Stealing From The Rich, Giving To The Poor
2020-07-27, 10:39 p.m.
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The painters are now painting the patio area. Very weird to hear guys chatting away out there. It's like both creepy stalker and "so close, and yet so far." At least they stopped blaring the music during the time I had to train people. They left the paper up overnight, so I guess Sneezy McCoughsalot is locked in! Muahahahah!
Today's morning meeting:
Other than that, it was a quiet day, thank gawd. I will probably be in trouble tomorrow for not doing THE EMAILS, but my primary job is having Busy Day today and I NEED to be doing that, y'all.
There is some kind of similar-office online conference on Wednesday that we are all being forced to go to, but only for one session apiece due to workload. I would have been more excited about this except that my office enemy is going. Now I can't even speak in the thing. Not that I was likely to speak up, mind you, but it's not an option now. And they have restrictions on who's speaking anyway, so fuck it. I strongly suspect that the one I signed up for is going to turn into a gripe session regarding international clientele and the joys of mail, which is why I was into it. But...who knows.
They also sent out a list of all the participants and most people are using very full titles and writing out exactly what they do. I just write "assistant" and the bare minimum whenever anyone asks. I started doing this because whenever they make 20something people in a room introduce themselves and what they do, it takes forever, you forget all of that crap, and who cares. But written out it looked pretty...oh, whatever. New employee was all "I'm filling this out on my second day!"
Today's Comic-Con: (Disclaimer: sometimes I had time to take notes, sometimes I did not.)
Videos I watched but can't think of a darned thing to say about them:
* "Crazy" Talk: Mental Health, Pop Culture, and the Pandemic, Entertainment is Female: a Conversation with Hollywood Executives.
Zombies and Coronavirus: Planning For The Next Big Outbreak: What blew me away in this one was Max Brooks, calling the current pandemic a "generational plague" and saying that if this had happened 40 years ago when we had people in charge who remembered polio and plagues from before....we don't have that gut fear about it. "Hear that sound? That is the sound of failure." If you can't make the average American understand it, everyone's failed, and that's the problem. He talked about how the arts/Walt Disney were involved in WW2, because how do you make America understand why we fight? "It's all hands on deck in the mask communication department." "Even when we were all kids, we had Schoolhouse Rock." "If we don't bridge the gap, nothing you do will save us." Wow.
How to Create Your Own Novel: Hosted by adorable twins! Being all twinny! I love it! Also, look, two human beings on the same camera! That's two of them at Comic-Con! I am crushing on them both.
They talked about ADD--"Squirrel!" Brianna but not Brittany has ADD? "The world is becoming sci-fi! Or at least it seems that way." -the twins. "Remember when there were iPods?" "We're punk kids." Anyway, they had some learning disability issues growing up and "we were convinced that we were the most stupid twins in the history of humanity." They didn't realize why people didn't see them as a sophisticated author at the age of 12. "Social media is one big Comic-Con."
Cosplay - The Spice of Life!!! It pays off to find all this change in your couch cushions! Okay, seriously, it talks about cheap vs. good and how to make costumes without sewing by finding things, learning skills, trading with people, etc.
Robin Hood rehearsal: Now we have to film it by the end of mid-August, sigh. New schedule is out for that. I got a loooooot of detailed emails about technical crap and costumes that are boggling my brain.
Tom and and Ann quit out of nowhere today--what's with that?--but replacements have already been dubbed in. Morgan who worked on sets for Coney Island is in for Tom and Brunette Sarah will be the other extra lady with me. She should definitely be more lively. I don't like to critique someone I don't even know very well, but Ann was...very still? So that should be fine.
Brunette Sarah found some kinds of settings to change Zoom that involves turning off any noise-blocking anything so that your music will play without static or whatever. However, I'm not sure how that's going to go if say, a neighbor gets noisy.
Basically tonight's debates were over sound and copyright, as Linda now wants to throw some random Robin Hood video in and Jason and I were all "you are gonna get busted for that," which led to "can we just avoid YouTube and do whatever we want and keep it private?" Uh....I think it would be limiting us and our fun/silly original production to have to add that as a concern, personally, but not my decision. Sigh. I also suggested using public domain drawings of poor starving Normans since we don't exactly have the cast to act that out. Who knows there.
"There he is in his easy chair, I love it." -Linda on Jason
(After a lot of debate over whether or not there is a hissing noise at someone's house, Bridget's phone rings) " Well, we know what that was." -me
"I'm not important in this." -Cameron as she's having sound issues.
"Are you talking?" "Apparently not." -Bridget and Cameron after she reboots.
"We'll do a high five!" -Elizabeth on the kiss scene.
"Hat envy." -Cameron on Morgan's actual RH hat with big feather.
"Once more with feeling!" -Cameron getting guys to yell.
"Clearly we're not going to be able to set these cubes in order....that's okay...." -Linda
"Magic sword!" -Cameron as Friar Tuck's sword disappears.
"Just think, last summer they were sisters, this year they're in love." -me on Cameron and Elizabeth now playing a couple.
"I think I'm going to be projecting forest on to my shirt and hat and things." -Cameron on if she gets a green screen.
"It's funny, I keep hearing all this background noise and I can't see anybody." -Linda
Trying to argue to not use copyrighted things: "We don't have to worry about stealing from the rich and giving to the poor...of theater...." -me
I got an email from Morgan afterwards wanting to talk about getting flirty when we can't get next to each other on Zoom. It's a good thing the script spells out who goes for who, I guess. Then I spent like an hour writing back to Linda about costumes and green screen.