Tuesday, October 30, 2018

"Happy Birthday Baby" at CTN Here

Carol Dunitz was interviewed at CTN Ann Arbor on October 11, 2018.  Program Host Dale Leslie asked all kinds of questions about "Happy Birthday Baby." What prompted writing the song? How was it developed? What does she hope will happen with it? Leslie asked about the video creation, production and editing.  The interview comes to a conclusion with comments about Dunitz' other theatrical and musical ventures.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

New Thumbnail for "Happy Birthday Baby."

I have been reading articles about how to make your video more appealing. One thing that everyone says is how important your thumbnail is. With that in mind I have spent the afternoon creating a new thumbnail which I feel sure will catch people's attention.  

First I chose selections from each costumed video. Then I edited out the green screen in Photoshop. Once I had png formatted photos with no background, I brought up the background used for the video and placed each costumed Carol. 

The new thumbnail takes its bow here at Best Musical on Broadway today.  https://youtu.be/dtI0lj1JCT0

Friday, October 19, 2018

CTN Interview Premieres

Last week I was interviewed at CTN Ann Arbor.  It was a fun half hour interview in which the host, Dale Leslie, posed all kinds of questions about "Happy Birthday Baby" as well as my other music and dramatic exploits. #birthday, #happybirthday, #musicvideo  

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Interview at CTN

This evening I was interviewed at the Cable Television Network in Ann Arbor about my new music video, "Happy Birthday Baby." The half hour interview will run on CTN Channel 17 ten times. The dates and times are as follows: Saturday 10.13.18 3 pm, Sunday 10.14.18 9:30 pm, Monday 10.15.18 11:30 am, Wednesday 10.17.18 10 am, Thursday 10.18.18 8 pm, Saturday 10.20.18 2:30 pm, Monday 10.22.18 2 pm, Tuesday 10.23.18 7:30 pm and 10 pm, Friday 10.26.18 9 am and Saturday 10.27.18 at 3 pm. It was great fun working with many crew members who I know but had not seen in a while!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Singing at the Ann Arbor Art Fair

The Ann Arbor Art Fair was a while back, but I just received video from CTN that was taken at their booth. I volunteered during several time blocks and in addition to answering questions I sang my new song, "Happy Birthday Baby." Here I am singing to Ann Arbor resident Dale Leslie.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Sixteen Costume Changes!!!

Last night my friend, Janet Schinco, assisted me with 16 costume changes during a video shoot for "Happy Birthday Baby." We did it against a green screen at Washtenaw Community College. All the costume changes and singing the same song over and over under hot lights was grueling but we got it done in four hours (not including setup).

Louis Kellum was the videographer and he patiently waited while I changed into different costumes. Some costume changes went quickly. Others took a lot of time. Here I am in a Pakistani salwar.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Getting Ready: The "Happy Birthday Baby" Video

I am getting ready for a fabulous "Happy Birthday Baby" video. Did you know that across the globe over 20 million people celebrate their birthdays every day of the year? Not until I did a web search did I realize how many people there are on earth. Then I did the math.

I have given great thought to video creation for the song. Once I did the web search, I decided to create a video with an International Theme. Having collected costumes from around the world during my travels, I found myself uniquely prepared for the challenge. The video will feature me in fifteen different traditional outfits from around the world, then wearing the "Happy Birthday Baby" tank top, hat and jeans as the music fades.

The countries/areas that are featured through costume are: China, Germany, Guatemala, Hawaii, Holland, India, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, 
Middle East, Pakistan, USA, Vietnam, and Spain.

I was surprised when I removed the carefully wrapped, grass skirt I had purchased in Hawaii years ago to find that it totally fell apart. Sometimes authentic is not possible! I ordered a synthetic one online.

Special thanks go out to my daughter, Jocelyn, who brought back a flamenco dress for me years ago when she was in Spain. At the time she asked what size to get -- and I said, "See what size fits you, then add two sizes." 

I also appreciate my sister, Nancy, who travels to Guatemala several times a year, bringing back traditional garb for me on one of her trips years ago. She couldn't understand why I wanted it -- and I wasn't quite sure at the time, either, but I was sure I would have a use! 

Also, I wanted to wear my wooden "Dutch Girl" shoes but had no clothing for the ensemble. After making a number of calls, I spoke with the Holland Area Visitors Bureau in Holland, Michigan. The bureau has a bevy of costumes that are used for business purposes -- and I was told I could come in, try some on, and borrow the one I choose for the shoot on Thursday!

There is a story behind every outfit. ;)

A good friend, Janet Schinco, came over several days ago and helped me try on all the outfits to see what accessories made sense and make sure we would be good to go on Thursday for the initial videotaping. We made a list of a few odds and ends that needed to be gathered.

So now I just have to go out and buy some knee socks to go with the Lederhosen I bought in Germany when I was 18 years old. Can you believe it? They still fit!