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|Part of the early KSK Party goers in New Orleans|
I also had to return to my oral surgeon as there was a huge problem with one of the tooth implants I had to have earlier this year. Ouch! You see, last year during my annual teeth cleaning the dentist discovered a white patch the size of a dime and sent me immediately to my oral surgeon for a biopsy. Needless to say, I ended up having to have several teeth removed and the "Cancer" area as well. Then the rebuilding process with the bone graphing and tooth implants. This was an eight month process.
I was so excited last week, two days before the big KSK party, that everything was finished and I was looking forward to an old fashioned weekend barbecue with ribs, corn on the cob, and potato salad. But no! "Houston we have a problem," One of the implants was loose on Friday 13, 2012. I had to go to the oral surgeon before the party. However, before they could get to the "root" of the problem, no pun intended, I had to be on several medications first. Then on Tuesday, I'd have to return to the oral surgeon.
|Dr. Walter "Walters"|
Oral Surgeon who gave inspiration
to the character Dr. Frank Franklin in
The Keystroke Killer
The good news is that it was the abutment itself and not the rejection of the implant they previously thought. After six hours of sawing in my mouth, success. They were able to remove the tooth and the abutment without damaging the implant. SUCCESS. Now, it will be several weeks, not months, before a new abutment and tooth can be connected. But, considering that it could have been the implant as well, I"ll take that. Thanks to all of my friends and family that kept me in their prayers and provided the much needed support. Even my mother came down and "Nursed" me back to health with her homemade potato soup.
There was a bit of bright and shiny news as our beloved New Orleans Saints team signed our favorite quarterback, Drew Brees, to a five-year $100 million dollar contract. Whew! It is well deserved and I can't wait for the NFL football season to kick off. Both literally and figuratively speaking of course. There shouldn't be any surprises in the fact that I am an avid NFL New Orleans Saints fan. And, just like the time the Saints went and won the Super Bowl in Miami, I plan on being in that number when they win in the Super Dome this season. WHO DAT!
|Dr. Mel at the Super Bowl in Miami|
I also received word that three more actors were able to get an agent to represent them because of their audition they posted on The Keystroke Killer Fan Site. I simply love getting those kinds of updates. That is true networking at its best on a social media web site.
And, to my surprise, I was informed by Google, that KSK and The Keystroke Killer is one of the top keywords being searched on their search engine. Wow. So, I decided to test it out. I started by going to the Google Search Images page and typed in KSK. The top five pictures included the montage of the members of KSK on Facebook, the original short poster for The Keystroke Killer, the ICON for KSK, a picture of me from the blog, and a picture of Johnny Rock, Diane Margizliano., Timothy Wyant and Tina Rubin, who BTW, were the New Orleans KSK party planners..
The next search was also a Google Image search. This time, I typed out The Keystroke Killer. I really couldn't believe what I was seeing. The results included more than 10 pages of online auditions from KSK members, photos of me, the script, and things from my blog. Look and see if you are one of the lucky actors that are being seen first when other producers, agents, directors, and casting directors, search images for The Keystroke Killer. Here is the picture of those results. This is only one indication how the online process for KSK is helping your own individual search results.
Next, I decided to do a general search on the web through Google. This search also gave me an insight into our project. Again, we are ranked first. I only put in The Keystroke Killer. Here is the result.
GOOGLE WEB SEARCH RESULTS FOR THE KEYSTROKE KILLER
The last serach I completed on Google was using just the acronym "KSK." We are in the top five here. Take a look at the results.
Of course all rankings could all change next week, but I thought I'd share the pictures with you. You are a part of something that is catching on. I can't thank you enough. Maybe, if I have time in the future, I'll do a BING and a YAHOO search. Or, if anyone else wants to do it and send me the results in a jpeg, that would be great too.
NEW 40 AND LEROY EPISODE DISTRIBUTED
Creator/Director/Producer: Reed McCants
The latest episode of 40 and Leroy, the web series that I am one of the Executive Producers for, along with Neema Barnette, also came out this week. If you haven't been following that series and want good old fashion slap stick comedy, subscribe to the series 40 and Leroy at www.40andLeroy.com. Lots and lots of fun.
