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Hello "The Crakers" Film Production, Cast, Crew, and Writers (and James Lipton)!

 

 Tila Tequila in The Crakers

(artwork by Jason Courtney on Perdador)

 

Joaquin Phoenix in The Crakers

(artwork by Jason Courtney on Perdador)

 

 

Chloe Sevigny in The Crakers
(artwork by Jason Courtney on Perdador)

General Information

 

 

(artwork by Earth's future on Flickr)

 

Last (?) Meeting: Tuesday, March 31st, 3.30pm

 

- Place: Meet in front of Irving K Barber (front door)

- For: Everyone (Joel should arrive around 4.30pm)

 

Previous: Sunday, March 29th 1.30pm

- Located in SUB

-Ruth, Joel, Patrick and Jon only

 

Previous: Friday, March 27th, 3pm

- In the SUB near Outpost

- Jon, Ruth, Joel Patrick

 

Previous: Tuesday, March 17th at 3:30pm

- In the SUB near the Speakeasy

- (Only Tavia, Hannah and Alyssa need to attend this scriptwriting session). 

 

Previous: Tuesday, 10th March @ 3.30pm

- The meeting will be held at the Ike Barber Learning Center in Room 416

- The room is booked from 3-4 so if you can make it earlier, please do. 

 

Group Members

 

Name Free Time (Schedule)
Role
Joel

Monday: 830-11AM; 3-530PM, Tuesday: Not available, Wednesday: 830-11AM; 3-530PM, Thursday: 6-11PM, Friday: 830-11AM; 3PM-12AM, Saturday: all day

Sunday: 1PM-12AM

James Lipton (Interviewer)
Hannah

MWF: Done @ 2PM, Tu/Th: Done @ 330PM, Work 6PM-10PM on M/W/Sunday

Scriptwriter
Patrick Free on Tu/Th; M/W from 12-1PM; 2-3PM;  after 6/7PM George Lucas (Director)
Jon Free on Tu/Th after 11AM; Friday after 3PM; Wednesday after 530PM; and weekends. Joaquin Phoenix (Jimmy)
Alyssa

MWF: break @ 11-12AM; free after 3PM, F: free 3-430PM only, Tu/Th: free all day

Saturday: free, Sunday: free after 12PM

Scriptwriter
Tavia

MW: available any time after 2PM (until 530PM on Monday (work))

Tu/Th: available before 1PM and after 330PM, Friday: available after 5PM

Saturday: unavailable, Sunday: free

Scriptwriter
Ruth Everyday: after 3PM (except Thursday)

Chloe Sevigny (Crake)

 


Miscellany:

 

(artwork by Jason Courtney on Perdador)

 

Online Discussion Community: Livejournal

Reviews: The New Yorker: Bioperversity, Times Online: O&C as Opera

 

Oryx and Crake Trailer

 

James Lipton/Inside the Actor's Studio Video:

 

Transcript (with Russell Crowe): http://www.kaspinet.com/Inside_The_Actors_Studio-Transcript.htm

Famous Ten Questions: http://www.authornation.com/index.php?option=com_fireboard&Itemid=102&id=12803&catid=59&func=fb_pdf

 

Inside The Actor's Studio Spoof:

 

Other Videos: (Lucas, Jaoquin, Chloe)

George Lucas (If He Directed LOTR): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv4Potdpjhw

George Lucas (If He Restored Singin' in The Rain): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeYgju2qopM

Chloe Sevigny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0_WwxvrjGM


 

Oryx and Crake: Group Meeting Notes/Script

 

Character choices:

  • Interviewer: Joel (inspired by James Lipton)
  • Director: Patrick (inspired by George Lucas)
  • Jimmy: Jon (inspired by Joaquin Phoenix)
  • Crake: Ruth (movie adaptation makes Crake a woman)
  • “Audience Participation” (ask the actors/directors pre-planned questions… each with distinctive motives, i.e. a purist who hates the film adaptation of the novel)
  1. Tavia
  2. Hannah
  3. Alyssa

 

The novel adapted into a film:

  • Our adaptation transforms Atwood’s novel into an over-the-top, Hollywood blockbuster with too many special effects giving the film a 60s B-movie feel (despite the billion dollar budget)
  • The renaming of the novel from Oryx and Crake to: “The Crakers”
  • Further ideas for the parody:
    • Crake becomes female (bisexual love triangle)
    • Gratuitous sex scenes
    • Way too many special effects (too much CGI)
    • Over the top animals: woolvogs attack Crakers
    • Gigantic budget
    • Zombie Crakers
    • Potential for alternate endings in special DVD release/international release
    • Potential for a sequel: “Revenge of the Crakers
    • Everyone being interviewed will absolutely love the movie (especially the director—who will believe he did an absolutely brilliant job), EXCEPT for Joaquin

