Ow my legs! And other stories

November 21st, 2010 ~ 11:01 pm

Such a busy week. I was supposed to have an audition Monday, but wasn’t feeling well and left before they got to me due to a massive headache. Said headache basically lasted all week off and on. Boo!
So then Tuesday I got word that the producers of this upcoming feature needed us to shoot some promo stuff for potential investors the next night. I had to cancel a rehearsal so I could do the shoot. We did that Wednesday night and it sounds like it came out well.

Rehearsal for Thursday ended up being canceled and moved to Friday evening. I eventually got confirmation I’d be done in time to get there after the shoot. Phew!

Then Friday I had a really early call time for Replica way down in Irvine. I thought I gave myself long enough, but apparently there is traffic on the 5 even at 7AM. So I get to the park late and they are ready to shoot immediately. Luckily it was a wide shot of us running through the woods. Not much rehearsal required. Didn’t seem like anything got behind from my tardiness.
They were shooting day-for-night and it was overcast, which is ideal for that. It was also raining, which is less than ideal for being outside. Was mostly just misting so we were ok and running around kept me warm most of the time. It was really pretty and felt like I was back East again in the woods.

I got done before 2pm, so I hurried back up to LA county toward LMU where rehearsal would be. I had enough extra time not only to stop by a sofa store, but also take a quick nap in my car! Hooray! I hope no one saw me in there and got worried about me being unconscious in the parking garage.
I woke up and got some coffee on campus and met up with the director, fight choreographer and other actors.
We started with the fight between me and the thugs. We had the leader thug there and others stood in for the other thugs. I haven’t done fight choreography in a long time, so I was pretty rusty. I won’t say terrible, but not great. I was concentrating really hard so I was losing fluidity and focus on the target. But, it was the first rehearsal and it went pretty well. It’s like when I was doing dance rehearsals last year- not very smooth at first, some things I can do better than others, but it gets smoother and easier. ALSO- very sore after the first rehearsal! Much more so this time because one of my moves involves ducking down and popping back up for a side kick. Plus fight stance is basically bent knees as well so it was like doing lunges for like 2 hours. I clearly should have stretched out WAY more than I did. Especially in my legs. Way more. It’s 2 days later and I’m still hurting getting up and sitting down. I actually asked to reschedule my rehearsal tomorrow morning. It’s pretty embarrassing. But oh well. I would go but I know I would only be going at half capacity. So instead we’ll work later when I can get up and down like a normal person.

This morning I was on time! It was the last day for Replica. We were at this rad house down in Hermosa Beach I think. It’s one of those really modern designed beach houses where all the walls and ceilings seem to come together at odd angles. Awesome view of the whole beach too. The first bunch of shots I’m just sleeping in bed, and I was literally just sleeping in bed. It was cold and I was just in a slip, so I stayed in the blankets until they needed to move the bed out of the way. I got a few good Z’s in. Helped quell a bit of headache too. (I wasn’t kidding when I said I had a headache all week. Stress!) Then I had some down time so I gossiped with the Wardrobe girl and the Makeup guy some more. Usually that’s how it ends up on sets because everyone else is on set moving things, etc and they are waiting around with us until right before we shoot a scene. After lunch we only had a few more hours before we lost the sun. Plus working with the sun on a partly cloudy day is a pain since it keeps getting brighter and dimmer constantly, so it’s really hard for the DP to maintain the right settings for long. It requires us actors to be very ready because we gotta get it in a few takes before we have to move on to the next shot. And we did. We got the dialog before the sun was down. Hooray! I bet that scene will be really pretty because the light and the view in real life was so pretty.
Unrelated to filming, but the director’s tiny 1-year-old baby brother stopped by set with his mom and he was adorable.

So Replica is wrapped and should be done sometime in the spring, maybe March. It’s his senior thesis project, so it really has to be done before he can graduate. That another nice thing about being in a thesis film besides the production quality- they almost always get finished.

Other things that happened this week was a brief scheduling panic with the Samurai shoot conflicting with another shoot I’d agreed to a few weeks back and I didn’t know I would be needed for this new one. Luckily the prior engagement was planning to reschedule before I even asked them about it, so it all worked out totally fine. I also found out this prior engagement thing that I’m referring to really generically, might get additional investors, so I basically have no idea if I can talk about it at all right now. So it will be pretty vaguely referenced for a while.

Oh, and on Saturday we painted our new apartment, which didn’t help any with the whole being sore thing. Hopefully I’ll be mostly normal by Tuesday. I really really want to do a good job on the fight stuff because I love it so much.

Ok, that’s all.


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