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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear fans of the Avengers, announce that today I'm going from Moscow to star in Russian music television program in Kaluga. I plan to return to the Avengerworld in early July.
Steedumbrella plans for the next six months:

1. Begin to create separate pages for the films of main actors The Avengers. This will not only information and images from the films, but also other materials (VHS, DVD, Blu-ray releases in world, posters, tickets, etc.).

2. Continue to publish articles from the print media.

3. To begin publication of episodes of the fourth season, which appeared in translation on Russian video market in 2003.

I wish you all good luck! Very Happy (Waiting for new questions and interesting topics).

Sincerely, Denis! Wink Razz
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"I'm going from Moscow to star in Russian music television program in Kaluga."

First of all Denis Congratulations!!!!! That is marvelous. Have fun with it! Can we get to see you acting in it?
Are you an actor? I guess so. What is the music TV show about? And where is Kaluga?

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Hello to all the fans Avengerworld!!! Very Happy
Creative vacation is over - I plunged into deep Moscow heat. Oh! Frankly I did not expect such a hot sun and still get to the house, had a light tan.

So, after drinking milk (for tea, in this weather, the mood was improper) I delved into the internet studying latest news related to the Avengers.
(Oddly enough that it was the first thing I did after vacation, instead of the usual mail review and world news. But facts are facts. Yes, I immediately plunged into the Avengers). Very Happy
Undoubtedly the main news was preparing audioserial based on twelve scripts of the first season. It's Incredible exciting event.
Also I found some more surprises for Avengerfans that will soon be presented on Steedumbrella. Wink

So, I conclude the protracted prologue and read the latest post in this thread.

anti-clockwise wrote:
"I'm going from Moscow to star in Russian music television program in Kaluga."

First of all Denis Congratulations!!!!! That is marvelous. Have fun with it! Can we get to see you acting in it?
Are you an actor? I guess so. What is the music TV show about? And where is Kaluga?

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy



What is the music TV show about?

Oh, Russian TV - solid horror.
This should was to be the following:
Entertaining music show - Trip to Kaluga in a combination of poetry and music in the lap of nature. Poetry reading the director of the program (in a serious manner), I sing a songs with a guitar (in a humorous way and with dances). Although I was the main actor of the show, in the course of filming my role had to cut and put by the wayside. The dancing was planned for every song, but for some reason I was forced to do the choreography for only one song.

Can we get to see you acting in it?

It is difficult to say when the program will be ready for public broadcasting.
There is a possibility that there will be additional shooting.
Filming the music show received mostly spontaneous.
Although we had about two weeks for production this film, in the first week we were able to capture only twenty minutes - there were rains, work on choreography + multiple takes of the same scene from different angles, which took three tapes. As a result, we began to see that obviously do not have time to schedule. Choreography in general had to be removed because on the fifth day of filming, it became clear that one song with dancing takes THREE DAYS! We recorded only one song with my dancing (beach, heat, and I with director Leonid Mashinskiy depict elephants). The second week recorded to the remaining two tapes on the system "in time to the schedule." Hmm ... It was about chaos, some of the poems had to read even from a sheet. I think we just lost that second week because of the wrong approach to shooting.
The operator soon confirmed that high-quality material we scored the first week - the second just killed.
It is not known whether will be additional shooting or just installation chaos material under the one-hour program.

Where is Kaluga?

Kaluga - one of the cities in central Russia, the administrative center of Kaluga Region.

Are you an actor? I guess so.

I started as an actor in the late 1990s - a time when Russian television has skillfully entertain the audience.
There was no "pathetically conveyer" and every detail is sure to think through. In fashion there were comedy sketches and then I was sort of a special clown. I have never followed fashion and tried to create something of their own. So I created a certain image, which is then called the "Russian Buster Keaton." I've always played this way in the sketches of the 1990s and then went on a more serious movie.

P.S./ Unfortunately on my watch 2 am, it's time to go to sleep. See you tomorrow!
Best wishes for all Avengerfans!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So nice to have you back Denis. Hope you were having a great time and I can see you missed this site! Well you are so very funny. So the Russian TV is a horror and you THINK you are an actor! LOL! So you are a clown type. Somehow that does not come as a surprise.
Well I love Buster Keaton. I'm afraid the average movie goer here probably does not remember him. Seriously, everything in Hollywood is thinking about the newest movie and latest star sadly. But Buster Keaton was a legend. So a Russian Buster Keaton is even funnier!
It's hot here as well in California, a horrible heat wave. Death Valley was 128 degrees and there were tourists that flocked there. Must have been a suicide mission.
Anyway, so delighted you had so much fun. Would love to see pictures or hear more about it too.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, anti-clockwise, I was especially nice to be back here. Avengerworld - it's real park of recreation. Very Happy

...you THINK you are an actor! LOL! So you are a clown type. Somehow that does not come as a surprise.

