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Re: David Loftus redux

Postby David Loftus » Fri Jul 23, 2010 10:06 am

My book profile of The Unbearable Lightness of Being is officially unveiled on the British literary site Book Drum:


http://www.bookdrum.com/books/the-unbea ... index.html


If you haven't seen this already, be sure to check out the Bookmarks tab, which absorbed many hours of fascinating labor.
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Re: David Loftus redux

Postby Moderator » Fri Jul 23, 2010 10:27 am

Love the bookmarks. A lot of fun information there. Suggestion, if it's technically possible: provide a link to the artwork in a larger size so that the details can be seen more effectively. There are a couple of paintings which are wonderful works but lose a lot of impact at the current size. Otherwise, love the stuff.

(The Robespierre item reminds me of the joke I recounted on another thread. Did you see it? Seems like it's your kind of humor.)
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Re: David Loftus redux

Postby David Loftus » Sat Jul 24, 2010 1:33 am

I can see your point about some of the artwork. I'll try to find time to fix those.

Looking at the work of some of the other book profilers on Book Drum, I see that while my profiles may be more complete and erudite, they are not as Web-savvy. Other folks brought in a lot more Web sources, hotlinks, etc., whereas my profiles are still pretty wordy and verbally referential, rather than providing instant links (e.g., all my "see Bookmark for page ___" references, instead of providing links on the spot). Guess I'm a bit old-fashioned and getting older.
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Re: David Loftus redux

Postby David Loftus » Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:12 am

In case anybody missed my announcement on the Pavvy, my latest rant -- about WikiLeaks and our wars:


http://www.americancurrents.com/2010/07 ... f-war.html
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Postby Jan » Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:32 am

Never heard of a commercial done on spec. Interesting.
Who did the voice-over? You, one hopes.
I think the husband should have been sort of honestly typing/waiting and be slightly puzzled by what the lady says. His line should have been something like, "Didn't I tell you we have fast internet now?" Closer shot of display, not the whole computer. Daughter too old. Mother should have been more ecstatic and rewarded the husband with a free look at her tits.

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Postby David Loftus » Sun Aug 22, 2010 11:01 pm

Well, the story here is that the two guys who wrote and shot the commercial had done a lot of local ads for Comcast until that company decided only to do national marketing; and they had pieced together an ad for the local company they were going to pitch this one to out of stock footage. Now they wanted to show the client what they could do from scratch, in the hope that the company would bite.

Well, they didn't. Not this time, anyway. But it was good practice, and they paid me a little money.

Is there voiceover? I don't recall. I didn't do it, in any case.

Daughter too old? Maybe it appears that way, given how Hollie and I look, but realistically, it was totally plausible. Hollie's 48 and I'm 51.

I agree with your suggestion for a denouement. Hollie'd laugh. She's a very good sport with a bawdy sense of humor.
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Re: David Loftus redux

Postby Jan » Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:32 am

Maybe things look different at your age, but I thought I was suggesting a climax? :)

The daughter, it seemed like she was supposed to be entering college. But from her one doesn't get the sense that she still needs her parents much or that any worries are justified. They should have caught her stripping on her bed to delighted cheers from off screen. One would immediately realize that the internet connection is useful.

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Re: David Loftus redux

Postby David Loftus » Sun Aug 29, 2010 1:25 am

Our 48-Hour Film Project entry was a real crowd pleaser; waves of laughter rolled across the audience at both the big screen showings I attended. We got an "Audience Award" (meaning the crowd liked ours the best of the dozen or so it screened with in the semifinals), and our writer-director won Best Editing in the finals. I didn't mind losing Best Film to another movie that was very very well done, but I thought a lot of the others got recognition for gimmicks and technical gimcrackery while limping through on weak or obvious plotting and uneven acting.

In order to make the 7-minute maximum time for the film, Dan had to cut some scenes from the script that we shot, but most of that will go back into a 10-12 minute "director's cut" that he'll have ready in a week or so. But for the time being, here's our movie as we submitted it to the contest:

http://www.vimeo.com/14021260
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Re: David Loftus redux

Postby David Loftus » Sun Nov 07, 2010 6:03 pm

I've been writing commentaries for "American Currents" for exactly one year. Friday's was a corker:

http://www.americancurrents.com/2010/11 ... oftus.html


Today, I took stock of the 64,400+ words in about 142 pieces I've pounded out for the blog in the last 365:

http://www.americancurrents.com/2010/11 ... oftus.html


Was involved in readings of two of Shakespeare's lesser-known plays last month ("Cymbeline" and "The Winter's Tale") and am scheduled to do a couple short film shoots later this month. Also apparently have an inside shot at getting cast in a Verizon ad.

