I was watching the original 1979 Alien today and it struck me how the actors are all of a fairly average fitness level. In the opening shot, as everyone is coming out of stasis on the Nostromo, the men are mostly shirtless, but none of them have the requisite six-pack abs and bulging chest that I feel certain would be there if this movie was made today. Why? [more inside]
So, I found a mummified, perfectly preserved butterfly on my window sill. Its beautiful and I want to preserve it and look at it and may be show it off to people. See if I can make a brooch or something out of it and give it as a gift to people close to me. But I cant do any of this as the butterfly is quite fragile. How can I preserve this butterfly forever ... or if that's not possible, a very long time? [more inside]
I have a wax model (a small buckle). I'm interested in getting 500 or so brass or bronze castings made of it. Does anyone have any experience with a contract casting house? Who? How were they to deal with? What were prices like?
I need to find a substance that is : a) transparent over the visible or infrared, b) melts between 10 and 100 degrees C c) has modest freeze/melt expansion e)is at least a bit volatile in the liquid phase. [more inside]
Yes, I can Google, and I see there are a lot of websites for casting calls out there. Some of the more polished ones charge for making posts. I don't mind paying to post an ad. But which websites have a lot of actors looking at them and are likely to get results? My production is in Seattle. [more inside]
What's the best way to ask someone if you can take their photograph on the street? Also where's a good place to discreetly watch people? [more inside]
I have two dream jobs: one is working as a producer at a small independent production company in NY, the other is being a casting director. I don't want to be some big hollywood producer, but I'd love to work at a smaller media company. Whenever I've managed to get a foot in the door somewhere, I've done well. There are two problems. One is I have no idea how to land an entry level position in such a company. The other is that I'm starting out late at the age of 29. [more inside]
I have these antique wooden horses, some of which are completely missing their tails due to breaking off and subsequent loss. I would like to recreate 4 extra tails using some method but am getting overwhelmed by the possibilities. I am not afraid to try creating a mold then casting them somehow, but I would like this to be easy and cost effective (<$30 total) since I only need to do 4. I am doing this purely for aesthetic reasons and the material does not have to be terribly durable and Obviously I do not expect this to be wooden. The tails are approximately 2" x 1" and are originally wood, painted black.
How to remove/dissolve Oasis wet floral foam? Problem: must be polyester friendly. [more inside]
Where can I get a (bronze?) cast of a squeaky alligator toy made and mounted? [more inside]
I am shooting a music video next month. It's a personal portfolio project and while my social group has stepped in beautifully, I still need people with certain traits/looks. Is there a place online I can post a listing to while also being upfront that it is an unpaid/volunteer gig? [more inside]
Where can I find good quality stamped or molded _3D_ reproductions of zodiac signs (the fish, goat, scales, etc - not the written characters) of a "classical" appearance, between 1" and 2" diameter? I found several places selling a zodiac candy mold, which might work, but I'm not sure I like the style of the images. I'm wanting to use whatever I find as a pattern for sand-casting metal to make adornments for a big armillary sphere I'm building for my garden, so it doesn't really matter what they're made out of. Tin, plastic, wood, paper - whatever. If they're too flimsy I can make castings of them and use those as patterns. Suggestions would be appreciated. :-)
Any tips for securing big name (sort of) talent for an indie pilot? [more inside]
Where are the industrial live/work spaces and/or workshops in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
What makes a good casting director? [more inside]
How can I make a clear plastic cast of a bicycle? [more inside]
As a hobbyist robot builder/random object fabricator, what options are available to me for making custom parts out of plastic or similar materials? [more inside]
I play bass guitar. I'm not bad at it. In fact, I'm quite good. How do I get auditions to start playing for touring musicals and the like? (and do I stand a chance?) [more inside]
OK, I've searched all over the internet, MeFi and tons of blogs. I've learned a lot, but I haven't found what I'm looking for. I want to carve a simple ring design for my girlfriend, out of jewelers wax, then send it to a professional silversmith and have it cast. Now I could do it myself, but I neither have the space nor the equipment to do it properly. So yes I have seen and read just about every tutorial about DIY casting. So...anyone out there know where I could find an actual silversmith, only found one, they want a minimum of 25 pieces....
Is there a down and dirty way to determine my suit measurements without going to see a tailor or using anything other than a normal tape measure? [more inside]
Casting calls for hired goons? Counter-intuitively, I may have a 'look' for movies/TV. Do I? If so, what do I do with it? [more inside]
MeFi Chef Brigade: Anyone out there know anything about cast sugar (sometimes called poured sugar or sugar glass)? I'm experimenting with some historical cast sugar recipes, but could use some advice..... [more inside]
I want to stream my desktop on popular sites such as Justin.tv. However I'm on a Mac. What software do I need?
I want to stream my desktop on popular sites such as Justin.tv. However I'm on a Mac. What software do I need? [more inside]
I'm making a short film in Boston that requires two leads -- a man and a woman -- in their mid-20s who can dance ballroom. Where should I post a casting notice? [more inside]
Moving company overseas, any software to help with online communication like Video & live Screen casting for online meetings.
Moving company overseas, any software to help with online communication like Video & live Screen casting for online meetings. [more inside]
MeFi actors/casting directors/people who have been extras before... any tips for what I should do at an "extras casting call"? [more inside]
I'm trying to host an open casting call for actors/models in NYC. Any ideas for somewhere professional, yet cheap or free? [more inside]
Narrative/fiction movies with unexpected moments of "reality" or fourth wall-breaking or other interesting metaness?
Narrative/fiction movies with unexpected elements of "reality" or fourth wall breaking or other interesting metaness? Illustrative examples inside (without spoilers): Sling Blade, Bamboozled, Shortbus, Timecode, South Park, etc. [more inside]
I have a small but detailed necklace pendant of the buddha cast in silver. How and where can I get an exact replica cast in 24k gold or platinum in NYC? [more inside]
Where could I post a casting call for an online web contest that involves dancing? [more inside]
How do you make a mold for lost-wax casting? [more inside]
How does one become a casting director? It doesn't seem like there would be classes in film school on becoming a casting director, so I'm curious as to what professional course one would take to attain this position. I have quite an eye for placing actors in roles that have yet to be cast, but I'm sure that's not all it takes. Is it all just nepotism and luck?
[Filmfilter] Why are some people listed with their character's names and others not in film opening credits? [MI] [more inside]
Has anyone here ever done small-scale plastic (specifically polycarbonate) casting/fabrication at home? What are some good resources for getting started?