Patience, dear mortal!

Hoooboy…it’s high time for an update. Let’s dive right in!

Biggest news first! My short film Things We Dig is nearing the end of post production, woot!!! I’m probably driving my editor Peter Stoll mad by now, but he’s a trooper and doing amazing work! We’re also currently working with composer Eric Recourt on original score and soundtrack. It’s all coming together, slow and steady; and I have to pace myself, be patient and not rush things (as giddy as I can get sometimes…).

Since my last post, we’ve also set up the film’s IMDb page up, done ADR sessions, a photoshoot AND …we just unveiled the poster! If you followed us on fb, twitter or instagram, you’d probably already know all of this ;)

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I’m super excited and can’t wait for this to get finished so I can unleash it upon the world!!!

 

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What else? A bunch of other stuff happened, some of it gnarly, but I probably need to make that a separate post. Maybe. (Since this is WordPress and not Facebook, is this called vaguewording or vaguepressing, instead of vaguebooking? I like vaguepressing better. Being German, vaguewording is really hard for me to pronounce.. I’m being a punk, I know). Anyhoo. Sticking to film/acting related stuff for now.

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In between my ‘thrival job’ and post-production for my short film,  I also did some work supporting local filmmaker friends, all rad people that I feel lucky to know:

I got to do some voice-acting for ‘Uncharted Regions‘, a series of weird-tales radio dramas produced by Sword and Circuitry Studios. Even though it was for background, it renewed my interest in voice work and reminded me how fun this kind of gig is! Plus, I got some use out of my German language skills for a little last minute improv. Thanks again for having me, Neal and Jana! I even wound up doing some BTS photos at a subsequent recording session. See more info about this cool project in the link above!

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Producers Neal and Jana Hallford at Rarefied Recording Studios

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Several of my fellow female filmmakers took part in WOMAS (Women Making a Scene) earlier this summer and cast me in two of their projects. One of them was ‘The Delayers‘, directed by Susan Davis of Grudio Pictures. I’ve been wanting to work with her forever and it finally came to pass! Cherry on top: Playing a role that was all physical comedy. I love it!

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Me in my element: acting like a clumsy person – not a big stretch ;)

The other WOMAS entry was ‘The Wandmaker‘, directed by my rad friend Deepti Kingra Mickelsen (who, incidentally, plays a naughty character in my short ‘Things We Dig’.)  I love it when we can all help each other out!

I’m also happy to report that both entries made it to the WOMAS finals in August! So proud of my sisters!

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That’s it for now! Already? I know…BUT… I got a feeling I’ll have some more blog posts coming up soon, promise! Follow my Things We Dig social media and stay tuned!

Enjoy Halloween season – my favorite time of the year!

 

Dark greetings, bloody kisses and suffocating hugs,

Pia de los Muertos

Fairies and Monsters

I wasn’t going to get involved in the 48hr Film Project again this year, but got I sucked back in by my friend and filmmaker Mike Brown, who formed his team ‘Boobs and Zombies’. For those not familiar with the competition: Once a team is formed, it has 48 hours to write, cast, film, edit and score a 7 minute short film. It all starts on a Friday evening where the team leaders gather at a official 48hr meeting place to find out which genre their film has to be via a lottery. Every year there is also a prop, a dialogue line and a character required to be somehow included in each film entry. This year the prop was a cellphone, the required line was ‘Where are we going?‘ and the character was a TV News Person (male or female) named Gary or Gretta Greenberg. The film has to be dropped off by the same meeting place by Sunday night or it doesn’t qualify for the competition.

Our genre was Fantasy; and with Mike Brown as the team leader and Eric Fox as the FX artist, we just knew there would be a horror element somewhere, somehow! I played the camera woman who is teamed up with the TV news person, played by Robert Ozeran. I really wanted her to be a little different and weird, so I asked for my hair to be done up crazy, which hair and makeup artist Sharaya Daniels nailed perfectly. It worked, cause I scared myself every time I walked by a mirror or window. I wanted her to look unconventional and ‘tough’, because deep down she’s just a little chickenshit and I thought that combination would make her a funny character, hopefully ;)

Without further ado – here’s ‘Calls from Zornakoff‘!

Last week my friend and San Diego Horror Guru Miguel Rodriguez asked me if I wanted to record some German dialogue from the Grimm fairy tale ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ for the intro of his 2 Year anniversary podcast ‘Monster Island Resort‘. Why, yes, of course, it’d be an honor! It was hard not to snicker when doing the voice of both the little girl and the big bad wolf. Oh my, what big hands you have! Check it out  and listen here!

Thanks, Miguel – it was really fun letting my inner girly and wolf come out and play!