65INSIGHT: TED LASSO EXPECTATIONS

This week Catherine and I finish our walk & talk with a conversation about Ted Lasso, and how it is good for your characters (and your audiences) to subvert expectations.

Catherine and I are committed to walking 65 miles in six weeks as part of the 65 Roses 65 Mile Challenge. We are raising money for Cystic Fibrosis research in honor of our niece, Harper.

Each week we are also committing to posting an insight into movies, TV, theater or other aspects of our industry just as we finish our walks. Or if we need a break, during our walks. Mostly because as a couch potato, my favorite workouts involve marathoning with a remote.

To donate: Go to my fundraising page, or Catherine’s page and click the DONATE button in the right column.

#23 Voice Professional

My voice mail greeting on my personal phone is the voice of a professional voice over artist. I paid for the service by doing the dishes. Pretty good deal, I think. So those that don’t get me on a call think I’m a real professional – if they don’t recognize her voice.

Or they realize how above my station I married if they do.

Either way, it makes me look better than I am. Which is true outside of the voice greeting; in teaching, writing, or just plain being, she makes me better than I am. That’s the joy of collaboration; and the key is to have the right collaborators. The ones that make you better than you are.

[originally posted as a countdown to our silver anniversary]

65Insight: “Just Mercy”

This week I talk about the movie Just Mercy, and the dramatic concept of delaying justice for our characters.

Catherine and I are committed to walking 65 miles in six weeks as part of the 65 Roses 65 Mile Challenge. We are raising money for Cystic Fibrosis research in honor of our niece, Harper. We are approaching the half-way mark – and we are on track to double our miles!

Each week we are also committing to posting an insight into movies, TV, theater or other aspects of our industry just as we finish our walks. Or if we need a break, during our walks. Mostly because as a couch potato, my favorite workouts involve marathoning with a remote.

Help us double our fundraising as well as our miles!

To donate: Go to my fundraising page, or Catherine’s page and click the DONATE button in the right column.

#24 “Well, Doctor…”

We can both be a bit goofy. When one of us does something especially goofy physically – usually trying to get a laugh through walking like a duck or pretending we can do cartwheels when we can’t – we have a phrase to remind us to think it through. We imagine the conversation at the hospital that we would have to have.

“Well, doctor, I thought it would make her laugh if I used the duct tape to make my nose look like a pig nose.”

That sort of thing.

Doesn’t stop us from acting goofy; just makes us laugh harder.

[originally posted as a countdown to our anniversary]

Elderly Man River: “Keep in Mind the Tiny Tots” has Always Been With Us

I have a friend that recently was forced to change the lyrics to a country song because the grammar wasn’t correct – and the song was going to be used in kid’s programming, so we can’t have that. In King George and the Ducky Phil Vischer (while I worked on the story, the magic all came from Phil) was able to get away with Larry singing “more wronger” (rhymes with “stronger”) by having Bob point out the error.

To honor the ongoing battle of lyrics (and dialogue) that is less-than-grammatical by design, here is a link to YouTube and Stan Freberg and Daws Butler dealing with the issue in the era of classic radio. https://youtu.be/PLlTlYfqQV4

65Insight: About Time and Character Choice

Catherine and I talk about the delightful movie, About Time, and reflections on how choice defines character.

Catherine and I are committed to walking 65 miles in six weeks as part of the 65 Roses 65 Mile Challenge. We are raising money for Cystic Fibrosis research in honor of our niece, Harper.

Each week we are also committing to posting an insight into movies, TV, theater or other aspects of our industry just as we finish our walks. Or if we need a break, during our walks. Mostly because as a couch potato, my favorite workouts involve marathoning with a remote.

To donate: Go to my fundraising page, or Catherine’s page and click the DONATE button in the right column.

Faith / Culture Intersection Moment: Schmigadoon!

Well, the good book has something to say about that. True love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

In others words, it’s a lot of work.

So it’s probably not something you find. It’s something you make.

                        Reverend Layton, “ Cross that Bridge,” Schmigadoon!

#25 Fireflies

Ever watch a kid discover fireflies for the first time? Cycling through the “What was that?” to “No way” to “Wow” to mesmerized?

I got to watch her discover fireflies – but in her late twenties. I don’t think a four-year-old could outdo her in the wonder department. The giddy chasing them through the field along with a crowd of the younger set; the fascination with how-does-that-work; the realization that Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride didn’t make this stuff up.

The wonder of discovery hasn’t left her. It’s cute. It’s infectious.

And it has me running through fields chasing after fireflies.

[originally posted as a countdown to our silver anniversary]

65Insight: Ryan Hurst, Bosch & Benedict

Catherine chats about acting and Ryan Hurst

As part of our 65 Mile Challenge insight, Catherine talks about acting, using the performance of Ryan Hurst in Bosch and The Mysterious Benedict Society.

Catherine and I are committed to walking 65 miles in six weeks as part of the 65 Roses 65 Mile Challenge. We are raising money for Cystic Fibrosis research in honor of our niece, Harper.

Each week we are also committing to posting an insight into movies, TV, theater or other aspects of our industry just as we finish our walks. Or if we need a break, during our walks. Mostly because as a couch potato, my favorite workouts involve marathoning with a remote.

To donate: Go to my fundraising page, or Catherine’s page and click the DONATE button in the right column.

65 Insight: 3 Stories & A Quiet Place

Catherine and I are committed to walking 65 miles in six weeks as part of the 65 Roses 65 Mile Challenge. We are raising money for Cystic Fibrosis research in honor of our niece, Harper.

Each week we are also committing to posting an insight into movies, TV, theater or other aspects of our industry just as we finish our walks. Or if we need a break, during our walks. Mostly because as a couch potato, my favorite workouts involve marathoning with a remote. This is a sample we created as we try to get into shape for the challenge.

To donate: Go to my fundraising page, or Catherine’s page and click the DONATE button in the right column.