Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Click on the Contestant Gallery/VOTE link on the page, scroll down to me (#11) and then click on VOTE and vote for me. It will only take a minute or so, and I would really appreciate your help in the pursuit of a dream of mine. Thank you so very much, and I will be sure to keep you updated on the status of this audition.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Here are some simple, yet normal, shots of us on the set. First picture is me rehearsing the scene with Alli (who plays Amanda). Second picture is me hitting my mark, Dan setting up the camera, and Guin laughing by the window. And I'll also post this picture of me and Sue from filming on Monday, in which she played a character with some strong connections to Jack's past. She has her own blog through Backstage.com, which is http://backstage.blogs.com/unscripted/susan_atwood/index.html. It is also a link included in the right hand side of my blogspot, and you can follow her career as well as mine.
The scene with her promises to be a good one, and it has been one of my favorite scenes to shoot for the series. But more details like that will be available on the "Paper Cuts" DVD release. Even if that release is only in my mind.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Tonight at TMS, we attempted our first honest runthrough, but still found ourselves stopping for tech issues, line issues, and some acting notes here and there. Some of the notes were "that's the best the scene has ever been" and one of my favorites of "in that speech, I didn't see any Nick. It was all Ben." So things are going very well in the show, although I do think tonight that I literally brought so much focus to the show that I gave myself a headache. Perhaps not the best thing for performance... or I just need to have some Excedrin backstage. I don't know what sorts of things I'll have in the future, but here is a posted photo of the set from our show. Look carefully at the window in the left side of the picture. And the fantastic prop lamp on the right side of the photo is one of the director's favorite pieces that she rented from the furniture company. The lights are not set in this photo, but this is going to be our home for the next three weeks.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Then I picked up a wedding ring for "Mercy Seat" and saw my friends from Tony n Tina. It was a little strange to be hanging out with them before a show, but before a show that I wasn't going to do with them. I could hang out with them for a bit, but I had to disappear before they all had to get dressed and ready. Almost makes me wish that I could be down there with them right now, literally at this moment, but I'll confess that the idea of running lines in my hammock while drinking a beer sounds oh so much more appealing than running around in a tuxedo, pretending to be someone else.
Friday, April 18, 2008
In other news, I start filming Paper Cuts #7 tomorrow, and I'm very excited to go back for one last turn as Jack. I have my first scene and my last scene tomorrow, so that's an unusual twist of movie-making....
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Episode seven begins with Jack being very XXXX over what happened with XXXXX. As he tries to XXXX XXXXX XXXXX XX X XXXX, his phone keeps ringing, which he XXXXXXX. Meanwhile a budding relationship between XXXXXX and XXX is XXXXXXX because of XXXXXXXX's love of XXXXXXX. Jack comes face-to-XXXX with his XXXXXX, who is really his XXXXX! (Shocker!) XXXXX and XXXXXX make special cameos, and even XXXXXX has been written into a XXXXX call. XXXXX and XXXXXX really bring the XXXXXXX, when XXXXXXXX gets thrown in XXXXXX, and then eventually, the monkey XXXXX in everyone's XXXXXX, and the campus is rocked by the death of XXXXX. Fade to black.
Okay, obviously this entry has been edited for content. And some of it is downright incorrect. But the episode does feature an exciting guest star. My girlfriend's best friend is coming down from New York on Monday to shoot a scene with me. I obviously can't say what character she is playing, but it is a very rich scene that I'm looking forward to. I've never worked with Susan before, and I'm excited to get the opportunity. You can find her Backstage Unscripted blog listed on mine under the "Blogs" link on the right column, and I know she just posted an entry about her casting and her approach to the job. I think it will be a lot of fun to read two different blog entries about the same day of filming from two different points of view.
In addition, our director has a particular way of working, in which she will stop the actors when a moment doesn't feel "real" or plays rather falsely. While it calls our attention very quickly and effectively to all those moments that feel "false" while we're performing, it's also one hell of a confidence trap. Her habit of asking "Where did that come from?" after such moments also gives me the idea that there are "right" and "wrong" ways to play certain lines. And by commenting on it immediately after the moment, it prevents the exploration of unusual impulses and the discoveries that might result from them. It's often a frustratingly "exact" way to work, as if there is actually pressure on us to be "correct" with our choices. We hit tech work on Sunday, at which point we should start running the show. I'll feel better when we do.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
As I mentioned in the last post, we also took "live" pictures to print, and here are some of the others, both of Clark and Superman.
But in the middle of this photo shoot, Rob grabbed a candid shot that makes me laugh - Superman casually strolling through someone's backyard. Maybe he just saved a cat from a tree, but the picture is very amusing. Look closely in the window....