Still not clear yet, but I THINK I may be able to get off unemployment in the next few weeks through a combination of writing content for ReputationDefender.com and various freelance writing and acting jobs.
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Re: David Loftus redux

Postby David Loftus » Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:57 pm

Wow. It's been a long time since I've checked in here!

Quick rundown of activities since that Nov. 2010 post. I did get off unemployment, in early February 2011. I think Carole said our household income took a $20,000 dive in 2010, but we didn't feel it too badly because we had already cut back on much of our expenses and were living lean and simple -- no mortgage, no car, no consumer debt, no meat purchases to speak of, etc.

I did indeed get the Verizon web ad job (a still from it is adorning the top of my Facebook page at the moment, but more because I adore the young woman who did the scene with me than because it was a big assignment), and I've done LOT of cool stuff since, including an arty local car ad, several short films, several goofy Web series projects (ranging from a horror/fantasy series inspired by the Tarot deck and various ancient myth cycles to a martial arts/fantasy series in which I played an Arab archaeologist), six appearances on "Leverage" as an extra, and a number of "industrials" (that is to say, commercial projects that had me playing everything from a college professor to a suburban Dad in a grocery store. Oh, and commercial print projects for a local vineyard and Keen Shoes (though I haven't seen any images from the latter).

Here are some video clips for your enjoyment. The first is my Arab archaeologist (for reasons that become obvious, I'm only in the first 3 or 4 minutes):

http://vimeo.com/34543820

I've done a lot of work with Thatsacall.com, a pair of former pharmaceutical salesmen who now do comic short videos for drug company trainings and conventions. I'm their go-to straight man, who's either a regional sales manager or potential customer/physician beset by the "hero" of their operation, an absurdly self-confident ass of a salesman known as "Charles Charles." The link should get you access to a three-part series called "The Return of Charles Charles," and you'll find me in all three episodes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnaQfwLLI68

This one is actually just an audition for a job I didn't get, but it turned out pretty good, considering. You should read the explanation below the clip before you view it to understand exactly what's happening:

http://vimeo.com/27892704

This is a rather "arty" ad for a local car dealer, Beaverton Infiniti, which ran on local television stations a bunch last summer:

http://vimeo.com/31055374

Here's a trailer for a short thriller made locally. You won't see much of me in this clip -- I appear only briefly at about 0:54 doing the "Law & Order" team stroll -- but the trailer as a whole looks pretty sharp and VERY un-Portland:

http://intrinsic-media.net/2011/05/24/o ... a-trailer/

This fairly straight AutoCAD web ad was the very first paid job my agent landed for me, in August of 2010. I knew almost none of the other folks in it at the time, but came to know nearly all of them better since. (Get a load of the goddess in the purple sweater! I see her often serving pastries at the local farmer's market these days.):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-bDrLvDmio

Most of the time as an actor, I'm trying to look younger than I really am. Here's one job where that wasn't the case, a Web ad for a retirement center (I'm especially pleased with my rather out-of-it performance in the exercise ball scene):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjZoflS1Jbg

Here's another ostensibly straight scene, but it's from a proposed mockumentary about an actual one-hit wonder band, The Reekers, that had a regional break-out hit in the Washington-Baltimore area called "What a Girl Can't Do" that actually knocked a Beatles tune out of the No. 1 spot. I play a skeptical potential investor in the project in this scene:

http://vimeo.com/21867260

Happily, I'm going to shoot another scene for this project later this month in which I play an inattentive sound tech at a rock concert who screws everything up.

As I also announced on the Art Deco Pavilion, I recently started hosting a political talk show online at BlogTalkRadio.com. If anybody's actually interested in any of this (my recent interview with an Occupy Portland protester wears well, I think, though it takes a while to get rolling -- I'd recommend holding on until, or just jumping to, the portion that begins about 20 or 25 minutes into it):

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pop2radiogroup


Despite all this fun, writing for Reputation.com remains my primary source of income, though working conditions and workflow have taken a negative turn in recent months. But just to show you I'm still doing what I used to do, here's a couple of my recent free-lance pieces for the Books section of the Oregonian:

http://www.oregonlive.com/books/index.s ... _full.html

http://www.oregonlive.com/books/index.s ... er_or.html
War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off. - Karl Kraus

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Re: David Loftus redux

Postby Moderator » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:34 am

Great videos, David. Glad to note that things are going well for you and the career. When you made the commitment a couple of years ago it was a risky thing to do. Love the fact it's working out.
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Re: David Loftus redux

Postby David Loftus » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:52 pm

Here's another video clip, for those of you who may not have seen the link on my Facebook page. From a short thriller shot here in Portland, called "Ambrosia," I play a police sergeant reporting to the lieutenant on the results of a shootout in a parking garage:

http://vimeo.com/51044018
War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off. - Karl Kraus


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