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Shooting The Trailer: Day 13 (Bad Behaving Actors)

The actor who is playing Walter calls me up. “Where is Wednesday’s shoot?” Me: “Oh, it’s 45 miles outside Seattle at the Tiger Mountain State Forest on the Highway 18 entrance in the upper parking lot near the bathroom.” Walter: “I don’t have a car, you know.” He lives 45 miles from Seattle in the […]

Shooting The Trailer: Day 11

Little film joke I told myself today to get myself in the happy little mood:  “She’s such a dumb blonde that on the set she flirts with the writer.” My locations coordinator who has been sick all week called yesterday and promised to be back on the set today. I told her, “The only thing […]

Shooting The Trailer: Day 10

Wrapped principal photography today.  Only two more scenes to shoot with landscapes and the wolf or wolves.  Sometime next month. I was sad: I wanted to take the remaining crew to lunch, but they all rushed off to other projects. They are doing this 48-hour film challenge this weekend. Nuts.  They are crazy.  Either they […]

Shooting The Trailer: Day 8

Thursday I called the set designer for 9:30 AM so she could put up all the leaves, branches, twigs, rocks, pelts and bones before the camera department arrived.  Of course, once she spent 90 minutes putting up the set, our director arrived and changed everything.  Okay, that’s 3 hours extra space rental fee at the […]

Shooting The Trailer: Day 7

The director spent an hour on an extra, making him go through activity that we’ll probably not use at all; it was not in the script. I guess he is now a featured extra, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! But he will not be in the edited version. And that pisses me off, because the […]

Shooting The Trailer: Day 6

Our shotgun toting llama rancher gave mediocre performances. She doesn’t go anywhere with her inner life. The best take of her is a closeup on a spider web, rack to her before she says anything. I guess we’ll leave her dialog on the cutting room floor. Rehearsed with the Walter character for hours.  Finally got […]

Shooting the Trailer (The PA’s)

The PA’s, oh my god, the PA’s. Jian—I hope you’re not reading this, dude—was someone I had met at a day job.  He loved the idea of being on a film set.  Jian thought—but didn’t express to me before I hired him—was that his job was somehow supposed to consist of hanging out on set […]

Shooting The Trailer: Day 5

Wednesday was my day to be an actor. My writing partner played producer and PA today. Michelle Actor speaking: I gave three transcendent performances in two separate scenes.   Michelle Producer speaking: Good, all you need is one good take of each scene. I attribute my ability to give great performances partially to relinquishing producer […]

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