Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I Teach, Apparently.

The lovey folks at Dragon*Con have inveigled me to teach an acting workshop in Atlanta this year.  I have never been to Dragon*Con before so this should be very, very interesting.  I think this will be my chance to really get to know Slave Leia this year. 

Below is all the info on the workshop.  You will be stuck with me for like 8 hours each day and for that I apologize!

DragonCon Acting Workshops 2012

     DragonCon is pleased to offer a unique acting workshop over a two day period by acclaimed actress, director, and author Amber Benson.  If you are interested in a career in acting either on the stage or screen or just want to polish up your professional skills, here is your chance to gain insights, learn skills, and gain insights from the successful. talented, and knowledgeable Amber Benson.
Amber Benson is a writer, director and actor.  She currently writes the CALLIOPE REAPER-JONES paranormal romance series for Ace/Roc and her middle grade book, AMONG THE GHOSTS, came out in paperback this past fall from Simon and Schuster.  As a director, she co-directed the Slamdance feature, DRONES - which was picked up for distribution by Phase Four Films - and directed (and co-wrote) the BBC animated series, THE GHOSTS OF ALBION.  Her acting work includes the Steven Soderbergh film, KING OF THE HILL, and the indie feature, RACE YOU TO THE BOTTOM, for which she won the Best Actress Award at Outfest.  She spent three years as Tara Maclay on the television series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.

Two Day Workshop with Amber will include:

Dragon*Con is pleased to offer a two-day Actor’s Workshop with actress and director Amber Benson.  A veteran actress with over twenty years of experience, Amber most notably played the character Tara Maclay for three seasons on the hit show Buffy The Vampire Slayer.  As a director, her films have played at various film festivals (including the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City) and her latest film Drones is available on Netflix streaming and on Showtime.
This two-day workshop will include:

BREAKING INTO THE BUSINESS
We will talk about the business aspects of becoming an actor.  This will include ‘Getting an Agent’, ‘The Audition Process’ and ‘New Media: Using YouTube and The Internet To Create Your Own Celebrity’.

AN IMPROV PRIMER
Good Improv skills are imperative for any would-be actor. Learn to listen to and interact with your fellow performers by playing Improv Games that bolster your confidence in your own instincts and help you to relax and enjoy the process of being creative.

CHARACTER BUILDING
Learn to create a back-story for your character.  This also includes developing accents, physical characteristics, etc. that can give you a real insight into your character’s internal motivations.

SCENE BREAKDOWN
Breaking into pairs, you will work on two character scenes that will then be performed in front of your fellow workshop participants.  Each participant will also receive a copy of an ‘audition scene’ or ‘sides’ that we will work on together during the course of the workshop.  On Sunday afternoon, each participant will have a ‘mock audition’ that will be recorded on video and then watched and critiqued. (After the workshop has concluded, participants will get a copy of their audition tape via email.)
And a chance to get personal advice and ask your questions.

The Workshop

The workshop will take place on Thursday, August 30, and Friday, August 31, 2012 from 9AM to Noon and then from 1PM to 5PM.  The cost for attending the workshop is $250 per student.  This is a separate fee from Dragon*Con Membership (also required) and will cover the cost of the class.  Space is limited to twenty participants.  No videos of the workshop will be permitted.  Space is limited for each workshop.  First come, first served.  Dragoncon will keep a list of those who have applied for admittance once it is filled in case any later choose to drop out.  Accepted attendees are asked to please notify Dragoncon if you find you will unable to attend.
  
If you have further questions, please contact David A. Cherry at dcherry88@tx.rr.com. 

Friday, July 6, 2012

My San Diego Comic-Con Schedule & It's A Doozy!

My head is spinning as I write this.  I think I need to clone myself.

