Tuesday, January 31, 2012

MAY VIOLETS SPRING Reading Last Night

Last evenings’ informal reading of MAY VIOLETS SPRING was pretty well attended, even for something so laid back and relaxed. People seemed to enjoy it and I know that the script will continue to grow as Jim Parenti delves deeper into the writing/adapting process over the next couple of months.

Hope to be involved with this work in future readings/productions.

Monday, January 30, 2012

GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL Update

I’ve traded a few emails with director Dan Kowalski about scheduling a cast reading of GREG’S GUARDIAN ANGEL for February. As far as the shooting schedule, it looks like my two scenes (both brief) as Greg’s boss will likely be shot sometime in May.

A website for the short is in the early stages of construction.

Website Has A New Look

I felt that www.timothyjcox.com needed a new look, so yesterday, I spent some time re-working it.

It’s still a work in progress.

SAG / AFTRA Merger

There has been a lot of discussion about this over the last year or so. Will it happen or not? I’ve been skeptical, although I find the letter below from SAG President, Ken Howard and AFTRA President, Roberta Reardon, very encouraging.

To Our Fellow AFTRA and SAG Members:

This weekend, the SAG and AFTRA National Boards took a decisive step to strengthen our future by overwhelmingly endorsing a plan to merge the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild. If members approve the merger, the new union will be called SAG-AFTRA.

The vote of the unions’ National Boards came after more than a year of focused effort to hear from members about their needs for stronger union representation and to develop a merger plan to meet those needs. With the enthusiastic approval of our boards, the decision now rests in the hands of AFTRA and SAG members.

Merger referendum ballots are scheduled to be mailed on or about February 27 – but all members of both unions will have access to the complete merger documents within the next couple of days on the SAG and AFTRA websites. Full printed merger documents will also be mailed to each voter with the referendum ballot, which will be due for return on March 30. This will give each member ample time to make a thoughtful and well-informed decision.

We’re also excited to announce that on Friday, February 3, we will launch a new joint website to provide members all the information they’ll want to consider before casting their votes. The website will include complete merger details, FAQs, and a comprehensive calendar of events to alert members nationwide to informational meetings and other opportunities for learning about the plan. Watch your email later this week for details of the website launch.

After more than a year of intensive work, we are extremely proud to bring you this historic opportunity. We also want to acknowledge the ceaseless dedication of the AFTRA and SAG members and staff who came together as the Group for One Union (G1) to produce this remarkable plan. We look forward to sharing all the details and answering any questions you may have. Finally, we are confident that SAG and AFTRA members will embrace this singular chance to harness the true power of unity, and that SAG-AFTRA will protect members and shape the entertainment and media industries for decades to come.

In unity,

Roberta Reardon, President
AFTRA

Ken Howard, President
Screen Actors Guild

MAY VIOLETS SPRING Tonight

Tonight is the informal reading of James Parenti’s MAY VIOLETS SPRING, his fresh new look at William Shakespeare’s HAMLET.

As previously mentioned, the reading will take place in the apartment of director Katherine M. Carter. I’m delighted that my wonderful girlfriend, Jamie Barlow, will be in attendance for the reading.

THE GOOD MAN Re-Shoot Postponed Yesterday

Due to the illness of actor Darrin Biss, we were unable to move forward with the re-shoot of THE GOOD MAN yesterday. Disappointing, yes, but what can you do.

Writer / director Mike Sgroi hopes to re-schedule the re-shoot date very soon.

Stay tuned.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Collectivitus Project SPACE CATS

Back in September, I had mentioned that writer / director Tyrus Holden has pitched a fun idea called SPACE CATS to me. I am happy to announce that the project is currently in the writing stages.

When more details emerge, I shall share.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Oscar Nominated Actor James Cromwell on THE ARTIST

I wanted to share this...because hopefully it will encourage you to see the now 11 time Oscar nominee THE ARTIST (it is THAT good).

