Blogging a movie: Costume as action and storytelling

This experiment is more about what will be entailed in removing the mummy strips than about applying them. The costuming is for a scene during which removing the mummy strips is part of a ritual memorializing the creation of the Universe. I know from previous projects that unwrapping is just not effective if the wrap effect is fake. What I’m working on is getting strong look that can be unwrapped quickly; and also, dependably for the sake of continuity.

Dime Novel Snippet: Armageddon 

(My Dime Novel Snippets are existential “blowing off steam” that mean only whatever you read into them; and are intended primarily to entertain, puzzle, tickle, vex, etc.)

‘” … But, no,” she said as he looked at her as if he’d like to poke her in the eye and could barely restrain himself from doing so.

And he said, “Antisocial.”

“I’ve been called that before,” she said.

“Cynic,” he spat.

“That too,” she replied as he now looked at her as if he’d like to poke both her eyes with his peace sign.

“Stop grinding your teeth at me,” she said. “I have told you before: when that Armageddon you believe scares me (even though your created it inside your head and I don’t even know what it looks like), when that happens, I will still be foraging on my own while you are in a meeting with the others, your idealists, voting on the wording of your treaty with God. … ”

“Skeptic,” he said.

“No. Atheist,” she grinned as offensively as she was could. … ‘

PASSAGES: Thinking out loud about character and story

Sylvia Toy PASSAGES Throne Room 1 Ⓒ 2015 bResearch.

I am forming a picture in my mind of a Prologue for PASSAGES. It is a scene of a ritual regularly performed by the King of the Gods and witnessed by his sisters. During the ritual, the King reenacts Creation as an homage to The One, the ancestor who was the first God and created the world.

I was 16 the first time I read the Divine Comedy. I found Paradise a boring disappointment. And I probably just couldn’t understand how an adventurer like Dante who did cool stuff with a cool guy like Virgil could sustain a crush on a chick who spends her afterlife staring at God all day.

I tried to read Paradise about 10 years later and still found it unsatisfying after the fire, brimstone and politics of Hell and the unfairness of Purgatory. As an older adult, every 10 years or so, I read Hell without even going on to the next two books. You can do that as a grownup without feeling like it’s cheating your education.

Sylvia Toy PASSAGES Sum'a 1st Costume-Prop Test Ⓒ 2015
It has dawned on me that in a world that The One created where evolution happens, the God who was in charge of nature – a God who starts her day by witnessing her brother ritualistically re-create the world while her sister plays the same beats the same way every time in a gong – that divine overseer would notice a change in the pattern of nature as humans got smarter and invented leisure.

Eventually, the God of nature that leisure is not the same kind of thing as the reverence and stillness of witnessing the ritual of the re-creation of the world every morning. Leisure is not their eyes are watching God, like Beatrice in paradise.

My Goddess of nature had suddenly become more complex. The story has started writing itself and leaving out some of my darlings.

My Umbrella

Still, VOICE

There was a time during my personal dark ages when I was pretty sure that as I walked down the street, everyone was thinking at me. They hated me; they laughed at me; they thought such terrible thoughts about me that after years of medication and behavior modification therapy, I can’t even find that part of my brain to remember what those thoughts were.

Just as I put a face on the voice inside my head as a child and called her my middle name, Susan, I confounded my paranoia (a putrifying rose by any other name … ) and demonized strangers. Though I was not exactly directly blaming them for the chaos inside my head, for about a year and a half, I periodically whacked a male stranger upside his head with my umbrella.

I did not do this inside my head. I did it, literally. It was violent and horrible. And like I said, medication and therapy erased the path to the part of me that had some esoteric reasons for it, which I explained to myself and my providers through the elaborate, sometimes even eloquent, anti-logic of paranoia.

Over the past year – longer, really, probably since the Trayvon Martin murder – as there has been gradually more disclosure about police shootings and other police violence affecting African Americans in particular, I have watched happen in American social media and “popular news” sources the same anti-logic that used to happen inside my head.

I am coming out a clinical depression that is so mild and brief (about 17 days) compared to what happens to a lot of people I know that I am ashamed to mention it except that it gave me a bit of writer’s block. I am very grateful for the medication and therapy that helped me off the path where fear only leads to more fear and anger that one is afraid. I am grateful that I was able to change my thought patterns. 

A few years ago at my favorite shoe store, they gave me a beautiful umbrella. It is so big that 4 or 5 people could shelter under it. It does not fit into a handbag, of course. I am grateful that I can safely carry it nowadays. 

I love my umbrella. 

PASSAGES: Sketch, Sum’a the Enforcer’s case for extermination of the humans

Created with Public Domain footage from the Internet Archive. This video has no sound.

PASSAGES is a performance art movie in progress. In PASSAGES, the heart of the conflict is the god Sum’o’s desire to experience giving birth like a human. The gods in this story – Sum’o and his sisters, Sum’i and Sum’a – are a lot like spoiled children who grow up believing that they can do anything they want. Sum’o’s appearance and gender was by his own choice, but now he wants to have a human experience. His youngest sister Sum’a hates humans as defilers of the world and wants to destroy them. His older sister Sum’i is interested only in maintaining balance through observance of the laws, traditions and principles handed down by their ancestors.

Blogging a movie: PASSAGES, Scene 3 (sketch)

This sketch is rough and has only basic tech, but nearly full costuming. This likely is the third scene in the movie, in which Sum’a, the youngest sibling in the trinity of gods, has been summoned to the throne room by her older sister, so that Sum’a can be informed of their brother Sum’o’s, King of the Gods, pregnancy. Thanks for watching.

PASSAGES is a performance art movie in progress. In PASSAGES, the heart of the conflict is the god Sum’o’s desire to experience giving birth like a human. The gods in this story – Sum’o and his sisters, Sum’i and Sum’a – are a lot like spoiled children who grow up believing that they can do anything they want. Sum’o’s appearance and gender was by his own choice, but now he wants to have a human experience. His youngest sister Sum’a hates humans as defilers of the world and wants to destroy them. His older sister Sum’i is interested only in maintaining balance through observance of the laws, traditions and principles handed down by their ancestors.

My Manic Diary, published June 21, 2015 in the Kindle store

Sylviatoyindustries-My Manic Diary

MY MANIC DIARY eBookcover. Art by Sylviatoyindustries.

This diary was created in February and March, 2015, approximately 3 months before I planned to retire from dayjob. I believe each of us is emotionally ready to retire at different points in our lives. I was ready in 2012, so, by 2014, I was counting the days. After I woke up manic on February 28, 2015, I knew it was time to retire from dayjob because I am too old to have a professional dayjob simultaneous with a professional art career on 3 hours of sleep per night. I retired on March 27, 2015, long enough for my employer to find a replacement. Finally, the 40 to 60 hours per week I’ve put into making art (sculpture, theatre, video) for 3o years is happening 9 to 5. I tried to keep the diary in as raw a state as possible, so there has been only minimal editing for formatting and clarity.