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Movie Title Breakup

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Found this video on Movies.com in their Movies News section. The video was made by a Brooklyn, New York based Internet  comedy troupe POYKPAC Comedy. You can find them on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/POYKPAC. Writer-Director-Editor Ryan Hunter.

I think this was very well done. Its evident Ryan Hunter took his time choosing every line carefully. Some of these movies are before my time and I had never heard of them (I do watch old movies, love them, even the old bad effects). I liked the video so much I had to share. I will say this though, while I like the added movie posters for each movie title used, I find it very distracting in the middle of the screen. That’s really the only thing I can find wrong with this video 🙂

So what do you guys think ?

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Art of the Week : Musicals Month : Moulin Rouge

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I know it has been a long time seance I did an Artist of the week post, now that I can do them again I have decided to branch out. Now instead of the posts being called ‘Artist of thew Week’ it will be ‘Art of the Week’, giving me a chance to share more forms of art I enjoy, including things like musicals that have multiple people who work on them. The only shame is this moth will be short seance I ran out of time to post last Friday while I was getting ready for camping.

At first I was going to do this month on classical music, and I will do it another month, but this month changed all on its own, it said “no I want to be different for the first month back”. Here we are, I am doing it differently.

This weeks focus is on one of my favorite musicals, Moulin Rouge. Why musicals this month, well its simple, I love musicals and grew up watching them. From costumes to music the creativity level is through the roof when it comes to the best musicals.

Moulin Rouge

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The Plot

The film opens in the year 1900, as a struggling writer named Christian sits at his desk and begins to write on his typewriter. One year before he moved to the Montmartre district of Paris, despite his father he was determined to become a writer among members of the area’s Bohemian movement. By chance he encounters performers from the Moulin Rouge led by Henri de Toulouse-Lautred (Played by John Leguizamo), Christian’s writing skills allow them to finish their proposed show “Spectacular Spectacular” that they wish to sell to Harold Zidler (Played by Jim Broadbent),owner of the Moulin Rouge. The group takes Christian to the Moulin Rouge, they arrive just as Zidler and his “Diamond Dog Dancers” perform for their audience. Toulouse-Lautrec arranges for Christain to meet with Satine, the star Courtesan,
in her private quarters to present his work. Unaware to all Zidler is promising Satine to the wealthy Duke of Monroth, a potential investor in the cabaret. Early in the film, toward the end of Satine’s first performance in the film, it is made evident she suffers from tuberculosis.

Satine mistakes Christian for the Duke she is to seduce, she dances with him before retiring to her private chamber so that they mite discuss things ‘privately’ with him. Soon she learns that he is simply a writer, by that time he has already fallen head over heals in love with her. The Duke interrupts them, finding them in a somewhat compromising position: Christian and Satine think quickly and claim they were simply practicing the lines for the Moulin Rouge’s new show (Spectacular Spectacular). With the help of the surprised Zidler, Toulouse-Lautrec and the rest of the troop they pitch the show to the Duke with an improvised plot about an evil maharajah attempting to woo an Indian courtesan who is in love with a poor sitar player. The Duke agrees to back the show on one condition, he and he only is allowed to see Satine. Meanwhile, Satine contemplates on Christian and her own longing to leave the Moulin Rouge to become a real actress. Later Christian goes back to Satine and attempts to convince her that she is in love with him. As the cabaret is converted into a theater the two continue seeing each other under the pretense of rehearsing Satine’s lines.The Duke becomes jealous and warns Zidler that
he may stop funding the show; Zidler then arranges for Satine to dine with the Duke that very evening, but during practice she falls ill. That night Zidler makes excuses to the Duke, he claims Satine has gone to confession so that she may be pure for the Duke. Zidler learns that Satine’s tuberculosis had worsened, and that she dose not have long to live.Satine tries to convince Christian that their relationship endangers the show and her chances of becoming a true actress, but he counters by writing a new song into the performance, a secret love song to affirm their love.

As the Duke watches Christain rehearses with Satine, a rather jealous performer, Nini (played by Caroline O’Connor), so ‘nicely’ points out that the play is in fact a metaphor for the Duke, Christian and Satine. The enraged Duke demands that the play’s ending be changed so that the courtesan ends up with the maharajah and not the sitar player; Satine offers to spend the night with the Duke so they can keep the original ending. As Satine stands at the window in the Duke’s quarters she sees Christian on the street below, and she realizes she can’t go through with it. The Duke attempts to rap her, but she is saved by Le Chocolate (Played by Deobia Oparei), one of the cabaret’s dancers, and reunited with Christian, who urges her to run away with him. The Duke goes to Zidler and tells him he will have Christian killed if Satine is not his alone. Zidler gives Satine the Dukes warning, but she refuses to return, Zidler then finally informs her that she is dying. Fearing for Christian’s life Satine tells Christian they can no longer see each other as she will be staying with the Duke. Christian tries to follow her into the Moulin Rouge, but is denied entry, he then falls into a deep depression, even though Toulouse-Lautrec insists Satine dose love him.

The night of the show Christian sneaks into the Moulin Rouge, ready to pay Satine to return his love just as the Duke had paid for her. He catches Satine before she steps onto the stage, he demands she tells him that she dose not love him. Suddenly they find themselves in the spotlight; improvising Zidler convinces the audience that Christian is in fact the sitar player in disguise. Angrily Christian denounces Satine and storms off stage. Toulouse-Lautrec cries out from the rafters “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return”, spurring Satine to sing the secret love song Christian wrote to express their love. He returns to the stage to join her in their song. The Duke’s bodyguard tries to kill Christian, but is stopped by Toulouse-Lautrec and La Petite Princess (a dancer in the Moulin Rouge played by Kiruna Stamell), while the Duke’s own attempt on Christians life is thwarted by Zidler.Realizing he has lost the Duke storms out of the Cabaret as Christian and Satine complete their song.