Also, Mr. Cromwell says a lot about acting and what makes good acting in his comments.

Enjoy!

Why the Quietest Movie of My Career Is Making the Most Noise
By: James Cromwell, Actor


I was first attracted to being in the silent movie The Artist for the most unexpected reasons. Firstly, I love ideas that don't usually get traction in Hollywood and this was certainly an idea that seemed like a risk. I also knew from the start that this was not just an homage to a bygone era, it was going to be a story that would be as contemporary today as it was back in the early days of the "talkies." In and around the beautiful love story was a nugget of an idea that appealed to me as an actor -- the idea of the world moving on without you and the knowledge that we actors are all too aware of -- that we are replaceable.

Looking back now, I was probably the most likely among my 67 fellow ensemble actors to find myself in this black-and-white silent film. And why? My mother, actress Kay Johnson, was in Cecil B. DeMille's first two films with sound. My father, John Cromwell, was an established Broadway director and actor. He had made his motion picture debut in The Dummy, in 1929, one of the early talkies. During the transition from silent movies to talking pictures, it was realized that theater directors really knew how to work with speaking actors, so many made the move West. As a result my father was brought out from New York to Hollywood, and so began the next stage of his career as a director. In a sense this movie is my homage to my parents' story.

The Artist is about the metaphor of silence and the result is that which the audience imagines. With a silent film, what goes on in the theater is the audience creating the story, taking their cues from what's in the frame onscreen, from the power of the musical score and from everything they bring into that movie palace themselves.

The Artist, of course, is a love letter to Hollywood. The film evokes with great power the enchantment that is at the core of all film. The Artist shows that the power of film is not diminished by a presentation that is outside the normal, modern human experience. This is a black-and-white world and one where human speech is missing and yet it captures us and allows full play to the gamut of our emotions.

Like the creation of those early silent films, the film-making process on the set of The Artist was far from silent. We actors had dialogue, the set was filled with music and the brilliant director Michel Hazanavicius could be heard sharing his vision during the entire 39 day shoot in Los Angeles. It could have been any set in Hollywood, only on this set, those sounds were not recorded. One might ask, besides the lack of sound, what else is different about acting in a silent film. For one, an actor has to adjust to the faster film speed by sustaining the expression a fraction longer so the audience can adjust their perceptions. Gesture replaces inflection, yet the performance still somehow reads completely natural.

Ultimately, acting on any film set is telling the truth while pretending it's fiction, it's often very difficult to do with words anyway because they so rarely mean what we use them to say.

James Cromwell is an American film and television actor best known for his Oscar-nominated role in BABE, LA CONFIDENTIAL, THE GREEN MILE and the series, SIX FEET UNDER. He plays Clifton, the beloved chauffeur in THE ARTIST, directed by Michel Haznavicius.

The Process of MAY VIOLETS SPRING

With the informal reading of MAY VIOLETS SPRING set to take place this coming Monday in the apartment of director Katherine Carter, I must take a moment to discuss the joy I have had during this workshop process.

Sitting around with talented actors, reading a script, discussing it, breaking it down in every possible way…with everyone bringing their best to the table…it’s been such a pleasure. This kind of thing energizes you as an actor…energizes me at least…makes me want to get back out there on the stage. Processes like this one keep me hungry and yearning for more. This is why I do what I do.

The cast will be meeting an hour before the reading on Monday to go through and discuss any final changes with the script.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Return To LINDA LETHORN AND THE MUSIC BOX

Writer / director Meg Skaff of LINDA LETHORN AND THE MUSIC BOX has asked me to come back to shoot another scene, a brief one, with my character Purple Green on Saturday, February 4th, which I agreed to immediately.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

MAY VIOLETS SPRING Returns Tomorrow

Back with MAY VIOLETS SPRING tomorrow night.

Monday, January 23, 2012

THE GOOD MAN Re-Shoot This Sunday

THE GOOD MAN Re-Shoot is all set for this Sunday back at the home of actor Darrin Biss.

