It’s been a crazy couple of years but I’m hoping to get back to this blog. Maybe once a month? We’ll see, haha.
I thought it would be interesting to report that I had a fun time appearing in the music video for a recent song by legendary New Orleans trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, titled “Saints Friends,” which was filmed in July 2018. The video, sponsored by Bud Light, was released on the New Orleans Saints’ Instagram (IGTV) page as part of the opening of their football season.
I’m including a screenshot of one of the best images of me; it’s not great, as it was quite a jubilant crowd. I’m actually seen repeatedly throughout, however, as the camera pans, holding a black and gold umbrella. The screenshot is from around the 01:58 mark in the video. Also featured throughout is my Royal Consort, Mr. N, who accompanied me.
Again, we had a blast. Even if we did have to drink Bud Light.
Our poor Saints. They were doing so well. Alas …we have next year. Who dat.
I should probably get a few more YouTube followers. I’m planning to start making more content once again … since becoming a teaching artist I’ve really slacked off. Subscribe if you’d like, at youtube.com/AmyWoodruff !
Completely pleased with the new work I’ve done with the Moon Cove digital projection — it truly looks better than ever: great new images, enhanced editing, and my latest equipment/software combination is superb. I’ve got three more performances in this run.
The projection wasn’t always so rosy, however. It’s always been a thorn in my side. Here’s a look back at one of the most notable projection issues I’ve had with this show:
Moon Cove debuted at the fifteenth Dramarama festival, which was in April 2008 at the Contemporary Arts Center. That rendition of the performance, while important to do, was a bit of a disaster. My nerves were shot and I kind of destroyed the script while onstage. Additionally, an issue with the projection arose. The projected images are supposed to make it appear that I’m standing in a landscape, with the images preferably six or more feet in height, starting from stage level — the projection is the “scenery.”
But about twenty minutes before showtime, I found out that due to the position of the images via rear
projection, it would indeed be seen from the floor level of the stage as planned — but the projection would only be about two and a half feet tall.
I felt like I was in the Stonehenge scene in This is Spinal Tap. It was ridiculous. I performed the show awkwardly, trying to keep from blocking the projection completely with my legs.
After the performance, my younger sister, who had been distributing playbills, whispered a deadpan joke: “You know, all you had to do was just step on that fifolet.” I laughed … but that night was pure agony.
“I do not, for one, think that the problem was that the band was down. I think that the problem may have been that there was a Stonehenge monument on the stage that was in danger of being crushed by a dwarf.”
– David St. Hubbins, This is Spinal Tap
Three more shows! Performances info is on the Moon Cove page.
This blog will be one of several ways in which I’ll connect directly through my artist website with those interested in my work. I will also be adding a dynamic upcoming performance calendar and image gallery to my site. In the meantime, visit www.amywoodruff.com for the official scoop. 🙂