It's interestingly, dear anti-clockwise! I have always believed that the clowns in TV and movie - a kind of actors. Perhaps here again affecting of Russian thinking.

I believe that Norman Wisdom and Charlie Chaplin also a kind of clowns, but these are people who can be serious in certain circumstances.
How is this different from an circus clown for me? Circus clown - a man in a funny costume and make-up, which should be within the scope of their duties.
Actor-clowns (not comedians) need not be the same type.
Comedians - this is Steve Martin, John Candy, Peter Sellers, etc.
Actor-clowns - it's Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carrey, Louis de Funes etc.
Often actors play in both the genres as a group Monty Python.
Comedians are the ones who can make laugh the audience in different ways, but the actors-clowns basically do it with the help of external effects or facial expressions.

In Internet is my first sketch of 1997. This was done for colleges, when I still did not get on TV. This image (I'm play a psycho at the doctor's)
soon became a kind of my business card. I just should was to develop its luggage. I then wondered what all used the banal jokes and
I immediately got down to personality.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xb5egr_%D1%85%D0%BE%D1%85%D0%BC%D0%B0%D1%87%D0%B8-%D0%BF%D1%81%D0%B8%D1%85%D1%83%D1%88%D0%BA%D0%B0-1-%D1%87%D0%B0%D1%81%D1%82%D1%8C_shortfilms

So I played the first time, a certain actor-clown, but in 1999 came to a serious television. I sang the songs, played on guitar and appeared in a variety of roles, from policemen to professors. I was not always a clown, but that's what I like. Very Happy
I would not be surprised if suddenly found out that Ian Hendry to the question "What is your favorite part?" reply "Clown". Laughing

So the Russian TV is a horror...

What is happening now in Russia - it's almost an amateur skit that level when I was shooting for colleges. Most viewers took to the Internet and the TV there is a need to keep the viewer. In Russia this is a jokes in the spirit of the amateur "I director". Even now opened a fashion channel "Pepper", which shows this package of programs and often when you come somewhere to visit, all look just that. Serious programs almost gone, it seems that many people just do not need it on TV. Basically the way it is, serious people in Russia now does not sit at the TV.

Well I love Buster Keaton. I'm afraid the average movie goer here probably does not remember him. Seriously, everything in Hollywood is thinking about the newest movie and latest star sadly. But Buster Keaton was a legend.

Yes, absolutely. I grew up on many movies of the time. The current generation just look differently at bygone time.
It was a different school of acting - people trained vivid demonstration of emotions on screen and on stage, was to get the most out of its own "I", but now the actor is part of a picture, where the important thing - it's a whole. It is this content to the modern viewer.
Six months ago I received a letter from this new audiences, and they stated to me that a bit surprised that the series "The Avengers" has fans. They believed that characters of the series are suffering from delusions of grandeur and behave caricature. Ha! Then I realized that for me, movies was over in the early 2000s, and for them only started it all. There is nothing to do, generation change and change movie-fashion.
Many people in Russia do not know who this Buster Keaton. This is already a part of the museum of history. Sadly but true.

So a Russian Buster Keaton is even funnier!

Frankly I do not consider myself some Russian Buster Keaton, I'm just someone who tries to entertain the audience with high quality. I would classify themselves as individualists school, I was always looking what's going on, and then gave out something new. Truly funny joke if it has a share of novelty.
I remember an episode of "The Trap."
Soo Choy refers to Gambit:
- Be careful not to lose its head... Why do not you laugh?
Gambit:
- I've heard that ... or something like that.
Very Happy

It's hot here as well in California, a horrible heat wave. Death Valley was 128 degrees and there were tourists that flocked there. Must have been a suicide mission.

Yes, I've read about it - really a suicide mission. And sometimes I wonder how people live in just killer zones.

Would love to see pictures or hear more about it too.

How come something new, I'll let you know.

Best wishes, Denis! Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got quite a laugh out of your video Denis. You are quite the actor. I will write more later on when I have more time. Thank you so much for sharing.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad that you liked this sketch, though a lot of humor inherent in the dialogues. For example a doctor is interested my twin brother who has cancer of the liver, asking
- As cancer?
I reply
- Still lives at his home.
etc...

