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Post  HalfaDave Tue May 02, 2023 11:47 am

Hi All,
I have worked a few Movie sets.
Union people are cool, if you want to join them.
So, here is my story,
East end of Don river. Clear the hill. Done.
Wait for director/etc.  Perfect day.
Slight SW breeze, had some paper we folded into gliders, perfect slope day.
Director was a loud mouth idiot.
Made Kathleen Edwards roll down the 45 deg hill.
She did it with glee. (you have to meet her)
I power washed the waterbased graffitti on the last set.
Results here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZg6WQ_WppA

I want a 24in glider.
Take the train/bus/etc to that hill...
Mortals might understand,
Local cops? Smile
Take care,
Have fun,
Dave
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Post  944_Jim Tue May 02, 2023 6:04 pm

Pretty woman.
Pretty voice.
Interesting special effects, but I had a hard time with the "humor" of the video.

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Post  GallopingGhostler Tue May 02, 2023 7:03 pm

HalfaDave wrote:
944_Jim wrote:Pretty woman. Pretty voice. Interesting special effects, but I had a hard time with the "humor" of the video.
It starts out with the appearance that someone, a musician (guitarist) who helped her make recordings (the records on the shelf) walked out of her life, then it shows how she now feels, as though it was like the gory details of suffering physically deadly injuries of all sorts from people that seem so innocent, yet dishonestly vengeful. She throughout the song also ends with the same words, "I don't need a punchline."
Cambridge Dictionary wrote:punchline noun the last part of a story or a joke that explains the meaning of what has happened previously or makes it funny
https://dictionary.cambridge.org/es/diccionario/ingles/punchline

The humor in the video is in the irony that there is no humor, she can't explain why she has feelings like everyone is stabbing her in the back (talking about her in destructive (deadly) gossip, to seek payback revenge on her) without any reasonable cause or meaning.

I think @HalfaDave is simply showing us the nature of work that he is involved with, to help make this production video happen. The ambiguous interpretation of the video is left up to the viewer.
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Post  HalfaDave Tue May 02, 2023 10:06 pm

Hi gg and jim,

Do not read too much into my rambling thoughts... Smile
Chilly grey wet spring here.
Friends/clubs here are on hold due to some new weird 400ft altitude limit...
Got to thinking about slope soaring.
Remembered that hill on the east side of downtown Toronto.
Google reminded me I was 'on set' in the video. (~2min in for 5 seconds)
I got paid, wonderful creative people to get things done with.
Doing some math...
If I bring $500 cash, I can probably bail myself out of jail.
The Maple Leafs are in the playoffs, so no one will notice me flying.
Hard part will be a steady SW wind ~10/15 knots.

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Kate Bush 'Running up that Hill' was on the FM radio that day. (google it)
Also,
All the good names for 1/2A designs are used up.
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Take care,
Have fun,
Dave



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Post  GallopingGhostler Wed May 03, 2023 12:28 am

@HalfaDave, I was referring to the symbology of the singing music video, which would be according to the screen writer's intent or plot. You have an interesting job being support staff. So, wasn't reading into what you do.

Personally, no offense, but I am not into all that blood and gore, even though it is intended for entertainment by the producers.

I may be old fashioned because I like the old cowboy songs prior to 1960. They were always about happy trails. Smile
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Post  HalfaDave Wed May 03, 2023 9:22 am

Hi gg,
I had the parking permits, cleared the 'field/slope'. For the shoot. (4hrs) Background is downtown Toronto.
Waited, we flew FF paper gliders and they almost hovered in front of us in the lift.
Rest of the day was getting stuff done, and getting out of there.(before rush hour!)
Kathleen was great.  In/out in 15minutes. I met her stunt double too !
The whole 'process' is weird to me.
The 'video' has nothing to do with the song. (listen to it with eyes closed)
If you ever get to meet 'movie people' , do it.
It will change your perspective, forever.
I may be stupid,
But
The song is Chameleon,
"I hear you are are a comedian,
Hiding behind your funny face."
The riddles/jokes/puns are the jest.
Changing and hiding is a theme
Every time
Every time
I don't need a Punchline

