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sparkleflit 71F
2882 posts
9/10/2019 6:37 pm
CANADIAN VS US DOLLAR TODAY


I got a nice surprise at the bank today. I cashed my royalty cheque from an American film production company....the Canadian dollar is now .76th of a US dollar.....for those of you who keep telling me to stay out of US politics because I don't have a stake in the game........My take-home pay-out was a lot bigger than the cheque amount.....

sparkleflit 71F
5074 posts
9/10/2019 6:38 pm


MrsJoe 72F
11293 posts
9/10/2019 7:27 pm

What a pleasant thing for you..... but now you have piqued curiosity. It sounds like a royalty check is something you would receive for being in a movie or commercial. Care to elaborate?

If you don't expect anything from anybody......You won't be disappointed.


sparkleflit 71F
5074 posts
9/10/2019 8:08 pm

    Quoting MrsJoe:
    What a pleasant thing for you..... but now you have piqued curiosity. It sounds like a royalty check is something you would receive for being in a movie or commercial. Care to elaborate?
I was in a movie.....a speaking part....not an extra.....4 hours in hair and makeup , much more when they were designing it.....an historical adventure.......It was filmed partly on location and partly in a studio in Vancouver, which has quite a large movie industry......It was a long time ago and the royalties wax and wane.


Rocketship 75F
15515 posts
9/11/2019 12:38 am


boogie7102 74F
587 posts
9/11/2019 9:17 am

I enjoy movies based history. What was the name of the movie and what was the setting?


sparkleflit 71F
5074 posts
9/11/2019 11:21 am

    Quoting boogie7102:
    I enjoy movies based history. What was the name of the movie and what was the setting?
Sorry, but I don't give out that information on line due to privacy concerns.This blog is about the effect that the US dollar has on my royalty cheques....I should have known that the focus would switch to the movie itself......


bijou649 70F
621 posts
9/11/2019 2:42 pm

Sorry to focus on the movie but that sounds interesting. I was out dancing one night when I lived in Toronto and some casting person working on what turned out to be Anthony Quinn's last movie came over to talk to me. He asked if I would like to do a scene in a movie where I would meet Anthony Quinn's character in a bar and he would dance with me. I've always loved Anthony Quinn but to do even a short scene in a movie would have entailed me taking about a week off work and I had no desire to be in a movie anyway as I am too shy to even have my picture taken.


sparkleflit 71F
5074 posts
9/11/2019 5:11 pm

    Quoting bijou649:
    Sorry to focus on the movie but that sounds interesting. I was out dancing one night when I lived in Toronto and some casting person working on what turned out to be Anthony Quinn's last movie came over to talk to me. He asked if I would like to do a scene in a movie where I would meet Anthony Quinn's character in a bar and he would dance with me. I've always loved Anthony Quinn but to do even a short scene in a movie would have entailed me taking about a week off work and I had no desire to be in a movie anyway as I am too shy to even have my picture taken.
I actually went on a casting call for extras just to keep my teenage daughter company. So they took photos and I filled in a form and just forgot about it.....a month later I got a call....not for an extra, but for a major role in the movie. I went to the production office for the interview. The process was fascinating.....they put me in costume and did a photo shoot with period staging and I got the job......There was a lot of waiting around. The director took note of my curiosity and told me to go ahead and visit the different departments.....I had the time of my life......There was even a department whose job it was to make props and costumes look old......for instance, a hand-made leather jerkin. There were 5 identical ones made. The character wore it in a lot of scenes including a dunking and a sword fight. Thing is, movie scenes are not filmed in consecutive order, so the fight scene would be filmed before the scenes where the jerkin is new, etc. It was a lot of fun.....


MrsJoe 72F
11293 posts
9/11/2019 6:49 pm

    Quoting sparkleflit:
    I actually went on a casting call for extras just to keep my teenage daughter company. So they took photos and I filled in a form and just forgot about it.....a month later I got a call....not for an extra, but for a major role in the movie. I went to the production office for the interview. The process was fascinating.....they put me in costume and did a photo shoot with period staging and I got the job......There was a lot of waiting around. The director took note of my curiosity and told me to go ahead and visit the different departments.....I had the time of my life......There was even a department whose job it was to make props and costumes look old......for instance, a hand-made leather jerkin. There were 5 identical ones made. The character wore it in a lot of scenes including a dunking and a sword fight. Thing is, movie scenes are not filmed in consecutive order, so the fight scene would be filmed before the scenes where the jerkin is new, etc. It was a lot of fun.....
See? That's the interesting part..... a glimpse into another person's life experiences. I think it sounds fascinating, but I would be like Bijou, too shy and insecure to do such a thing.
As for the exchange rate of money, I never understood much of that anyway, because I've never been anywhere to need to do it. But I did find an old 1 and a 5 Canadian bill in some of Joe's stuff we were sorting yesterday. His first wife was from northern Maine and some of her family was from Canada.


If you don't expect anything from anybody......You won't be disappointed.


sparkleflit 71F
5074 posts
9/11/2019 8:20 pm

    Quoting MrsJoe:
    See? That's the interesting part..... a glimpse into another person's life experiences. I think it sounds fascinating, but I would be like Bijou, too shy and insecure to do such a thing.
    As for the exchange rate of money, I never understood much of that anyway, because I've never been anywhere to need to do it. But I did find an old 1 and a 5 Canadian bill in some of Joe's stuff we were sorting yesterday. His first wife was from northern Maine and some of her family was from Canada.
I had a group of older friends at the time.....amazing women who were in their 80s.....very creative,who were anthropologists ...professors and field researchers in their younger years and authors......They were modern women, but certainly more reserved and proper than my contemporaries who attained sexual maturity in the free-love 60s. They had a distinct Victorian air, though one time I came across one of them peeing in the woods and she wasn't the least bit embarrassed.

Anyways, when the DVD of the movie came out, they phoned me and asked me to come to a dinner party. They served up a wonderful dinner replete with white linen and polished silver napkin rings and cutlery.. Then I was led into the living room and the chair of honour in front of the TV. Then I was handed the remote and told that we were going to watch the movie and I was to pause it and tell them stories about the production........ I loved that they left it up to me instead of asking questions......They have all passed away now.


MrsJoe 72F
11293 posts
9/11/2019 8:39 pm

What a wonderful experience!

If you don't expect anything from anybody......You won't be disappointed.


sparkleflit 71F
5074 posts
9/11/2019 9:19 pm

    Quoting MrsJoe:
    What a wonderful experience!
Yes....sigh!.....I miss them a lot. They say we should make sure to nurture friendships with younger people so all your friends don't die.......I have many younger friends, but they will never replace the ones who are gone. I didn't have a very good relationship with my mother.....besides, she moved back to Norway when my dad died when I was 21......so, my friendship with these women of my mother's generation might have been related.......I met them when I was hanging their art....... I was on the Arts Council and in charge of hanging shows in the lobby of the municipal theater........It's an old building and they have a very fiddly hanging system. No holes allowed. There is a rail about 12 feet up and the paintings are hung by long sections of mono-filament nylon fishing line.......meaning we had to climb up and down a step ladder a gazillion times to hang a show.......something I would not be able to do now......very frustrating by yourself, because you can't tell if it's right until you stand on the floor.......so up and down..........then they came along and formed a team and an efficient system...a formula that I always used after that......


Shartaun03 76F
3160 posts
9/12/2019 12:00 am

That is funny Sparkle you post a blog comparing the Canadian $$ to the US $$. Your royalty cheque piqued interest as it was for the American film production. You certainly have done some interesting things in your life.