I'll be waiting for new post. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just hilarious Denis. I see what you mean. I wish I understood Russian but that scene was universal at a doctors office. I loved the way you crawled in. What was some of the dialogue-if you can recall? I noticed you were suddenly all better doing sit ups in the skit. Well I guess I have to learn Russian to understand all the nuances but it is amazing how much you can learn just visually even if you don't speak the language.
Interesting that you had music with English lyrics playing in the background. Well, I can see you have a talent in physical comedy.
Tell us more about your recent trip. I know you mentioned a bit about it already.
So what kind of tv shows are on in Russia? We have these horrible reality tv shows. Do you have something similar?
I am glad you remember Buster Keaton. I really enjoyed all the references to vaudeville in the Avengers. There certainly were a lot of vaudeville performer types on the show.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, anti-clockwise! Very Happy
So, I am ready to continue our conversation. Wink

I wish I understood Russian but that scene was universal at a doctors office. I loved the way you crawled in. What was some of the dialogue-if you can recall?

Oh, there was a lot of fun. While the main actor of the show memorized his role on the script, my goal was to amuse the audience by improvisation. Well, it was not easy, but I think some of my jokes were really interesting.

A little bit about the prologue of the episode.
This is a part behind the scenes. I discuss the episode with the main actor, a general description of my role.
I told him that I wanted to play a critically ill patient, who suddenly bursts into the doctor's office.
The main actor bursts out laughing and says, "OK, let's play".

Episode begins and following the script the doctor should was to hit me over the head with a stool, but I hesitated, and then crept into the room.
Doctor:
- You to whom? Where are you going? I told him that you have been referred to another cabinet. Go to exit.
- I brought you a certificate.
- A certificate, give to me.
- Read it.
- What to read? Certificate is always certificate. Sit down.
- I can not sit down, you see.
- Come on, sit down.
- But I need to get up.
- Well, get up, am I bothering you?
I climb into the chair.

Next, I will not do a retelling of the event, I will only to highlight the most successful moments.

1.
Patient:
- I was told last week that you have been healing my father.
Doctor:
- Damn, the helicopter was shot down because of you. I can not listen to you and play the game at the same time, you can understand it?


2.
Patient:
- You know I also have liver cancer and other problems with the body. You're a doctor - that's sort it out with me.
Doctor:
- Are you kidding me? Liver cancer is not treated in our clinic, where you come from?

3.
Doctor:
- Let me hear your breathing.
Patient:
- I should to undress? Or just lowered a little shirt?

4.
Patient:
- Remember my brother, he's like that. (I show his hands as he looks)
Doctor:
- I remember, of course I remember. Same an idiot like you.

5.
Doctor:
- Now I write down for you medications. Firstly, drops in the eye.
Patient:
- No, thank you. Do you have drops in the ears? Hard of hearing.

6.
Patient:
- Give me the drugs that advertised on TV.

7.
Doctor:
- Do you have money for drugs?
Patient:
- Money? And I thought it were a gifts for the coming New Year.

etc.

Of course a lot of jokes were successful at the main actor, but many of them were in the script. Russian humor is different from the foreign - it tougher, but I tried to joke in the English manner. Often it was difficult to immediately come up with something original, especially if you is clown, not a comedian.
The result I filmed in about thirteen episodes this series during the period 1997 - 98, then I refused to shoot, so it seemed to me that every time the episodes became more stupid.

I noticed you were suddenly all better doing sit ups in the skit. Well I guess I have to learn Russian to understand all the nuances but it is amazing how much you can learn just visually even if you don't speak the language.

Often have to adjust to a certain scope of the program. On the one hand you can not show all of what you can do, otherwise it will result in a completely different genre, on the other - it's hard to balance on one position. I would like to at some point make the most of themselves some elements of clowning, but knew it will not be accepted.
It is a principle of good comedy. The ability and desire to do things that will be understandable to everyone.

To be continued...
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for sharing the dialogue. Very clever indeed. Not easy to improvise. I couldn't do it. Nothing like a concerned doctor to help you when you're sick. What made you think of that skit? Is that a parody on healthcare in Russia? We certainly have our own parody of this going on in the US.
I read a quote that I thought was very telling. "A joke is the most serious thing."

A little off topic. So you get drug commercials too? that was a good line. It is out of control in the US with these drug commercials that are money making. When I was in England I don't recall seeing that. It gets a bit absurd in the US. They talk about how wonderful the drug is and to ask your doctor for it-on the commercial. Then they list 30 side effects including death in a space of 5 seconds at the end. LOL! That's better than any comedy skit except it is for real!
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Interesting that you had music with English lyrics playing in the background.