KSK PARTY CENTRALAlso, it was the first ever KSK Party Social Event, in both Los Angeles and New Orleans at the same time where all of us partied like movie stars. It was great seeing so many people who I felt I knew face-to-face.
|Jack Curenton manning Skype in Los Angeles|
Don Robb overlooking Jack's progress.
|Nick Blady manning the controls in New Orleans|
|Jerry Lopez chatting from New Orleans to Los Angeles|
|Ashlie McRae, Dr. Mel, and Joseph McRae|
|Doppelganger on the left and Dr. Mel on the right. Really, that is not me on the left.|
(Gregory Kurcyznski on the left and Jack Curenton on the right.)
|Johnny Rock and Ryan De Sade|
Once Johnny Rock got things started, Gypsy Elise, accompanied by the fabulous keyboardist Ryan De Sade, shook things up with local favorites songs like Brown Eyed Girl and then a complete set of original music. Also available was the limited edition of THE KEYSTROKE KILLER “Unofficial Soundtrack” with more than 15 original songs. It truly is one of a kind album. There are a couple of the CDs remaining. If you are interested, you may purchase it from Gypsy Elise. It is a limited edition printing, but if there is enough interest, I think we may be able to swing a second edition.
|Gypsy Elise and Ryan De Sade at C Beevers, July 13, 2012|
|The Will Call Band, performing at the Los Angeles KSK Party|
THE "UNOFFICIAL KSK SOUNDTRACKMusic by Gypsy Elise and the Royal Blues Street Band
|Front and Back Jacket of "Unofficial Soundtrack" for The Keystroke Killer|
Music by Gypsy Elise and The Royal Blues Band
CD"s available for a limited time only
Also more music from Gypsy Elise available at the link above
MUSIC OF THE NIGHTWhile New Orleans was enjoying the beautiful vocals from Gypsy Elise, in her Southern Blues and Jazz style, Los Angeles was keeping up with us with their own music.
|Natalie Sharp and Rockin Dopsie impromptu performance|
SKYPE KSK STYLEThe KSK party Skyped into the Los Angeles party where things were rolling as well. It was so much fun to talk with Jack Curenton, Rob Patterson, Gina Lee, DH Lewis, Stephen Beal, Michael Briggs, James Karnes, Trace Schroeder, and lots, lots more including Robby Stroud, who was in Florida. It’s my understanding that the party got lively in Los Angeles as well and the band on their end played overtime because of the inspiration of the music Gypsy Elise was playing in New Orleans.
|Tina Rubin, who auditioned for Dr. Elizabeth Wright, presented Dr. Mel with a plaque |
From all KSK Members
KSK FIELD REPORTER TIMOTHY WYANTTimothy Wyant, self-proclaimed KSK Field Reporter, sums up the night of the party very well in this funny You Tube video. Wyant was one of the party planner group in New Orleans that posted funny You Tube videos promoting the upcoming KSK social event. Too, too funny. And, if you didn't watch them, please take the time to watch from the first one up to the last. It is very entertaining. Oh, (hint), Timothy may have is own web series going and he doesn't even know it with his many characters he did throughout the promotion. GREAT JOB! Now, if we only knew what Judas thinks of it all.
KSK PARTY LOS ANGELES
By James Karnes
Well the KSK party on Friday the 13th was a much anticipated event here in Los Angeles. This writer was filled with much anticipation and trepidation as he braved the 101 to 405 interchange on a Friday night in the city that truly never sleeps Los Angeles. Amazingly enough the freeways were clear in the direction I was travelling. A very good omen for the above mentioned infamous date.
|Before the party at the|
94th Aero Squadron, Van Nuys, C
We talked among ourselves as well such deep conversation such as, say does anyone know how much you can drink in this state without getting a DUII or where is that breathalyzer anyway? Just kidding, we did make connections with each other.
YOU KNOW WHEN YOU'VE BEEN TO A KSK PARTY WHEN...By Dr. Melissa Caudle
First, I want to apologize for this section because I am not a comedian. However, I thought it would be fun to share some of my ideas with KSK members and others who follow this blog what it is like to go to a KSK social event.
You know when you've been to a KSK party when:
13. You wake up in a trailer in Mississippi and don't remember how you got there.
12. You know you came with someone, but can't seem to find them anywhere. There isn't a trace of them.
11. You can't remember you're own name or the name of a Twilight star sitting next to you.
10.You randomly start hugging and kissing people you have never met face-to-face.
