Archive for March, 2011

Feature – Day 2

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Day 2 was quite pleasant. We all started at base camp and then piled in one of those giant vans to go to the first location at a baby store. They had 2 cameras that day so we only did one long take of me and my mother wandering around. While we were shooting some customers were waiting in the parking lot. Turned out to be the actor from Life unexpected. At least that’s what Danny told me later and I’m inclined to believe that. That scene jumps into act 2, so i got to wear the first baby bump!

We changed outfits there and then vanned it over to the Santa Monica Pier. The van just barely fit in the parking garage! Hopefully they framed out most of the homeless people. Also that one lady who literally just stood there behind us for an entire take and had to be asked to move along. It was really nice outside, but breezey, so i kept wearing adam’s jacket.

After that we went back to base camp and had delicious Porto’s. Mmmm.

My buddy DJ Gumsoul came by to fill in for the DJ for our wedding video. They had someone lined up that dropped out the day before, so I asked my friend if he could come in. Even though the sound won’t be used, he did a great job. He was playing hilarious Sheen clips when we got there. Everyone got a kick out of it. This was back when Sheen had just started going off.

I had brought my wig from Halloween and wardrobe had found a wedding dress that was a perfect fit. Woo! Danny and I decided our song was Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls. After they filmed us dancing on the flip a couple times, they recorded some crowd noise to lay over it later. They had to remind everyone it was 2009, so no current references if they feel like yelling anything out.

After that we took a few snaps in the church next door and then went to a nearby park to shoot wedding pics. I had photoshopped a couple snaps of Danny and his wife, with my face on it. They came out well. They just needed some wedding pics to put up around the house too. They came out great.

We finished early that day.

Delivery – Day 2

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Day 2 was quite pleasant. We all started at base camp and then piled in one of those giant vans to go to the first location at a baby store. They had 2 cameras that day so we only did one long take of me and my mother wandering around. While we were shooting some customers were waiting in the parking lot. Turned out to be the actor from Life unexpected. At least that’s what Danny told me later and I’m inclined to believe that.
that scene jumps into act 2, so i got to wear the first baby bump!

We changed outfits there and then vanned it over to the Santa Monica Pier. The van just barely fit in the parking garage! We did the reality-staged scene where we tell my mother we’re expecting. There are certain scenes that are made to look like the staged scenes you see in shows like the Kardashians or whatever. So they call them the Kardashian shots. Then we did some side-confessionals too. Hopefully they framed out most of the homeless people. Also that one lady who literally just stood there behind us for an entire take and had to be asked to move along. It was really nice outside, but breezey, so i kept wearing adam’s jacket.

After that we went back to base camp and had delicious Porto’s. Mmmm.

My buddy DJ Gumsoul came by to fill in for the DJ for our wedding video. They had someone lined up that dropped out the day before, so I asked my friend if he could come in. Even though the sound won’t be used, he did a great job. He was playing hilarious Sheen clips when we got there. Everyone got a kick out of it. This was back when Sheen had just started going off.

I had brought my wig from Halloween and wardrobe had found a wedding dress that was a perfect fit. Woo! Danny and I decided our song was Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls. After they filmed us dancing on the flip a couple times, they recorded some crowd noise to lay over it later. They had to remind everyone it was 2009, so no current references if they feel like yelling anything out.

After that we took a few snaps in the church next door and then went to a nearby park to shoot wedding pics. I had photoshopped a couple snaps of Danny and his wife, with my face on it. They came out well. They just needed some wedding pics to put up around the house too. They came out great.

We finished early that day.

Feature – Day 1

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Well, I’m writing this pretty far after the fact because I was too tired during the shoot to sit down and do it. Also, this is my public posting, so I’ll be writing things pretty cryptically. Sorry. After the movie is out, i’ll publish my private posts with more details.

Day one started at an apartment in West LA. They wanted to start out light, so all the scenes are pretty light in tone and they didn’t schedule a ton for each day. The only thing that gave us trouble was a scene with the dog, and that was only because it was basically a tracking shot where the dog has to take a cue at the end while the trainer hides. That is difficult!

The food was excellent. They used an indie film catering place. Also, a block of cheese is always a good idea for crafty. I think I ate like half of it myself. I suspect a lot of these posts will be about how much I ate.

Delivery – Day 1

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

I’m writing this much later than I’d have liked to, but early mornings and long days left me tired when I got home. So it’s been a few weeks. Hopefully I’ll remember the good stuff.

We began at an apartment in West LA. After we went through makeup and wardrobe we started with a scene with just me. We drove around in my car while I talked about my job. This was one of the scenes they are calling ‘side confessionals’ – they are basically where someone is being interviewed, but not in the regular confessional setting. Aside from my engine noise and the camera battery being fussy it went well. We got an adapter to plug it in and I just drove around a bit slower.