However after the curtain closes Satine finally succumbs to Tuberculosis. She and Christian have their final moment together, affirming their love before she dies. A year later the Moulin Rouge stands empty, and Christian is writing the tale of his love for Satine, a “love that will live forever”.

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My thoughts

Moulin Rouge is an epic love story that doesn’t end in the typical happily ever after fashion of most love stories out there. Instead it ends with one of the main characters (Satine played by Nicole Kidman) dying. I think I love this ending because life its self is real, its not full of happy ever after endings, we get hurt, we love, we learn, we live, we die. To me this ending is more true to life, yes Christian (played by Ewan McGregor) looses the love of his life, but his journey and what he learns about himself along the way is profound, because of this grate loss he becomes the writer he set out to be, thanks to the knowledge he gained of true love, profound loss, and conflict. He is forever changed by that short time in his life, as we can be changed by one small moment, by one person, by a new experience.

I love the music in the movie because its a mix of classical, big band, rock, pop, and latin (excuse me if I missed any). Just in case you haven’t seen the movie here are two of my favorite songs 🙂

My artist of the day 1/24/12 : Kirsten Lenpore (Sweet Dreams)

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My artist of the day 1/24/12 : Kirsten Lenpore (Sweet Dreams)
I have always loved stop motion animation. You can fallow the link to the original blog and watch the video.

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The previous post was a sand creature passing on messages in a bottle to snow creature. This is another interesting stop motion animation called Sweet Dreams by Kirsten Lepore again (yes, we like him) where a cup cake travels to vegetable land, builds houses, becomes a muffin, meets a sweet squash potato, becomes a nudist and travels back to his desert land.

9 mins, 57 s, animation, 2008

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My artist of the day 1/19/12

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Today my artist of the day is not from wordpress. But I did stumble upone a video someone else posted, by this band. I chose to do this video for today. This guy dose the song better then Michael Jackson. The song is “Will you be there” covered by Boyce Avenue. check out some of there othere music. I found a new band I love!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7Ilpnhr0kM&feature=player_profilepage

Incredible street artist video

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This is a must watch. He dose most of the work with his fingers, on small squares of glass.

What do you want?

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You may think from the title that I am asking: What do you want out of life? What do you want out of your career? What do you want out of your relationships?

This is not  the case. Don’t get me wrong, those are fantastic questions. But not the question of the day. So what is? you may be asking your self right about now. As my readers, as artist of all mediums what is it you would like to see more of on my blog? Now yes I will admit I got the Idea for this post from another blogger. But it is a darn good idea! Hence the post you see before you today.

So what would you like to see more of on my blog. More tips and tools for artist? showcase of other artist more? There are so many artist around I could do one a day and an extra post along side that. More of my own work? though those post don’t get as much attention. What is it you would like to see more of? As my readers, as artist. I await your feed back with great anticipation!

Don’t under price your self

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While looking up how to price my paintings I stumbled upon this article. So to all my fellow artist, no mater what kind of art you make, never underestimate or under sell your self!

 

Do you know what your art is worth? Do you guess, when it comes to naming a price for your art? Or do you just let the galleries decide? I hope the answer is “yes” to the first, and “no” to the second and third. There are a lot of factors that I consider when pricing one of my paintings. Before anything else, I add up the money I’ve spent on materials; including paints, brushes, canvas, studio space, transportation costs, etc. This amount MUST be accounted for somewhere, because just like any business, the materials are an investment and detract from my total profit. On average, the materials and expenses for one of my paintings are between $50 and $100. I add to that an hourly price for total amount of time I worked on the painting, whether in front of the easel or planning and sketching. Since I prefer to do series of paintings, I’ll spend anywhere from 20 to 50 hours planning the entire series, and then divide that number by the total paintings in the series. All my hours together can add up to quite a few just for a single painting, and I DO get to set my own hourly wage, which is a great perk. After expenses and “labor” are added together, I still have to look at how much my previous work has sold for; and it’s also not a bad idea to see what other painters are pricing their work at too. While you’re thinking about it, why not consider how much you need to make to live on. Is painting a hobby, a part time job, or a full time job for you? Figuring out an hourly wage and counting in costs can give you a good base to start from, but still, the choice is ultimately in your hands. Unfortunately I think too often artists under-price their work. Sometimes it’s because they’re inexperienced and figure their stuff can’t be worth as much as more established artists, or that they’re just unsure if it will sell, and hope that lowering the price will do the trick. Other times, of course, they’re way to HIGH and need to take a good look at what the market is for similar art. My opinion is that you should price it fairly, at what you think its value is. At least cover your costs, and get something for your time and skill. If the market doesn’t meet that price, then I’d just wait it out. That is, if you have another means of income. Personally, I believe it’s better to not sell, and to know the value of your work, then to sell out too low, and cheapen your art. The only time I would consider selling my art below the cost of materials and time is to have more work out there faster, all at once. The purpose of that, however, would be to cause increased publicity and demand for your art, so you could then raise your prices to match. If you’d like more resources on pricing and selling art, you might try Artists & Graphic Designers Market 2007, or if your work is more illustrative, Graphic Artists Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines. Caroll Michels’ book, How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist, is also a good reference for artists and covers some pricing issues as well.