Monday, January 21, 2013

Worth a Look

Here are some articles from last week's greenpage that might be worth your time:

The Staging of Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’ THE estate of Ralph Ellison had never allowed his classic 1952 novel “Invisible Man” to be adapted for another medium, until Oren Jacoby came along. And even after Mr. Jacoby turned the 439-page book into a play — with not a word of new dialogue, as part of the agreement — many theaters passed on staging it, calling it unwieldy or wrong for their audiences.

Why most “work made for hire” agreements in theatre don’t work.

Law Offices of Gordon P. Firemark - Top Los Angeles Theatre & Film Entertainment Lawyer: Writers and Producers familiar with the way things are done in Hollywood have surely seen the ubiquitous term “Work Made For Hire” in their contracts. It's often a surprise, however, when they learn that in the theatre, Work Made For Hire is the rare exception, rather than the rule.

Les Mis Film Used DPA 4071 Lavalier Mics to Capture Audio

Stage Directions: The film version of the musical Les Misérables was one of the most exciting musicals in decades both because it’s such a well-loved musical with an all-star cast—and also because of the radical new way the film was recorded. Rather than filming actors merely lip-syncing to tracks they had recorded in the studio, the production recorded vocals live on set, with live piano accompaniment playing to them via in-ear monitors. To capture the raw emotion of this live performance the director, Tom Hooper, wanted to film with multiple cameras from multiple angles, which precluded the use of boom mics. In order to make that happen, and still capture quality audio, production sound mixer Simon Hayes used 50 DPA 4071 lavalier microphones. More details about his choice—and why he was so enthused about the sound.

Opera About Walt Disney Refused Permission To Use Disney Images

Techdirt: Techdirt has noted before the hypocrisy of Disney in refusing to allow others to draw on its creativity in the same way that it has drawn on the art and ideas of the past. Here's another example, but this time it's an opera that's had difficulties

A Way Without Words: Mummenschanz Mimes Celebrate 40

NPR: Mummenschanz isn't your white-faced, Marcel Marceau mime. The bizarre masks, costumes and choreography cloak the human form to tell stories that convey messages about our lives.

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