ACT 1 Theatre’s Sylvia

My most recent experience as an act in almost, if not longer, a year. ACT 1 Theatre is a Non-Profit Theater company stationed in Sumner, WA. The production was performed in Puyallup’s Liberty Theater which is basically a historical landmark in the town. This was ACT 1 first production there — I could be wrong because I usually am — and the Liberty’s first production in more than 24 years, or at least since I’ve lived in this town. I felt very lucky to be part of this production since in some ways I felt recognized as an actor. Since graduating from Washington State University, it’s been tough to say the least. From my current unemployment, to the uncertainty of pursuing a graduate degree, and all in all indecisiveness of what’s next left me feel depressed and anxious. I am very thankful for ACT 1 welcoming me into their community, and hope more is yet to come with them. Please support their efforts by donating to their webpage, http://act1theatre.org/. From one who’s been living in this town for most of my life, it’s safe for me to say Puyallup isn’t center of culture, but it certainly has potential if the community can pull it’s act together.

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My Contribution to the Daily Evergreen

http://www.dailyevergreen.com/life/article_68afb8fa-7a88-11e4-b1f7-9b0130793c9a.html

http://www.dailyevergreen.com/life/article_59f0387a-6878-11e4-9dce-432de63b68e6.html

http://www.dailyevergreen.com/life/article_07f15714-5b05-11e4-a899-0017a43b2370.html

http://www.dailyevergreen.com/life/article_b641fbac-3a12-11e4-95e7-001a4bcf6878.html

During my first semester at Washington State University, I took steps to apply myself in the fields of journalism; back when I saw myself as Communication major. I started as a reporter for the Life section focusing on culture and arts around the Palouse. Sadly I only worked for a semester because I was unable to keep up with the DE’s demand for an article a week. Yet it felt like one of the most rewarding experiences upon my arrival in Pullman.

Stage Managing for Avec Schmaltz 2016

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In the first half of 2016, I took the initiative to make a new experience in theater off stage as a Stage Manager. Basically, what it came down to was keeping track of everyone and everything that the directors need during rehearsals, performances, and everything in between; props, schedules, audition materials, stage directions, cast attendance, sound and light cues, and house shows. A great step for my theater reputation.

DTC 355: Rhetoric Situation

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For this week’s blog post: I was assigned to create a TV commercial, for the intended audience as Barack Obama to watch my  current favorite show, “Orphan Black.”

I chose to use the script format, only because that is my method of choice, storyboards on the other hand are not my cup of tea; until I improve my illustration techniques. What I find terrific about screenplay format is it’s a technical approach to creative writing. What is intended for the audience to see, for the cast to say, and the crew to produce. It’s all formatted for each departments discretion.

The creative approach I took with this rhetoric situation, was from a reverse psychology angle. Primarily because, I’ve never noticed it; or maybe I’ve been influenced by it and never noticed. So, with that in mind, I chose to impersonate Donald Trump’s 4th Grade level diction to influence my audience that he’s saying one thing in the opposite rhetoric, and given Obama’s stance on Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for the 2016 election, the outcome would then implement the intended purpose.

Final Video – Nuthouse Alumni Show

Well here it is, my first and final draft of my video project for the adobe premiere unit.

The footage features this year’s Alumni Show, from Nuthouse Improv Comedy Club here at WSU.

Nuthouse Improv Comedy was the first club I joined when I enrolled into WSU.

One of my inspirational heroes, Stephen Colbert, started his career as a comedian in Second City, an infamous improve comedy troupe based in Chicago. So, instinctively I joined to learn and see how improvisational comedy can benefit my life.

There is a lot more to Nuthouse than trying to get the most laughs.

There is a lot of communication, trust, confidence, and adaptability involved in the club meetings and rehearsals.

This show was a unique experience, for my project, and learning about improve. The alumni show event consisted of two shows in one weekend. The first show (featured in this video) consisted purely of the Alumni, the second show also casted current members of the comedy troupe. Getting to see the former Nuts coming back and were able to come back for a weekend as though a day hasn’t gone by since they left.

For the show I had two cameras stationed on opposite  ends of the stage, and they essentially captured the entire cast in all the right angles.

I had one camera rolling nonstop from beginning to end, then the other took footage at 2 minutes blocks to save battery space. The first camera acted as cornerstone for audio and video. The second camera acted as the “sniper”, if the cornerstone didn’t have it, camera two would take the shot.

By Unlinking the video and audio from camera one from each other, editing was very simple. I only had to coordinate the videos to the sound, and not having to deal with both.

A bummer during the editing process was the first scene of introducing the cast. The Technician was new and this was her first show, but the volume of the music drowned out her voice. Luckily the president of Nuthouse kept old headshots from when the alumni cast were still in school and he was generous enough to send them to me.

The problem with this though was they were not digital, so the pictures he sent me had all these glares, if I had  more time I would have gone on photoshop to fix the glares, but from the tutorials I saw there wasn’t much I would have been able to do.

After that it was simple enough for the footage to fit on the screen by the effect controls > motion>scale. Then adding the headshots and titles.

Now behold, my first completed film.