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Friday, May 27, 2016

Is There Anything Beyond Film Extra Work?

In my book, The Deserting Caricature Artist, there is an inclusion of my background acting work in addition to details of my caricature and freelance cartoon artwork. There may be quite a few of us wishing to go back in time and remove erroneous decisions made and occupations worth avoiding. My admittance there are films I should not have any involvement in whatsoever.When the features were released, I would later be offended by the active content of sexuality, violence, and raw, foul language. 
It could same like other performers you wish your close family and friends do not become aware of the cinematic products of your participation. Movies that would trouble and affect their consciousness if seen. That consequence might be unavoidable if they decide to observe the films. In the book, I acknowledge my sense of sorrow of an intense action film I served as a journalist film extra, Salt starring Angelina Jolie. 
Photo by Yuganov Konstantin
You may be able to engage in it creatively as a minor actor or film extra, but if you are not part of storytelling process in writing, producing, and directing there are risks of being disturbingly surprised after the movies arrived at hometown theaters or are streaming online in someone's dining room. Background children actors currently are featuring in R-rated movies (example, The Boss, 2016) their parents and guardians might keep them from watching. Some youth performers might view it as an adult world step-up into Hollywood to be featuring in an R-rated film, especially taking a significant part in scenes of sensuality. Could there be a realization of career advancement, the difference between what is truthfully mature and beneficial and what is juvenile and impedimental for one's personal growth? What seems unfortunate nowadays are actors often to be placing in uncomfortable positions of accepting roles that are un-graceful, to say the least, to keep their metier, their "life's calling" on the super celluloid freeway.
They may find themselves portraying characters they detest with the motivations they avert having in real life. If you read the current films' advisory content on sites like Kids in Mind and Common Sense. It is easy to note chaste borderlines been a far crossing over. Of a recent superhero movie, did you ever thought Clark Kent/Superman would be living together with Lois Lane unmarried? I did not see the blockbuster film, Batman V. Superman; for sure, times are altering since Steve Reeves flew the skies of Metropolis. Perhaps, I should not at all be surprised. In lands of the domino effect, same-sex marriages are lawfully permitted with increasing civil rights, and people with animals or mannequins unions are prompting to be legalizing. There is a movie entitled Urge my learning being under production last year about a radical drug inducing people to engage in irrational behaviors including rampant fornication. That is what I read of a few casting notices. How would be a 'big break' in the acting profession if a person portrays an uncontrollable passion addict? It is unlikely a session therapy documentary for trendy drug addiction, but more likely a slick popcorn flick made to entertain millions to be earning billions of dollars in revenue. 

Many pop culture-cine-seeking patrons will line up, paying to see those kinds of movies. How much would you accept monetary to act in such unblushing parts; a couple of million, several thousand or a few hundred dollars? It may be easier to rationalize persons deserving occupations that do not diminish their healthy esteem and values. Of course, there are nobler film productions than this year's The Boss and the forthcoming Urge. Some several years ago my siblings inquired about getting into background acting. I truthfully revealed to them it isn't worth it and warned them of the pending letdowns. Why paint a pie-in-sky scenario of the film industry if it didn't exist for you? A reason likely moving me to reflect in The Deserting Caricature Artist the advice aspirating screen artists may want to investigate personally and honestly if a film career is a worthy pursuit in life.
In 2007 on the set of the Judge Lopez show I was listening to a fellow background actor who contributed to 2001 Spiderman and 1971 The French Connection with Gene Hackman. The aging film extra is of many who established a career in background acting. By his expressions, he for sure enjoyed the work relishing the experiences and the long line of films he participated. Little to wonder in a couple of recent films Hackman was starring in, his paychecks and stature may surpass the life's work of that still unknown gentleman. Not too startlingly today a much younger superstar actor may have the same effect at the box office. There appears to be an open entry for anyone to stride through. It may not swing open door for every hard-working and dedicated artist; countless ones might find it sealing shut then waiting for it to be reopening for them, to squeeze in a tightening space to accomplish recognition. There is a lot I do not know. There is so much of the film and acting profession unknown to me, do you nonetheless sense a bleak picture of reality said here?
The answer smacked me hard, but I should not be answering for everyone else because each person eventually must decide and bear their burdens. Perhaps someone out there believes,"it will be different for me, I'll win over Tinseltown!" Please ponder not making the same mistakes I and various others achieved in accessing those factual conclusions. In spite of the pending loss of glamor, fame and riches you may spare yourself hurting disappointments, abasements, uncertain competition, save much time and expenses. Nonetheless, it is your choice. Recently I found online a dated blog post (circa 2007-2009?) about my first speaking role and am re-posting here below. It was originally from my deleted blog site, Curtis on the News. Peoples' expectations in living happy lives future-wise can change for the better.


