Sunday, March 29, 2009

Shooting "Poor Elise" - test scene

Yesterday while everyone else in NYC was outside frolicking in the spring air, I was indoors in a location set up to be a dingy, motel room, shooting a test scene for my brand new web series, Poor Elise. Our series is a huge departure from what you normally see online. Not only do we have an amazing script and dedicated crew, we have high production values, including stop motion animation, post production graphics, and a kick ass soundtrack (performed by our very own 9-piece chamber orchestra and composed by our Co-Executive Producer, T.C. Crosser.) The filmmaking style will blend aspects of films like “Amelie” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” - highly artistic, and not always based in reality, with flashbacks and dream sequences. Plus we have me starring in it, and THAT isn’t being done online either... =)

This test scene was developed to allow us a chance to test our equipment and team work, and give our post production folks something to work with as we develop our production plan. For the actual production, we will be reshooting the scene, but for this one we hired a fantastic actor for me to play opposite. It was a lot of fun! I cannot really give away the plot, or else I’d be giving away a “reveal” for our pilot! But I will say that the scene was shot in a sort of film noir style, complete with cigarette smoke and mood lighting, as only a shady motel room can have.

To learn more about the project, you can visit our website. You can also become a fan on Facebook!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Got another audition

I just got called in for another audition through Actors Access. Here’s the character:

Female, 24-30. Sharp, businesslike, and sentimental at heart. Must be very strong with language and comedy.

Here’s what I wrote as a cover note when I submitted:

This could not be more perfect for me! I am savvy, direct and empathic, and comedy is my baby. Can't wait to meet you!

It is nice to know that my marketing efforts pay off! =)

Friday, March 20, 2009

A Tribute to Mom

I just found this survey online and decided to answer it about my mom:

1. What is something mom always says to you?
People will treat you the way you let them treat you.

2. What makes mom happy?
Getting a call from her children.

3. What makes mom sad?
When she doesn't know if her children are safe.

4. How does your mom make you laugh?
By telling goofy jokes.

5. What was your mom like as a child?

6. How old is your mom?
I know but I am not telling.

7. How tall is your mom?

8. What is moms favorite thing to do?
Play tennis, if only her knees would let her.

9. What does your mom do when you’re not around?
Read and play sudoku.

10. What do you think mom will become famous for?
Making people feel welcome.

11. What is your mom really good at?
Trivial Pursuit.

12. What is your mom not very good at?
Getting jokes.

13. What does your mom do for her job?
She's enjoying early retirement.

14. What is your mom’s favorite food?
Beef Chimichangas.

15. What makes you proud of your mom?
Her perseverance.

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
Wilma Flintstone. Sensible, Patient, Gorgeous.

17. What do you and your mom do together?
Go shopping, watch movies, drink wine.

18. How are you and your mom the same?
We have the same facial expressions in pictures when we don't smile.

19. How are you and your mom different?
She is tan. Really unfair.

20. How do you know your mom loves you?
She always listens, and makes me feel important.

21. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go?
Maybe New York City, now. But Greece and Italy too.

22. How do you know that Daddy loves Mommy?
Well, I knew that he did because he was broken without her.

23. What is your mom’s favorite color?
Hmmm.... this one I don't know. I know she likes to wear blacks and browns and corals and some turquoise. I know she likes to have the yellow piece in Trivial Pursuit. She likes roses in the pink family. I don't actually know her favorite color, though.

24. What is mom scared of?
Snakes, though she is getting better and better about them.

25. What is mom’s favorite TV show?
Survivor, The Biggest Loser, American Idol. Hmmm... all reality shows, huh?

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