 

Scriptwriting

  • Tavia, Hannah and Alyssa will be in charge of writing the script (since we are reluctant to act) and plan to write out a first draft, which will then be posted up on the Wiki so adaptations and changes can be made by everyone (so it will be more of a collaborative effort overall)

Costumes/Props:

  • We need to either purchase or make a large beard for Jon (as Joaquin) and possibly a smaller one for Joel (as James Lipton)
    •      I, Tavia, will attempt to make a beard out of cotton balls dyed brown... but if anyone has a better suggestion, that would be wonderful! (or any ideas of how to actually stick it on... are either of you guys opposed to spirit gum?)

  • We need either nametags or posters so the characters are identifiable

 

Matters of Housekeeping:

  • Scriptwriting meeting: will take place on Tuesday, March 17th at 3:30pm, in the SUB by the speakeasy (only Tavia, Hannah and Alyssa have to attend this)
  • We hope to have at least one more big group meeting, and ideally two, before our actual presentation

 

SCRIPT MARCH 17 09

(rough copy, feel free to edit/add)

 

James Lipton: As we continue our exploration of esteemed actors and actresses we welcome the infamous director of the Star Wars Trilogy – George Lucas and the star studded caste of his latest “masterpiece” a screen adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, retitled the Crakers. Please welcome George Lucas, Joaquin Phoenix, Chloe Sevigny

Oryx played by Tila Tequila

 

James Lipton: George as director/producer what made you decide that Atwood’s novel would make the next thrilling blockbuster?

 

Lucus:

-          something about the technology stood out as being futuristic yet tangible in today’s world

-           visions of the  struggles between the compounds and the pleeblands (juxtaposition of imagery)

 

Lipton:  What was your overall vision for the film?

 

Lucus:

-          I wanted a really big exciting blockbuster and I felt the novel really lent itself well to that concept

 

Lipton: Yet you veered so far from the text, for instance, why did you decide that Crake should be a women?

 

Lucus:

-          I wanted to play on the subtle homoerotic sexual tension between Crake and Jimmy in the novel and bring it to the foreground in a heterosexual relationship, as well as highlight Oryx’s overt sexuality within the novel by constructing a homoerotic love triangle.

-          Overall I think the setting the of the novel lent itself well to my vision but I wanted to enhance the plot so it was more fitting to a science fiction blockbuster

 

Lipton: Chloe you played a part that was widely divergent from your previous characters, what was it like to play a bisexual female adapted from a male character?

 

Chloe:

- I find it very interesting to blur the lines between male and female, for me gender is not as important as the message, I incorporated my hyper sexual character from Brown Bunny with my more commercial role in Party Monsters

 

-  I also drew largely from my experience playing Dot in the 1997 movie Gummo where there was a similar sense of hopelessness within the plot

 

Lipton: George, are you happy with the final cut, which technological scenes are you most impressed with?

Lucus:

-          I think the Crakers turned out exceptionally well, we picked supermodels to act them and digitally enhanced them, our CGI department worked overtime for that one. They turned out very ethereal and much like I pictured them when I was reading the novel

-          (mention something about the animals)

Joaquin

-          (mumbles) I really wasn’t that impressed with the film

 

Lipton: What was that Joaquin?

 

Joaquin: (louder) I wasn’t really impressed with the final cut, when I read the novel I thought it would lend itself to a really artistic subtle adaptation, for example I was really upset to be working alongside Tila Tequila (playing Oryx) I found that it really sullied Atwood’s vision, and become much more commercial

 

Lipton: Well did you at least enjoy getting into the role of jimmy?  And did you grow out that beard specifically for the role?

 

Joaquin: Yeah I really felt connected to the character of Jimmy because I felt like it was me against everyone throughout the production. . . and no, this beard was a personal decision…  I felt like jimmy was a really complex character, really deeply nuanced, and I think of myself as really deep and really sensitive to a range of emotions… that being said, Lucas wasn’t really into the emotional struggles of the characters and seemed to be more into the technology and creating a wow-factor that would excite an American, multiplex and mcdonalds loving audience

 

Lipton: And what do you have to say to that George?

