Tuesday, July 22, 2008
A long, hot weekend
In addition to the hot weather and exposure due to outdoor Shakespeare with TOS, I also spent the days outside in a park near Media, filming scenes for GC, the movie in which I am starring. Saturday wasn't too bad, but the humidity and sunlight on Sunday were almost overbearing. We sit in the shade waiting to be called to the set, and the weather would still be fiercely oppressive. We all drank plenty of water, had some sandwiches and tomato pie, and finished the scenes we were scheduled to finish. It was also the first day in which I really had a scene of dialogue to film. It was a little strange not to get feedback and notes on my performance, but it was also a lot of fun to go through it several times and try to find something new and different in the words each time. I have much longer scenes coming up, including one that we're filming this afternoon, so it was nice to get a feel for the process with a smaller conversation. Sean, my major scene partner in the film, is a lot of fun to work with. He and I are both from theatre backgrounds, and we found a rapport right away. Not only do we have good chemistry as friends, but we both enjoy the chance to improvise some of our dialogue. The director, Steve, is very supportive of those instincts and talent, and so I think it's going to be very exciting and fulfilling to work on this project with both him and Sean.