New York Film Academy 6th day
Hands on Camera #5 -Screen cam/lighting tests (Ed Timpe)
Today we would check out how the camera test we shot on Wednesday had worked out. But because post production didn't do their work we had to wait on it. So Ed was a little late because of that, he also gave the impression that's normal practice for those guys. But while we waited on post production to do their thing we went in crew by crew to tell our story and how we pictured it would look. Maybe you're thinking, didn't you already go to that process with Josh? Yes we did but he wanted to know the story. Ed wanted to know what you were gonna do with your shots and lighting.
After a break halfway during the hands on camera class we could finally view our stuff. Well actually only one group could during class. We could watch our stuff ourselves after class but that would be without the insights of Ed. We did learn a lot from the stuff the one crew shot. Still I would have liked to get comments on what our group shot as well.
After Hands on Camera we (as a crew) had to check out our equipment for our shoot on Sunday and Monday. So check if everything is working, your lights, camera, etc. Also check if there's nothing missing from one of the kits you take. But most of all buy your tape. So I bought 3 tapes because their only 2:40 in minutes. And all that for only $20,=
Today I also had my first actress with Diva attitude. And she's only been in the 4 week acting program for a week. This afternoon she agreed on working with me. At the casting yesterday I didn't tell her the story yet because there were other crews around who couldn't hear what my story was. But if she really would have wanted to know I would have gone to another room and told her. But she didn't ask. I contacted her straight after the casting though mail because I like to have things on black and white.
Today she confirmed and said she would love to work with me. Still she didn't ask about the part. But I mailed her all the info anyway. And then she started flaking. She first mailed me and asked how it would be shot because she was uncomfortable to be shot on a toilet. (Where my scene kinda revolves around, well more like her needing to go to the bathroom but not being able to because it's occupied). Well I could kinda understand that but that was also the part I was already thinking of not shooting. So I mailed her back that that particular part probably would be out or that I would just shoot her face. This is what she told me:"I understand the relation to everyday life and the comedic elements of the scene but I'm sorry but I really dont think me doing that scene would be a good thing for me to do. I'm trying to make acting my career and i dont think that the role would be good for me to play."
I mailed her a nice mail about me understanding, but also told her I was a little disappointed etc.But this is what I wanted to mail. "Honey listen up. This is a cut throat business. The things you do at school might not seem important but they might turn out to be more important then you think. You don't know me and what network I might have or the network of my crew. Word get around quick in a small world like this. Besides that, I don't think you really want to be an actress. If you did you would grab every opportunity you get with both hands to be on a set just for the experience. I know a lot of really big actors did way more embarrassing stuff then the scene I provided for you. But you just made a first big choice in your career and I congratulate you with that. Btw. did you ever see that Friends episode with Ross in his leather pants on the toilet? Now that was embarrassing!"
Thank god I have friends in and near LA who jumped to help me out and loved my scene. So If i'll make it big you guys will not be forgotten!