 

Lucas: I really enjoyed the film, I felt it was the perfect balance between artistic interpretation and thrilling scenes… I felt the characters could have explored deep emotions, especially when dealing with the fear invoked by the additional scenes we added to the movie: such as, the attacking woolvogs and the provision of laser guns to every character.  I also think the fraught sexuality, from the bisexual love triangle and the beauty of the crakers, was an excellent oppourtunity for the actors to deeply explore their characters emotions

 

Joaquin: you think I could explore sexual tension with Tila Tequila!  This whole movie is a joke man…  I quit acting!  (storms out)

 

Chloe:  I liked the sexual exploration…


 

Revised Script MARCH 21, 2009

 

(rough copy, feel free to edit/add). Anything I (Joel) have changed regarding the characters, please don't hesitate to be critical of it and comment if you think it should be changed. =) It follows the same outline of the original draft with some more humour added and more (hopefully) conversational-like flow to it. Let me know what you think!

 

Revised yet again: March 27, 2009

 

 

Rehearsal Recordings:

 

1. First Rehearsal (coldreading, Friday March 27th): http://oryxandcrake.pbwiki.com/f/VOC001.mp3

2. George Lucas Soundtest: George Lucas Soundtest.mp3

3. Second Rehearsal: (refined script, Sunday March 29th): Second Recording.mp3 

4. Inside the Actor's Studio Theme Song: Inside the Actors Studio.mp3

 

5. Final Version (volume leveled and edited with theme song intro, outro, and simulated applause): oryxitas.mp3

 

James Lipton: Good evening, my name is James Lipton of the Actors' Studio. Tonight's guests represent a departure from the original format of the Actors' Studio, as we welcome several of the cast from the recently released film, The Crakers, adapted from the Margaret Atwood novel, Oryx and Crake. The Actors' Studio is proud to welcome George Lucas, director of Star Wars and producer of Indiana Jones, both of which are icons of American cinematic film history. Furthermore, we would like to welcome two-time Academy Award nominee, Joaquin Phoenix, who has appeared in Gladiator, Walk the Line and Hotel Rwanda. Additionally, his one-time Academy Award nominated co-star, Chloe Sevigny is here, who has appeared in Boys Don't Cry and Brown Bunny. Would you please help welcome our guests tonight? 

 

*George Lucas, Joaquin  Phoenix, and Chloe Sevigny all walk onto stage and take their seats. James Lipton, meanwhile rises and attempts to usher the class to clap for our guests unsuccessfully (if the class claps, oh well, keep going). Meanwhile, George Lucas appears self-assured, Chloe Sevigny seems giddy and appreciative of being invited to the show, while Joaquin Phoenix looks unaffected and slouches in his chair*

 

James Lipton: I would like to start with you, George, from the very beginning. Where were you born?

 

George Lucas: Modesto, California.

 

James Lipton: What was your father's name?

 

George Lucas: George Walton Lucas, Sr.

 

James Lipton: So you're George Walton Lucas, Jr.

 

George Lucas: Correct.

 

James Lipton: Your father was a proprietor by profession?

 

George Lucas: Yes, he was. But, listen--

 

James Lipton: What role did your Methodist upbringing have in your creative vision?

 

George Lucas: I thought we were here to discuss the film? *appearing lost*

 

James Lipton: Oh, yes, we are, but I would like to get to know you a little bit first.

 

George Lucas: Listen, Jim, I am a rather private individual, so if it is just the same to you, I'd prefer to pass on these questions and stick with the film.

 

*James Lipton looks perturbed from being forced to deviate from his formula, particularly since George used the name “Jim” instead of James*

 

James Lipton: All right then, I understand. George, tell me. As the Director and Producer of The Crakers, what was it that made you want to make this film, particularly as a blockbuster?

 

George Lucas: Ah, yes! It was the technology in the novel. It really stood out to me, when I had it read to me, while I was seeking creative inspiration for my upcoming Star Wars project, The Return of Jar Jar Binks.

 

James Lipton: Explain more about how the technology stood out for you. *Joaquin Phoenix, meanwhile is paying no attention to the interview and cracking a piece of gum out for himself*

 

George Lucas: As a director known for my innovation and creativity, I felt it was an opportunity that I could not pass up. There was so much to play with in Atwood's novel: the science behind the Crakers, the genetically modified creatures, and the dystopic settings . Simply put, I wanted to invoke the concept of the blockbuster project.

 

James Lipton: All right, but George, you veered so far from the text. I'm puzzled how you can say that Atwood's novel lent itself so well to adaptation for a blockbuster film. For example, what ever made you decide that Crake should be a woman in your film?

 

 George Lucas: I admit that this decision was rather unorthodox, but I wanted to play up on the subtle, homoerotic sexual tension between Jimmy and Crake.

 

James Lipton: Then why would you change the sex of the character?