9. When you can't find your purse or camera the next morning.
8. You call home for directions from C Beavers.
7. The last thing you remember was...hell, I don't really remember that one.
6. You're on the front page of the local newspaper as a potential stalker.
5. You find yourself writing on napkins to communicate and think it's normal.
4. When you are seeing two Jacks. How did he do that?
3. You had fun watching a puppet playing a saxophone.
2. You wished you took home leftover gumbo, red beans and rice, and meatballs for a hangover cure.
1. The police come to your door the next morning and ask if you know Timothy Wyant, Jack Curenton, Challa Sabree, Chris Swirls, Jerry Lopez, and DH Lewis and want to know the whereabouts on Judas Greenberg and Dr. Garrick Angela.
|DH Lewis, Gina Lee, and Jack Curenton|
|Diana Marzigliano , Tymothy Wyant and Carol Ann Scruggs|
|Johnny Rock and Rockin Dopsie|
|Natalie Sharp, Timothy Wyant, and De'Cha LaVeau|
Joseph McRae in the background
Would the REAL Keystroke Killer please stand up?
|Mr Tiglet, created by Ian Mercer|
A Clonegun isn’t some replacement for a Lightsaber, which’ll never happen anyway, but a clever and witty Advert that Jack made.
As I have been working through various projects, including the usual shenanigans off Mr. Tiglet, I have been watching online auditions (but not stalking, that’s Tim Wyant’s area of expertise!)) Some of which have been quite gripping, making me think that it is about time I got back into acting/Extra work, although acting is what I need to get an IMDB credit or two. Some of the auditions have been quite quirky/different, a stand-out (or maybe sit-out!) example would be Graham Clarke’s CNC News Anchor, who sat at his desk reading the news, a straight, no-nonsense intense delivery which ends with the unexpected line of “I may or may not be wearing pants”! Delivered with such a straight face and sincerity that is one of the funniest things you’ve ever heard. Hilarious!
I also got a chill off Challa Sabree’s scary Judas/Keystroke Killer tape, complete with lighting and sounds effects, creepy, as was Tim Wyant’s chilling Milo audition, such a contrast to the fun-loving chappy goofing around on the site.
They are just a few, very few auditions that make the site a fun place to hangout. It makes you wish that there were two versions, maybe one for radio/audio, a great medium for many voices, Jack, Challa and Helene Cordona especially. I don’t envy Dr. Melissa Caudle and the Casting Director’s in whittling down the callback list to the final few candidates, glad it is something I won’t be involved with. Maybe I should just get Jack’s Clonegun and copy everyone, to make an Alternate KK in the 13th Dimension or something? Hold on, there’s another idea to scribble down. Now that Higgs Boson is popping up after playing metaphysical hide and seek, such an instrument may be possible. I’ll have to put it on my to-invent list, along with Anti-Gravity, Matter Transmission and Super-Wormholes to distant galaxies!!
The Keystroke Killer Party last Friday night was another interesting experience, though my cold didn’t help, I did manage to Skype in for a while, though at 3AM GMT, it was early for the rest in New Orleans and Los Angeles!! Still, the pictures and videos from the event showed what a roaring success it was. It is amazing how a show still in development about a Serial Killer has such a diverse range of people with a collective sense of fun and humour. I still hope that I’ll have a few characters of my own to add. Maybe even a guest role for Mr. Tiglet, who knows, with The Keystroke Killer Project, anything is possible!!
Author Note: Ian Mercer, lives in Liverpool, England and answered a call for a collaboration on KSK pilot episodes. Ian also maintains his own blog for writers with an interesting take on the writing process for articles, novels, and screenplays. He also has created a whimsical character for his stories in Mr. Tiglet. Follow Ian's blog at Iancaimercer's Blog.
|Cathy Blady, Dr. Mel, Johnny Rock and Orlette|
|Cathy Blady and Rockin Dopsie|
|Timothy Wyant and Nick Blady|
|Tony Pallo, Cathy Blady, and Johnny Rock|
|Beginning of KSK party in Los Angeles|
|James Karnes and Stephen Beal with Trace Shroeder in the background.|
|DH Lewis and Bonnie Levinson|
|Bonnie Levinson and Carl Griffin|
There are no words to truly describe it but, thank you Melissa.
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES
One character in The Keystroke Killer that has the producers, casting director, and creator/producer/screenwriter Dr. Mel Caudle battling is the private investigator Jones. Why? We can't figure out if this character is going to be a male or a female. One would think we would already know this, but in all honesty we don't.
I originally created the Jones character as a man. I didn't envision a specific race as Matthew is Caucasian, Petterson is African American male, and both Snead and Hammer are Caucasian men. At first, I did see Jones as a man. That all changed throughout the audition process. I couldn't help but hear my own words to producer/director/screenwriter David C. Kirtland of Dark Blue. I told him, "Agent Doner has to be a woman, not a man." My reason for stating this to Kirtland and to our lead actor Tracy Miller was I felt that we had too much "testonterone going on in the film." I was right about that for Dark Blue. Now, I found myself questioning the same for the Jones' role in KSK. Now what? What would I do?
|Dr. Mel Caudle, David C. Kirtland and Chris Lyons watch dailies from the film Dark Blue. |
On the screen is actor Tracy Miller, who plays Detective Callaghan
My only solution was to open up the online audition process to both men and women and see what the talent pool brings to the table. And, bringing it, is exactly what they did. In the running for this role are many powerful actors, both male and female. I'll never forget watching the very first female audition that came in that I would even consider casting a female in the role. The actress that delivered this audition was Scarlette Martin. If you would like to watch that audition, click here.
