 9, 2011
"She Kilt It" (in urban slang we dont say 'killed' anymore, we say "KILT" LOL)
Baby Boy is one of my favourite movies of all time - and asa first time actor and actress on a big screen I think Taraji and Tyrese did an excellent job at it. Phenomenal performance which open so many doors for the both of them. Producer/Director John Singleton like Tyler Perry always has a good eye for casting talents who go on to new heights (Taraji,Tyrese, Nia Long, Cuba Gooding, Morris CHestnut - i mean the list goes on and on ). I truly respect John as a movie maker (though not necessarily gravitated to hood gangbanging scripts - he is a good producer/direector none the less). I am remembering many scenes from Baby Boy and it is making me laugh (and of course Pandora played by beautiful Tawny Dahl -u got to pronounce the hood way "Pandzorra! as Yvette will say LOL)).
-John Dumelo and Rita Dominic
I just wish this casting was back home in Africa (Ghana, Nigeria etc) because then I know exactly the various actors/tresses whom I had in mind and would have confidently & personally hand picked to play these excellent roles/characters, but after much talk with the movie owners and research, flying folks over here and going thru the whole hooplas of paper works, and getting them temporary work visas and what not, is not worth the headache, considering the strict time line for this shoot, so we will just work with the "just as good" unhidden african talents we have here. One or two of the lead cast who are well known back home, already got themselves sorted and flying over to shoot this. I want my next casting to be back home.
SATURDAY JUNE 11 2011
FIVE FORKS LIBRARY
Lawrenceville, GA 30044-5865
11AM - 5PM EST
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
-Tontoh Dikeh as Elizabeth (aka Lady MiuMiu)
-Daniel K Daniel as Dave
-Artus Frank as Harry
-Ganvivina Tamakloe as Father
-Vivian Achor - as Mother
-Vivian Amegashie - as
Dennis Abey Osaba
Running Time: ?
Storyline: (the storyline is straight from the box - not my writeup LOL)
At home Larry was workaholic; at work he was promiscuous. The family reputation is at stake when Lizzy's relationship with Harry was taken a different turn and Harry's Secret lover in the house. A terrifying possibility that everything he built his world upon is a lie. The only problem is, does he truly understand what he is getting into?
The Movie was watchable and nice. This would not be the first homesexual based theme ever made in Nollywood or Ghana movies, but this unlike Men In Love (starring Muna Obiekwe and John Dumelo) - I enjoyed watching this - not necessarily the theme (cos i dont care for any gay nonsense) but just the acting and emotions protrayed by the lead acts were convincing enough.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
I dont know yet - waiting on more info, but from the lil i see its like One Big Family with many secrets about to unveil - I am very excited bout this movie cos the trailer shows some award winning performances. I think Alexx is going to surprise us like we've never seen, as well as Uti.
-Biola Segun Williams
Directed and Produced By:
Desmond Elliot and Royal Arts Academy
(Dzzaammnn Dessy, though you not new anymore, you most likely will be standing strong in my 2011 end of year nominations for best producer cos you not resting at all, its like back to back to back- you doing big brother and we proud of you - let us know and any free promos and marketing we can do for you here - you know how we do - rave about it until everybody and their grandmama hears about it lol).
So, Ladies You Ready for this combo Uti and his real life best buddy Alex Ekubo together in one movie. Hmmm i bet you are - so see the reason why you should never waste your movie on junk movies, cos slowly but surely the better ones are coming.
Uti and Alex please I am still waiting on you guys to complete this session. Ya fans are waiting.
Monday, June 6, 2011
-Your Headshots - this is imperative that by now you create an impressive picture portfolio
Business Suggestion: For those wanting to relocate home and undecisive of a business venture- here is one for you. I suggest opening a Celebrity Life Coaching/PR company specifically targeted at hollywood aspires, to help many of our african aspires out - cos seriously - the majority need help - the fan base is growing here in the diaspora but they dont know what to do with. They make small guest appearances in small cities like NYC, Houston, Atllanta and make chump changes like $5000 during their 2 weekstay and they think thats it. They could easily make 6 figures if they know what they are about and they are strong PR behind them. Dont assume its only africans watching your movies- Teach them International Interview techniques, red carpet techniques, how to pose/smile, networking techniques etc etc - everybody in hollywood invest in this so why not africans.
ps: Please also bear in mind that Los Angeles is not the only hub for movie production now, Georgia (ie Atlanta where i reside now) is fast becoming the Hollywood of the South, followed by other cities like New Orleans giving huge tax breaks to film makers just so they can rake some money to rebuild the city after the 2005 flood.
Due to the huge tax breaks a lot of hollywood movie houses are moving their production here to Georgia. Georgia’s movie business is on a roll.
26 feature films were shot here in the last two years. New facilities are under construction. Film and TV production tripled to $770 million in 2009, according to the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office. There are some great networking opportunities here - so just bear that in mind.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
(chei did yall hear the kiss *click* i heard Joseph gave Nse at the start of the trailer. Infact this acting business has a lot of perks and benefits. Sometimes i feel i am in the wrong business.
Mr & Mrs is a story of couples whose marriages are threatened by age old economic and social divisions in our society. Actor Joseph Benjamin plays Kenneth who is ashamed of his wife’s (Nse Ikpe Etim) background and decides to keep her in the kitchen where he believes she belongs. Meanwhile, another couple Linda and Charles played by the duo of Thelma Ojiji and Paul Apel seemingly have a perfect marriage until Linda begins to take her husband for granted because she takes care of all the bills in the home.
I dont have a promo poster yet but bear with me and watch this space for updates.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Yep lol! i am going to post on here, in the coming weeks/months, all the great work coming out from our favourite production houses - slowly but surely i will post all the info/trailers and whatnot - lol lol - I dont want to bombard you with all the excitement cos there a lot more great work to come in 2011 and like i mentioned in my below thread - So save your money from trash and wait for the great releases.
TITLE: Kiss and Tell
ESTIMATED TIME: 89 mins.
STORY: Uduak Oguamanam, Darlene Benson
SCREENPLAY: Anthony Kehinde Joseph
STARRING: Desmond Elliot, Monalisa Chinda, Nse Ikpe-Etim Uche Jombo,Joseph Benjamin, Bhaira Mcwizu, Darlene Benson
DIRECTOR: Desmond Elliot
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Uduak Oguamanam
PRODUCER: Emem Isong
EXECUTIVE PRODS: Monalisa Chinda, Emem Isong
SYNOPSISKISS AND TELL
Iyke, the ultimate player, is best of friends with Bernard, except when it comes to Blue Quest, the firm they run together. When Delphine, a gorgeous divorcee who has sworn of men, walks into Iykes’s life, he makes a wager with his friend to sleep with her in ten days or sell his controlling shares in the company. What Iyke didn’t bargain for was falling for his Prey.
This movie premieres on big screen starting in Lagos, Nigeria on June 16 2011
(.......These little nappy headed ***s need a perminator,you my seed I spray you with germinator,Move back bugs matter fact you know the queen could use a back rub
If you could turn back time, Cher, You used the be here but now you gone Nairrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!) LOL LOL LOL
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
I will elaborate on this a bit more later.
Most of are great talents (Genevieve, Majid, Rita, Mercy, Ini etc etc) have hit a glass ceiling where they are not being challenged enough.
Mr Producer - Mr Director my eye is on you. You will not go scot free. This is 2011 - the mediocrity and bafoonery productions have to seize. Our growing actors and actresses need more challenge.
This topic will be discussed at length later.