 

George Lucas: Uh...umm...script writers?--they'd probably have a better answer to this--Where are my scriptwriters?-- *George Lucas waves his hands in the air to summon a non-existent character to intervene* *Chloe Sevigny then tries to intervene to answer the question*

 

Chloe Sevigny: I found that I could highlight that better by bringing it to the foreground in a heterosexual relationship, this also brings to light Oryx's overt sexuality within the novel and constructs a homoerotic love triangle between the trio. The audience can now understand the strong bond between the threesome, which, I think, Atwood missed. I mean who cares about Oryx? why not title it Jimmy and Crake? is what I was left with. A mishmash of sex between all three was the answer.

 

James Lipton: But what about Jimmy and Crake watching pornography together? Was that awkward to film?

 

Chloe Sevigny: Well, I know that it is odd to see a man and woman watch porn in a heterosexual 'friend' framework, but it eludes to their eventual romantic entanglement together. I mean, honestly, it didn't quite fit, who really does that? But then again, what two guys do that either? not many. Again, solving Atwoods foibles, i mean it isnt easy, she's a genius, dont get me wrong. But George Lucas?! I think he handled it relatively easily. He had a clear concept going into this film--i mean, it's just splendid.

 

James Lipton: I would like to pry more into this “concept” known as the blockbuster film. You once said-

 

George Lucas: Trust me, it exists. The novel lent itself well to the vision that I was already trying to express by the other project, which I've already mentioned. All I had to do was tweak the plot so that it would be more fitting to a science fiction film and thus closer to my familiarity.

 

James Lipton: Inspiring, simply inspiring...*turns to Chloe Seveigny* Chloe, your mother was a Polish-American, while your father was a French-Canadian. How did this affect your portrayal of Crake?

 

Chloe Sevigny: It didn't really.

 

James Lipton: Okay. Well, you played the part of Crake, which was widely divergent from any of your previous characters in film. What was it like to play a bisexual female adapted from a male character? What type of strain did that put on you as a woman?

 

Chloe Sevigny: Um. Personally I think that this kept true to Atwood's vision. I mean, she's a feminist right? And now there's more women in more powerful roles. I mean, she so powerful she destroy's all humanity right? I  mean, I incorporated my hyper sexual character from Brown Bunny with one of my more commercial roles in Party Monsters.

 

James Lipton: Is it true that you auditioned for the role of Brandon in the controversial film, Boys Don't Cry, which gave Hilary Swank her first Academy Award?

 

*Chloe Sevigny displays a hint of disappointment as Lipton's mentioning of that*

 

Chloe Sevigny: Yes, that is true. Anyway, so in the Crakers, I drew largely from my experience in playing Dot in the 1997 movie, Gummo, where there was a similar sense of hopelessness within the plot.

 

 James Lipton: Hmm, fascinating, so George- *quickly transitioning to George Lucas*

 

George Lucas: Yes?

 

James Lipton: Are you happy with the final cut?

 

George Lucas: Of course, I personally edited the film myself. I wouldn't let someone else to tear my creation apart. So yes, I  am quite pleased with the final product.

 

James Lipton: What aspects of the film were you most pleased with?

 

George Lucas: I think the Crakers turned out exceptionally well. We picked supermodels and digitally enhanced them. The crew at Lucasfilm and Skywalker Studios really worked overtime so that they looked like how I pictured them in my fantasies, er, I mean, when I was having the novel read to me. And the animals, what can I say about the animals? Those were my personal touch.

 

James Lipton: In the film, you strayed from Atwood's Pigoons, and instead created your own, like the Dat. Why did you decide it was more useful to combine a cat and a dog for the purposes of this story?

 

George Lucas: Well...I have this damned annoying but beautiful cat and a precious dog that isn't much to look at. One night, while sitting on the couch with them, I asked myself, "what would a cat and a dog spliced together look like in Atwood's world?" Dat was the result.

 

James Lipton: What did you think of the film, Joaquin?

 

 Joaquin Phoenix: It was fine *mumbles*

 

James Lipton: Just fine?

 

Joaquin Phoenix: Yeah.

 

James Lipton: What aspects did you like about it?

 

Joaquin Phoenix: I don't know.

 

James Lipton: I see.....*awkward pause, because Joaquin Phoenix puts on his ear phones and starts jamming to it*. Well....what was the most challenging part of your performance?

 

Joaquin Phoenix: What? *pulling the headphones out of his ears*

 

James Lipton: The most challenging part of your performance?

 

Joaquin Phoenix: Oh....Tila Tequila.

 

James Lipton: Tila Tequila?

 

Joaquin Phoenix: Yeah.

 

James Lipton: How was she challenging?

 

Joaquin Phoenix: I don't know, yeah....The heavy sex scene with her, it was challenging.

 

James Lipton: Really?