Please don't misunderstand me, this doesn't mean Scarlette has the role. She has plenty of competition from both male and female actors. I can't forget the other auditions which includes "You nailed it," performances by Nancy DeBoe, Adam Parker, Bobbie Lee, Raven Lexy (although she auditioned for Janice Thompson), Joseph McRae (although he auditioned for Matthew), Isaac Depeyer (although he auditioned for Matthew), David Castro, Will Rian (although he auditioned for Milo Evans), Karen Weza (although she auditioned for Dr. Wright), Silvia Moore, Shanna Forestall, Veronica Simpleton, Jasmine Forest, Virginia Elmwood, Lauren Michales, Shandra Baptist, Kelly Filmont, Meagan Fletcher, and Maria Estrova. Each of these actors brings something unique to this role. So, who is Jones and why is this character important?
Jones is very important to the entire plot and plot twists for KSK. First, Jones is a supporter of Matthew. They had to come a long way together even to like each other, but one night something happens that changes everything the way Jones feels and looks at Matthew. Of course, I can't reveal that to everyone, but it is an unexpected twist of fate. From that point on, a different type of relationship develops. It is more than a partner scenario where they have each other's backs. In fact, they develop a type of "Mental Telepathy" that can't be explained and they both deny. But, the key to understanding Jones, rests in Matthew's "Mind." Okay, if you are confused, sorry, but it is a twisted understanding. There will be lots of questions for the audience to debate and get their own thoughts wrapped around Jones' character.
During call backs, we will be looking for "Uniqueness" from the actor and the ability to make a connection with us with their eyes. We want to be able to "Hear" your thoughts in our "Mind's Eye." That's a tall task to fill, but one of the above actors will be able to make that connection with us and we'll know it. Good luck to all of the Jones' and we look forward to seeing what you bring to the table.
COMMENTS AND FAVORITE FACEBOOK THREADS
|The plastic cup to prove you were at C Beevers |
A SPECIAL THANKS TO C BEAVERS FOR PUTTING UP WITH KSK
|Who are YOU???|
|Gypsy Elise and Dr. Mel|
|Bonnie Levinson and Carl Griffin|
|Jack Curenton and Gina Lee|
|KSK Crowd Shot in New Orleans|
Natalie Sharp in foreground
|Tina Rubin, Tymothy Wyant, and Hannah Bickham|
|Tina Rubin and Johnny Rock|
|Natalie Sharp and Elvis Presley|
|Tina Rubin gives Dr. Mel a plaque from KSK Family|
|Johnny Rock, Tina Rubin, Dr. Mel, and Jerry Lopez|
|Johnny Rock, Tina Rubin, Dr. Mel, and Jerry Lopez|
|Dr. Mel thanks Tina Rubin|
"You shouldn't have done this. I'm speechless."
|Tina Rubin explains plaque to Dr. Mel after presentation at KSK New Orleans party.|
|Alix Maria, Bonnie Levinson, and DH Lewis|
|Crowd Shot in Los Angeles|
|Diane Skyping to Los Angeles|
|Da Boyz - Jerry Lopez, Tymothy Wyant, and Challa Sabree|
|Mr. and Mrs. Joseph McRae|
|Tymothy Wyant and Rockin Dopsie|
|Gypsy Elise, Challa Sabree and Tina Rubin|
|De'Chase Leveau, Johnny Rock, and Natalie Sharp|
|Challa Sabree and De'Chase Levoue|
|Jack Curenton and Gina Lee|
|DH Lewis, Gina Lee, and Jack Curenton|
Dr. Frank Franklin: Jason Flowers (audition is for Milo), Shobhit Agarwal (although he auditioned for George Newland), Claudine Claudio (female Dr. Franklin consider although she auditioned for Dr. Elizabeth Wright), Gage Maverick, Erick Klain (although he auditioned for Professor Faust), Diana Marzigliano (although she submitted for Janice T.), J. Patrick Wise (although he auditioned for Robby Ziegar), Michael Briggs, Anthony Castillo, Vicki Jo Costanzo, Christoph Dostal, Wanda Leigh,
Be sure to check out the new articles on the pages of The Actor's Slate, The Back Lot, and The Script Scene.