Perfect 1/2A design name...
Take care,
Have fun,
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Post  HalfaDave Wed May 03, 2023 1:00 pm

Hi All,
I was looking for a place to fly,
On a cold and dampish day...
With respect,
You should hear Kathleen:
https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=tiny+desk+kathleen+edwards#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:2cbb85bd,vid:kW6WICBscx4

I have contacted the relevant Toronto people.
They are sending forms to fill out.
This will be fun.
Toronto SMALL anyone?
Be careful what you wish for... Smile
Take care,
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Post  GallopingGhostler Wed May 03, 2023 7:07 pm

HalfaDave wrote:The whole 'process' is weird to me. The 'video' has nothing to do with the song. (listen to it with eyes closed) [...] I may be stupid, But The song is Chameleon,
"I hear you are are a comedian,
Hiding behind your funny face."
The riddles/jokes/puns are the jest.
Changing and hiding is a theme
Every time Every time
I don't need a Punchline
Dave, you are far from stupid, I find your perspective refreshing.  Thumbs Up

Often, there is an underlining theme by the script writers and director that they want to convey to the audience. Her being continually backstabbed and shot at in a deadly manner reminds me of clowns. Before, we enjoyed clowns, grew up with Bozo the Clown. Clowns used to be funny, lift people up with laughter by their antics. Now, clowns have become those who kidnap children and do adults harm, from good turned to bad.

Regarding clowns:

However, the artist herself is an excellent singer. Remove the video and listen to her singing, it is pleasant.

Regarding the video's meaning, hidden or otherwise, it is obviously not for children and for overall entertainment not for goodness of adults. (When I was 6 years old, I still remember watching on our black and white tube (valve) TV back in the early 1960's, the movie, The Mummy. I had a nightmare, the mummy was coming after me, dragging his one foot and I was trying to run away.  Crying or Very sad I had another nightmare after watching a gangster movie. I was in their get away car and it flew off the cliff like it did in the movie.  Shocked I guess we had clowns even back then.  Doh! Since it was B&W, my dreams were in B&W. Laughing

Not saying your posting of the video to illustrate your work is wrong,
it is just for me:
HalfaDave wrote:If you ever get to meet 'movie people' , do it. It will change your perspective, forever.
I was an audience fill-in for a high school girl's basketball game done in Portales, NM around 2012. The movie set was the old Eastern New Mexico University Gymnasium still on-campus but obsoleted recently by a new gym complex on the other side of the campus.

My wife and daughter were with me, but I got selected as part of the bleachers stand audience for the home (winning) team. (We needed to dress up as Okies did in the 1950's.  Razz ) It was for a movie, Believe in Me, a story about an Oklahoma City high school's girl's basketball team back in the 1950's, when women's sports were not considered as a worthy activity. An out-of-state teacher takes this girl's team, and makes them into champions, which helped to set the mark for the importance of women's high school sports. Because the directors needed buildings and surroundings that could pass for Oklahoma back then, they selected various rural schools and scenery in New Mexico and Texas Panhandle as they looked rustic enough to pass for Oklahoma. So, for a brief moment of glory, I became an "Okie". Laughing

The starring female had a "Magic Johnson" type hoop shoot where at half court, she would shoot a 3 pointer that would put their team ahead of the other. She tried a half dozen times, but didn't quite make it. Then the director advised that if she was unable, they would make it up with CGI. The 9th or 10th time, she finally made it.

The shooting took all day. We got there around 8:00 AM in the morning, didn't leave until about 6:00 PM. Later I learned that the movie did not get selected by the major motion picture companies. It was purchased by an airline company, for viewing during their extended lengthy flights. However, I found the DVD on Amazon about a year or two after the movie was filmed, and thus purchased it.
HalfaDave wrote:Perfect 1/2A design name...
The "Comedian"? or, the "Chameleon"? Very Happy
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