Thursday:

12:00-1:00pm
Once More, with Comics: How the Whedon Universes Continue in Comic Book Form 
w/Amber Benson, Scott Allie, Mariah Huehner, Clare Kramer, Tom Lenk, Katrina Hill, Jennifer K. Stuller and Traci Cohen (Room 26AB)

8:00PM
The LxL Meet Up
I'm gonna hang with all the awesome Geek Girls of Comic-Con!
(The Hyatt)

Friday:

4:20pm
A Super Secret Screening Of My New Film, Dust Up! 
I'll probably get in trouble for posting about it, but it's the Super Secret ticket to get on Friday! (If you follow @Dustupfilm and tweet them the phrase "I am Ward Robert's Bitch", they might be giving away a couple of tickets - but you didn't hear that from me!)

8:30-9:30pm
Space Command: Bold Reaches Into The Adventures Of Space*
Space Command is a series of new and original feature films by STAR TREK writer Marc Zicree, GALACTICA FX whiz Doug Drexler, director Neil Johnson and other Sci-Fi luminaries. (Room 5AB)


*I am going to try and make it to the Space Command Panel, but I'm double booked and there's an 85% chance I'm going to miss it.  Just wanted to be honest.  I will try to swing by, but it'll be a great panel with or without me!


Saturday:

1:10-1:40pm  
Screening of: Laura Keller, NB  (as part of the Comic-Con International Film Festival)
"With global population at an extreme high, federal fertility lotteries now determine who can and can't reproduce. When one woman learns that she will be permanently sterilized, her faith in the system is shaken" Presenting filmmakers: Mo Perkins (writer/director), Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Martin Starr (Party Down), and Eli Akira Kauffman (producer).
(All films and programs are in Marriott Hall 2, at the Marriott Marquis & Marina, next to the Hall A side of the Convention Center)

And stay for the next film, Advantageous, starring the uber-awesome, James Urbaniak!

3:00-4:00pm

21st Century Dead (SIGNING ONLY)
w/Amber Benson, Thomas E. Sniegoski, S. G. Browne, Daniel H. Wilson, John Skipp, Cody Goodfellow (Room AA9)


Sunday:

1:45-2:45pm
Foes Beyond Fur and Fangs
Vampires have staked their claim on readers, and werewolves have certainly taken a bite out of pop fiction. But these paranormal creatures aren't the only ones that run havoc in the pages of science fiction and fantasy novels. Authors discuss the villains and vixens-from witches to zombies and beyond-in their action-packed adventures.
w/(moderator: Kim Alexander) Amber Benson, Rachel Caine, Tom Sniegoski, Kiersten White, Gail Carriger, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes and Maggie Stiefvater (Room 5AB)

There will be a SIGNING AFTERWARD!

The day of the week titles above remind me the ones in The Shining.  Cue freaky music.






Wednesday, July 4, 2012

I Finally Know What I Want To Be When I Grow Up

This is a question that has eluded me for a long time now - thirty-five years to be exact.  Recently, I've been telling people  I want to be a 'Maker Of Things'.  That this phrase is what I want on my tombstone:

Amber Benson
Maker Of Things
RIP

But that's not exactly true.  I do want to make things, but I want to make specific things.  I want to make the things I want to make, that interest me and that I want to see - and fuck you, if you don't like it.

I'm tired of worrying what you think.  As painful and frightening as it is for me to write this...well, it's true.

I don't want you to like me anymore.  I don't care whether what I say offends you or not.  I'm just gonna be myself and if you don't like it, I don't care.

I don't care. I don't care. I don't care.

And if you like it.

I don't care. I don't care. I don't care.

Wow, that feels pretty goddamned good.

Watched that amazing Woody Allen documentary - watched both parts - and I realized that's what I want to be when I grow up.  I want to be making stuff because I have to, because it's what I'm meant to do, because it stops me from thinking about dying.  Because the busier I am, the less I think about dying.  One movie a year to keep death at bay.  Amazing!

I watch that Louie CK show and that's what I want to be when I grow up.  I want to be bluntly honest and real and embarrassing and embarrassed.  I want to say things you don't like, that are true (at least to me) and that make me laugh.

I want to say screw you to anyone who says I'm not funny.  Because you know what.  I'm funny.  And if you don't get it then it's not meant for you.

I'm dark and mean on the inside.  I'm sweet and nice on the inside.  I'm a bloody rainbow swirl.  All of it and its opposite.

Goodnight.