It was part of the some certainty for successful promotion the series. This was done for the students and young people, most of whom were and are supporters of Western art. We just could not make use of Russian music.
For example, take a look into the past.
When was communism in Russia we saw only what was imposed. At the time of perestroika and even a earlier, so the year since 1983, began to withdraw russian movies based on foreign classical literature. There was The Invisible Man, Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Ten Little Indians, etc.
New generation instantly forgot the true russian movies and deepened in modern movie.
Even Andrei Makarevich of the band "The Time Machine" sung in English in the movie "The Secret of the blackbirds" by Agatha Christie. This was in 1983. It was six years before he was first given a tour abroad and sung in English.
Young people love these movies, and if someone tried to insert there something russian, it immediately caught the eye and the film will almost certainly lose rating.
If the originator of these ideas found, told him:
- This is a communist. Laughing

So, when at the age of 16 I directed the first comedy sketch (It was the only sketch I've ever been a directed) I made this mistake and russified it for show to youth. This immediately failed. I was told that I was a terrible director. Laughing After that I was sometimes allowed to write scripts for comedy sketches and participate as a clown actor. Very Happy

So what kind of tv shows are on in Russia? We have these horrible reality tv shows. Do you have something similar?

Very few smart TV shows, whether it's a reality shows, quizes, talk shows or a comedy shows.
The first place is occupied comedy sketches in the style of "He shot himself".
Typically, this rustic humor or rude jokes or jokes below the belt.
It's all what in my mind is not acceptable for real actor who can afford to sneer at different levels of social taste, but he can not afford to be mostly tasteless. A good actor knows how to manipulate the mood, but if it was a drop in, so to speak, "brothel", it turns out he ran out of jokes.

Nevertheless, this to like the viewer, and I'm thinking that time clowns 1990s has gone.

The second place is occupied by the reality show. Well, if I may say so.
Usually it works on the script and when you peer into the screen, just you see something in the style of Andy Warhol or "Spinal Tap" or student brotherhood. For me is similar to what you went out on a crowded street, sat down on a bench and started watching reality TV show - and most importantly that it really a reality show and it is unpredictable. Very Happy

The third place is talk shows.
There are interesting things (in 1990 almost everything was omnivorous), but now russian talk shows often talk about politics, sex, fashion and the world of computers. Really boring. Sometimes zips interesting guests in the program, an interesting topic, but it's so rare, that just turn on the computer and go deep into its business or communication.
Good thing you have is not so bad with that, I look at some of the online TV shows, and remember our 1990s.

Next - quizes - it still wondering to look, but it's not the same level as before. Sometimes it is not clear that you to look, a quiz or a comedy sketch.
Imagine the TV show "Field of Dreams" where you should to guess the word, naming letters. Participants twist drum and get onto a random sector, which can be anything: the sector of "The Prize," sector "Bankrupt" sector "Give move to another", etc.
So for example, sector "Prize", until the prize is carried in the studio, one of the participants communicates with the host.
And it usually turns into a comedy.
Member:
- You know I still write poems, now will tell.
Host:
- OK, something short.
Member reads the brief poem, the prize is not in the studio. Then read more short, the prize is not.
Oh, And we go.
The viewer hears the whole saga, and while the Host says "Commercial Break", the poet continues to recite it aloud to the whole studio.

To be continued...
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Before I turn to the topic "Vaudeville performer types in the Avengers" (it's fine topic - because this thread begins to resemble the TV show "This is you life: Denis Kirsanov". Very Happy I think tomorrow will time to dilute my adventures with the adventures of the Avengers) I will consider the subject my recent trip.

It all started with a phone call from a director Leonid Mashinskiy who was looking for a suitable candidate for the role of a funny musician.
He knew me for a long time and asked if I could take part in some kind of creative project. I asked about the script and found out that script is no, there was only an outline and some ideas. He told me some of these ideas, that interested me, though later it was thrown out of the script for some reason. One of the ideas was totally in my way and it is mostly played on my consent.
The idea was to shoot a scene in which I, being in a boat in the flow of the river, sing a song, and then by a oars I rowed to shore. At some point, I'm tire to row to the shore and takes me over the flow of the river.
My face is mask of confusion and I waving paddles in the air to the people on the beach saw me.
I imagined this scene and realized that it really would be funny. There had everything you need to create the scene, including belay.
Another scene has been linked with a bar.
I had to go to the bar and turn off the jukebox (prepared in advance), which plays pop music. Then I turn on the rock and roll and I in dance jumping by tables.
Well, there was a problem to negotiate with the host institution, and the guys in the crew seems to count on the fact that they are allowed to do it for free. They say we have people who know the host institution, but as usual, the people there, but it does not solve the situation.
There was also an idea where I'm working with the mower and cutting the weeds near the fence, accidentally saws it. Furious neighbor runs to me and I try to explain to him that because of his fence, I broke trimmer.
This, too, was not filmed because of the constant rain during the first week, the second - was no longer up to it.

