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Video: “The Secret Lives of Goldfish”

Here’s “The Secret Lives of Goldfish,” the short film that Hank Ebert and I made as an entry in the annual Bike Shorts film festival in Roanoke, Va. (which, in turn, is part of a national competition.)

I adapted one of my stage scripts, “The Secret Lives of Goldfish, vol. 6” and Hank supplied the video magic.

Alas, we didn’t win. But we had fun, and hope you do, too, as you watch it.

Earlier, I posted some still photos from the making of this little epic.

I decided to wear the goldfish costume to the festival. Apparently, all one has to do to get attention in downtown Roanoke is to wear a fish costume on the street. Who knew? On the five block walk to the festival location, I had four people stop and take my picture, not counting this one that co-worker Erica Myatt took before I left work.

A French tourist at an art gallery came out onto the sidewalk to stop me; I couldn’t understand a word she said but I sure got the idea when she pointed to her camera. Later, when I walked by the Awful Arthur’s seafood restaurant, a man hailed me, brought me in and took me around the bar, where some (but certainly not all) patrons wanted a picture. And one little girl riding in a car shouted out “there’s Nemo!”

To get a glimpse of what she saw, see below: Read the rest of this entry »

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Still photos from my short film, “The Secret Lives of Goldfish”

Chad Snyder stars as the goldfish in "The Secret Lives of Goldfish."

Chad Snyder stars as the goldfish in “The Secret Lives of Goldfish.”

I recently collaborated with Salem filmmaker Hank Ebert to create a short film for the annual “Bike Shorts” film competition. The main rule is, it has to feature a bicycle. I adapted my short script “The Secret Lives of Goldfish” (actually this is episode 6 in the series of short stage plays) for the project.

The main thing you need to know about “The Secret Lives of Goldfish” is that it involves a goldfish riding a bicycle — our riff on the line about “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.”

I wrote the script; Hank Ebert was the director and videographer. Chad Snyder and Kevin McAlexander are the two goldfish (although only Chad appears on camera; Kevin is there in a voiceover.) Hank’s wife, Marianne, made the goldfish suit; my wife, Trina, made the headpiece. We did the outdoor filming in March in Green Hill Park in Roanoke County, then finished up with voiceovers in the studio in April.

I’ve worked with Hank on two other short films — “My Kid Could Paint That” and a Sweded version of “Back to the Future” in a local competition. Both Chad and Kevin had key roles in that project, as well.

The films will be screened, and judged, on May 3, with the winner advancing on to national competition.  I’ve held off posting still photos now, until after the entry deadline has passed, so here goes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Seattle radio station produces two of my scripts as radio plays

Caitlin Bancroft, Dave Matsui and Walter Lutsch of Falcon Radio Theatre. Photo courtesy Falcon Radio Theatre.

Caitlin Bancroft, Dave Matsui and Walter Lutsch of Falcon Radio Theatre in Seattle. They were the cast. Photo courtesy Falcon Radio Theatre.

A Seattle Internet radio station produced two of my scripts on January 31 in a radio theatre format.

KSPU — kspu.org — is affiliated with Seattle Pacific University. Each Thursday, the station produces Falcon Radio Theatre.

The folks behind the show came across my site, contacted me, and eventually settled on “Occupations,” a dark one-act about three siblings who each are trying to hide their true jobs from one another (mercenary, prostitute, thief), and “The Secret Lives of Goldfish: The Escape,” a light, bright five-minute piece.

I listened in on my home computer and, after fumbling a bit over which software to use, had the broadcast coming in loud and clear, all the way from Puget Sound to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Based on what the producers have told me, it sounds like there’s a good chance they’ll be producing some additional scripts of mine in the future.

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Video: “The Secret Lives of Goldfish” at Liminal gallery

I have a series of short pieces called “The Secret Lives of Goldfish” in which I take a humorous look at two goldfish, one of whom has delusions of grandeur, the other of whom is very much aware of its piscene limitations.

One of those pieces — “The Secret Lives of Goldfish, volume 4: Hot for the Deep Sea Driver” — was performed as a staged reading Oct. 25 at one of the regular readings hosted by the Liminal alternative artspace gallery in Roanoke.

Two students from Community High School — Celine Anderson and Frank Finch — were the goldfish in question.

(There’s a male version of this particular piece. That’s volume 3: “Hot for the Mermaid.” Same piece, just genders reversed.)

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