HAPPY FRIDAY!

5 For Friday March 8 | mushroom frog tall

Greetings Daymaker friends!

Great Wednesday Read to present today:  fascinating + fun + domestic goddess as a sandwich maker at home.

Beginning with —

STEPHANIE’S CHIC ON THE CHEAP
Cool gardening tips.
I, personally, have more than a few clay or decorative pots outside just waiting for a new plant “to move in.”  Totally gonna happen as it will give my outdoor surroundings happy and beauty from now ’til the first frost of winter.
Sponges on the bottom of pot.  Check.
A little cinnamon mixed in with potting soil.  Check.
Coffee grounds sprinkled on top.  Check.

I do know my local Starbucks’ offer used coffee grounds in 5# bags free for the hauling – a gift from them to someone’s garden – because I’ve grabbed one or two while inside ordering a tall iced coffee or an iced chai latte, non-fat with 2 shots of espresso (my summer fav go-to).

So park, go inside, stand in line, order a cup of coffee or iced tea and look around and see if you’re lucky that there might be a bag or 2 of the used coffee grounds just waiting for you to grab and take home.  Score!

I’m on the hunt for a clear shoe bag for herbs to plant and hang.  I know exactly where I’m gonna hang my shoe-bag mini herb garden.

Such cool, trick ideas, Steph.  Thanks for another column of great, innovative ideas!

QUICK QUESTION
What motivates me?  Several things.  However top 2 on my list are hanging out with happy people and jumping out of bed every morning with passion, excited for the creative project I’m currently working on.

FILM CREW 101 – SCRIPT SUPERVISOR
2nd week of 5 for FRIDAY every month is a peek into the behind-the-scenes of who we are, what we do, and how we do it as Film Crew.  You won’t read this kind of insider info anywhere else but here on Daymaker Readable Art.  Today is — SCRIPT SUPERVISOR.

I reached out to my friend and colleague, Laurie Jay, Script Supervisor, and ran the column past her to ensure info was accurate.  She confirmed + valuable additional info that’s now plugged in.  Fascinating!  And now you know.
Thanks, Laurie!

SANDWICH SENSATION HOMEMADE SANDWICH SPREADS
Challenge!  Make all 3 and keep them in the fridge for a special-little-special Zing to Burgers and sandwiches … Super delish!  A simple little spread of regular ol’ mayo or mustard will never do after your sandwiches/burgers get dressed up with one of these.

SURPRISE!  A LITTLE BIT OF EXTRA FUN ON THIS FRIDAY (!)
A blast from the past –  ** listen here **

THANKS FOR SLIDING BY TODAY
Reading + Engaging + Sharing.  We love ya!

STEPHANIE’S CHIC ON THE CHEAP
COOL LITTLE GARDENING TIPS

Hello Friends!

It was a beautiful, warm day in Texas today.

I got inspired to work in the yard!  I pulled up some plants that did not make it through the last cold front and cleaned out some pots for fresh new plantings.

I am going to try putting sponges in the bottom of my pots this year.  They help maintain moisture in the soil while also providing sufficient air space.  ((Big Plus)) … they keep water from draining out of the bottom of your pots.

I am also going to distribute coffee grounds around my new plants in the pots to help keep the unwanted pests away (on top of the soil).

In addition to the coffee grounds on top, I will add some ground cinnamon to the soil (about 1 TBSP per large planter pot mixed in with the soil – or 1 tsp for a medium size planter pot).  Cinnamon has natural anti-fungal effects – keeping your plants safer and healthier.

I am going to love the coffee cinnamon smell in the soil!

I always plant my favorite herbs:  oregano, thyme and different types of basils.  They tend to take up a loft of space so I really love the idea of planting my herbs in a plastic hanging shoe holder.

I’ll also throw in some flowers in some of the shoe pouches for a pop of color here and there (as in marigolds – that are also a bug deterrent).

PIC 1
Sponges placed in the bottom of your planting pots.

PIC 2
Potting soil mix with a little cinnamon spooned in and ready for coffee grounds on top.