So I'm armed with these ideas and made an appointment with the director to take a look at the stuff that I'm going to play the guitar and sing.
It was an important moment for the director, he chose 10 songs for my program and I should was to work with the material, bringing in it own sense of humor.
It was a kind of casting - I was looking for the original decisions to seize the role.
I had to improvise, and the first thing I did was played by a man whose hands were shaking.
This man took a shaky hand mediatr, brought it to his guitar and realized that his destiny to play riffs.
The joke of course was on the fan, but everyone liked it.
Then I sang and waved from mosquitoes. It's almost been clowning, in the end I just fell exhausted on the floor and can say was accepted into the ranks of participants.
I do not know how it was funny, but the song was called "Hymn of mosquitoes" and in general, is for me, it was obvious that you need to play this way. Very Happy

To be continued...

P.S./ It's time to rest. I will continue tomorrow after work. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is July 4-Independence Day here so I am off to see the fireworks but I want to respond and then will write more later.
That sounds like a fun improvisation! Sounds like you made the best of it with all the rain and forces of mother nature! LOL!
So this was for TV? Please share it with the rest of us if you have it or when you have it!
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So, again we delve into a tour about the russian TV show with my participation to understand the production of such products in Russia. Very Happy

After I was accepted into the ranks of the participants the television show, I was given a week to prepare and then we went to Kaluga.
It was decided to go on the bus, they say it is cheaper and faster to get there. Well, it was somewhat hasty decision because when we got to the place, then half film crew was killed just this trip and we lost half a day on a good stay. Money, of course, were save, but this economy not affected on material.
The atmosphere on the bus was pretty fun, I was dressed in a T-shirt with the inscription "I love Canada" while others were dressed in something like this and people from looking at us if we were aliens from outer space. Laughing We joked a lot and so came up with the main scenes that went into the film. Basically, nothing special.
It seemed to me not so attractive as before, but there was hope for change. Thus was created the script in front of me on the bus,
carcass composition changes in the root and the director already did not want to focus on those scenes that were originally central to the film. Hereof and subsequent neglect to the ideas that would have decorated genre this show.
Perhaps if we started shooting on the bus, it would have been a kind of sketch for the film, but everything went according to plan. A certain plan, which was rarely effective.
We got to the place, have rest and started to prepare for the evening shooting.
Desire to filming in the evening, no one desires did not cause, especially after sweet sleep. Well, a quick barbecue picnic talked about much.
People yawned, lay on the towels, looking into the sky, or just talked eating remnants snack.
It reminded me of a certain bunch of tourists who were relaxing and with wondering in eyes looked at the director, as if to answer "How did you get here?" Very Happy
It was not easy to shake the people, it was engaged (NOTICE) the operator, and the director in the meantime discussed with me the first scene of the tv show.
As I expected, it was the opening scene of the film. That is something that has been going under the opening credits.
There were several choices and our opinions are out of print.
The director wanted to film titles under feast, all the crew at a huge table, while I wanted to see the scene when each go out of the building, something quick to demonstrate in front of the camera (at this time there is a title), and then leaves. Although it reminded me of one of the prologue
French music TV show "Champs-Elysées", however this is how I thought would look better than just a crew at a huge table.
While we were arguing (well, it was weird because my opinion on the merits should not have been anyone interested), the weather began to deteriorate.
It was obvious that the crew was glad of it, and we have collected things quickly went into the house.
As a result, because of uncertainty the director, we not filming anything. Although we could pull off a feast, but the people just went to sleep or to relax. Director pretended that too tired and I realized that shooting will begin tomorrow.

Tomorrow's the day came (NOTICE) at two o'clock. It was amazing, but the operator was not able to get up early. It is not clear what he was busy at night, but he was just kill condition. Since we did not have a spare operator (it's surprised me), we were waiting when he wakes up.
Well frankly was an assistant operator, but he was not in the bill. He never made such tv shows.

At two o'clock in the afternoon we went to shoot the second scene of the show. Yes, just the second. The director said that he finally decided to make the first scene in the form of a feast, and filming it then. Ha! We have not taken off. When the director was reminded of this - there was no tape for shooting. So I guess when the film will be ready - there will be something in the form of credits on a black background. Oh!

