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Air Date Announced for “Swamp Murders” on Discovery ID

It was a distinct privilege to work with Crazy Legs Productions, once again, in another Discovery ID show. August 30 is set to air the episode of “Swamp Murders” featuring some of the industry’s finest on set, as we depict the true story of Mary Stetson. May her memory be honored. Our hearts direct thoughts and prayers for comfort and healing for her family and loved ones.
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Acting Lesson 101: Inner Monologue

CAB_HeaderOne technique I have used throughout the years on stage or screen has been the “inner monologue.” In the development of characters, I find that this is such a vital component to the process. I think all actors use this to a degree but may call it different names, depending upon how it was taught or learned. For me, my acting maestro Sandra Ellenburg-Dorsey taught from a foundation that “it’s about life, not lines” and instructs students to approach the craft from this point.

This is where the inner monologue has great power in shaping the actor’s choices in the moment. I find that it must be a laser focused stream of thought that invokes the needs of the character or some parallel emotional stimuli; so much so that the inner monologue will sometimes bleed into the dialogue of the script. In fact, it should be on the very tip of your tongue. This brings the actor into the moment of the scene and breathes life into the urgency of the character’s needs. I would invite you to try verbalizing this in between takes or during rehearsal. After all, it really is the basis of improvisation in character. Give it a shot and get ready to shoot your best take yet.

I find that it must be a laser focused stream of thought that invokes the needs of the character or some parallel emotional stimuli, so much so that the inner monologue will sometimes bleed into the dialogue of the script. In fact, it should be on the very tip of your tongue.
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I have had instances where I was preparing for a role and developing my inner monologue only to discover “life-beats” and emotional catalysts that I asked the director if I could try out as we shot. In some cases, the add from my IM was a welcomed part of the on-screen creation, while in other instances it was appreciated but not implemented. None-the-less, it was still something I could use in my character development and internalizing of the character’s depth.

That’s just scratching the surface. Like I’ve said before, “There’s so much more to it,” but that’s a good thought to leave with you that are looking for help in building a foundation for a character. Thanks for checking in! Blessings!

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From the Rolling Hills of Tennessee – “That’s a Wrap!”

Those three words are used to close out a film/TV project and officially call it finished. Our last scenes for “Mission Improbable” were filmed yesterday and it was a joy to sleep in my own bed after rolling back into Atlanta. I awoke from a coma-like sleep, this morning, feeling refreshed and grateful to be back with my family.

A little side jam between takes with Assistant Guru of Coolness, Darren Dixon.

A little side jam between takes with Assistant Guru of Coolness, Darren Dixon.

The past ten days have been a whirlwind of emotion, setup, breakdown, artistic prepping, multitasking and more. The results have been more than rewarding and I think we have something “in the can” (a term referring to days gone by, where film canisters were used to store footage) that is going to make an impact on some level. I am so grateful for the camaraderie and spirit of each of my teammates on the cast and crew. Everyone was committed to “bringing it” every day.

The close of a project is always a bittersweet experience. I liken it to the feeling of when one finishes a really good book. There’s always that desire to have one more page to turn and linger a bit longer….
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The close of a project is always a bittersweet experience. I liken it to the feeling of when one finishes a really good book. There’s always that desire to have one more page to turn and linger a bit longer to be a part of the energy and excitement that happens on set. It is truly a magical experience and the relationships that have been made are the ultimate payoff. This is one of the most rewarding experiences of bringing together like minded people. It’s like a mini creative convention focused on doing something that has never been done before. It’s like a community painting where everyone has their own paintbrush and colors to add to the canvas collectively.

Now we move on to the editing process. This is just as important – perhaps even more so – as the filming itself. Marrying all the scenes in a cohesive fashion is an art that is crucial to telling the story. Pray for this process. It is no easy task.

I truly believe that there is a creative surge committed to bringing more “family friendly” productions to the screen.
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In closing, I share this thought that is burning in my heart: I truly believe that there is a creative surge committed to bringing more “family friendly” productions to the screen. I’m not saying they’re all going to be “The Andy Griffith Show,” but I think the creative community is going to have to rethink the way things are scripted to a degree. More on that later…

Now, to make my lovely daughter breakfast.

Thanks for checking in! Blessings!

CAB

A little side jam between takes with Assistant Guru of Coolness, Darren Dixon. MI04 MI01

Lesson 1: Bring it Every Take

I am so grateful for the opportunity to be involved with Donald James Parker’s movie, “Mission Improbable.” This marks my second project with this fine fellow, in this journey back into the biz. To say that I am thrilled to be in the mix is an understatement.

Some of the fantastic cast and crew from "Mission Improbable"

Some of the fantastic cast and crew from “Mission Improbable”

Along for the ride are several talented people that are directed by Matthew Perdie, Darren Dixon and Jessica Levai, respectively. These three with the amazing help of Melissa Pinkston and Adra Vashti Cooper, are steering the ship with all hands on deck. It is a breakneck pace at which we are filming. Even though the set is rippling with exitement, exhaustion is an undertone to everyone that have been for a couple of days. Very emotionally challenging work has been the norm for the past few days, as we shot some major scenes for the film.

Pic from the set of "Mission Improbable"

Pic from the set of “Mission Improbable”

The need to flex the acting muscles were in demand and the training I received at Dorsey Studios for the Performing Arts still works. I hope to share this with students and pass along the knowledge of creating character choices. Very intentional tasks create specific choices and this keeps each take fresh. There’s more to it than that, but the task is the backbone of the emotional foundation; the drive and intent of that moment on stage or screen.

The work of the actor is to “bring it” and make every take real; to find the moments that are happening in that character’s life and synch them with your own heartbeat. This can be learned. This can be taught.

“Bring it Every Take and people will take notice.”
Collin Alexander Brown

Stay tuned…

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