PIC 3
Hanging shoe holder used for a mini-herb garden.  I’m going to find a clear pocket shoe holder (as opposed to the white one in the picture) so I can watch the herbs’ root balls in the pockets.

Basil on the bottom – they have a tendency to grow tall.  And then plant row-to-row from bottom to top.

I won’t put coffee grounds or cinnamon in the hanging shoe holder mini-herb garden.  I will just sink them in the pockets with quality potting soil.

((** Regarding coffee grounds for your planter pots – unless you have saved a bunch of coffee grounds – I understand Starbucks offers their used coffee grounds for gardeners to use in a big bucket or basket near the counter.** ))

HAPPY PLANTING!
HAPPY WEEKEND!

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Planting Pots
Potting Soil
Mini Herb Garden
5 For Friday March 8

QUICK QUESTION

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?

FILM CREW 101
SCRIPT SUPERVISOR

The written script has a natural progression of events.  One might think it would be easy to keep track, but Shows are rarely, if ever, shot in the order in which they are written, which is why this can be a tricky position.

SCRIPT SUPERVISOR JOB DESCRIPTION INCLUDES but not limited to:

  • Script breakdown
  • Day/Night breakdown
  • Time the script plus page count
  • Record the times of the first Shot of the day, first Shot after lunch and last Shot of the day
  • Document lens changes and frame rate
  • Note the preferred takes via the Director
  • Record camera angles/positions = recording whatever the camera sees and how it moves whether it sits on sticks, high-hat, or moves on a dolly
  • Liaison between Director and  Main Editor – Script Supervisor is eyes on Set
  • Ensure that dialogue is delivered as written
  • Prompt Actors as necessary
  • Wardrobe + SPFX + props + set dressing + lighting + grip +++
  • Ensure all Scenes are shot and nothing is omitted
  • Creating a “card catalog” of daily scenes and shots
  • CONTINUITY (!)

A SCRIPT SUPERVISOR
Is a one person department – no assistants – and tethered to the Director from calltime to wrap.  This person is unique with patience and a keen eye of everything happening on Set – observing the setting up of every scene/shot throughout the long day and noting what Camera, Actors, Hair, Makeup, Wardrobe, Grip and Lighting, SPFX, Props, Set Decorating, Wranglers (if animals are in a scene), Picture Cars (if they’re part of a scene) are all doing and on and on and on
Whew!  The Script Supervisor’s job is enormous and a pressure cooker because Continuity is King to a script’s success from typed and passed out to crew on pieces of paper to final product that is viewed by audiences.

CONTUNITY IS LIKE A CHAIN
That connects Scenes to make a story complete.  If too many links are missing the overall quality of a project is compromised.

(( EXAMPLE: ))
The Director chooses to shoot the Exterior Shots of a scene first.  An actress walks out of a house and gets into her car.  A month later,  we shoot the Interior shot of the actress leaving her house.  Did she pick up her purse or not?  Which hand did she carry the purse in?  (If she didn’t have it in the Exterior Shot, it would break continuity for her to pick it up now.)  The Director turns to the Script Supervisor for answers.

A competent Script Supervisor is the Director’s + Production’s + Editors’ + Sound’s best ally, as script notes become the blueprint for reference in Post Production.

Depending on how well the job has been done determines how quickly and easily Editors can complete theirs.  Thus, how efficiently the particular production finds us on the Big Screen at theatres or streaming on our home televisions.

~ Film Crew 101 written by Peter and Cheryl Clarson

SANDWICH SENSATION
HOMEMADE SPREADS

Instead of just the tired, old (although good) mayo and mustard spread for a sandwich – whip these up and store in a little jar in the fridge and spread on your sandwiches for a little extra something special.  You and those whom you serve the sandwiches will have 2 words at first bite, Oh, WOW !

HORSERADISH MUSTARD

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup drained, prepared horseradish
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper

Combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, horseradish, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk until well blended.  Refrigerate in an airtight container or jar until ready to use or up to 1 week.  Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Fabulous on deli sliced roast beef or turkey sandwiches + burgers and grilled steaks.

