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Stock Acting and New Gallery Images

If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, I’ve added some more images to my gallery. Most of this is older stuff which I’m now getting back online after a painful breakup with my last gallery installation.

Anyhow, check out the gallery here.

Now, I’ve been hunting for some solid resources for non-actors (namely models) to appear in stock. Why not just hire actors? Actually, I do, but actors (and models for that matter) are difficult to find and good ones are even more difficult to find. I also find that models are more common.

What I need is improv talent with enough experience to continually maintain the same level of emotion, take after take, while still having fun and maintaining expressions. Stock acting  isn’t like theater or normal video or film acting. While it draws from multiple disciplines, it must be TV or Film centric with an eye towards the theatrical. It’s improvisational, often having no dialog. You must still appear natural. Since the footage will, potentially, be used in a broad range of applications, it has to be general enough to fit multiple applications, but specific enough to be distinguishable from the rest of the shosh out there.

I’ve found some resources that seem to be pretty good, but I’ll develop my standards and put out a solid list of what I want to see from stock video actors:

10 Lessons in Film Acting from Michael Caine

and

This second video is actually a pretty decent 10-step plan for better improv. Why improv? Since stock requires less audio and video, it’s a matter of getting comfortable with making meaningful expressions. Photography is all about subtlety and static poses while video and film are kinetic and active. I’m going more into this in a separate post, soon.

What’s New and Why No Gallery?

First off, I’m finished for now with a local production with a student film (until further notice). I’m also pushing full-steam ahead with various stock video projects (Halloween, baby!). I’m STILL working on my gallery.

Stock video will be loads of fun. I’m going to be shooting some vampire stuff and some zombie stuff and anything else we can think of.  Later on, some cosplay stuff and some more cinematic stuff, too.

What is up the the gallery and portfolio? Well, I’ve been using the Nextgen Gallery for a long time. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be working. I’m not sure what’s wrong. Could be the WordPress version, could be an issue with NGG, but I’m really not sure. Also, I can’t seem to get the new template on this site working. I really don’t like WordPress anymore, it’s gotten kinda clunky. I’m tempted to go with an AJAX option instead. Anyway, still working on it.

More soon! -Jonathan

UPDATE: After playing with this for a week, I finally just disabled everything else and it seems to be working. Now, I’ll just slowly re-add all the other plugins until it works. But, hey, gallery is up! Finally!

Updates Galore

So, I haven’t been on the site for a long time. I’ve been working and I’m slowly, finally, adding new content to the site. With this year’s Phoenix Comicon, I also got a ton of new ideas.

I did some finishing work for Strange Blood in May, then some miscellaneous work on various projects throughout May and now into June. Now we are into the slow season with little going on. So, it’s time I boned up on my additionals. I’m refining my stock selections and prepping for new material.

Below is one of my most recent videos. More of the good ol’ stuff and more of the new stuff coming soon.