 

Joaquin Phoenix: Yeah.

 

James Lipton: All right...

 

Joaquin Phoenix: The film wasn't that great.

 

 James Lipton: Oh, how intriguing...  *George Lucas shoots Joaquin Phoenix an annoyed, yet shocked look*

 

Joaquin Phoenix: When my agent told me about the novel and the film, I thought, maybe, you know, that we could work something artistic into it.

 

James Lipton: But...

 

Joaquin Phoenix: I wasn't happy with Tila Tequila's casting, I was told that Lucy Liu was going to play the part. You know, it is hard not to be disappointed when you go from Liu to Tequila.

 

James Lipton: George, tell me what led you to cast her?

 

Joaquin Phoenix: Liu turned down the role after she read the final script. He cast Tequila because he's self-indulgent.

 

George Lucas: Are you chewing gum? *looking disgusted at Joaquin Phoenix's audacity*

 

Joaquin Phoenix: Yeah, is that a problem?

 

George Lucas: How about I come over to your house and chew gum?

 

Joaquin Phoenix: Sorry *takes gum out of his mouth and sticks it to the bottom of his chair*

 

George LucasI can't believe it.

 

Joaquin Phoenix: Whatever, the film was just kind of commercial, you know?

 

James Lipton: *James Lipton looks on in confused shock, unsure of what to think about what has just happened* Well, Joaquin, at the very least, did you enjoy getting into your role as Jimmy? I've noticed your new beard, was that for your role? You look different than I remembered?

 

Joaquin Phoenix: Oh, yes, thank you.

 

James Lipton: How is it?

 

Joaquin Phoenix: In what way? 

 

James Lipton: Is it comfortable, is it itchy? Are you pleased with it?

 

Joaquin Phoenix: I'm okay with it, but now you're making me feel weird about it.

 

James Lipton: I'm making you feel weird about it?

 

Joaquin Phoenix: Is there something wrong with it?

 

James Lipton: I can't believe that I'm the first to make you feel weird about it.

 

Joaquin Phoenix: Well, no, I guess not.

 

James Lipton: In any event, getting into your role as Jimmy, what was that like?

 

Joaquin Phoenix: I really connected to the character of Jimmy, you know? I felt like me against everyone throughout the production. We really connected that way.Jimmy's a really complex character, He's really deep, really sensitive to a range of emotions, you know?

 

James Lipton: Right *looking at Joaquin Phoenix with some suspicion*

 

Joaquin Phoenix: That being said, George wasn't really into the emotional struggles of the character in the novel, instead he wanted to indulge in the technology and titlate the audience.  The movie really panders to the mindless pawns of the American, multiplex, McDonald's generation.

 

James Lipton: You sound rather disenfranchised with America?

 

Joaquin Phoenix: You could say that.

 

James Lipton: What do you have to say to this, George?

 

George Lucas: I really enjoyed the film *shaking his head about Joaquin Phoenix's comments* It was the perfect balance between artistic interpretation and thrilling scenes *Joaquin Phoenix laughs angrily and mockingly* The additional scenes we added to the movie, such as the attacking woolvogs and the provision of laser guns to every character also really added to the character development, I think.

 

Chloe Sevigny:  Oh yes, so very true!

 

 George Lucas: I also think the love triangle and the beauty of the Crakers provided an excellent opportunity for the actors to deeply explore their character's sexual tensions--

 

Joaquin Phoenix: You think I could explore sexual tension with Tila fucking Tequila? This whole movie is a joke man!....*appearing self-righteous* I quit acting!! *storms out*

 

James Lipton: Right then, favourite curse word...so George, good time for the questionnaire, what turns you on?

 

George Lucas: I'm not doing this right now.

 

James Lipton: Okay, wow, well..... any closing comments then?

 

Chloe Sevigny: I just wanted to say how amazing it has been to work with a real talent, like George Lucas. He is a true, creative genius! I can't say enough good things about him!

 

James Lipton: And you, George? Do you have anything to say?

 

George Lucas: Actually, yes. I do, in fact. Stay tuned for the upcoming Blu-ray release of the Crakers roughly one year from now. The the 5 disc special edition blu-ray box set will include, of course, the director's cut (with nearly 2 more hours of film), a choose-your-ending interactive experience (where we finish Atwoods novel for her), and a sneak peak at the trailer for the sequel, The Revenge of the Crakers due out in 2012.

 

James Lipton: How exciting. Thank you both for coming onto the show.

 

Chloe Sevigny: Oh, it's my pleasure!

 

George Lucas: You're welcome.

 

James Lipton: Join us next week, when we welcome Tila Tequila to the Actors' Studio for an engaging, intellectual discussion about acting! Thank you and good night! 