HONEY MUSTARD

  • 1 1/2 whole-grain mustard or stone-ground mustard
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • TBSP cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper

Combine the mustard, honey, vinegar, honey, vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk well to blend.  Refrigerate in an airtight container or jar until ready to use or up to 2 weeks.  Makes about 1 1/3 cups.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Spread on biscuits with deli ham or turkey sandwiches + grilled chicken sandwiches and even burgers.

PESTO MAYO

  • 1 cup good quality mayo
  • 3 TBSP good quality prepared (jarred) pesto
  • 1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper

Combine mayo, pesto, lemon juice and pepper in a bowl and whisk until well combined.  Store in an airtight container or jar until ready to use about 5 days.  Makes about 1 cup.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Fried egg sandwiches, BLT’s, Veggie sandwiches, Burgers and Turkey sandwiches.

THERE ARE ONLY TWO WAYS TO LIVE YOUR LIFE.
ONE IS AS THOUGH NOTHING IS A MIRACLE.
THE OTHER IS AS THOUGH EVERYTHING
IS A MIRACLE.

~ ALBERT EINSTEIN ~

WISHING YOU A FABULOUS WEEKEND!
CATCH YA MONDAY
SAME TIME
SAME PLACE

8 replies
  1. Stacy Oneal says:

    Homemade Honey Mustard and Pesto Mayo! I feel a fancy sandwich needs to be in my lunchbox today!

  2. Carol says:

    What motivates me to get out of bed? Three days a week it’s knowing Daymaker will be in my inbox. Sometimes it’s the smell of coffee – freshly brewed by my favorite barista (aka Toby) – drifting down the hall. Sometimes an art project…

    I don’t garden as much as I used to but absolutely have to have a few herbs growing, no matter what. Love Steph’s tips re sponges in the flower pots and coffee and cinnamon in the potting soil. Can’t wait to try. And inhale the fragrance.

    Script Supervisor sounds so simple and easy. Who would know how much it encompasses! Amazing, one person to do all that!!! I will view sets and actors differently from now on.

    Happy weekend!

    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      Awe – thanks, Carol, for your kind compliment re: Daymaker three days a week! And other motivators – love that the smell of coffee freshly brewed by your favorite barista (Toby) drifting down the hall and art projects.

      Indeed, agree, that Stephanie’s tips – especially cinnamon and coffee in the planter pots. I, too, look forward to inhale the fragrance from the soil. Is totally a motivator for me to get outside and make it happen!

      Script Supervisor job is super complex/complicated. Me, observing for years on Set, I know I would stink at that job. Ha! All departments and crew definitely share their moments in a pressure cooker as we roll out what needs to be done — but a Script Supervisor’s job is full throttle all day/night long. Hats off to the Script Supervisors who are very skilled at their craft from conception to the finished product.

      Thanks so much for reading + engaging via sharing. We appreciate ya!

      Happy Weekend!

  3. Marty says:

    Oh boy, Daymaker’s read today was like a child receiving the Christmas catalogue! Loved the read on Script set-up with Laurie J. I watch lots of evening movies and episodes on TV and now gratefully have a better appreciation of the many people in the background. Then there’s Stephanie’s suggested planter made from clear shoe storage pocket’s. I have a semi shady spot for some herbs and its location is just 10 feet from my kitchen sink! As for the homemade condiments, it sounds easy to make and eat myself as well as a little hostess gift for my dear friend.

    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      Hi Marty –

      Christmas catalogue? Thank you for that compliment and we sure are delighted that you are enjoying the posts.

      Yes! Script Supervisor job read is definitely an eye opener of behind-the-scenes happenings.

      I’ll bet that semi-shady spot will be perfect – especially just 10 feet away from the kitchen sink. Do you have a window from your kitchen window you can watch the progress and growth?

      Homemade condiments are a snap to whip up and love the idea of gifting them to dear friends.

      Thank you! Have a great weekend!

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