Thursday, June 30, 2011

A message from sylviatoyindustries to the Keskarel Cast: Hey Nidal!

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Nidal's scenes in the movie

keskarel navapeac <> Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 7:30 AM
To: Nidal, diana slampyak, Christopher Robinson
We already know what we need, and it will not take long to shoot: Keskarel rents an apartment from Nidal;

  1. Keskarel and Nidal have a neighborly conversation;
  2. Keskarel is at the cash register buying something from Nidal;
  3. the Videographer passes, stops and looks in the window and then walks on - Keskarel and Nidal burst into laughter.

I would like to do this a week from today, next Thursday, July 7th. Please let me know if this will work. The shoot has to be when the store closes at 9 p.m. in order for Nidal to be able to do it.

thanks, all.


The Keskarel the Movie production team

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hamlet is like a box of chocolates ...

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The Keskarel Quicktime movie Hamlet + Ophelia scene

keskarel navapeac <> Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 10:14 PM
To: Sapna Gandhi, Steven Lewis
Cc: Christopher Robinson , diana slampyak
Thanks for your patience. One of my old writing teachers used say, when you have a good draft, put it in a drawer for 6 weeks and let it sit - or "take," is more like it. A new piece of work is a new thing in your life that you have to get used to.

When I first reread these scenes, just a month or so after seeing Hamlet performed on Alcatraz, I knew this section (below) is what the movie needs - an argument when people are saying mean nasty things to each other, that could get loud, and if distorted by wall and airspace and accompanied by actors' business, could really sound like a domestic dispute, especially to a second language English newlywed who is so green she ran away from home because she really believed bopping her husband on the head with a frozen Cornish game hen could kill him. But I had 1) just seen Hamlet live and 2) we didn't know yet why Keskarel ran away from home.

We have a few guidelines that seem to work for us: the writer (usually Chris, but in this case Shakespeare) writes a script and provides it to the actors. Diana and I improvise, and so did our natural, Nidal at the store downstairs. Nima followed the script without having specific lines. The guidelines for this scene are you are two actors who are rehearsing together to play H + O in your own Shakespeare theatre company. Your fellow troupers don't think you're a fit, and you have to prove to them that you can make it work: you have decided that you will try to surprise each other at rehearsals to keep things fresh. I don't think it's necessary for you to be off book - it just needs to be clear immediately to the audience once they see you, that your characters are actors.

Please remember that the only rule besides show up at sylviatoyindustries is have fun - life is short. We already have a woman attacking her husband with a chicken in the first scene, so knock yourselves out.


    Get thee to a nunnery: why wouldst thou be a
    breeder of sinners? I am myself indifferent honest;
    but yet I could accuse me of such things that it
    were better my mother had not borne me: I am very
    proud, revengeful, ambitious, with more offences at
    my beck than I have thoughts to put them in,
    imagination to give them shape, or time to act them
    in. What should such fellows as I do crawling
    between earth and heaven? We are arrant knaves,
    all; believe none of us. Go thy ways to a nunnery.
    Where's your father?


    At home, my lord.


    Let the doors be shut upon him, that he may play the
    fool no where but in's own house. Farewell.


    O, help him, you sweet heavens!


    If thou dost marry, I'll give thee this plague for
    thy dowry: be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as
    snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to a
    nunnery, go: farewell. Or, if thou wilt needs
    marry, marry a fool; for wise men know well enough
    what monsters you make of them. To a nunnery, go,
    and quickly too. Farewell.


    O heavenly powers, restore him!


    I have heard of your paintings too, well enough; God
    has given you one face, and you make yourselves
    another: you jig, you amble, and you lisp, and
    nick-name God's creatures, and make your wantonness
    your ignorance. Go to, I'll no more on't; it hath
    made me mad. I say, we will have no more marriages:
    those that are married already, all but one, shall
    live; the rest shall keep as they are. To a
    nunnery, go.

