MONOLOGUE

  1. MONOLOGUE is a collaboration between actor and camera.
    Music By: Man Watching The Stars - manwatchingthestars.bandcamp.com
    Location: The Secret Theatre, Long Island City, NY
    Weather: Indoors
    Ligthing: Key Light - A 500 watt 3200k bulb / Background light - Par 64, Both Running Through a DMX Board.
    Equipment: Sony FS700 using S-Log2 and graded in Magic Bullet. Auto Focus, SmallHD AC7, Glidecam X-22, Sennheiser Lav all hauled with Tenba bags.
    Biggest Challenge: Navigating the uneven floors of the black box theater as I descended three levels in order to get the distance from Anthony. The built-in autofocus did a great job maintaining focus, however the lighting was contrast was perfectly suited for the face detection of the camera.

    A big thank you to the Secret Theatre for providing an amazing location for this Monologue.
    Anthony did a fantastic job and delivered a variety of performances over the five takes.

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  2. MONOLOGUE is a collaboration between actor and camera.
    Music By: Jesse Wilson
    Location: The Church of St. Luke and St Matthew, Brooklyn, NY
    Weather: 80 degrees °F with 0 MPH winds - Uneven Floor
    Lighting: Overhead Diffused Daylight - Cloudy - 4 PM - June
    Take Selected: Seven of Ten
    Equipment: Sony FS700 using Auto Focus, SmallHD AC7, Glidecam X-22, Sennheiser Lav all hauled with Tenba bags.
    Biggest Challenge: The biggest was actually working within this amazing and unique location because the floor uneven. The Church of St Luke and St Matthew's was burned by a random act of violence in December of 2012. There is a massive reconstruction effort on the way within the church and the wooden boards that you see in this video are 50 feet above the actual alter.

    A big thank you to the Church of The Church of St Luke and St Matthew's of Brooklyn, NY for providing an amazing location for this Monologue.
    It was a pleasure working with Anthony on this shoot. His beautiful performances made it very difficult to select one take over the next.

    Music Composition: Jesse Wilson
    youtube.com/JesseJohnWilsonMusic

    Act 1. SCENE II. The Earl of Gloucester's castle from King Lear
    EDMUND
    Thou, nature, art my goddess; to thy law
    My services are bound. Wherefore should I
    Stand in the plague of custom, and permit
    The curiosity of nations to deprive me,
    For that I am some twelve or fourteen moon-shines
    Lag of a brother? Why bastard? wherefore base?
    When my dimensions are as well compact,
    My mind as generous, and my shape as true,
    As honest madam's issue? Why brand they us
    With base? with baseness? bastardy? base, base?
    Who, in the lusty stealth of nature, take
    More composition and fierce quality
    Than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed,
    Go to the creating a whole tribe of fops,
    Got 'tween asleep and wake? Well, then,
    Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land:
    Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund
    As to the legitimate: fine word,--legitimate!
    Well, my legitimate, if this letter speed,
    And my invention thrive, Edmund the base
    Shall top the legitimate. I grow; I prosper:
    Now, gods, stand up for bastards!

    About the Project:
    MONOLOGUE showcases the skill of a single actor performing one continuous steadicam shot on location in NYC operated by Richard Patterson. The performance can be the reinvention of a soliloquy from a play or film, or a completely original piece. The length of the performance must be a minimum of one minute. The scene will be blocked out the day of the shoot at the location.

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  3. MONOLOGUE is a collaboration between actor and camera.

    Location: Washington Square Park, NYC
    Weather: 50 degrees °F with 20 MPH winds
    Lighting: Daylight - Cloudy - 1 PM - March
    Take Selected: Three of Three
    Equipment: Sony FS700 using Face Detection, SmallHD AC7, RedRock Micro Wireless Follow Focus with Manual Control Servo Attached to the gimbal of my rig for ZOOM control, Glidecam X-22, Sennheiser Lav, Rodes Shotgun.
    Biggest Challenge: The tourists, crazies, and students that make Washington Square Park so unique also make it an incredibly difficult place to capture a complete take without interruption, fear of someone running off with your gear, or noise issues without a proper crew.
    Today I also used my RedRock Micro Wireless Follow Focus system as a zoom control on the lens for the final close-up on Kia's face. Getting it mounted to the rig was difficult because it is milled for RedRock equipment. I zip tied it to the gimbal.
    One man banding this shoot today was really tough. A couple of PA's or an AC would make life much easier.
    Key Takeaway: Keeping the location simple will be key to getting the shot especially once the summer arrives and the streets are busier. If a busier location is needed having several volunteer PA's will be necessary. Making sure the actor is well rehearsed and comfortable (physically because of the cold and mentally with the piece) was really helpful.

    A big thank you to the NYC Mayor's Office of Film and Broadcast for getting my optional permits turned around so quickly. The steadicam is considered an "handheld" device, but it's nice to have the permit to show the police officers when they stop me looking like Robo Cop.

    Kia REALLY knew her monologue and that made the day far less complicated despite the very busy and unpredictable location.