MAY VIOLETS SPRING

Last Fridays’ rehearsal consisted of another read through of a revised script (lots of cuts) with the entire cast. To me, the play moves at a swifter pace now and continues to be an interesting experiment, but Jim Parenti feels that the script has a long way to go.

With that said, he and Katie Carter have decided not to have a public reading of the script on February 6th and will instead have an informal reading at Katie’s apartment on Monday, January 30th.

I think the script has a lot of potential and I think Jim and Katie have made the right decision. Now, they can take the time they need to work on it without the pressure of play festival deadlines.

Back on Wednesday.

Friday, January 20, 2012

MAY VIOLETS SPRING Returns Tonight

It’ll be nice to jump back into MAY VIOLETS SPRING tonight.

I hope to have more details on the February 6th reading after tonight.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

CHANGE OF PLANS Update – None In Months

CHANGE OF PLANS is a film I completed principal photography on in the middle of this past June.

It was a good shoot…very smooth, with director James Woll running an organized set. The role I played was an interesting one…kind of a villain, which was fun to play.

After a number of emails to James though, which have received little to no response in the past couple of months, I’ve decided to write off the completed film and the filmmakers, as I have not received an update from James since October and can only assume that the film will never be completed.

Oh well...It’s not the first time I’ve worked with a person who calls them self a professional filmmaker and then turns out to be the exact opposite.

SEAN MEEHAN

As many of you know, I have worked with director / cinematographer Sean Meehan a number of times (OVER COFFEE, THE BEACHCOMBER, MOLESKINE SPEC COMMERCIAL) over the last couple of years (and hope to work with him again real soon).

Sean is great to work with, a real pro and one of the most easygoing guys that I have ever met in this business. It’s a joy, as an actor, to have the knowledge that when you show up on Sean’s set, you know that you are going to be in good hands.

Sean is currently living in Boston right now, but that wouldn’t deter me one bit from jumping on a train and heading to Boston to play a role, large or small, in one of his projects.

Here is Sean’s new demo reel, which showcases how good Sean is. The reel features clips from numerous works, including THE BEACHCOMBER and the MOLESKINE SPEC COMMERCIAL.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

MAY VIOLETS SPRING – Off Until Friday, January 20th

Rehearsals for MAY VIOLETS SPRING will return on Friday.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

MAY VIOLETS SPRING – Two

Last evenings’ rehearsal dealt mostly with cutting the script down considerably, because as you may know, that Shakespeare guy can get a tad wordy.

Our focus was the royal court scenes, involving myself as Polonius, Chris Kateff as Claudius, Diana Zambrotta as Gertrude and Sam Dash as Laertes…and we trimmed quite a bit.

Get to the point, that’s what I say.

Now...Shakespeare purists may scoff at the idea of cutting the language the way we’re doing so far. Personally, while I love the language, I favor telling the story more and I think we're telling the story in a fresh and exciting way.

It’s already proving to be a fun process…very laid back, relaxed and collaborative. Everyone is bringing their thoughts and opinions to the table. In these kinds of things, to me, there are no wrong answers...there's not even any right answers...just choices...and hopefully strong ones.

Thanks Katie and Jim for letting me be involved.

Off for a couple of days. Looking forward to jumping back into the mix next week.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Audition for A HEART OF GOLD on Sunday, January 22nd

On Sunday, the 22nd, I will be reading for a role in A HEART OF GOLD from director Arianna Penzo, about a man; Jack, who is on the 'fast track' in life, but unhappy. He is very successful -- yet, isolated and lonely. He eventually runs into a blind artist, Henry, who through his uncanny sense of people and beauty, influences Jack to change the important things in his life. I will be reading for the role of Jack’s business partner, Jordan, who loves his job, but his family comes first.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

MAY VIOLETS SPRING - One

Last evenings’ first rehearsal for MAY VIOLETS SPRING was a lot fun…to get together with people to read some Shakespeare sold me.