I have a shotlist in my head - there are about four or five. This isn't specific yet, but
  1. One in Sapna's living room
  2. One from outside an open window (with you inside/camera outside, peeping tom style)
  3. One in the front yard a prop of your choosing - the only rule is that it has to be big enough for the camera to show an object
  4. One with the two of you from behind walking up the sidewalk, vigorous business/action of your choosing - big enough for the camera to show (it could be tag, skipping, beating each other with plastic baseball bats - you just have to surprise each other)
  5. One with you passing the Videographer on the sidewalk, running your lines however you like
Thanks, and see you soon.


The Keskarel the Movie production team

A message from AD Chris Arthur-Henly Robinson

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keskarel navapeac <> Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 6:22 AM
To: Christopher Robinson <>
hey - i work all day for the next while. we can meet after work on friday. but can you email me back a summary of your ideas before then?

On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 11:55 PM, Christopher Robinson <> wrote:
Hey Sylvia, I have some ideas about how to finish this movie and how to
tie everything together. I have Friday off, we should meet for a story
conference I want to run them over with you and get together a nice
story outline before I finish writing the rest of the script. I have a
whole lot of ideas. I trust that you are doing well my friend I will
look forward to hearing from you.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Keskarel, a Quicktime storyboard

Keskarel - update this week

AD Chris Arthur-Henly Robinson and sylvia will be watching the now 1 hour long, nearly complete storyboard this Friday and making 'next step' plans as well as completing the list of pickup needed.

A message from sylviatoyindustries

cleaned house on my Vimeo page this morning, so some of our scenes are 'missing' from this blog. i will be re-posting them on our new FB page and re-embedding the scenes from Facebook.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Keskarel and her neighbor this weekend: Improv + rehearsal

sorry for the delay - we have been quiet but cogitating, and finally are reworking scenes about the development of Keskarel's and The Videographer's relationship. it had to be done due to our movie developing a plot!

more new core conflicts scenes to be posted later in the week.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Keskarel cast member, Nidal T. Musallam

Many apologies to Nidal, whose name is "Musallam," not Musaliam. I will be correcting his name in all of the credits, but until then, please make this note about our generous, talented friend.


Thanks for Watching

Nima Nejad & Diana Slampyak in a scene from Keskarel
Thanks to everyone who is watching the storyboard. And, if you have the time and inclination + feedback, please make a comment or send us an email,


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Keskarel, a Quicktime storyboard

With 4 new scenes added, the plot is plumping up and the story is starting to make sense. sylvia will continue to add to our new pickup list ( Hopefully, we'll shoot two new scenes with Nidal at Nabila's this coming Thursday the 9th. On July 23, we'll shoot the Hamlet + Ophelia scenes (, and preceeding) with Steve Lewis and Sapna Gandhi down South in Los Angeles. AD Chris is working on a new Keskarel + husband scene for the climax of the movie in fidelity with end-your-story-where-it-started. We are almost done!


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Pick Up

  1. Keskarel and The Videographer after escaping from being seen by K's husband: K reveals to The Videographer that she's "relieved he's alive," and so on.
  2. New scene: K and or The Videographer run into another neighbor who has heard the "domestic disturbance" across the way and wants to know whether anyone else has.
  3. New scene: K asks Nidal whether anyone has been looking for her - this because at the moment it's a mystery (including to me & AD Chris) why Parviz was in the neighborhood.
  4. Speaking of which: why is Parviz in K's neighborhood?
  5. In L.A.: in addition to the Hamlet + Ophelia scene, we need a pass-by on the street scene, a sneak up to the window scene or two, etc. 
  6. keep it simple - documentary, straightforward - but next round: use shadows, reflections, transparencies (environmental phenomena that we rely on to be there, that gives our surroundings dimension, but that we tend only to notice while we're thinking about them. but i think about those phenomena all the time!)

Keskarel: A new scene, a new cast member