Next up was I think some cheesy B-roll with us playing with the dog in a park. Then we went back to the apartment and shot our audition tape on a little flip cam. Very cute. Then we did some misc. morning stuff. I think by then it was lunch. Nom nom nom. They used some local indie film catering company and it was excellent.

After lunch we had a scene where the dog has to take a cue to growl and bark. The dog is good at it, but he was in a kennel and then had to wait for us to walk through the whole apartment in one long take. It was complicated since the camera is following us and then the trainer has to get into position where the dog can see her after we enter the room. Then she has to get the dog’s attention again and signal for the growls. All this while i’m in front of her. It took like 16 or so tries, but finally we figured it out and got it! Yay Doggy!

They wrapped the dog after that and then we did the rest of the stuff that takes place in the apartment. At the end of th day we did the miscarry scare. Danny wasn’t told what was going on, but I think he suspected something since we had 2 of the same dress. Clearly there would be something on it. Turns out it was blood!

This scene was incredibly satisfying because I was really focused and was able to cry! Yay! They didn’t tell me I had to but I felt like that would be the appropriate response. And I totally got there. It made me feel so much better after having crying issues recently. It was a good confidence boost. Nailed it! And I was able to keep it going for 3 takes. I also really liked my line ‘Why does god hate me?’ Yes, I’m going to note my favorite things I say during production, that I remember.

That was it for the night. I left a bit sticky from the blood on my legs.

The day went well. We started light so everyone can get used to each other. Plus the beginnings of the film are much lighter. The only difficult shot was the dog one, and that wasn’t too bad since they left time for it. Yay!

And then more recordings

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

And then after making some time for a dinner party with some friends I went and recorded some ADR for one of the short films i did a bit ago. It was mostly breathing noises so it was brief.

Tomorrow I go back to set. I haven’t had enough down time to write out my entries about filming, but i will as soon as I can. I should be in bed now though.

My First Game Voice Over

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Today was my day off from the feature, so I scheduled my voice over recording session for the video game. It was very fun. I think the game is a 2 player mystery game. I play a scrappy young detective in an alternate universe. The other main character is the older veteran detective, but I didn’t have any dialog with that character. I think we both go around gathering clues and then the two players maybe compare notes and solve the case. I really only get to see my dialog, so I’m not sure. Either way, the scripts are really funny and it looks like a fun game. Hopefully I’ll get to see some of the character designs, but I might have to wait for them to finish. I forgot to ask what platform it’s for. Hopefully not the Iphone, only because I don’t have one.

I should be able to use some of the recordings for a VO demo, so I can do more game and other voice over work.

2 more festivals for LL

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Leading Ladies will be at another 2 festivals soon:

Palm Beach Women’s International Film Festival
Closing Night Film
Palm Beach, FL
Sunday, April 10
7:00pm
Cityplace Muvico Parisian 20

Qfest St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
Friday, April 15th
7pm
The Hi-Pointe Theatre

So that’s 4 upcoming, including Melbourne, Australia and the Potsdam, NY ones. Woo!

One Nighstand, Phase 2

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

This weekend we finished shooting One Nightstand, which is now called Ada Vs. The New Girl, which is a better title, even though I came up with that first one. 😉

Friday was a pretty early day, starting about 6:40am for me. We were shooting at whole foods for the first half of the day. I think it seemed to go smoothly, except for having to wait for customers to move out of the way. I was pretty tired and coming down with a cold, but there wasn’t any dialog there. I was mostly spying on the other characters, so it was easy.

We headed up to the Roxy after having lunch. For those not in LA, it’s a pretty famous venue on the Sunset Strip. We were allowed to shoot in the upstairs VIP lounge until the bands got there around 6pm, which was when we needed to be done either way. It’s a cool space. I’d never been there. Lot of comfy couches and a nice long bar. Not too big. We did the scene where i’m rehearsing with my band mate, so I had to lip sync and fake play the guitar. Doing both at the same time was super difficult! guitar was the hardest since I haven’t played since high school so I forget any chords I ever knew. At least they won’t be seeing my hands much. they just wanted some wides and then some fancy side angles, so i had to try and strum with the recording and also lip sync. Ack! But I think it will look ok. We had to do it a bunch of times, but luckily they were good songs and i didn’t mind hearing them over and over.

