Archive for October, 2011

Vegan Fly Trap progress and party

Friday, October 28th, 2011

After having 2 shoots on Wednesday, I went out that night to the wrap party for Vegan Fly Trap. We went to R Bar in K-town. It’s a really cool little speakeasy- complete with the little window on the door. They brought the current cut of the trailer, which isn’t fully finished, but close enough to show us. It’s totally delightful. I hope they finish it soon so I can post a link.
Ali, one of the other actresses and the one that is in the film I shot earlier that day, was there so we talked a bit about that production. Then Karaoke started and it was awesome. I love Karaoke. I did One Night in Bangkok by Murray Head and What’s Up by 4 non-blondes. A fellow who I wasn’t sure if he was just there or if he was in our party, did an epic rendition of Celine Dion’s It’s All Coming Back To me.
A good time was had by all.

Delivery reshoot- just one more.

Friday, October 28th, 2011

There was a running joke on the set of Delivery that we all have nightmares of the director saying, “One more.” Well, after the final reshoot a couple weeks ago, they plugged the footage into the rough cut and determined that one of the scenes, while totally awesome on its own, didn’t really match the tone of the scenes that lead into and out of it. I watched the original and it really does work (I was worried the timing was off) but they wanted a different feel to the scene as a whole. More trepidation. The original is more casual. I know I’m being vague since I can’t talk about what the scene is, but trust me, it’s great.

So Wednesday evening, I met up with the producer and director at the ol’ Massey House one last time and we did the scene in a new way. I actually like it better too. It builds more suspense and is faster overall. As much as it’s difficult to reshoot scenes, I really think that all the changes made to the scenes have been improvements.

Not I can finally say I’m done. *Knock on wood* Seriously though, they are going to try and have something we can see by December. Yay! I can’t wait!

Not one, but TWO Babies! Also children.

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Wednesday was my shoot day for the recent indie feature I booked. I play a distraught child care supervisor. In the script I am holding a baby the whole time, but when I got there they had 2 babies for me! I trade off. It was really fun and the babies were both really chill for most of the shoot. One was only 3 months and so little. And the other was 1 year old. He was a little red head. He could stand up and scoot around.
The other kids were two girls, 4 and 6, who were pretty tame. One of them improv’d a really funny bit, so hopefully that will get in the movie. Then there was a boy, not sure how old, and he was bonkers. Basically like any little boy would be. It was perfect because it’s supposed to feel really chaotic and I’m by myself.

There were two cameras so we were able to shoot pretty fast. It being so chaotic may prove difficult for the editor, but I think they will have enough coverage to make it work together.

Toward the end the babies were getting really sleepy so they started getting fussy. By then it was closer up on them, so there will be good shots of them crying and stuff. I’m fairly certain I’ll be back for some ADR on this one.

The leading cast were really funny and played off each other well. You could tell the cast and crew were having a good time shooting, which was good because they were having long shoot days.

The girl they are looking for in the scene is played by an actress I worked with on Vegan Fly Trap. This was my only scene though, so we won’t actually be shooting together on it.

I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be good with the kids since I don’t spend a lot of time with kids, but I mostly interacted with the babies, and they were pretty easy. And cute! There was a third baby that came in later, but he was not happy when his dad walked away, so they decided not to try and fit him in. That baby was also super cute. Guys, babies are cute. and the other kids were old enough that they could entertain themselves for the most part. Plus the leads were interacting with them a lot and keeping them busy, so I didn’t really need to entertain them at all. Hooray!

Night Caller on IMDB

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

The Night caller has been posted to the IMDB now. Yay!

Hangover followup

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

So this morning I woke up feeling dizzy again and then I realized that a recent medication change has been making me dizzy, so that probably made everything much worse. I feel slightly less irresponsible. Ha ha.

CAA Screamfest Party

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Last night I got to go to the CAA Screamfest Party at a place called Sayer’s Club. It was so much fun! I got MEGA-drunk! I met a bunch of really interesting folks- actors, producers, directors, etc. The DJ was amazing and even took our request for the Monster Mash. Delightful! The place we parked said that they closed at midnight, so we left before it turned into a pumpkin.