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I really think we hit it out of the park with these photos, all of which appeared completely convincing on set. Rob went off to get the photos developed at Walgreens, and when he and the other actress Nikiya arrived, we moved into the beginning of our shooting day. The actors ran lines while Rob and I set up the lights, camera, mic, etc. There was a tense moment as we realized that the mic wasn't working, but the problem was solved and we could start shooting. Nikiya waited patiently in the kitchen while we shot the first few moments of Lois Lane just around 4pm. The filming then went slowly but efficiently, finishing all of the shots in the apartment around 11pm or so. Then we bundled up the equipment, packed the actors in my car, and went over to Rob's apartment building to shoot the final sequences we needed, using his front door and hallway. We got the last shot a little after midnight, and then we took one more publicity still for use as the film's poster, and then I took both of the girls home for the night. Ultimately, I got home at about 2:30 in the morning, after a very long day.
The shoot was a complete success. I was blessed with very talented and very patient actors for this project, and they were fantastic all day. Many producers have said that casting a project well is the first step toward making it a success. Some will say that accurate casting can make up as much as 90% of the work for a director. Heather and Nikiya were on top of their characters, on top of their lines, on top of everything that we threw at them all day. Nikiya brought a wonderful maturity to Lucy Lane, fulling bringing her to life. Heather gave Lois Lane a sense of reality that wasn't in my script, making the material even better than it reads on the page.
I'm now, as readers know, knee-deep in learning lines for "The Mercy Seat," and I also received my schedule today for the season finale of "Paper Cuts." Lots of things always seem to be due at once, as always, and now I just have to make sure that I'm getting paid for all this work. I've got a nice bit of experience now both as a film actor, a producer, and a stage actor, so I really am looking to use this experience and background to start getting higher profile or higher paying jobs. My schedule looks like it clears up in about a month, so I'll be looking forward to time of my own again.
More stories and pictures from Changing Lane will follow, particularly as I sit down with Rob in front of the computer to cut together the final version of the film. I'm also a huge fan of bonus features on DVDs, and I already have a list of things that I'd like to do after we complete the film for the DVD release. Those things include additional scenes, multiple commentary tracks (featuring both producers and actors), a trailer, and a gallery of images from those photo shoots and the props that were used in the film. More on the bonus features as they develop...
Monday, April 14, 2008
UPDATED at 10:37pm: At rehearsal tonight, we did a "line-to-line," which I'll confess is something rather new to me. I've done linethroughs before, often once a show has already been running and there is a break in the performance schedule. But tonight, we sat and relaxed on the set, and went line by line through the show, striving to be word perfect, and being corrected by our stage manager when we weren't. Ultimately it was a shaky ride, and our director said that we were the "worst [she] had ever seen." I was proud to make it most of the way through the show having the general idea of the lines always right, the progression of the thoughts right. I was only missing the exact wording the script. Now, I will be one of the first to agree that the exact wording of the script is important, but I was still proud of the self-estimated 60-70% of the script that I knew. And even after the stumbles, the mistakes, and the lines called for tonight won't make me bring that number down, but rather it makes me stand firm at my assessment. Our next rehearsal is going to be on Thursday, so it's my goal to be at 95-100% by then. Totally do-able.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Update at 10:02. I just finished meeting with my director, and we talked our way through some of the effects shots, as well as the opening and the closing shots of the film. The discussion came up about how much the Star Wars prequels sucked, and then we took photos of a Superman action figure for compositing purposes into still frames and background images. We also put together a loose schedule so we could better plan our day, and now we're all set. I still wish we had at least one crew person there onset with us, but sometimes not even a producer can get everything he wants. I have one more prop newspaper story to write tonight while I have Chris Reeve's first film playing in the background, and then it's more or less out of my hands. I redesigned my logo for The Daily Planet, and that's about it for me. I have a short list of chores for the morning, starting with making coffee, and concluding with picking my actress up at the train station. I'm really looking forward to this project.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Lois Lane - Heather
Monday, April 7, 2008
The next morning (yesterday, Sunday), I shot my third and final scene for the UArts senior projects. In this one, I was only in the first page and a half of the scene, and I played the "bad cop" who harrasses the suspect before the "good cop" comes into the room and interrupts me.
Here is a picture of me being that bad cop. This is a scene where we are rehearsing the moment when I slam his head into the table. That is Gabrielle, our writer and director, standing in the left of the shot. And look carefully at the desk and you can see all our different copies of the script as we reference it while working. One of the best parts about the shoot was meeting Brandon (in photo, slammed into table) and Britta (not pictured), the other two actors. Britta is actually coming to audition for Lucy Lane in my film project tonight, and I'm excited for this process.
I'll try to post something either tonight when I get home or early tomorrow morning, but I'm very excited to start this process of auditioning for my film. To find that moment when lots of different kinds of artists can come together, and I can hear women giving life and breath to the words that, up until now, have just been black letters on the page. I'm still working out the details of the shoot, but tonight we'll be able to add another element - the actors.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Ultimately, I called Bristol to turn their offer down so I could stay in town and do "Shrew." The money isn't quite as good, but I realize I'm looking forward to working on a Shakespeare play with a cast/director that I'm looking forward to working with again. I'll regret the chance not to work with Dom again at BVT on "Rough Crossing," but with the new work on finding an agent, I think it's important to stay around Philadelphia. I've also locked myself into work in the area through the month of August, so it's totally time to find a "real" job. Don't know what that is, yet... Anyone hiring?