At the end we had a shot where I’m outside about to go in and I break down and cry. Yeah… That didn’t quite happen. I mean, it did a little, but my eyes were too dry to really get any tears down the cheek kind of thing. My contacts are partly to blame for the dryness, but I’ve come to accept that I’m not one of those actors that can ‘cry on cue.’ I can cry, but I haven’t mastered the going from nothing to tears streaming down the face without any kind of scene to build up to it. I know I can cry within scenes, but going zero to sixty crying-wise, just isn’t something I can do yet. Maybe in the future i should write myself a scene to use to build up to it and then they can start filming. I don’t know. Something to work on I guess.

Saturday was an evening shoot for the most part. By then i had a full-on cold. I’d had about 3 Emergen-C’s already. Then the first thing I had to do was run up a few flights of stairs over and over! They let me lay down for a bit after that since I was dizzy and they were going to be shooting the other actress for a while and had to set up anyway. That helped. The next while I did some lines off screen since I’m on an intercom. Then we went outside for the remainder of the night. At first it was ok. It was not too cold yet and I had sort of half sleeves on the dress. But then by the time I had to get into the other dress, with no jacket, it was much colder. I put on my jacket between takes, but I was still shivering. I got to tense that the tension gave me a migraine! Boo! I tried to stay focused, but I really have no idea if I did ok or not. I tried to stay flirty, etc, but then between takes I was cringing and shivering. I felt awful, but I hope it doesn’t read on camera. Taking something fort the pain didn’t do anything since I was still too tense. I just needed sleep. We didn’t finish until 1:30 am i think.

Sunday I woke up with a headache still, but at least I didn’t have to get up too early. I met up with my co-star for the feature in the morning for movie prep, and i finished with enough time for a long nap before my call time. I could have slept for much more than that hour and a half. My cold seemed to be much better by then at least.

We were shooting in this really cute guest house in Franklin village. Luckily it was mostly indoors. Just one establishing shot outside. I didn’t know about it so I ended up wearing the wrong shoes, but oh well. It’s quick. The actress who was supposed to play my roommate had an awesome callback that was running late, so they had to replace her last minute. The girl who came in was really funny and had some great improv lines. I told them I needed to leave by 8:30 because I had too much to do and an 8 am call time on Monday. We knocked it all out and I was out by 8:40.

In hindsight, I maybe would have asked if it were possible to do it earlier or later in the month so it wasn’t so close to the Feature shoot. I just felt like I was so stressed out and I maybe wasn’t always as focused as I could have been. I get migraines under stress, so maybe I wouldn’t have been so tense and wouldn’t have gotten it. Well, it’s not the first time I’ve spread myself too thin. More things to work on.

February recap

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Man, I’ve been busy. In life mostly. Work got particularly slammed, so the various acting adventures I had were not logged. I was working at home most nights.

Anyway, I guess at the beginning of the month I had rehearsal for the remainder of the short film I did with a USC grad student late last year. We shot a portion of it and she wanted to finish it out. She also wanted to use some scenes for her Directing for Camera class, so the following week we went to her class for an in class workshop. I had done something like it for another student a long time ago, and it’s weird since it’s sort of like you’re performing a film scene, but in a staged way in front of a live audience. Then they all talk about why the student did what, and you’re kind of there for the duration. This one was better because they actually had cameras and talked about more relevant things to shooting a film than the other class had. Also her teacher was pretty delightful and the TA was another student I’d worked with, so it was pretty fun all around.

Then later in the month I started to have more fittings and makeup tests and conference calls for the feature I’m shooting right now. I will be able to blog more specifically about that later. For now it’s under wraps. I’ll probably write entries and save them until further notice. So interesting, right?

Then near the end of the month I booked a voice over gig for a video game! Not sure when I’ll be recording it. I let them know at the audition I’m booked until the end of March, but they said they can see about rescheduling my session. i’m super excited because I want to get into voice over, especially for games, and this will be great to start my reel. The guys are in the USC interactive program and one of my friends went there so they knew him and his game company and stuff. This will be their thesis project and it sounds delightful. I will be one of the main detectives in the story. It’s the kind of game I love, with clues and puzzles and stuff so you solve a mystery.

Then I got to see a screening of the feature i was interviewed for. It’s not technically acting, but it is a narrative film. It’s about a woman dealing with clinical depression and her relationships, etc. It came out great. It’s particularly affecting if you have suffered from depression, because so many situations in the film are so familiar. I’m not in in too much, but when I am I’m actually pretty funny. Even though I’m talking about my experience with depression, it’s a nice little bit of humor in there. It’s a great film. I think it will be screening in May, so I’ll probably post about that when I have more info.

Ok, that’s most of my stuff from February. Like I said, I was working a lot of hours, so not a lot of acting stuff could go on. Needless to say, it was also pretty stressful as the end of the month got closer!