    Edgar Lee Masters (1868-1950). Spoon River Anthology. 1916

    ALMOST the shell of a woman after the surgeon’s knife!
    And almost a year to creep back into strength,
    Till the dawn of our wedding decennial
    Found me my seeming self again.
    We walked the forest together, 5
    By a path of soundless moss and turf.
    But I could not look in your eyes,
    And you could not look in my eyes,
    For such sorrow was ours—the beginning of gray in your hair,
    And I but a shell of myself. 10
    And what did we talk of?—sky and water,
    Anything, ’most, to hide our thoughts.
    And then your gift of wild roses,
    Set on the table to grace our dinner.
    Poor heart, how bravely you struggled 15
    To imagine and live a remembered rapture!
    Then my spirit drooped as the night came on,
    And you left me alone in my room for a while,
    As you did when I was a bride, poor heart.
    And I looked in the mirror and something said: 20
    “One should be all dead when one is half-dead—”
    Nor ever mock life, nor ever cheat love.”
    And I did it looking there in the mirror—
    Dear, have you ever understood?
    About the Project:

    MONOLOGUE showcases the skill of a single actor performing one continuous steadicam shot on location in NYC operated by Richard Patterson. The performance can be the reinvention of a soliloquy from a play or film, or a completely original piece. The length of the performance must be a minimum of one minute. The scene will be blocked out the day of the shoot at the location. The monologue must be executed within three takes.

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  4. MONOLOGUE is a collaboration between actor and camera.

    Location: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
    Weather: 30 degrees °F with 10 MPH winds
    Lighting: Daylight - Scattered Clouds - 12 PM - March
    Take Selected: Two of Three
    Equipment: Sony FS700 using Face Detection, Glidecam X-22, Sennheiser Wireless Lav, Rodes Shotgun
    Biggest Challenge: Audio, by far the biggest challenge of this series has been capturing good audio.
    The lavs work when your not rolling and create static when I am. One man banding the shoot is never easy with a steadicam, but the lavs not working add an extra layer of frustration. As backup I added a shotgun mic to my rig with a deadcat to protect from the wind blowing through the tunnel.
    Key Takeaway: I knew the tunnel would provide an intimate setting for Annabel's monologue from scouting. Contending with the wind in the tunnel was an unexpected surprise. Trying to shoot more than one monologue per day is ambitious.

    Big thanks to Sarina and Chris for helping out during their Saturday afternoon in the cold!

    "SubUrbia" (1996)

    I had a brother who was retarded -down syndrome. We called him Mikey like from that commercial "Mikey will eat it, Mikey will eat anything". Mikey was always eating cause he wasn't very good at doing much else. He could walk places by himself, but that was it. It was safe to do that in those days. And then one day Mikey didn't come home when he was supposed to. We didn't find him till the spring when the ice melted. They figured that he'd fallen through the ice on the pond, and that he got sucked down the stream to where some kids had thrown in an old shopping cart. And there he was, sitting in that rusty cart. Still in his overalls, all decayed -But it was him. It was 5 years ago I'm over it, my mom's not all she does is sit at home watch the home shopping network and drink. I keep telling her to go to therapy. My dad, I never see my dad... Vietnam Vet, I think he killed people over there. Yeah, he's in Florida, skippers deep sea fishing. I hate it here. It's like being dead. And he got away, but I wanted so badly to get away.

    About the Project:
    MONOLOGUE showcases the skill of a single actor performing one continuous steadicam shot on location in NYC operated by Richard Patterson. The performance can be the reinvention of a soliloquy from a play or film, or a completely original piece. The length of the performance must be a minimum of one minute. The scene will be blocked out the day of the shoot at the location. The monologue must be executed within three takes.

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  5. MONOLOGUE is a collaboration between actor and camera.

    Location: Ft Greene Park, Brooklyn, NY
    Weather: 45 degrees °F with 10 MPH winds
    Lighting: Daylight - Scattered Clouds - 10 AM - February
    Take Selected: Two of Three
    Equipment: Sony FS700 using Face Detection, Glidecam X-22, Sennheiser Wireless Lav
    Biggest Challenge: Face Detection had a difficult time locking onto the subject under the dappled light.
    Key Takeaway: Using the vast landscape of the final reveal shot to visually translate Chris's characters desperation and rejection. The second takeaway is not to stop the scene and to roll with Chris's unintentional fall on the steps. He used it to his advantage and recovered nicely.

    Snow Falling on Cedars. Written by David Guterson. Screenplay by Ron Bass & Scott Hicks

    I know you probably hate me and I don't blame you, you'll think this is crazy but. All I want is to hold you, all I want is to hold you once and smell your hair Meagan; I think after I do that I'll feel a little better. And I know you're married, and I want to forget about you I really do. I think if I hold you once I can start. Hold me once and I'll walk away and I'll never speak to you ever again. And I'm not talking about love I don't want you to love me, but as a human being and because I'm miserable and have no one else to turn to. I need to be in your arms.

    About the Project:
    MONOLOGUE showcases the skill of a single actor performing one continuous steadicam shot on location in NYC operated by Richard Patterson. The performance can be the reinvention of a soliloquy from a play or film, or a completely original piece. The length of the performance must be a minimum of one minute. The scene will be blocked out the day of the shoot at the location. The monologue must be executed within three takes.

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MONOLOGUE

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MONOLOGUE showcases the skill of a single actor performing one continuous steadicam shot on location in NYC operated by Richard Patterson. The performance can be the reinvention of a soliloquy from a play or film, or a completely original piece. The length…


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MONOLOGUE showcases the skill of a single actor performing one continuous steadicam shot on location in NYC operated by Richard Patterson. The performance can be the reinvention of a soliloquy from a play or film, or a completely original piece. The length of the performance must be a minimum of one minute. The scene will be blocked out the day of the shoot at the location. The monologue must be executed within three takes, sometimes more.
MONOLOGUE is a collaboration between actor and camera.

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