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Field of Dreams

You don't have to be the star to be in the show. Every medium is made up of masses of different talents.

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go digital
Of all the starving artists protesting the mayor's policies, aspiring filmmakers have the least to complain about. Jump-starting film production in the city is part of Giuliani's pro-business manifesto, which is why his office has publicly praised a collaboration between NYU's Center for Advanced Digital Applications and Industrial Light & Magic special-effects wizard Corey Rosen (The Lost World, Twister, The Phantom Menace). Rosen is consulting on a series of intensive digital-production courses cada director Peter Bardazzi calls The Making of... Come fall, they will launch "The Making of a Digital Commercial," which Bardazzi expects to be very popular because, well, there's a lot of money in TV ads -- particularly groundbreaking ones. Rosen himself taught the inaugural class, "The Making of a Digital Movie," to twelve students handpicked for their professional commitment to using digital film once they graduate. (There will be fifteen students in a repeat course next spring.) Students play in a lab lined with advanced Silicon Graphics workstations. The movie course culminates in a shot to be included in a new film. This time around the shot will be a computer-created swarm of bees for the forthcoming horror spoof I Know What You Screamed Last Summer.

"The Making of a Digital Commercial," fifteen daily sessions starting in October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; "The Making of a Digital Movie," starting in February, same schedule; $3,500. New York University Center for Advanced Digital Applications; 11 West 42nd Street (790-1370).

you are the d.j.
Clubland veterans in search of a little extra cash (or cred) get behind the turntables and start spinning. For tips in the art of turntablism, D.J. videos are a great place to begin. Disco Mix Club's D.J. battle videos feature the best D.J.'s from around the world scratching their way to the championship. "Just from watching the D.J.'s hands in a well-recorded video, you can learn a lot," says Christie Z-Pabon, DMC events coordinator. The best of the best are featured in Summit, which showcases six world champions. DMC's Turntablists Trix & Technics starts with the basics: Q-Bert (former DMC world champion, now of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz) breaks down chirps, flares, and crabs. If battles aren't for you, check out the Turntable Mechanics Workshop video by the Invisibl Skratch Piklz or get bi-monthly updates on their Turntable TV videos.

Check out the 1999 DMC D.J. World Championships on September 17 and 18 at the Hammerstein Ballroom. For DMC info, call 714-7180; buy videos at www.turntablelab.com or www.skratchpiklz.com.

the voice is familiar
If you love the sound of your own voice (and who doesn't?) more than you love your current day job, you've probably indulged the voice-over fantasy: a few hours of work and thousands of dollars in the bank. "The fact is, though, that the people with the smooth, golden voices, with the best diction in the world, often have the most trouble getting work," says David Fulford, who teaches an introductory course in voice-overs at the New School. "It's the people with distinctive voices who get agents right away." This is a magic moment in the voice-over business, Fulford says, with "more opportunity now than at any time in the last 30 years." Most of the new work is in videos. "Even medical companies need voice-over actors for the videotapes they send doctors to sell new medicines. The perfume counter at Macy's has a video playing. Someone did a voice-over for that." The twelve-session class includes instruction in animation voice-overs, audio-book work, narration, making sample tapes, and marketing.


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