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  • Mental note:

    As the shooting of my first film starts to wind down, My schedule is starting to free up again and my post-work jitters are taking over. So I guess it's time to write a blog post.

    Last weekend was a whirlwind. Emotionally, physically and mentally. I shot 10 scenes in 1 day and even though that might become easy for me in the future, it was no picnic. Unless you've experienced a very difficult picnic.  
    We were on location in Pennsylvania, we had arrived at 9 am and immediately started hair and makeup. Hair and makeup is not something you rush. That's why call times are so early in the morning. But my director was standing behind the makeup artist, attempting to make her hurry up. She's done this a couple times, and it results in my makeup and hair being half-done. I walked onto set with a giant kink in my hair and lopsided eyeliner without realizing. So here's my day so far: rushed and tired with mad hair and scary makeup. And I haven't even started acting yet. 
    First scene, and first lesson: Do not wear 5 inch stilettos on set unless you are sitting down. My ankles felt like they were going to give way, and I couldn't change out of the heels because of continuity (UGHHH CONTINUITY). So I was stuck wobbling around like an idiot for two hours. Still with mad hair.
    Second scene, second lesson: Do not emotionally prep and cry before your close up. You have to shoot all the other angles and your scene partner's first. And then the assistant director could trip and fall and make you laugh and then all of a sudden you aren't emotional anymore and you can't cry when you actually need to. Sandy Meisner forgot to mention that.
    Third scene, third lesson: do not stomp around when you are acting angry. It will make the very expensive camera wobble. I had to tiptoe. Which doesn't sound difficult: but it actually really was. Tiptoeing when you are livid is next to impossible. All angry in the face but pussy-footing around like you are trying to be a sneaky goon. Very awkward indeed. Must practice.
    Fourth scene, fourth lesson: if you need to faint for camera, use a crash mat. Nuff said.
    I know there will be a time in the future when I look back and laugh at this experience. How ridiculously low-budget it was. How amateur. Thank god for the cast, because if the actors were bad, my experience would be really different. The cast is an array of extremely talented individuals whom I am happy to call my friends. At least I am emerging from this experience with that. And some decent reel footage. Decent reel footage that hopefully doesn't show my mad hair.