Three o'clock in the afternoon we were at the site and began preparing for the shooting of three planned scenes. This is a two poems and one video clip with my participation.
Despite the fact that I have prepared 10 songs for the program, it was decided to shoot something else. Namely "Hymn of mosquitoes." Yes, the same. Apparently the director decided turn on my performance in the film. Thus I was given 15 minutes for memorizing the text, and then we started shooting.
Well, it was completely spontaneous shooting. What was the plot of the clip? It's very simple.
I and filmmaker are lay on the grass, head to head, and one of the camera takes us on side and the other from the top.
I sung with a guitar and has sometimes glancing at the camera, making faces in the style of glam musicians.
So we did a few takes and then began shooting poetry readings.
We have kept on time and finished at eight o'clock pm. Half an hour on break and other a half-hour was a small threat of rain, which still has not gone, but we afraid of it, and just equipment hidden in special cases.
Then we went to the shop and a couple of hours relaxing with beer. Oh!
The next day, things went better. We began at nine o'clock am and went to shoot on location. After we have filming the two clips and 10 poems. After the break, decided to do a scene with the boat. Yes, the scene with my participation. The boat was rubbery and quite large.
Director by about 10 minutes trying boat on the water, and then began to prepare belay - motor boat that should was to catch me in a certain place.
Also, I was given a life jacket, which was cleverly disguised in the boat, and after we started to rehearse.
Yeah... I tell you... The flow of the river was such that some of the acting is not out of the question.
Following the script I was supposed to be what I am trying to get out of the flow of the river, but I can not cope and flow takes me. In the process, I had to play the role of a rookie in this case. In fact, it turned out that when I played a role, I was immediately carried away by flow, or I did not play, but fought over with flow.
Yes, the result that everything is not so easy - no one thought of that. Well, I rehearsed for about an hour and the weather began to deteriorate. While the rain held off, director decided to make a double.
But while I swam to the point where they had to unfold, it was already late and we were quickly phased out.
So we have not shooting this scene, too, director putting it on then.
It was evident that the scene will take a lot of time and need to be until to film something simple.

The next day we started filming "Dancing elephants". We encamped in tents on a small deserted beach, lit the bonfires to scare away mosquitoes and started rehearsals. It was the first day of rehearsals of these dances and the most fun day. Equipment in case of rain could hide in the tent, and to bathe themselves in the river. Frankly, it was basically not a day of rehearsals, and the day of rest. Everyone loved these dances, and we just started fooling around.
Operator, for example, portrayed aboriginal. It was a dark-skinned man at the age of 40, with a gray beard and short hair. He reminded me Pierre Richard in the film "Robinson Crusoe". He hopped around the campfire and talked to some incomprehensible language.
We rehearsed with him and others of the crew team just sitting around the campfire as the natives or played ball. Fun could be heard a mile away.
So we spent the whole day and the when started to get dark we went to bed, telling myself that tomorrow will filming serious.
On the second day of rehearsals of "Dancing Elephants" we spent a lot of effort on my choreography, but by evening it was evident that we should to work on it tomorrow.
On last day of rehearsal "Dancing Elephants" (it was already the fifth day of filming), we were in very poor weather conditions and we had to seize the moment to shoot it, that is. We did about 10 takes and decided to end this somewhere about four o'clock pm.
I do not know what turned, but I think it was like clowning. There were jokes against the weather and we did everything in a hurry. However, according to the operator - we did the most successful material.
We packed up and went back into the house. At some point, heavy rain poured down and we hid in the grocery store.
There's a real party started and when the director thought about scene with my participation in the bar - it was too late.
The people were ready to take part in the dancing and high jinks lasted until morning.
Shop decided to lock up, so no one bothered fraternal sleep and when I looked around the chaos at times, it seemed to me that I am
in a brothel.
At the head of the director, who was peacefully snoring in his chair, with his head on the table, was wearing a bra, and the operator was located under the table with an empty bottle of cognac.
On the floor was underwear around ... do not talk about it.
Continue on ...
The sixth day of shooting was started (so to speak) at four o'clock pm in the afternoon. Filmed something minimal and with great difficulty, we went finally home.
The seventh day of the shoot was built without me, and I began to anticipate that things are not quite as necessary.

So, passed the first week and spent three cassettes and a total of about 20 minutes of finished material.

The second week has been completely revised. We immediately started to work at a fast pace.
The first three of the day - all this material was run at different locations. The rest - an attempt to shoot what is left in the script and that did not take off.
In the end, I think - the second week was total lost. It was pretty boring and I have no desire to even describe it.
I went to Moscow a day earlier (in the evening), I had no desire to stay there.
I think that this TV show will quite colorless, if it gets out in the form in which it exists at the moment.
Unfortunately, it's not for me to decide.
I hope that I will be invited to the additional shoooting and we'll really show worthy of attention.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well actually sounded like fun Denis. I was an extra once. It was the most boring few hours of my life walking repeatedly down a pier. Likely the whole scene gets cut out anyway. and what is most funny is the hours of takes probably amounted to minutes on screen.
Anyway we would love to see it. But I can imagine as an actor now it is out of your hands as to how or what they edit or the direction they take the film. If you were directing or editing what direction would you take? do you know when it will be finished or released? i hope you go back since it sounds like you enjoyed it so and you did a great job.
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Turning to the topic "Vaudeville performer types in the Avengers".

