Archive for June, 2008

George Carlin dead at 71.

June 23, 2008

Yesterday one of the few remaining idols I had from childhood died. They all die, guess that’s what being 30 is, you watch your childhood fade out and struggle to hold on to it.

You look back as much as you look forward, and try as hard as possible not to pay attention to the now, and the fact that where you’ve wanted to be and where you’re going seem unnatainable.

We have these idols, but why? I’ve never really been one to obbess about idols. I have a select few people that I’ve admired and looked up to, and I wander if there’s some fault in my not examining my life and comparing it to theirs (ala Homer Simpson VS Thomas Edison). Would that obbsessive push have made me succede better, faster, farther? I’ll never know. I can’t just magically have been another person.

So George Carlin has died at 71 (just over twice my age), of heart failure. He made a lot of people laugh and think, and shit he was even on the Simpsons. That’s pretty sweet. I always kind of thought one day I’d get to meet him, maybe work together, or just grab a cup of coffee. But now like so many other idols, he’s gone and I won’t get that chance.

Steve Martin, you’re my last hope.

Tommy Can You See Me?

June 19, 2008

https://samproof.wordpress.com/category/los-angeles/

Tonight for the first time ever something pretty unique happened.

For starts I was spotted (sited as Raz) Twice, secondly I was recognized from youtube.

It all started as I was waiting in line at UCB for a show, standing with some members from my former 201 class. These two skinny guys start to approach. You can always tell the people that are going to call you out. Or at least I seem to always have that half second knowledge before it happens. The one guy starts to say “hey, do I recognize you as…” and I’m pretty much already like “yep”.

Nice guys, both named David and I think the girl was Lauren I feel bad for not remembering %100. But I end up taking pictures with all of them. One day I hope I run across some of these various fan pics of me.

Anyway I shake hands with the Davids, I always ask people their names and introduce myself “Sam” and the one guy says “Oh I know, I’ve seen your Youtube videos” and I was shocked. That’s never happened before.

Then after the show as I’m walking home this car sitting at a light seems to be giving me glances. I catch them out of my perfiferal thinking maybe it’s the original group. But it’s 3 other people. When the light turns green they bolt off, the passanger yells “RAZ!” and I crack a big smile, give a little wave and the Driver goes “YA!” and they drive off in to the distance.

It’s funny cause I was have what I consider a pretty annoying night/day prior to that, but that made me laugh.

Influential Songs from my Life

June 17, 2008

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More Shooting!

June 16, 2008

Well last weekend was a lot of fun, stressful as all heck but a lot of fun. So I’m doing it again! Well more or less, I’m crewing up with a different team and I’m going to set off to do a few really quick shorts (30 seconds to 2 minutes).

Actually I’m hoping to start a new momentum with my group to keep us shootin and pumping out shorts every other week. One Week we’ll gather and write and the next week we’ll shoot.

So right now I have two super shorts (and I’m waiting on some others to come in from another writer) and my goal is to shoot Saturday.

In general the plan is to shoot weekends, and only occasionally during the week (most likely Friday evenings/nights)

Actors: link me to your most recent pictures, and let me know what your availability is like.

Writers: Writers can be based anywhere, during the week I’ll post a list of a few details we have; such as actors slated to work and a location if possible. Send me your 1 or 2 page sketches and if we can do it, we’ll shoot it!

Crew: If you want to help, please let me know when you’re available and what jobs you’re looking to do. and it doesn’t stop with just on set production, if you’ve got some post specialty, FXs, motion graphics, editing skills let me know.

any experience levels, this is about having fun and getting things done.

All videos will be featured on my youtube channel, so at least a couple thousand people will see if for sure (if not more)

This Weeks Projects:

Right now this is what we have

Location :

Woods – yup that’s it just some general wooded areas, we’ll be shooting outside. Go crazy.

Actors (we have):

Sam Proof, Brian F, Ryan M
(if you saw my video ‘The Wild Thing‘ it’s the three main characters)

Amy V. (A skinny short haired red head)

Actors (we’re casting):

Female Parts:

Tall Girl – Muscular a big plus, goth/sci-fi wardrobe, 6’2″+ Menacing – Role is for a fake trailer I want to do for a sci fi concept. (any ethnicity)

Fairy – 5′ or UNDER, ultra tiny, skinny girl. Fair Skinned a plus, but open to any ethnicity. Tank Girl/goth/sci-fi clothes.

