Author Archives: Judd Trout

About Judd Trout

Judd Palmer is one of the Old Trouts.

Ignorance at Magnetic North

Tomorrow we stagger forth from our oddly cave-like workshop to perform the beast at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival here in Calgary, our first showing in our dear home-town.  We’ve been revising away since the first runs in Edmonton, Vancouver, … Continue reading

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It lives!

Ignorance opened at the Cultch, in Vancouver, last Wednesday, and it’s playing until March 10th.  It’s going well.  Here’s a photo from our friend Nick, which says it all.  

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Call for credits

Anybody who posted who would like to have their name in the program, send us an email — mail@theoldtrouts.org is the address to use.  We’d like to have a section that lists all the website contributors to date, although we … Continue reading

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Where we’re at!

Okay, so we had a work-in-progress presentation at the Banff Centre a week or so ago.  The good people in Banff let us use their theatre, with all the bells and whistles and a gang of wondrous technical folks, so … Continue reading

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scotlandfuturebog

This is genius.  Not sure what it means.  But it’s genius. http://www.kahnselesnick.com/sf_bog/klee.htm

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The latest version of the script

Folks, we’ve had a hell of a time trying to nail down the narrator’s speeches.  Even still, I’m not sure this is working, but at least through rehearsals we’re learning what’s not working… that’s a step forward at least.  (By … Continue reading

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Another bit of music that’s great

This one’s for the parallel parking scene.  Carmen Miranda — had no idea how fantastic she is. Carmen Miranda – Tico-tico no Fubá

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Some music we’ve found

We’ve been digging around on the internet, looking for music we can use for the show (i.e., that’s in the public domain).  There’s heaps out there, and for some reason we’re attracted to old 78’s and Edison cylinders that kind … Continue reading

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Hideous Purple Tentacle Beast

God help us all — we’re working on the set.  How we’re doing it: first, Riley Miljan (a good egg, Riley) welded up a skeleton, with clever ways to take it apart; then, we covered it in crappy fibre-glass insulation, … Continue reading

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Animated sequence storyboard

The sequence where Eve sees shadows on the wall and becomes the first human to imagine something is going to be animated and projected, we’re thinking.  We’re teaming up with an animator named Paul Dutton and Calgary’s Quickdraw Animation Society, … Continue reading

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Photos of puppets

For the hell of it, here are some pictures of puppets in process and puppet mock-ups.        

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The set model

Here’s some photos of a model of the current idea for the set.  We were belabouring some wire and plaster bandages and plasticine in an effort to make a great big (miniature) mastodon skeleton, the old idea, and Pityu spotted … Continue reading

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And here’s the version with the modern story as well

Here’s a version with both the cave story and the modern-day story intercut.  If you’re going to read one, you might as well read this one, instead of the last one I posted, I guess. ACT ONE: Inside the Cave … Continue reading

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The Cave Story script

As we know, there are three elements coming together script-wise, or at least we currently think so: the cave story, the modern-day story, and the narrator’s commentary. For the sake of not-going-insane putting it all together, we thought it would … Continue reading

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Another promo image

This one looks like the one we’re actually using.  In the absence of any puppets that are actually made yet, we made a clay sculpture and then photographed it.  Photo credit: Mercedes Bátiz-Benét.  

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Photos of prehistoric people

Found these while meandering around the web… I think the fellow took real photographs and manipulated them on the computer, which makes for an unsettling effect on several levels… but also managing to bring some humanity to our picture of … Continue reading

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The Narrator, version two

So here’s a different approach, that is inspired, happily enough, by Neanderthaler’s Pygmy doc post.  This version hews much more closely to the action, so stage directions are included in square brackets.  W’ve only gotten as far as the first … Continue reading

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The Narrator, version one

So lately our focus has been largely on the story, but we’re still sticking to this idea that we’re doing a documentary — that is, there’s a narrator that speaks over the action of the play now and then, providing … Continue reading

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some puppet ideas

For the sake of clarity, I’ve pictured the puppeteers without all their gear on.  The mastodon, courtesy of Mercedes Bátiz-Benét.  

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A set design notion

So we had a meeting with ol’ Jamie Nesbitt the other day; he’s the guy designing the video projections for the show.  We were talking about where to put the video projector, which is a complicated although important subject, perhaps … Continue reading

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