So, I’m in the process of migrating my website files to a subfolder on my server, so there are a bunch of broken image links. I’m still updating the affected pages.
I recently got my first check in the mail for Contracted: Phase 2, so I made a secret blog post about the shoot. That reminded me that Delivery is released and I can unlock all my old blogs about the shoot!
NOTHING BUT SPOILERS AHEAD!
I just remembered another thing I did this summer! I was in a short film at Comic Con.
So I went to LA Nerd Night a while ago and one of the speakers asked if anyone was going to Comic Con, so I raised my hand. After the speakers were finished and people were just mingling, a woman comes up and asks if I’m going to comiccon. I say yes. Then she asks if I’d be willing to be in a short film they are shooting there. I said yes. I think that’s the most random way I’ve booked anything.
When we arrived, I went straight to meet up with them. I got changed and then the director showed the Kilted Trooper and I the dance we needed to learn. Then we went into a less crowded hall and shot our adorable little number. It was pretty fun. People were good about walking around us while we were shooting. At least once we got a nice round of applause when a crowd had formed. The guys in the suit was such a good sport because it was crazy hot dancing in that uniform.
Definitely one of the more unique experiences I’ve had at the con. Here is the short:
So, I took a break from blogging for a bit. I could say I took a break from acting, but really my normal jobby job was super busy for a few months so I didn’t have enough time for everything. Plus some misc personal life stuff was pretty stressful for a while. But things are ok and normal now. Unintentional break, over!
In the meantime I worked on a few student projects down at USC. I volunteered at a home for teen girls to help with a writing class a friend was doing. My husband and I did a very silly Hulu ad, which I haven’t seen, but apparently a friend of his mom’s did!
Oh and, Delivery: The Beast Within came out on DVD and got some more good responses. I preferred the theatrical poster, but this one is at least better than the UK version. They ended up photoshopping my face on another body, so I didn’t recognize it. I was like, “Those aren’t my ankles! I wish they were, but they are not!” They haven’t announced the streaming or cable dates yet, so I guess those deals are still in the works.
Then this month I get to be in another movie. I can’t say what but it’s going to be very fun. I can’t wait. As a bonus I booked it because they saw me in Delivery, which is pretty rad.
I’m also going back to class with Craig. I haven’t been in class in forever, so it’s so nice to be doing that again as well. All in all, I’m feeling optimistic about 2015. I’m hoping to be more focused than I was the last half of this year. I feel like I got pretty derailed and now I’m taking steps to getting back on track. Wooo wooo! (that is a train noise.)
Anyway, happy holiday season!
Last week, Delivery: The Beast Within was sent out into the world.
Tuesday it dropped on Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, as well as on cable. Oh, as well as on, like, every pirating site, of course. Really that showed up before the US release, and apparently it was the US copy, not from the UK or Australia as I would have thought.
Then on Friday, it screened at 5 theaters across the country. LA, NY, Chicago, Indianapolis, and San Diego. It was a midnight movie, so I didn’t hold my breath for a full house, but it was very fun to celebrate before hand with friends and to see it with them in a theater, like a regular ol’ movie.
Friday was also when iTunes released it. We thought they were going to delay it for home video release later this year, but maybe they were just waiting to do it the same day as the theaters.
Ain’t It Cool News
Negative (in the interest of fairness):
We also did some more interviews. Adam and Brian talked with a bunch of folks. I did 2 phone interviews. Actually one I did in October, but it’s up now. they edited out the part where I talk about seeing it at Feartastic, which was coming up at the time.
Slack Jaw Punks (#77: Star Of Delivery: The Beast Within, Laurel Vail)
Now that the film is released, I intend to go back and make my blog posts about the production public. I don’t want there to be spoilers for people who haven’t seen it yet and Google it. I haven’t looked at them since the shoot. It will be fun to remember everything.
It turns out we are playing at the Laemmle both Friday and Saturday nights! Both are basically midnight movies.
Yesterday Delivery (they kept the title the same) came out on DVD and VOD in the UK. Seems like people are into it so far!
“The main performances throughout Delivery are surprisingly great. […] Without such strong leads Delivery may have been a less memorable affair, but Danny Barclay and Laurel Vail manage to excel as the two-person centerpiece of the film.”
“It really helps that Laurel Vail and Danny Barclay, who play expectant parents Rachel and Kyle, are actors who know how to play natural without it looking like they are performing to a script.”
“Kyle (Danny Barclay) and Rachel (Laurel Vail) are judged just right. They are cute without being unbearably saccharine or schmaltzy. […] To have made DELIVERY about any other couple would have sacrificed the authenticity of the sequence of events. Without Kyle and Rachel being followed about with cameras, the narrative would have felt more accidental, coincidental and scattergun.”
“Rest assured though, DELIVERY is no DEVIL’S DUE, and as far as found footage horrors go, this one knocks it out of the park.”
“Delivery does indeed deliver a nice, short sharp horror film and knows not to over stay it’s welcome with an ending that would put anyone off a first time mother having a home birth.”
“This film stayed with me a little longer that I thought it would and that has to be commended.”
” The actors all hit the spot […] The tension definitely escalates, palpably, as events progress.”
Last week I auditioned for a USC graduate production through their interactive research department. They want to create a short film to demonstrate new technologies they are developing. It will basically serve as a proof of concept as they move forward with development of the tech. I’m pretty excited to see how they are shooting it, since it will require a lot of CG. Unless they are further along in development than I think.
I’m also exited because they gave me a bigger role than I originally went in for. I went for the older character, since I’m never sure if I pass for under 25, and as in the case here, they could just have me read for the other role anyway. I don’t think they were too concerned with the character’s listed age from the breakdown.
Thankfully, my jobby job is still slow enough that I can easily take a few days off. This summer will be interesting because we are going to be slammed. And the longer we wait for designs, the more busy we will be in June-August. Yikes! I’m only mildly concerned as far as acting gigs. Summer is when a lot of TV shows go on hiatus anyway.