Thursday, July 07, 2005

bitrate bit part

this morning i improvised an auditioned for a bellsouth industrial, usually internal videos companies make to train employees. this one is aimed at their customers. i'm not sure how it'll be distributed.
everything played directly to the camera. 2 guys unable to confront a friend directly, instead record a statement on video to tell him he has a problem: he doesn't have dsl, his friends, bill & carl, do. i played carl.
"this is tough love. a divine 'intervention' dude. yer always downloading on my computer, bidding on golf bags you never win. you think charles babbage, father of the modern computer, woulda thought it was cool for you to be leeching off his difference engine?"
though the du jour was improvisation, there actually was a script. it contained one bit that was worth building on. carl made a chart. statistically it showed the number of times our friend promised to pay for dsl versus the real number of times he paid. the actual prop in the auditon was poster board used to white balance the camera. it was blank, save for a small swirl where someone had tested a pen for ink.
"see this chart? this twister represents you browsing on our internet. this large white void is what's left. like gentrification."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

aaaaah wonderful to see you do your thing, even if it is in a second-hand story.

improv bits o' brilliance come and go so quickly, i wish someone could capture them or write all the magic down...


7/07/2005 10:35 PM  
Blogger ablebody said...

heh, i almost have the job. i was put on 1st right refusal this morning at 10 am. we'll see...

7/08/2005 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good band or church name:

"The First Righteous Church of Refusal."

...what the hell does it mean?


7/08/2005 12:28 PM  
Blogger ablebody said...

good question. according to wikipedia: Right of First Refusal ... is the right to make an offer before offers from others are considered.
it's used in a lot of industries with slightly different meaning. in acting it means they're asking you to clear your schedule for the day of the shoot so they have first dibs on you. this is in case you're possibly up for another gig the same day, now they got ya. but they can also let you go real quick. for me it has meant the part is between me and another guy and they want to make sure we're both avail til they make up their minds. when they do, one person 'books' while the other is free to take 'other' jobs.

7/08/2005 1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, in that case, I hope they give you a good "booking" with thick soft-cover phonebooks so the whole ordeal leaves no marks on your body.


7/11/2005 11:32 AM  
Blogger ablebody said...

no booking. lost it to colleague dan pettrow. he's much better-looking. and sounds like a dial tone. bellsouth loves that. not saying he was phoning it in, but.....

7/12/2005 1:11 PM  

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