Then this morning I was super hungover. I tried to go to my usual Saturday morning workshop, but after about 15 minutes sitting there before we started the room was still spinning and I felt a little sick, so I decided to leave instead of doing a shitty job. I don’t know if it was unprofessional or not, but I knew I needed to go back to bed. I was slightly embarrassed I couldn’t pull it together and power through, but oh well. Sometimes you have to accept that you’re not up to par and miss out on something.

I haven’t been that drunk in years. Thanks CAA!

Night Caller links!

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Found some good press on The Night Caller.

The Jaded Viewer
Zombie Cat
Dread Central
IgorSlab
Freddy In Space

Thanks for the kind words, ya’ll!

Screamfest and the L.A. Cinema Fest of Hollywood

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Last week I went to the screening of Still Beating at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood (in Sherman Oaks). The prior screenings at the theater had both gone over their time, so our start time was pushed pretty far back. The schedule was 9:45pm, but we didn’t start until about 10:15. There was one short in front of ours about a grifter lady. Then it was ours. The director wasn’t totally sure if the festival people had received the finished copy since they hadn’t confirmed it and it was accepted on a work-in-progress version. Luckily it seemed they did have the correct copy since my scream was in there. It had to be added later because it was just too late to be screaming when we shot that scene. The audience responded well and it got some good laughs. It’s a very dark comedy. I was really happy with how it turned out.

After the shorts they played a feature, which I found to be poor planning on the festival’s part since it was a weeknight, but then my bedtime is at like midnight, so maybe I’m just a square. The film was called The Mudman and it was really interesting. I can’t say it would be most people’s cup of tea, but I was really intrigued by it, especially as an acting study since most of the characters can’t speak. Everyone in it was great. I knew two of the actresses – Tonya Kay I met at the Leading Ladies audition and Maria Olsen I met at the screening of Life Between Interviews because she was also in that, though we didn’t have a scene together. They are both very talented ladies.

After the film finished they handed out some awards because The Mudman won a bunch. It was very well done. Then the moderator asked a bunch of questions to everyone up there. I didn’t go up but I did answer a question from my seat- if my tattoo was real. :) The whole thing lasted until about 1am! Luckily my boyfriend was driving because I was up past my bedtime.

We didn’t stay to grab pictures. They had set up the backdrop in the theater itself, which also compounded the delays, so you couldn’t get it done out in the lobby while you were waiting. By the time everything was over I wasn’t really in picture mode.
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Then last night I went to the screening of The Night Caller which was at Screamfest at Hollywood and Highland. I think that’s the biggest I’ve ever seen my face because there are some extreme close-ups. The film was great though. It looked awesome and the sound was solid. The theater had it turned up pretty high so all the rings of the phone were extra jolting. I rewatched it this evening online and the sound is much more normal.

I decided I didn’t want another 1am finish, so I left after our short. I felt bad, but I didn’t have the energy.

I chatted with the DP and producer afterward for a bit. The DP made an astute observation that for the most part everything looked really good but it probably could have used more makeup. I totally concurred. The producer was a bit confused because it’s not like we looked bad, but I pointed out the the level of makeup (I just did my own) wasn’t up to par with the level of production design. Like everything else felt really specific and my makeup wasn’t as thorough. It’s not necessarily more “done-up,” per se, but just a higher quality of coverage. Anyway, I just thought it was interesting. Makeup artists are important. I do not have professional grade cosmetics nor skills. But all things considered, my skin looked fine. It was just clearly very light makeup on.

Anyway! Here’s a pic from that night. (there were multiple cameras so we were never all looking at just one.)

And after the premier they posted the whole short on Vimeo!
Don’t worry, it’s just suspense, not gore.

The Night Caller from Peter and Donna on Vimeo.

Another Little Milestone

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

This week there was a post about Leading Ladies on Queeries Mag and they have a screenshot from the movie. But then they have a little handwritten note on it!

It’s like they do on the Gossip sites! He he he.

Anyway, thanks to the editor on that. I couldn’t find her name, but I appreciate the compliments.

Booked small role in a feature

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Today I booked a small part in a feature! It’s working title is FBD. I get to be a frazzled supervisor of a day care center. Yay! It shoots this month.