Comments (Show all 63)

Tavia said

at 10:00 pm on Mar 7, 2009

hey everyone,

Tuesday at 3:30 is perfect for me. If I had a choice, I would rather not perform in front of the entire class (I'm shy); that being said, I am flexible and I am still willing to act if need be. Oh, and going along with Joel's comment... I would be more than happy to act as "secretary" i.e. taking notes at group meeting and posting them up on the wiki.

--Tavia

PatrickS said

at 11:44 pm on Mar 7, 2009

Tuesday at 330pm it is!

I've booked Room 416 at the Ike Barber library. If you can make it earlier (say 3) please do so, as I've booked it from 3-4. We will probably need more time, does anyone know another place we could meet after this since the other rooms are booked solid?

PatrickS said

at 11:10 am on Mar 8, 2009

Hey Everyone,

I sent a quick email to Dr. Baxter to get her thoughts on our presentation idea. Here is her response:

"Hi Patrick: This idea is pure genius; it should be both a lot of fun, and provide a lot of insights into the issues and the difficulties of the novel. The wiki is wonderful and I hope once you do your presentation you post it (or parts of it) for the class as a whole to see. As for the problems of gender, in presentations last year there were some women who played male parts (interestingly, not vice versa), where the novel had more male characters than the group had male members (actually, this is more apt to be the case, since for reasons that someone probably should explore at some point in a book or article, this sort of fiction tends to be largely produced by men; where women do anything similar it tends to be closer to "hard" science fiction or fantasy). All best, Gisele Baxter."

One other thing I wanted to ask: does anyone have a costume beard they could lend to Joel for his transformation into James Lipton? We might probably need one for Joaquin Phoenix as well, plus a black top hat and Ray-Ban-like shades. Here's a youtube vid of Phoenix's latest appearance on Letterman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuO75_hJgCQ

Hannah Yu said

at 12:47 pm on Mar 8, 2009

sounds great Patrick, thanks for booking the room and etc. :) I will be there on tuesday for sure, probably at 3:30 but i'll see if i can get out of class and be there at 3:00

PatrickS said

at 10:11 pm on Mar 11, 2009

Again, thanks for posting the stuff Tavia! For script-writers (and anyone else interested), I found a copy online of the Inside the Actor's Studio transcript between James Lipton and Russell Crowe: http://www.kaspinet.com/Inside_The_Actors_Studio-Transcript.htm

Hope it's helpful.

PatrickS said

at 10:15 pm on Mar 11, 2009

Joel Bain said

at 5:01 pm on Mar 15, 2009

I've been doing some research about James Lipton and noticing some things about him that I thought might be helpful for the script writers of our presentation. Feel free to accept or disregard any of this. =)

Lipton, for some reason, likes to frequently ask about the parents of his guests. To what end, I haven't been able to determine a common theme. He does love names and words overall. (Professions of the parents are also of interest)
Straight-faced dry humour, involving subtle wit, seems to be one of his regular specialties.
His guests are free to smoke or drink during the interview.
He asks his questions rather quickly, which I believe is in part why his guests can be taken off guard easily by his questions. One of his simplest ways of causing one of the guests to be taken off guard is asking for explanation to simple, general statements that a guest might say: i.e. "You said family is very important. Explain how exactly?" Furthermore, his questions tend to follow the previous comment by the guest. What I mean by this is that he doesn't ask a question and then ask another question afterwards that is completely unrelated to the previous one. They tend to have some connection.
He also loves to use quotes that the guests have made in the past (which could be used for some embarrassing humour in our presentation).
He always begins his interviews with rather excessive introductions to his guests, which involve far too many screen credits.
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Joel Bain said

at 5:01 pm on Mar 15, 2009

I found this little tidbit about him:
"Lipton induced stage fright in the most surprising of guests: Harrison Ford, whose hands were visibly shaking, later confessed that he hadn't slept for three days before the show. When Paul Newman appeared on the show, he was so nervous that Lipton was worried he was going to pass out. It gets better... While describing the financial support he received from prominent African-Americans when a certain studio attempted to usurp creative control during the production of Malcom X, Spike Lee broke down in tears - as did Ed Harris, who was induced to fall apart with the simple question: 'To whom is the motion picture Pollack dedicated?' (Answer? To my mom and dad.) And so uncanny was Lipton's knowledge of his guests that Geena Davis once shreiked in horror when Lipton revealed not just the existence but the color of the giant footprints painted on the ceiling of her childhood bedroom."