"It was already and for so long beknowing an illusion. A subsequent realization is the choosing whatever or not to be experiencing like that as a modernized fable."



Abhidya: My First Speaking Role

During the year 2006, I contributed to a short film, Abhidya. It is a drama which exposes a conflict of interest between two female associates amid a broad social concern regarding the poor of India. The film was directed by Sudhir Venkatesh (or A.V. Sudhir) and produced by Larry Kamerman. I was brought on the project by associate producer and casting director Miki Holiday (director of Stolen Love, 2006) after responding to her online classified posting seeking background actors.We exchanged communication over the phone and soon I was on my way to the film set. So I took the train to New York City thinking what Abhidya could be about. Of the movie title, Abhidya is an Indian-Sanskrit language word meaning desire. It also serves as the last name of the main character.
At the time, I was seeking film experience and Abhidya provided it unexpectedly for me. I ended up having a speaking part. But it was just a couple of words or so in one scene. In that scene, I introduce myself as a guest at a small social gathering honoring a professor. My friends and family were wondering if they would ever see me in a film production. I had wondered too and was surprised to find the finished film, Abhidya online from its website, Genco Film Company. Since this is a news commentary blog, it was not much of a bad idea to highlight the fictional film here. It includes social concerns including poverty and immigration.
You will not see me too clearly when the actress, Collen Summa (portraying Lizann) greets answering her door. It is inside a darkened entry as I walk in Lizann's apartment. But it is likely you'll remember my film name given by the director; Doug Bracket. It was forming from my nickname Douglas. You should hear my voice. My minor, minor role here is uncredited. The film stars Indian actress, Ami Shulkia as Chita Abhidya, a young social worker addressing an immediate plight of an immigrant laborer.
Please by aware in at least two scenes the film contains considerable profanity, one in an argumentive discussion. I had no control over that. Someone worthy of this movie production the public might wish to acknowledge is the costume designer, Cassidy Mosher. Her service to Abhidya adds to the film's overall style and texture. There are other hard working film crew members. If you are inquiring, I had another minor speaking part in the independent feature, Writer's Block (director by Jazzmyn Banks, 2009). My acting resume is not very extensive.


In the image above of the Apple iPad, you see a caricature of Daljit Dhaliwal. She is the Indian newscaster featured in The Deserting Caricature Artist. Depending on what e-book app you might be able to zoom out or enlarge the individual pictures. Not all apps will do this and may the keep the drawings at the same unchangeable pre-formatted to the screen size of the device.



Apologies are thus standing if you do not understand Mandarin Chinese language.



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

It Is There Also

Besides online booksellers like Bakers and Taylor Blio, Inktera, Sony, Kobo, and Scribd, you can locate my book, The Deserting Caricature Artist in various digital formats including Apple at the iTune Store.


Monday, May 9, 2016

Up On Board

Another preview is presenting on CreateSpace; it was placed in the general literature section. However is it of the same chapter as the first two showings entitled, Could She Be The Wife of Brad? It was taken from the short memoir, The Deserting Caricature Artist. Any evaluator of these previews can go nameless, be unidentified, thus be remaining unrecognized if they so desiring to input their honest viewpoints. At this moment you have an additional open door to review a content of  the book, here is the link below:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Ease on Down the Road, Ease on Down the Page




In section seven of 57 Pages: A Short Book of Thought-Motivating Cartoons we see in the photo an example of the Bookery typeface designed for ease of reading on electronic devices. I will explain a little more about it later. Possibly in this picture also you may truthfully conclude that the writing in 57 Pages isn't as "garbled and unintelligible" as one, onlinebookclub.org book critic might have fallaciously claimed in her review. 
The online book club reviewer may fall into what Forbes Business article writer, Suw Charman-Anderson was terming as a carpet-bomber. She explained in 2012, "carpet-bombers do not leave negative reviews in order to help readers avoid a bad book, they do it to undermine the reader's confidence in positive reviews, damage the book's ranking in Amazon and thus that author's sales." How unfortunate, who could suffer the most; book buyers, the writer or those book critics? 


