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EXPRESS ROUTE FOR YOUNG ACTORS NEW HANKS FILM SHOWS LOCAL TALENT.



Byline: Eugene Tong tong 1  
tr.v. tonged, tong·ing, tongs
To seize, hold, or manipulate with tongs.



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  Staff Writer

SANTA CLARITA Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country,  - For budding budding, type of grafting in which a plant bud is inserted under the bark of the stock (usually not more than a year old). It is best done when the bark will peel easily and the buds are mature, as in spring, late summer, or early autumn.  actors Jimmy Pinchak and Connor Matheus, hitching a ride on ``The Polar Express'' required a bit of concentration and a grand dose of imagination.

``It was an empty room and we were sitting on metal bars,'' 8-year-old Jimmy said, recalling the interior of the North Pole-bound train he saw while working on the just-released, computer-generated film based on Chris Van Allsburg's award-winning children's book.

``I have to focus,'' he added. ``You get into the scene to really think it's happening, then act it out.''

The holiday film starring Tom Hanks Noun 1. Tom Hanks - United States film actor (born in 1956)
Hanks, Thomas J. Hanks
 follows a group of children on a magical Christmas Eve train ride to visit Santa Claus Santa Claus: see Nicholas, Saint.

Santa Claus

jolly, gift-giving figure who visits children on Christmas Eve. [Christian Tradition: NCE, 1937]

See : Christmas


Santa Claus
. Though computer animated, it uses ``performance capture'' technology to map the actions of human actors to better replicate rep·li·cate
v.
1. To duplicate, copy, reproduce, or repeat.

2. To reproduce or make an exact copy or copies of genetic material, a cell, or an organism.

n.
A repetition of an experiment or a procedure.
 them digitally.

Jimmy - in the credits as the child performer for ``Know-It-All'' - and Connor, 11, of Castaic don latex latex, emulsion of a polymer (e.g., rubber) in water (see colloid). Natural latexes are produced by a number of plants, are usually white in color, and often contain, in addition to rubber, various gums, oils, and waxes.  suits and sensors to help filmmakers re-create the subtle and often unseen tics in children.

``It took about 20 minutes to get the suit on,'' said Connor, credited as a child performer for the character ``Toothless.''

``Everything you see has a dot,'' he said. ``They're part of your body. If a dot falls off, you lose that part of your body (on the computer).

Jimmy of Canyon Country added: ``They had to put green dots on hats and dots on my face. We have to say the lines slowly so they can get it on the computer. I got coached on it.''

It's an unusual gig Slang for "gigabyte" or "gigabit." See GB.

gig - gigabyte
 for two children who have a steady string of commercials, television and movie credits. Born in New Jersey, Jimmy began acting at age 3, and moved to the area more than two years ago when he was cast in ``Family Affair,'' a 2002 remake re·make  
tr.v. re·made , re·mak·ing, re·makes
To make again or anew.

n.
1. The act of remaking.

2. Something in remade form, especially a new version of an earlier movie or song.
 of 1960s sitcom.

``(My parents) just asked me if (I) wanted to act,'' he said. ``I said no. But then I said yes. It occurred to me instead of watching TV, I could be on TV. I can see myself on television.''

The same idea motivated Connor, who has been acting in commercials since he was 4. He appeared in the 2000 comedy ``Snow Day'' and the 2004 Jack Black comedy ``Envy.''

``I told (my mom) I've always wanted to be on TV,'' he said. ``It's fun, and I enjoy seeing myself on TV. But I don't like getting mobbed at school - by girls and boys.''

Even young actors need time to get into character.

``Depending on my character, I'll get into it and say my lines over and over again to memorize mem·o·rize  
tr.v. mem·o·rized, mem·o·riz·ing, mem·o·riz·es
1. To commit to memory; learn by heart.

2. Computer Science To store in memory:
 it - to put it in my memory,'' Connor said.

Still, it's been an interesting ride, especially for the parents. Though being a stage mom isn't as glamorous as some may imagine.

``We would wait in the trailer and play Monopoly,'' said Wendy Pinchak, Jimmy's mom. ``It's like a Little League game. You sit, you watch your kid do something they're talented in.

``The most important thing is to (know) he is enjoying it. I want him to keep enjoying what he is doing. I don't want it to be a sacrifice.''

Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253

eugene.tong(at)dailynews.com

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Jimmy Pinchak, 8, of Canyon Country and Connor Matheus, 11, are in the new movie ``The Polar Express,'' a computer-generated film based on a popular children's book.

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