This is what I've come up with so far. I will continue to figure him out more and see if I can find any other ways that I can help with writing him for you guys. =)

PatrickS said

at 10:08 pm on Mar 21, 2009

Great job on the script so far everyone (Tavia, Hannah, Alyssa, and Joel)! I think it covers all the main points we talked about in our last group meeting. A couple things I noticed (and this is just my opinion): I'm not that familiar with Chloe Sevigny's filmography (perhaps a poster or overhead projection of the actor's image and films on a transparency might help), Lucas seems to take up most of the discussion so far (another format that might be conducive is to take planned questions from the "audience" attempted by Joaquin or Chloe before Lucas interrupts).

Here's a student-made Oryx and Crake Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZPf-nAdGDg. It's fashioned on I Am Legend and some video game and seems very action-oriented. This might be a good way to transition into the interview: either playing this first (if we can get the technology), or asking Dr. Baxter to send it out via mass email. What do you guys think? I'll embed it in the frontpage too.

Joel Bain said

at 8:01 am on Mar 22, 2009

Did I really misspell "The Crakers" as "The Crackers" the entire time? hahahahaha

PatrickS said

at 2:51 pm on Mar 22, 2009

Hey Everyone, just wondering what you think of the script. Is Thursday an alright day for meeting (we have a week before the presentation)? Maybe we could do a cold reading sometime, after we finalize the script. Please check out the link below to check-off what dates are best for you:-

http://www.doodle.com/2fygz6eipxkkbkzp

Tavia said

at 6:28 pm on Mar 22, 2009

Hey, I was just wondering what time on thursday? I am free between 12:30ish-2pm... or anytime after 3:30pm

PatrickS said

at 7:49 pm on Mar 22, 2009

Looks like most people are free (if they are free on Thursday) by 3/330pm. Joel can only make it after 6. To see a timetable for everyone, click on the"Schedule" link on the free time column of the chart. I usually work on Mondays and Wednesdays which leaves little time for meeting up outside 1 hour (2-3pm). This week I can't make Wednesday's shift and so was thinking of switching it to Friday. If most are free on Friday, then I'll just ask to take my shift some other day instead.

Joel Bain said

at 7:59 pm on Mar 22, 2009

Patrick, is there any possible way we could do it on the Friday instead? I don't think I'm going to be able to get the car this Thursday afternoon/evening (yes, I have to share it with my family =P). =(

Joel Bain said

at 8:01 pm on Mar 22, 2009

PS> When I say Friday, I mean, Friday afternoon after class, ie. 3-430PM or something?

PatrickS said

at 8:18 pm on Mar 22, 2009

It's possible. But let's wait until more votes come in first. For those who haven't voted on the day yet, please do so soon. It looks like a few of us can't make the Friday either. Alternatively, we could set up separate meeting for actors. In terms of props, I was thinking someone could play the infamous Inside the Actor's Studio opening sequence music on a small radio (i could make a recording of it on cd) and stick a large sign with those words (see the Ricky Gervais interview) on the blackboard. Any other props ideas?

jonmdnewell@gmail.com said

at 8:31 pm on Mar 22, 2009

I can do thursday after noon or friday after 3PM.

jonmdnewell@gmail.com said

at 7:24 am on Mar 24, 2009

OK wait, where the heck is this survey?

PatrickS said

at 7:56 am on Mar 24, 2009

On second thought, let's just have the actors (Patrick, Joel, Jon, Ruth) meet up this Friday at 3pm. I'm done at 2pm on Fridays. I have a recorder so we can record the audio from our rehearsal and put it online for the group to hear (and critique). We'll have to set up mini meets (or one big meet) next week for all the little details (props, cues, etc.). How does that sound?

Hannah Yu said

at 10:29 am on Mar 24, 2009

That sounds great to me, thanks Patrick

jonmdnewell@gmail.com said

at 8:32 pm on Mar 24, 2009

I can do that.

PatrickS said

at 3:59 pm on Mar 26, 2009

Just a reminder for Jon, Joel and Ruth: we'll be meeting tomorrow around 3pm (details on the wiki).

Joel Bain said

at 5:04 pm on Mar 26, 2009

Reminder for Jon, Ruth and Patrick, the location in the SUB where we are meeting is in front of the Outpost. =)

alyssa said

at 12:06 pm on Mar 28, 2009

sooooo good!!!!! wow guys, you did a really good job!!

PatrickS said

at 10:52 pm on Mar 28, 2009

I found this funny video that basically follows the idea we've put forth in our project: how to ruin a decent book through commercial film making. This interview chronicles what Lucas might have done if he were to have directed Lord of the Rings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv4Potdpjhw

Joel Bain said

at 7:57 am on Mar 29, 2009

Hey actors, I've printed off our scripts for rehearsals, so no need to print any more for yourself. Save the trees! =P

PatrickS said

at 11:31 am on Mar 29, 2009

Thanks Joel! See you in a bit. I've uploaded a just-for-fun George Lucas soundtest. Let me know what you think! I'll upload a higher fidelity recording of our rehearsal later today. We should be meeting again as a whole group this Tuesday.

