Have you ever wondered about the ancient beginnings of Scotland and how the first highlanders came to tame such a rugged land of myth and legend? Neither have we! But we decided to make up our own version of Scotland's origin anyway.
In Thunderbird Theatre's The Scotland Company, I play Henry G. I. Scot, Official Royal Secretary of the Interior of the Common Wealth of Great Britain, Steward of the Interests of the etc, etc....
Together with his cadre of comical cohorts, Henry endeavors to uncover the great mystery that lies under all that plaid...
Thunderbird is also running an indiegogo page for The Scotland Company. If you're a supporter of the arts, or just wanna be a producer, please donate here.
A lot of people envy Captain Kirk, but I think that same charm that won over Shahna, the gladiatorial dominatrix from Triskelion, also attracted some much less savory attention. Way to boldly go where no man has gone before, Cap'n.
If you have any designs of your own, let me know and I'll post them below. As always, all are welcome to contribute! Otherwise, you can join in September 7th for...
Congrats to my good pal and fellow Dandy, Dovi, who's son Atticus arrived late last night. For most literate folks, the name Atticus conjures the staunch integrity and courage of the hero in Harper Lee's classic. For me, however...
Needless to say, baby Atty's already targeted the shield generator of my heart.
Getting in the mood for ParaNorman with some zombie sketching. I heard the hero is based on a professor of mine from CalArts, Norman Klein. I always suspected Norman fought monsters in his spare time...
This October, writer Jake Rosenberg is making his stage debut with The Scotland Company, and I will be fortunate enough to play the lead, Mr. Henry G.I. Scot. I'm used to developing characters through pencil and paper, so I thought I'd do my first explorations of Henry as sketches.
I didn't want to limit myself to my physical appearance, I was more interested in the impression I got from the man on the script page. It made me curious. What sort of tea does he like?
Is he a pipe man...
...or a cigar man?
How athletic/competitive is he?
What is his ideal Sunday afternoon?
Sketching Henry made me a bit more acquainted with the fellow, and I can't wait to learn more about him!
We started the class with a few improv games outside to get everyone's creative juices flowing. Apparently kids dig playing outside--who knew!
When we came back inside, I explained story structure (using the most important film in cinema history as an example). We also discussed protagonists and antagonists, and why it's important to have contrast in those characters.
The children did an excellent job pretending to listen.
I told CCM that the class would be best suited for ages ten and up. Eight year old Allison weaseled her way in, and ended up being the best student in the class. Here Allison is explaining to me the components of a storyboard.
The kids came up to the whiteboard one at a time and created the hero of our own story, the bank-robber George "The Muscle Man" Jefferson. I created his antagonist, Det. Jimmy.
Using the formula I'd taught them at the beginning of class, we brainstormed the first act of a story. The students then had to storyboard acts two and three and pitch them to the class in groups.
I thumbnailed out my own version of the story on the whiteboard, to show them how to pitch.
Then the students went to work pitching their own boards.
My braintrust (the CCM faculty) chose their favorite pitch, and I drew pictures of George "Muscle Man" Jefferson and Det. Jimmy for the winning team.
In the end, everyone lived happily ever after!
If you're interested in visiting CCM, check out their website, Creativity.org. Ask for Heather, she's the best!