For the first time ever, I’ve been cast in two feature films scheduled to shoot back to back in the next few months (yay!).. but because I’m superstitious, I won’t talk much about them here, yet. However, if you follow my Twitter or Facebook accounts, you’ve probably already figured it out.
I prefer to talk or write about things once they have been DONE :)
So, what have I been up to the last few weeks? I filmed three, yes THREE, short films back to back! They’re all in editing or post production right now, so I don’t have much to show or link to yet, but I will as soon as I can. Here’s a little info for now:
First up was ‘Bad Decision‘ (dir. Brian LaValle) – a crime caper in which I have a small role as an angry tenant. I’m not sure if there will even be enough footage for my reel, but I did it as a favor for some filmmaker friends and because they’re fun peeps. This also marks the first time I made myself gag in a certain scene. Yes, it was THAT gross, I almost puked. You’ll see, mwuahaha. Most realistic prop I’ve seen in a while. We had some fun with it for sure!
‘All Night‘ (dir. Sanns Dixon/Screendynamics Entertainment) – a suspense/thriller short in which I play a phone operator, set in the 80’s. I dug out some old wardrobe for this one and got to know really cool people, too. I still have to record my end of a phone conversation, but other than that, I think they’re almost done. Can’t wait to see it! I walked in thinking it was a really ‘simple’ role, but it turned out quite technical when it came to the blocking (a term used for stage and film acting, describing a series of movements and reactions that include exact placement, props, and dialogue in a timed sequence within a scene for the benefit of well-framed camera shots. Phew!). It was challenging but I totally dug it! Great ‘workout’ and experience addition!
‘Scratch‘ (dir. Brad Bruce) – a horror short in which I play a frustrated mom dealing with a teenage daughter and wimpy husband. It was a small role too, but really fun to play. Mad props to the director for being flexible with us actors and letting us be creative! I have a funny feeling there might be an ‘outtakes’ reel. Horror film peeps are the most fun to shoot with, I swear! I loved the script, too. It’s got some complicated SFX, so it might still take a while till we get to see anything.
Oh, one of my three character above gets whacked . . . Can you guess which one? You’d be surprised ;)
Funny thing is, after I was done with the three short films, I didn’t have anything lined up til the start of May. I lamented to my best acting buddy Mike about the whole ‘feast or famine’ thing and resolved (or should I say ‘made lemonade out of lemons’) to use the in-between time to continue with my other artistic endeavors. Well, lo and behold, out of the friggin’ blue, a director, with whom I had worked on two features a few years ago, offered me a role in his new one without needing to audition (actors love hearing that from directors) *SWOON!*. Of course I said yes (before I even finished reading the script – at this point, I trust him. I would totally let him guard my stash of chocolates). So, yay! Then I realized I had three weeks to get back into acting shape after fighting some stubborn cold/throat bug for about 15 days AND memorize a shitload of dialogue for way more scenes than I had anticipated. Be careful what you wish for!
Well then, excuse me…I gots some memorizing to do!