Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Oh, to be in class again

Today I donated my time and energies to NYU’s film production department to work on an end-of-semester project called “Speed Drills.” This involved students preparing a 2 character scene with professional actors, blocking it, setting up the sound stage, and shooting it from start to finish -- all in an hour. The scripts they are using are all from well known movies, so though I cannot really use any of them for my reel, it is certainly a good experience in getting something on it’s feet quickly. All of the actors are used for multiple scenes, with about 30 minutes of down time between each 1 hour segment.

It has been an absolute blast, but there is one thing I didn’t take into account when I signed on for this project. The actors have to MEMORIZE the lines. In less than one hour they’ve got to have lines and blocking memorized for a four page scene. My first few scenes have been fine, but then I did a scene from “Working Girl” where Tess (played by Melanie Griffith in the movie- I played this role) takes a novel idea to her boss (played by Sigourney Weaver) who later steals it. In that scene, Tess does all of the talking, including a monologue about broadcasting and FCC rules. I have always been a good memorizer, but this really challenged my skills! I now can say, with confidence, that you can give me a brand new scene that I have never read before and I will have it memorized in time to shoot 30 minutes later. Not only that, but the character will have an arc, and there will even be business with props. Seriously, now I feel like I can do anything!

1 comment:

  1. If you ever do soaps, you'll be thrilled you can do that.

    Also, if you ever land on a set where rewrites are done during the shoot, it's a skill that will come in handy.


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