The cast of 6 read the play, which, thanks to Jim Parenti’s cutting, should could in with a running time of about 100 minutes or less at the public reading, which is set for February 6th.

After the reading, we chatted a little about what we all got out of the adaptation, with plenty of thoughts and ideas coming from everyone in the room. I'm happy to say that there's a lot of great stuff to think about and work on.

Dissecting Shakespeare, specifically HAMLET, is something that has been going on for over 400 years. With all the mystery that surrounds the play and its title character, it’s easy to see why. As a fictional character, more time has been donated to the study of Hamlet than any other character in all of literature, with the possible exception of Sherlock Holmes. I don’t think anyone has ever cracked the case as far as HAMLET is concerned, but I don’t think that’s the point of the analysis or in Jim’s case, this new adaptation is concerned. The fun in what Jim has done with this adaptation is that it forces us, the actors…and the audience, the ask new questions about the characters, their relationships, their motivations. It’s exciting to work on and I can’t wait to get back into the mix on Wednesday night.

Here is The Cast List for MAY VIOLETS SPRING (in alphabetical order)

Timothy J. Cox as Polonius / Ghost/ Player King / Priest
Sam Dash as Horatio / Laertes
Chris Kateff as Claudius
Michael Goldsmith as Hamlet
Maura Hooper as Ophelia / Gravedigger
Diana Zambrotta as Gertrude

Director: Katherine M. Carter
Adaptation By: James Parenti
Stage Manager: Elise MacPherson

Monday, January 09, 2012

THE GOOD MAN Re-Shoot Rescheduled for January 29th

The re-shoot of Mike Sgroi’s film THE GOOD MAN, originally scheduled for Sunday, January 22nd, has been moved to Sunday, the 29th.

MAY VIOLETS SPRING Starts Tonight

Tonight is the first rehearsal for MAY VIOLETS SPRING and I’m looking forward to the chance to work with director Katherine Carter again.

All rehearsals will take place at Katie’s apartment, so that certainly saves money on rehearsal spaces.

Tonight, we’ll read the play and discuss what Jim Parenti has done with his adaptation and what we hope to accomplish with this experiment.

I am excited that my good friend and frequent colleague Chris Kateff has joined the project.

For this presentation, I shall be reading Polonius, the Ghost of Hamlet’s Father, the Player King and a Priest.

It should be a lot of fun.

Updated Acting Reels

Aside from being an all around lovely and amazing person, my girlfriend Jamie Barlow is also quite the seasoned professional in film and video production. Over the years, Jamie has worked in all levels of production, from production assistant, video editor, graphics operator and as an assistant director. She currently works as an assistant director and graphics operator for ABC News Now.

Check out Jamie’s website, that has plenty of samples of her work, at JamieBarlow.webs.com

This past weekend, Jamie was nice enough to take a look at my demo reel, which I have decided to split up into two small reels, one dramatic and one comedic.

Here They Are:

Dramatic Reel:

Timothy J Cox Dramatic Reel from Timothy J. Cox on Vimeo.



Comedic Reel:

Timothy J Cox Comedic Reel from Timothy J. Cox on Vimeo.



Thanks to Jamie for taking the time to re-edit these and again to Sean Meehan for his original work on my reel months back.

Friday, January 06, 2012

LINDA LE THORN Shoot - Done In 30 Minutes

The LINDA LE THORN shoot this morning moved smoothly and efficiently. We were done in 30 minutes!

It was great to work with Meg Skaff again, even though it was only brief.

Meg hopes to have a cut ready by March.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

MARTY AND DOUG’S NEW RELIGION PART 2 Script

This morning, I had the pleasure of reading the script for the upcoming sequel to All Things Random’s MARTY AND DOUG’S NEW RELIGION, penned by Dan Conrad.

