Monday, November 28, 2011

Romeo and Juliet

I went to see an actual play at an actual theatre this past Thursday. I know, right?

I've always been a fan of the play Romeo and Juliet and know the story very well. I've read this Shakespeare play three times on my own accord (nerd alert). Needless to say I was pretty excited when a school assignment lead me straight into Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre's doors to watch the classic tragedy of the two star-crossed lovers.

I was totally impressed with Gareth Potter who played Romeo's friend, Mercutio. He was so obscene and provacative that he had the audience out-right laughing. It's refreshing to know that what some may stereotype as a dry art can actually make you laugh in your seat.

The show runs until December 17. Those of you who are interested in going to see Rom & Jul can check out the website for it and find out how you can get tickets. There are also some really interesting shows coming up and I recommend you check them out!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Winnipeg Jets win!

This one’s for you, hockey lovers…

I went to the Jets game on Saturday! Woo!

The Jets outskated and outscored the Philadelphia Flyers when they whooped them 6-4! It was a very exciting game and was the first Jets game I’ve ever been to.

Normally I cheer for the Flyers, but the Jets are our home team so I had to switch my allegiance and cheer for them. No questions asked!

It was super exciting to be part of the crowd cheering every time the Jets scored. The best part was being a part of everyone literally jumping out of their seats when the final buzzer rang and we had won. The energy in the stands was insane.

Here are some pictures from the game!

Go Jets Go!  

First face off

The game begins!

 Jets win!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rolling, Background, Action!

This past Wednesday was my first ever experience being on a movie set. Granted, I was just an extra in a scene of 40 others but it was still super cool!

The director, Sean Garrity, came to my class two weeks prior to tell us about his life as a director. I was so intrigued by the presentation that when he asked if any of us would like to sign up as an extra for his film, I immediately took the opportunity to write my name down.

I was able to see some camera work in action which was what I was most interested in. It amazed me how many takes were needed to get the shot just right.

I brought my best friend along for the fun. We laughed the ENTIRE night and had such a good time despite being a little tired.

As extras, we were part of an exterior street party scene. The dress code was “bright, biker, and sexy.” With our coloured tights and leather boots and jackets, I’d say we looked pretty much in character.

We had to dance on a sidewalk in Osborne and the weather got a little chilly, but when you’re dancing for about 6 hours (to no music), you manage to stay warm.

The movie is titled “My Awkward Sexual Adenture”. Julijette Inc. gives the sypnosis of the film:

To win back his unsatisfied ex-girlfriend, conservative accountant Jordan Abrams enlists the help of Julia – an uninhibited exotic dancer – to guide him on his quest for sexual experience, leading him into a world of strip clubs, sensual massage parlors, cross-dressing and S & M.

Learn more about Director Sean Garrity and Producer/Actor Jonas Chernick!

Here’s a picture of two men we met from the set. They were really friendly and featured a lot in the scene. I’m pretty sure they’d win best costume if there was an award to give. Cheers!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Everyone Has a Story

Before taking my journalism class, I thought what I was reading in the newspaper was "articles." Nothing more. But they're not just that. They're stories.

The stories that I write for journalism class should not be misunderstood: they are not fictional, they are based on fact. The meaning-making is what makes them stories.

When you're preparing to write a story, the interviewing process can be challenging, especially if the person you're interviewing isn't much of a talker. This has happened to me on more that one occasion.

The important thing to remember though? Everyone has a story. Sometimes it just takes a while to find it.

Steve Hartman has been a CBS news correspondent since 1998. He proves the notion that "everyone has a story". Hartman has an interesting process of finding an interviewee: he tosses a dart at a map of the United States and then finds a person to interview by randomly choosing a name from a phone book.

Here's a link for an example of one such story:

Hartman tears down the wall of silence between reporter and interviewee and shows how "even a quiet man can speak for a nation."