What if the public discovers that the reviewer was falsifying statements? Or if he or she was discordantly exaggerating claims in an evaluation of a book. Then, as a result, the negative review might eventually fall greater upon their credibility as literary professionals than against the targeted author. 
It may be understandable not all among the populous of literature criticism are as blissfully white and fair as a page turning in a legal publication. Nonetheless, such an unfairness is having a very damaging effect. Bad, especially insulting reviews can hurt not only the author's reputation and ability to earn an income. The impact may extend to writer's associations outside publishing. 
It could as worse as if the author issued a thoughtless Twitter or Facebook posting wreaking destruction on his job prospects and relationships. Except the tweet or posting is coming from someone else-a thoughtless and unprofessional book critic. If the writer did not intend harm towards the literary evaluators, their employers, readers and book patrons; is this circumstance justified in the interest of free speech? Pardon me that I am unable to say yes to the question. 
Considering my experience, Amazon and some other book reviews outlets do not completely remove unfair and untruthful criticism of authors' publications. Even after the writers and other individuals complained of the troubling and unethical content of book reviews.
In the Deserting Caricature Artist, there is a caricature drawing of an older man, an experienced Southern US chef who demonstrates the ease of cooking. It is advisable to enhance one's reading ability wherefore it can be enjoyable as exceptional food preparation and mentally improving to our thinking faculties as eatable nutrition is to one's body. In this regard purchasing a book online should not be more complicated than borrowing a publication from a public library.


Please take note of the image screenshot above of The Deserting Caricature Artist: An Assemblage of Cartoon Portraits book product page of Barnes and Noble. The truth to be known the retail price of the print edition is nineteen dollars. If you take a closer peek towards the right side of the page, you can purchase the book with free shipping and possibly obtain it at a lower price. 
If you have an account with Barnes and Noble, you can add the book to your wish list. It is possible when the book is on sale or is made available through a special offer you may be contacted by Barnes and Noble if it is checked on your W-list. You have the choice to maintain your wishlist as private or public to inform your fellow book buddies at Barnes and Noble social hang-outs.


You may also be alerted when a used copy of DCA (The Deserting Caricature Artist) in good condition is presenting at a bargain deal. Guess what? There is one right now priced at 16 dollars and eighty-eight cents. Also, if you purchase a print copy of The Deserting Caricature Artist.  You may also return it in its mailing package in favorable condition. I am unsure what sort of refund you might get on it. Please feel free to inquire those details from the B&N folks at their customer service center. Okay, what else is there to know? Right now you have an open door to be one of the first book reviewers of The Deserting Caricature Artist, which may be your perfect excuse for returning the collection of caricatures memoir back to Barnes and Noble. I would hope not, but the option is yours as a literature patron.


As a book buyer, you also have the choice to visiting the Amazon product page of The Deserting Caricature Artist. Please look closely at the center top and right side of the page where you see the same $19.00 retail price as on Barnes and Noble. You may have a few advantages saving money. With the click of one or more links, you may find some Amazon approved vendors who are offering the print version of DCA used or new as little as fifteen dollars. Regarding them, you might not get the free shipping usually offered to Amazon Prime members. There are additional notations, the Kindle Matchbook Price, and Enhanced Typesetting.


In 2015, Kindle introduced a beautiful new typesetting specially designed for reading electronic publications and being use in their devices such as the Kindle Fire e-tablet. It is called Bookery, it is part of the text feature in the Kindle app, the lettering was designed by an independent UK font foundry group Dalton Maag. Please take a look at the photo of my Samsung Nook tablet feature section two of my first book, 57 Pages: A Short Collection of Thought-Motivating Cartoons. The typeset you see is Bookery. 




I find the lettering delightful and helpful in my reading, pleasant on the eyes depending how you adjust the brightness of the screen. You can switch out of Bookery to another type like Grammond, which is part of the incentive of having Enhanced Typesetting of the Kindle app which is including with the Amazon digital copy of DCA.It is my encouragement towards other reading apps producers and tablet manufacturers to design typefaces helpful to book buyers. Unfortunately, a few weeks ago someone permanently borrowed my 7-inch screen tablet. For the time being you have to find a willing Kindle e-reader to demonstrate a tangible example of Bookery, or you simply download the Kindle app which of course is uninstallable. 




The Deserting Caricature Artist has been enrolled into Kindle's Matchbook program. If you chose to purchase the print edition of DCA from Amazon, you could get the digital copy at a reduced price. My apologies this arrangement is not for 57 Pages, it does not have a print version yet, which is only e-publication. You still have a chance at B and N, iBooks and Smashwords; the opportunity to be the first reviewer of DCA on Amazon slipped by, but you can still evaluate it at your leisure. You might agree or disagree with the first two literature analysts. I unsure of the details, both Barnes and Noble and Amazon have borrowing and lending arrangements, thank you for visiting.