Category Archives: Stage Combat

Hang it all, man!

As it always is, it’s been a busy beginning of semester. This year’s mainstage directing for me will be Legacy of Light, a charming story that even now still makes me happy and hits me in the feels, something a script can’t always do when you’ve been living with it as just words on a […]

Ramp It Up (and Down)

Link and Video-heavy. Scroll down if you want to skip the exposition/explanation of terms. Filmmaking blog site Story & Heart had a little piece on Speed-Ramping that reminded me of a post I’ve been meaning to write for a few months now. It’s a popular gimmick in screen action these days – a rebirth of the […]

Year One Done

Grades are in, the school year’s over, and the first hopefully-annual UWYO Stage Combat Workshop is in the bag. The last week before the workshop, a university photographer came and snapped some shots of the broadsword class practicing for their Skills Proficiency Test. I’m hoping to work with our graphics person to make some stage-combat […]

Richard III

Richard III is now officially opened at Agecroft Hall. While it brings with it all the challenges of outdoor theatre (rain, insects, the occasional airplane or loud bar mitsva party down the block), it’d be hard to find a more appropriate venue for summer Shakespeare outside of one of the handfuls of period theatre recreations. […]

Quacks like a duck. Isn’t a duck.

First, as a possible sidebar to the previous post on shell-ejecting airsoft props, I bring you a new development in airsoft: sound effects: What do you think? Stupid gimmick, or at all useful? Wonder if you could tie that into your lavalier microphone system and actually make it useful for film or stage. Frankly I’d […]

Pro[se] & Con[ference]

That’s actually not all that far from describing academic theatre conferences, although the cosplay is far less creative and the panel presentations frequently more obtuse. I greatly enjoyed ATHE 2013 though (no link right now, as their page was recently hacked), milking it for all I could; I presented in five sessions, plus a couple […]

State of the Industries

Weather permitting, Fight Designer LLC will be tabelling at tomorrow evening’s Virginia Production Alliance State of the Industry mingler in Richmond. I’ll bring some toys for show & tell, and see if I can’t drum up a little more local business. WHEN AND WHERE Richmond  Thursday, January 17, 2013    6 pm – 9 pm Metro […]

Preparing to leave 2012

A look back, a look forward, a look around – all of these are generally prompted by changes in the calendar date. That and the occasional curse when writing a check, followed by some ripping and another check coming out. Looking back it’s been an eventful year. Don’t worry, I don’t have the time for […]

The Artsies

Richmond theatre was on fine display last night, and it was good to see so many familiar faces – I suppose I am finally starting to become a part of the local scene now. It marked my first time at an awards gala. The tux was brought out of the closet – a set I […]

Everybody’s a Critic… but not all are in the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle

Kicked off this morning with a nice email in my in-box, sent to me and Jan Powell, interim artistic director of Richmond Shakespeare and then-guest-director of Macbeth last February: Hi Jan and Kevin, I know you are both relatively new to Richmond but you may have heard about the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle (RTCC) and […]