Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I know a sledgehammer isn't the first weapon one thinks of when one thinks of a ninja, but a sometime-member of the Stage Combat Club (Aaron) had this realistic-looking-yet-light-plastic version that was as delightful as a rubber chicken. So a ninja will use any weapon at hand. Image: Aaron begging for mercy, Jenn as ninja bringing the hammer down. From MSCD Stage Combat Club 2009. Doesn't it make you want to join?
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Event info: Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast
What: a theatrical piece based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by last semester's Theatre Ensemble class
When: Sat., May 2, 2009 at 2:30 pm
Where: ARTS 271 on the Auraria Campus
$: none. Canned food donation requested.
Image is Arthur Rackham's interpretation of the Caucus Race. Jenn pirated it from somewhere or other.
Monday, April 27, 2009
- a million billion White/Yellow students getting promoted. Earth Power!
- So nice to see Ian and the Santa Fe (wait, is that where they live?) crew back again. Those guys are so good to work with, and we're all glad Ian will be local soon!
- Kim's demo went very well, with Bonzuko's own Jenn as uke. Ukemi extraordinaire!
- Back-to-back free response! This was Jenn's favorite part!
Images from the event: Jenn kneeling on a guy's kidney (Ian, we think) and Kim facilitating Jenn's air break fall. A fun time was had by all.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Mythbusters Banana Peel Highlights
Thursday, April 23, 2009
To close, Shakespeare's friend Ben Jonson's elegy of him:
I loved the man, and do honour his memory (on this side Idolatry) as much as any. He was (indeed) honest, and of an open and free nature: had an excellent Phantsie; brave notions, and gentle expressions: wherein he flowed with that facility, that sometime it was necessary he should be stopped:…His wit was in his own power; would the rule of it had been so too. …There was ever more in him to be praised than to be pardoned.
God bless Craig Ferguson for praising amateur productions of Shakespeare tonight. I so agree with his story of what an audience actually watches. ~Jenn
Images: Jenn as Peaseblosssom from 1996, Hippolyta and Moth from 2002.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Flame on for Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris had a very close call with a tuxedo that caught on fire while rehearsing his hosting gig for the TV Land Awards the other night. E! Online reported that while the “How I Met Your Mother” star practiced a stunt with remote packs secured to his back to emanate a cloud of smoke, the apparatus ignited while Harris tried to change from his “Survivor” island-dweller rags into the tux. Thankfully, Harris was not hurt too badly. “He just had some welts on his back,” said a spy. “He didn’t have to be taken to a hospital or anything like that.”
This is also why squibs are so dangerous: having a structure that fires or smokes or something similar strapped so closely to the body can really mess you up if, okay, when it misfires. We are glad Harris didn't have to go to Doogie Howser but is okay.
Hm, dare we nominate this for the 2010 IGAGI Awards?
(see link above for quote and image credit)
Monday, April 20, 2009
The MSCD Stage Combat Club of Auraria will be there, showing live demos, taped events, and showing off their new mascot. Wednesday go bug Nick and Nate, and on Thursday come throw a fake punch at them or Jenn. If you're interested in the club and just never got around to stopping by a meeting, this week's your chance to let us know. We'll be brewing summer and fall schedules the next few weeks as well, so do drop by.
Summer 2009 Advanced Class: lightsabers!
The Club is on Facebook--check us out.
Fall 2009 Fundamentals class: basic unarmed and sword for college credit.
New swords as of Fall 2009!
Nick Bove freaking rocks for designing the club mascot: Parrot Punch!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Image is from said test: Jenn and Keegan's magic floating glasses.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Stunt Training - 11/22/2008 - The Stunt People from Eric Jacobus on Vimeo.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The Evolution of the Fight Scene
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The great ideas in this heinous stage combat debacle include:
1.) Using a real knife onstage. Why oh why do directors continue to think this is a good idea?
2.) All the legality issues. Weapons need to be registered with campus police, which they didn't do. They were legally employees of the scool at the time of the injury. Or not. But yeah, they were. Or were they volunteers? Etc.
3.) What the heck is Dracula doing getting killed with a bowie knife?? Don't you kill vampires with stakes, or sunlight? Isn't a knife incongruous to the storyline?
Even though this event happened more than ten years ago, it's worthy of the first of the IGAGI awards. Er, congratulations?
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
- a vivid obstacle course with clowns as athletes and obstacles
- clown gangstas with appropriate hand signals
- rebellious hurdles that want to get in the game
- clowns trying to impress the girl
- Jessica E.'s stellar (!) crucifix rolls
Good job, everyone--I can't wait till the Seuss finals! ~Jenn
Pictured: The Ornery Hurdles piece with coach, athlete, and cheerleader; tug-o'-war with the Star-Faced Clowns. Taken 4/11/09 in class.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
MSCD actors: if you recognize yourself in this picture, comment here.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
- Multiple-people scenarios. So many times in the dojo one works with just one partner. These scenarios (two attackers, one defender; two friends, one bad guy) helped to envision how these effective techniques can work when there's more than two to tango.
- Kevin-san demonstrates his bojutsu prowess (pictured) and is rewarded with promotion to shoden level weapons proficiency.
- Meditation on saying the right words, also changing the ending of a memory in a powerful way. Don't worry, An-shu, that's all I'm saying about it!
- Bonzuko's own Jenn gets to uke for Mr. Hayes himself! It's an honor to be tossed to the floor by a master such as him.
- But what stuck out most of all to me was the swordplay. Especially because the theme of using a lethal weapon non-lethally is just what has been recently on the mind and blog-posts of Daily-Cross-Swords. See here. Can you use a sword in defense, without cutting or killing? We learned a couple ways to do so. What timing, as Mr. Hayes said!
All in all, it was a great experience and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Thanks again, Mr. Hayes, for coming out to Boulder! Stay tuned, lovely lurkers, for more pictures as they come in. ~Jenn
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Image is from the Daily Camera back in the day. Proof that I indeed took a class from Bill Irwin! Look! :)
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Here's a clip from our footage fun times, for your amusement:
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Okay, for one thing, this wasn't a fight but a drowning scene. For another thing, the slow-motion bits were choreographed to happen only when the character(s) were underwater. This is one instance where the slow-motion not only looks cool, but is actually the strongest choice for the scene. It even makes sense! I mean, you do basically move in slow motion when you're underwater, don't you?
And it was Brian K. and Ben C. as the two mime-swimmers, so of course it's looking way awesome. Those two are both quite talented physical actors. One basic movement thing that added to the illusion: keeping the arms up. For some reason, it added to the floaty imagery, and took away any betraying solidity in the actors' movements.
Closing note: it's really hard to do a slow-motion back roll with no hands! Also hard to do a complete crouch-to-stand-and-back-again on one foot!
(sorry no images--I'm sure there's some rights issues or something.) :)