Tavia said

at 12:56 pm on Mar 29, 2009

Hey John,
I was just wondering if you still needed me to make a beard for your Joaquin Phoenix character? If so, can you cut a beard shape out of a piece of paper measured to your face (with holes for your mouth and nose) and pass it along to me on monday?
Thanks!
-Tavia

PatrickS said

at 7:05 pm on Mar 29, 2009

Hey Tavia, do you think you could make one for me too? Lucas definitely has a sizable beard.

Hannah Yu said

at 7:18 pm on Mar 29, 2009

Awesome job everyone! I can't wait to see the live version :)

PatrickS said

at 7:35 pm on Mar 29, 2009

Thanks Hannah! This second recording is a little larger (5.6MB) so you can listen to it within gmail or through the wiki (just press the play button beside updated link). Sound quality's significantly improved too. Fortunately, the updated script takes roughly the same amount of time at 11 mins, 18 seconds.

Please add any and all comments/critiques to the wiki. We need to know what works and what doesn't, what's awkward, funny, understood/misunderstood, and if anything is difficult to understand (pronunciation-wise) etc.

The next meeting (that everyone should be able to attend) is planned for this Tuesday. Time is TBA. Last time we met at 330pm, I think. But Joel can only make it around 5.30pm (is that right?) so maybe we could have someone stand in for him and read his lines till then. Besides running through the script (ideally by memorization), we might need to think of ways for us to cue the actors' lines, and what props to bring (nametags, posters, boombox with ITAS intro music, beard, etc.)

Joel Bain said

at 8:39 pm on Mar 29, 2009

Hey Patrick!
Could you be sure to re-insert the line about the "dat," as well as that part that Ruth wanted added onto the ending about finishing the novel for Atwood. I was going to do it myself, but I don't have it written down on my sheet, but I think you did?

Tavia said

at 8:59 pm on Mar 29, 2009

Hey patrick,

no problem... can you also make a beard shape out of paper for your face too? (and bring it to me in class tomorrow hopefully!)

Thanks!
-Tavia

Joel Bain said

at 9:08 pm on Mar 29, 2009

As a note, I got my brother to give the second recording a listening to and he enjoyed it with several grins and laughs. =)

PatrickS said

at 10:07 pm on Mar 29, 2009

Thanks Tavia! I was extra careful not to give myself paper cuts, so you might have to extend some parts of the beard for full coverage (it's only 2D right now). Joel, so I guess the plan is to meet at 330pm till about 530ish? I've just added the changes to the script (Dat pets and finishing Atwoods novel).

Joel Bain said

at 9:53 pm on Mar 30, 2009

Hey all!
Could you bring your own printed copies of the script for tomorrow's (Tuesday) meeting, since I won't be arriving on time, but a little late, so I can't have them printed off for you and ready in time for you guys to run through it without me. I'm supposed to work until 4PM, but I'm getting off @ 3PM and I will try to zip over to UBC from Lions Bay by 330PM and hopefully get to UBC by 430PM if not sooner, so I shall be a little late. I'm sorry!
Anyway, see you then! =)

ruthiewarren@... said

at 2:58 pm on Mar 31, 2009

I think I've had a bit of a mix up for when/ where we are all meeting. I thought it was for 5 in the sub again... three thirty now? oops. So I guess I will wander around the sub and hopefully find you...

alyssa said

at 5:05 pm on Mar 31, 2009

Hey guys,
I uploaded the memo if any of you are dyyying to read it, which I know all of you are.. or you should be!!!

PatrickS said

at 6:18 pm on Mar 31, 2009

Not to worry, Ruth. There wasn't much to cover anyways. We just finalized the list of props, drew up a memo of who-did-what (thanks Alyssa!), and ran through the script one last time. Joel said that it would be a good idea for us actors to pause for laughter instead of speaking our lines over it. I'll put up a reminder list of props and what to bring on Friday.

PatrickS said

at 11:17 pm on Apr 2, 2009

I've just posted the posters I made for today's presentation. Thanks to Joel, we'll have color copies for class!

Just a couple of last-last minute reminders (I know, I know):
1) If you can make it to class earlier so we can prep around 1:50ish, that would be great.
2) If you're bringing something, please remember to (beard, hairspray, glasses, gum, headphones, nametags...etc.)

Lastly, have fun!

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