Archive for April, 2009

Dance Lesson 1

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Ok, back to the exciting awesome stuff going on. Got me some sweet new dance shoes and took my first lesson today. We just worked on basics of American Tango. She said I had no problems with the musicality of it and understanding what I need to be doing. I need to work on holding my energy in my back and work on my gliding. I will practice that a lot a lot a lot. Once I get the basics down, she said I should have no trouble adding on top of it. I think we made good progress for our first lesson.

Epic FAIL – Time Management Edition

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Oh man. I am pretty ashamed of myself from this past weekend. I was so busy last week with the night shoots and normal work being busy and a workshop, etc. that I didn’t have time to study my 12 pages of heavy dialogue for theater on Sunday. I was so angry at myself. I could not get it together and we had very little time to rehearse. God I felt like the biggest asshole the whole time. We went last and I spent the first 2 sections running lines. I kept going blank. I was so stressed.
So then it was our turn and I managed to pull it out. I know I dropped some lines and was slow on the draw picking up cues, but I only really needed to ask for a line once. All in all that’s a hell of a lot better than I expected to be able to do. Of all weeks to be assigned a huge role, this was probably the worst one for me. But it’s my fault spreading myself so thin.

So I stressed out the director and didn’t do my best. Some people thought my performance was good and I’m just thinking- no I am just genuinely angry and upset – at myself! Especially since it was my last night with them since they are now producing the plays and I won’t be in town since I’m doing this movie. I have apologized and thanked them for letting me be in the workshop, but I haven’t heard anything back so I hope I didn’t burn a bridge there. I feel like a douche bailing on the company for a film, but I am bailing before they even cast the plays, so ultimately it is probably the best time to have to do it. And I have to follow my heart and do what is right for me. I don’t know. I tried to do a good job each week and bring the scripts to life, so at the very least I hope that my time there was helpful to someone.

So then that happened and everything ran way over, so by the time we finished and I got back to my phone I realized I was already a half hour late to do a screen test with someone in Santa Monica (I was in North Hollywood.) I hauled ass over to the theater and she was really nice about it and said it was no big deal, but man, I just felt like a douche all around.

Ugh! I hate being late. I hate being irresponsible and inefficient. I hate letting people down. At least now I’ve cleared some things off my plate and should be able to manage what I have left before the shoot this summer. I’m down to 2 projects, and whatever post stuff for the others. Ok, I can do it.

The Night Life, wrapped!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

You know, it’s not the sight or the feel of pig intestines that gets to me. It’s the smell. That’s what we used for guts last night and it was ok at first, but after the 3rd take I was reminded of 8th grade biology and got a bit queasy. Bleh.

And speaking of evoking childhood queasiness, the fake blood we used for going in our mouths was labeled ‘Zesty Mint,’ but I would actually define it as ‘Sullen Mint.’ It reminded me of the flavor of the fluoride they made us swish in elementary school. Ugh.

Ok, enough talking about how gross it was, it was also super rad! I had pretend blood running all down my face. And then the other actor surprised everyone by licking it off my face, which was hilarious and awesome. So was the point where one of the intestines was thrown directly at my face by accident. Hilarious, awesome, and gross.

So now I’ll go do some foley in a few weeks and it should screen at the school at the beginning of may. Tra la!

YIPEEEEEEEEEEEE! (a.k.a. My first Lead in a Feature)

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

I got word I can finally tell people that I’ve been cast in Leading Ladies, an independent feature being shot this summer in Illinois. Not only have I been cast but I’m the lead! I can’t even express how excited I am. I have to start training immediately in ballroom dancing so I look legit in 6 weeks. I’ve already ok’d the time off with my regular job and they are super excited for me too.

I didn’t mention it sooner because the directors wanted to speak with the other actresses personally before they heard through the grapevine (I’m looking at you facebook). But now they’ve been informed so I can finally do my little happy dance on here. * dance dance dance*

The audition was so awesome, the callback was awesome, all the others auditioning were so wonderful to hang out with in the waiting area. It was probably the most fun (and possibly most educational) auditioning experience I’ve had. I was totally at ease because Toni is a character that I felt like I already had inside me, like the sort of thing that was written for me. The only thing is my lack of dance training, but I’m getting in touch with a private coach for some intense crash courses on ballroom, etc.

I heard back from the directors (husband and wife) last weekend so I’ve been like a kid on Christmas eve all week waiting to hear if I got it. I found out last night. It’s so wonderful. I’m so excited to work with them. They are are going to be so awesome. They are still figuring out the rest of the cast so I don’t know who I’ll be working with, but all the people they had brought in were pure delight, so I’d be happy spending 6 weeks with any of them.

Man, this is going to be such an amazing experience. I can already tell. I would say I feel like the luckiest girl in the world, but that would imply I haven’t worked really hard for this to happen. I guess it’ is true what my acting coach says – just keep doing the work so you are ready when you are at the right place at the right time. The work will pay off. And I feel like here it’s all come together and paid off. Not to say I don’t enjoy doing all these shorts and internet projects I do, but let’s be honest- film has always been my ultimate goal. I feel so honored getting this opportunity and I won’t let them down.


Fang face

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Finished another night for the USC short. We have most of the shots up to where we needed blood and guts. I find it sort of funny that every one of these types of projects I’ve worked on for USC (this is my 3rd i guess) has involved blood and guts. The first one I helped on and and this one both have a man’s intestines ripped out. What are the odds? Though ont he first one I was basically a PA and a featured extra, so I was not involved with any of the blood stuff. I was ‘Key Tentacle’ though. I made Peter give me that credit. It makes sense if you saw it.

Sweet sweet stills

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

The stills from The Black Dawn shoot look great. The director sent me a link to a few and they are beautiful. The lighting and depth of field kick ass. I’m way impressed, plus the ‘virus’ they concocted totally reads in the petri dish!

The Better to Bite You With

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

This week I started shooting the USC film short. It’s one of the non-dialogue projects so they can focus on the technical stuff about the film, lighting and composition. They are fun to work on because they don’t take very long, generally look nice and you pretend you are a silent movie star. Which isn’t to say you ham it up like they did back then, but you have to focus on your body and expressions instead of how you say words. It’s actually an exercise I find very helpful. Sometimes non-verbal communication is more powerful.

I get to be a vampire so they gave me some fangs that you mix this goo into, which then form to your teeth. Then you can snap them on and off and they stay put really nice. I’ll probably have 2 more shooting nights, but a 3rd if we don’t finish next Monday. I think we will though.