If we consider the episodes with Emma Peel, we can see that half of its episodes included Vaudeville or rather comic types. It certainly was a part of the general ideas for success the Avengers. Funnyman can pull deliberately boring script or unimpressive story. Notice when in episodes with Tara King are fun fellows are gone, it had a strong effect on the quality of the material. Patrick Macnee and Patrick Newell basically entertained viewers. Well, there were very few episodes where was the comic - it ...But There Were These Two Fellers..., Legacy of Death, Wish You Were Here and Bizarre. The first and third of them - the clowning, the second - on the verge of clowning (an attempt to make TV film Pink Panther) Laughing and the last one - a humorous episode. Thanks to Roy Kinnear and jokes Fulton Mackay and John Sharp. However, by this was not enough for the season of the 33 episodes.

So we'll start with Roy Kinnear. This is one of my favorite actors and I do sometimes watched movies, paying attention only to him. This is French Dressing (in Russia often showed this film in 1990s and looking at it for the first time, Roy Kinnear was the first one I found interesting in the film.
Overall, the movie was very great, and subsequently I loved looking at every detail), this is Juggernaut (humorist on "Britannic", I remember the funny scene when before jumping overboard, one of the passengers asked him "And the water is not very cold?". Roy Kinnear look at her with surprise and says "You really want my opinion? I tell you. NOT very hot". Laughing) this is Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo and etc.
Roy looked great in all the films, whether Musketeers or Willi Wonka.

Ronnie Barker was great wonderful comic. For me it was like a Benny Hill.
He could play anyone and he was fun in the Hidden Tiger.

Clive Dunn is one of my favorite actors. I am happy to watch his in role Grandad.

Jon Pertwee well remembered for the film series Carry On.

Ronald Lacey know how to play a funny role. He played various characters but fun had a special way. He created on his face a mask of mystery and some guile and was often difficult to tell whether it is positive or negative character. When he smiled mischievously - it was already a comedy. I love all his roles that I've seen.

Warren Mitchell was an interesting comic, though at times it seemed to me that he was overacting. I did not like his image in the movies Moon Zero Two and Jabberwocky, but it were the personalities.

Paul Eddington was very great in the role of Prime Minister. It was funnier than our Russian parody of the policy called "Dolls". I believed that in Russia a parody of the policy was stupid and TV series about James Hacker was a pattern of how to work in this way. It was a cult series in Russia and despite the fact that it is not issued by a license, pirated CDs can be purchased at any kiosk since the late 1990s.

Anna Quayle is fine actress and comedian.

Ron Moody was a funny actor in the 1960s.

Bernard Cribbins - it is a pleasure to look at his types.

I can go on list of performers, but it will be somewhat unwieldy for this topic, so I did focus on some of the wonderful performers who certainly brought bright colors in the television and film production.

Thus we see that the quality of the Avengers is largely dependent on the choice of types. Imagine that such episodes as Escape in Time, Epic and Too Many Christmas Trees were made in a serious manner. Well, it would be a dull material. The series began to lose its charm, and then the ratings. And we may have not have seen the following season. We would have guessed "What would be interesting after Emma Peel? Maybe something as the John Steed and David Keel? Hmm..." Laughing

I am very pleased that the creators of the Avengers come to of episodes with Emma Peel from that perspective. And I will always be grateful to them for that. This is a high quality material. Thank you! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read a quote that I thought was very telling. "A joke is the most serious thing"

"A joke is the most serious thing".
It sounds absurd for me.
It's like to say The Avengers - this is a serious show.
I can not imagine anyone watching an episode "Wish You Were Here" and say "I just looked serious thing". Or we see the film "Blonde in Black Shoe" with Pierre Richard and say that this is a serious movie.
If the joke would be a serious thing, I believe, many (if not all) were living in severe depression. This means there is no comedy, no happy holidays, the smiles on people's faces - an extreme phenomenon. I would not want to live in such a world.

Jokes are different.
Someone knows how to do it, someone does not know how to do it.
The joke has a serious look when a minority of people (well, not most) of not being able to do it, do irreparable damage to a particular area. People take these jokes seriously and it becomes a kind of a disaster.
I talked with kind this people and frankly, these jokes were serious things and quite frustrating for me.
The joke is good when the other understands that this is a joke.
I think that anyone have a sense of humor, it's just that someone blunted it, and someone it openly.
It is important to know when to joke.
Imagine that John Steed comes to the press conference and surrounded by important people began to joke - it would be more than foolish.
I believe that the joke - it's fun and mood. This is something that helps to establish contact with any person. Even if he does not like jokes, for each has its own approach, if you know how to do it. Well, John Steed could do it. Almost a walking guide for jokes.
I am faithful to the other saying: "In every joke there is some truth".
This is so. We often joke on current topics and hint at these jokes are certain things in respect of acts, thoughts, etc.
This is an essential mechanism for communication, but for every joke - its time. Very Happy
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What made you think of that skit? (comment from Denis: talk about my early skit) Is that a parody on healthcare in Russia?

