CASTING CALL 10/55
Click Here for the theory behind “Actors”.
TIME TO CHOOSE A NEW ACTOR!
You can choose any male person with a first name, last name, or nickname that begins with letters or sounds that relate to “zh-.” Make sure it is a real person, not a fictional character. It can be someone you personally know or a famous person.
Choose anyone you can imagine clearly in your mind, but the more familiar you are with them, the better. That’s why we suggest you first think about people from your real life. If you can’t think of anyone suitable, then consider choosing a famous person.
Think about it like this; if you have the choice between a celebrity you have heard of who’s appearance you are roughly familiar with, or a close friend of 10 years, then the latter is the better choice. However, if you have the choice between either a vaguely memorable professional acquaintance or a celebrity you have been obsessed with since childhood, go with the celebrity.
Here are some categories of people that may help trigger memories of people from your past:
FAMILY – FRIENDS – FAMILY FRIENDS – FRIEND’S FAMILY – TEACHERS – NEIGHBORS – CLASSMATES – ENEMIES/RIVALS – WORK COLLEAGUES – ACQUAINTANCES
Here is a list of male names relating to “zh-“ to get you going. See if any trigger real people from your life:
ACTORS – ATHLETES – MUSICIANS – ROYALTY – WRITERS – PHILOSOPHERS – SCIENTISTS – HUMANITARIANS – BUSINESS PEOPLE – MILITARY FIGURES – INVENTORS
NOTE: This tends to work best when you choose a person with a particularly memorable personality, someone you have a great liking or hatred for or someone from an area you are particularly interested in.
Here are some names of some famous male people that relate to “zh-“ to help you out:
Once you have chosen your actor for “zh-,” mark this lesson as complete and add your chosen actor to the “zh-“ flashcard.
Want to share your actor choice with us? Leave a comment below…we’re building a database that will help future Mandarin Blueprint users.
MAKE A MOVIE
Click Here for a detailed guide to creating incredibly vivid “Movie Scenes”.
HOW TO WRITE IT:
Outside The Front Entrance
Script 1: The Joker has tied Batman to the wall and attached a rolling stones mouth to his mouth. It’s time for some target practice. The Joker takes a Stick and, ignoring Batman’s struggles and muffled screams, throws it at Batman. It hits Batman directly in the MIDDLE of his new Rolling Stones Mouth. Bullseye.
Script 2: Out in the front yard, an entire football field has appeared in place of the yard, and right in the CENTER is the rolling stones mouth representing MID-Field. George Clooney flies in from the sky holding a massive stick. As he lands, he shoves the Stick directly into the CENTER of the rolling stones mouth which is right in the CENTER of the football field.
As a rule, unless it’s directly related to the keyword, don’t bring in foreign props that shouldn’t be there. Extra props can confuse you upon trying to recall the character later. However, a fantastic way to make inspiration for these mini-movies more exciting and natural is to “hire extras.”
These “hired extras” can either be exact copies of your actor (much like a “stunt double”) or characters from the same universe as the primary actor (i.e., Batman).
Before you try to bring in another foreign prop, first ask yourself if you could have two, five or 100 Jokers in the scene. As for extras like Batman that are related to your actor, the only stipulation is to make sure this “hired extra” isn’t another one of your other actors. For example, if you chose “Batman” to represent the Pinyin Initial “bu-,” then to avoid future confusion he should not be your extra.
Furthermore, you can also “hire extras” related to “real” male or female actors, not only fictional characters. For example, if one of your actors is a friend from childhood, you could “hire” another person from that same childhood friend group to be the “extra.” Again, maintaining the caveat that whoever you pick should not be one of your other actors.
Script 2: This is an example of a personal connection to a concept, which is an American football field that always has a logo at the center. Because of watching so much football as a child, the association with this being “MID-field” is strong, but someone who didn’t watch sports may not find it that way. The key is to make a scene that you personally strongly associate with Middle/Centre
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PICK A PROP
Click Here for the theory behind “Props”.
PICK A PROP TO REPRESENT 中
When used as a prop in other characters, it will have the vivid image of a dartboard or TV’s Malcolm in the Middle.
Other suggestions: Xi Jin Ping (China’s current leader)
IT’S A WORD!
中 (zhōng) carries the meaning “middle; mid-,” but it is also a word that can be used independently.
Here are some example sentences of this word in action:
Usage 1 – “middle; mid-“:
tāde míngzi zhōngyǒu yíge “A.”
There is an “A” in his name.
名字- míngzi- name
xiànzài shì yuèzhōng
Right now is the middle of the month.
现在- xiànzài- now, right now
shàng ge yuè shì wǒ māma de shēngrì
The middle of last month is my mother’s birthday.
Usage 2 – “fit for; good for”:
zhège dōngxi bù zhōng yòng
This thing is not useful.
东西 – dōngxi- thing, stuff
They are just to give you some context as to how these words are used; you don’t need to think about them too much for now. Just know that you can’t truly learn a word until you start to see it in the context of a sentence.