HillBilly Girl – Average Size girl (5’6″ give or take) with own costume along the lines of Daisy Duke/Mary Anne (Gilligan’s Island) for part with some lines.

Male Parts:

Sci Fi Soldiers – Honestly I’m asking for a lot here, but on the odd chance you have some kind of cyborg, robot costume that’s menacing I can use you (most likely send me a pic)

Monster – I need someone with a monster suit, cannot be a copyrighted character.

Send all submissions to SamProof@gmail.com

6/14/08 Recap – Cowboys, Mexican Doctors, No Sleep and more

June 15, 2008

This all really starts Friday. I’d ended up going in to work late, like 3pm late. I took a half day so I could take one final improv class with my 201 group. I hadn’t been in class with them since the previous Friday, and though I’d mad up two classes (letting my continue to 301) I wanted to do one more class with them before our graduation performance.

Friday at 6pm I get a text from Jake telling me he’s heading over to the 48 film fest to get our mission. When next I hear from him, I find out our genre is Musical or Western. We’re both dead set on doing a western, thank god.

After work I head over to his place and from about 9pm to 1am people spit ball some ideas and I write a 5 page script called ‘No Country Fried Steak Men’ for lack of a better title (at this point I’d just call it ‘No Country for Men’) but I don’t know if the guys have already done the title screen, so whatever.

Saturday at 8:30am Jake, Sean and myself meet for coffee and to figure out a shooting schedule, a shooting schedule that has me leaving our location at 4pm so I can go do my improv show.

Shooting starts way after schedule, as we’re still in Hollywood running around getting things at 10am and not 40 minutes away in the forest we’re shooting in, and when we do get there we’re waiting for the camera to show up. Once we start shooting things seem to take shape and go pretty fast. I’m the villain, the beautiful curves in the picture are Kelsy the hero.

So by 4pm I’m still on location and we’re pushing things to get a few last shots of me, and Schleppy who’s my ride back to my show. I end up cutting my own death scene, telling them to just cut to black and make a gun shot.

So we ride back to LA and actually make record time, enough to run back to my place. I get changed and we go wait at the theater. My class shows up and we do a practice session and then start the show at 6. (thanks to Schleppy there’s actually footage I’ll cut up and put on Youtube later).

If I remember correctly our audience suggestion was ‘Flip Flop’ we then do a word association pattern game
to find more words, themes and ideas to then build scenes off of. At some point in the game some one says bad doctors and mexico, something like that. So I build a scene with my partner in which I give him a compliment and then tell him some really bad news. I could probably talk alot about improv on a clinical level but I doubt it’s that interesting. I’ll get the video up, that’ll be more fun

Anyway it’s been a long ass day, even though it’s the day after I’m still tired and still not done.

Today I’m heading over to the ADR guy to do some voice over work for the film. Hopefully I’ll be able to put this up on youtube after the film fest is over.

How to Send a Private Message in Plurk!

June 12, 2008

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Live On Stage @ UCB (again)

June 12, 2008

Welp it seems like just two weeks ago I was having a graduation show at UCB, and in fact it was. I went on to a 201 Intensive class 4 classes a week, 2 weeks so…

It’s time for another Gradation Show:

5919 Franklin Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028

(323) 908-8702

$5 Saturday Jun 14 6:30 pm Improv 201 Intensive

http://losangeles.ucbtheatre.com

The show will last an hour, and I’ll be in one of two groups for 20 to 25 minutes, we’ll take a suggestion from the audience and then do a word association type game and create scenes on the fly off of that.

So it maybe amazing or failtacular. Either way you get to point and laugh, so it’s win win for you. Right?

June 10, 2008

Casting Tube Logo Animation #1

Have an idea for a collab video? Want more people to see it? Send me your video casting call.

http://www.youtube.com/user/castingtube

Sub it – Use it – Collab!

Buttsex Smiley

June 9, 2008

I can’t explain how much this makes me LOL

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it makes plurk a million times better than Twitter anyday.

And FYI why aren’t you on my plurk?

View Bug Favorite

June 9, 2008

Here I am tooting my own horn again. But yay! I was selected as the viewbug favorite today (along with MissSarahB). Viewbug is a cool little video/photo/audio hosting site that runs little contests all the time and pays out so check it out and remember to add me to your favorites http://viewbug.com/user/samproof. You can see the original video Here

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