The Revolution Will Be CGI

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Quiet on the set!
Take one of The Revolution:
The scene is set; script is read; blocking is down
But you’re staring out into the lens,
stuck, stiff, emotionless, and tongue-tied
Can I get some motivation here?
Where’s all the passion? Where’s your conviction?
It takes a little more than reciting lines to play a part
Cut!

Take two of The Revolution:
Lights, camera, more inaction
We’re calling in the make-up crew to force your face to feign interest
Can I get a stunt heart in here?
This bag of bones can’t be bothered to breathe or beat
Isn’t there an actor here who can act alive?

I’ve got an open mind for comments and rewrites
But without a rising action there’s no dénouement

You want revolution without leaving your chair
But you’re broke if you bargain with what isn’t there
I’m tired of appealing to your better angels
We can’t wrap production unless you act

We’re losing light and our budget’s tight
And your best work so far is on the cutting room floor
Mamihlapinatapai!

What can I expect from you when your demo reel’s a still frame?
No one can direct you but yourself
I can’t expect much from you when your method is rigor mortis
No one can incite you but yourself

Take three of the Revolution:
Green screens and 3-D motion-capture
The camera’s shooting emptiness; a void we’ll fill in post-production
Animate a human right here
We’ll perfect his speech and program some feeling
The Revolution will not be live, but CGI

You talk evolution but I’ve seen this before
You passed the audition on anger alone
But your crippled complacence makes your trailer a hearse
You’re much less Guevara than Hearst

You want revolution without leaving your chair
But you’re broke if you bargain with what isn’t there
I’m so sick of appealing to your better angels
We’re wrapping production until you act

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from Engines, released August 31, 2012

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Blue Food is funk for the 21st century. A 7-piece prog/funk/rock outfit, creating eclectic, powerful music fusing elements of funk, rock, metal, jazz, and everything in between.

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