Yes, it was quite topical for its time parody on healthcare in Russia.
The russian TV did not show such things and was decided to shoot the material for students. This topic was appropriate and it is very much played into the hands.
Also, the approach to play: working on the script and improvisation was a good idea. I think that all of this was implemented at a decent level.

Of course there were themes: neglect patients,
cold attitude of doctors to their work and the drugs in Russia.
At the time, was the high toll of drugs, and it played on the TV.
People believed in it and ordered the drugs over the phone. Complaints began, but television continued to twist it, referring to the fact that these people are just protesting.
So I improvised on this topic.
- Give me the drugs that are now played on the television.
Doctor:
- No, let me take you to write out something else.

I think that was a very good joke at the beginning of the film, when I tell the doctor about their complaints, and he says to me:
- Damn, because of you I hit the helicopter, I can not hear you and play at the same time, you can understand that. Laughing
It was really fun phrase in the film - laughing all. Jokes in the script were strong and I barely restrained to keep from laughing. Very Happy
It was a total mockery of doctors. There were a few crude jokes and I think that this sketch on any would not get on TV.
There were the facts that the audience wanted to hear.
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Well actually sounded like fun Denis. I was an extra once. It was the most boring few hours of my life walking repeatedly down a pier. Likely the whole scene gets cut out anyway. and what is most funny is the hours of takes probably amounted to minutes on screen.
Anyway we would love to see it. But I can imagine as an actor now it is out of your hands as to how or what they edit or the direction they take the film. If you were directing or editing what direction would you take? do you know when it will be finished or released? i hope you go back since it sounds like you enjoyed it so and you did a great job.


Oh, I'll understand you perfectly, I remember was also an extra in the movie Slava Zuckerman's "Perestroika". Yes, it was boring.
We shot the whole day just one scene, and once even had a life-threatening for people (including me).
I shot in this scene in September 2006 (Zuckerman paid good money and I just wanted to talk to people and not to work up a sweat) - the film was released only in 2009.
The scene was as follows:
Perestroika Moscow and the long queue in the store. Gypsies in the carriage horses pass by us, playing and singing songs. All this is it!
Began to take off in the hour of the day, and finished when it began to get dark.
Well, I do not even know how many takes we did - then I often dreamed a dream with these gypsies.
So...
At one point, when shooting a scene, someone in the crowd began to shout something and horses with gypsies headed straight for us.
It was really scary. Jockey, who was in the role of one of the gypsies, could not cope with them and the crowd ran helter-skelter. Managed to pacify them, when one of the horses reared up straight on a few people, including me. Well, I was a little further than the rest and was getting ready to jump to the side. Cheers, that did not happen, but then I began to periodically glancing at the clock, thinking when this is all over.
The bus, in which could was to sit have already been hammered people (those who had to take place in the morning), and during the breaks I just had to walk. Ironically, the talk was not with anyone. Basically, there were people who were trying to show themselves - usually posing and talking about life. Boring! After that, my interest for the shooting in the crowd was gone.

If you were directing or editing what direction would you take? Do you know when it will be finished or released?

if I was doing this TV show, I would have made ​​an emphasis on the entertainment. It would look like journey, with inserts music clips and poems - some kind of entertainment more comfortable to any audience.

It's hard to say when it will be finished, but not before august.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A joke is the most serious thing. The best example is the parody like you did on healthcare. Even though it was funny, the parody had a serious message. That may not apply to all forms of comedy. Going off topic a bit, you have me curious. What is healthcare like in Russia? Has it changed at all when communism left? In the US it is has a lot of problems. Do people have private health insurance in Russia?
It was funny but the day we were writing about the drug company commercials, jay Leno-a comedian here had a spoof on it but it was the real commercial! 13 seconds of telling the benefits of the drug and 47 seconds explaining al the horrific side effects. actually here it is on youtube--around 23 seconds it starts with the side effects.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5pY1Dvxe8Q

Do you have this commercial in Russia? it's bad!

These commercial are unreal. I have heard comedians say that they look for every day life things for their skits.

Unbelievable your experience as an extra!
You list some great actors. You remind me of Ron Moody. I think he is still around. He played the part of the bad guy Fagin in Oliver in the play I believe in London a few years back. The song he sang, "Reviewing the Situation", I thought was quite funny and clever.
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