I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say that the script is very funny and that the project is going to be a lot of fun, but we are a long way for pre-production on this project. GREG’S GUARDIAN ANGEL comes first!

I have been named ‘’Associate Producer’’ for the project, but I am especially looking forward to my acting duties, as both God and the Devil in this sequel, which continues the antics of Marty (Greg Vorob) and Doug (Dan Conrad) as they try to spread the word…and also pick up women.

Cast members returning from the original include Liam Campbell Dunn (OVERCROWDED) and Lisa Peart (BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT).

Stay tuned for more on this.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

MAY VIOLETS SPRING To Begin On January 9th

I received word from director Katherine Carter that MAY VIOLETS SPRING, which takes a fresh look at HAMLET is set to begin rehearsals on Monday, January 9th.

As previously mentioned, the rehearsals will involve a lot of table work and analysis of the adaptation presented by actor James Parenti.

I’m looking forward to experimenting with this new look at an old classic.

Rogue Cinema Review of TERRY KENDALL AND ORANGE GREEN

Film Reviews: Terry Kendall and Orange Green (2011) - By Mathew Saliba

Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2012

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It's been often lamented how the world of genre film is bereft by the presence of female directors. But with the advent of the "Women in Horror Appreciation" movement, we are seeing all kinds of female filmmakers coming out of the woodwork producing films. Whether the quality of said films are worth the accolades they receive is another question entirely, but the fact that more women are producing genre films is certainly something worth celebrating indeed.

Enter Meg Skaff, the director behind the delightfully quirky genre mashup, "Terry Kendall and Orange Green." Here is a film that combines elements of drama, black comedy (no pun intended) and serial killer thrillers and does so with a gusto that should put a smile on any lover of indie horror cinema.

The story follows Terry Kendall (Brit-Charde Sellers), a young black woman who works at the Pioneer Supermarket in Brooklyn, New York. She arrives at work promptly at 9:30am every morning with the hope that one day, her hard work and diligence will pay off in the form of a managerial position down the road.

One night when she finishes work, she takes the subway home and encounters a man by the name of Orange Green (Timothy J. Cox). At first their encounter is about as meaningful as any encounter you're likely to face when you meet a stranger on the subway whilst going to work. But he takes a very keen interest in Terry. An interest that quickly turns into the homicidal stalker variety. Every day at 2pm, he finds Terry, no matter where she may be working/hiding and asks her where he may find the chicken breast. In one particularly amusing scene, he asks this while standing to the side of the chicken section.

These daily encounters of the absurd eventually lead up to a twist that I won't give away here. I have to admit that given the quirky nature of the film, it does sort of come out of nowhere as the tone seems out of place with the absurd humor that I enjoyed for three-quarters of the plot. It's also a little disappointing as I thought there'd be something related to the fact that he keeps asking for chicken. But alas, we get an ending straight out of a typical slasher film, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, just disappointing.

The performances are the real highlights of the film with Brit-Charde Sellers giving a very natural and realistic portrayal of a woman driven to her wit's end by Orange Green's pestering. Timothy J. Cox, proving himself to be the Johnny Depp of indie cinema in his ability to play almost every conceivable role a scriptwriter can come up with, gives another tremendous performance imbuing his character with a genuine sense of creepiness.

For more information on how you can download a free copy of the film, check out Director Meg Skaff's website at: http://www.megskaff.com

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

GREG’S GUARDIAN ANGEL Shooting Set For Mid-March

Principal photography for the All Things Random / Phalanx Film & Video production of GREG’S GUARDIAN ANGEL is set to take place in the middle of March.

A date for the read through before shooting is still not set, but I expect that to take place at the end of January.

LINDA LE THORN AND THE MUSIC BOX Shoot This Friday

I will be heading to Brooklyn on Friday morning to shoot my brief scene as Purple Green in LINDA LE THORN AND THE MUSIC BOX.

I’m thrilled to be working with writer / director Meg Skaff again and know that the finished film will be great!