4.29.2009

BiffPic!


Not a TwitPic, but still a photo!  This is me along with actor-director Albert M. Chan and cinematographer/editor Aaron Howland at the Fate Scores screening at the 2009 Boston International Film Festival.  (More photos available at my flickr page!)

4.27.2009

Screening Score

This past weekend, short film Fate Scores screened at the 2009 Boston International Film Festival, adding tally mark four to the screening score for the project. The showing was a success and an opportunity to catch up with many of the cast and crew who worked on the project.

Fate scores was paired with another short film, Compact Only, and a documentary feature film, 40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy, in session 37, with a brief question and answer session after each film. While the films seemed collectively awkward, independently each was well-produced and interesting to watch.

It was fun to see many familiar faces in the crowd and meet new individuals, too. Afterwards, a party to thank the cast and crew was hosted by actor-director Albert M. Chan and assistant director Richard Possemato. (Yes, there will be photos to follow.)

4.17.2009

Lottery Likeness

I've just gotten a high-quality image of the print ad for the Massachusetts State Lottery campaign.  Here it is!  Can you see me beneath the lottery ticket?  (It's big.)

4.15.2009

Finding a Vehicle

I need a vehicle--a vehicle for my talents.  I'm realizing this more and more.  I know who I am and what I want and what I like and where my strengths lie, and I am grateful for the many opportunities that have come my way to date, but I need the right vehicle for my talents.   

Where are you vehicle?  I'm ready and waiting for you.

In many cases it is the vehicle that has propelled a relatively or completely unknown artist into a promising career.  Look at Sylvester Stallone in Rocky, Kevin Costner in Bull Durham, Orlando Bloom in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Robert Duvall in To Kill a Mockingbird, or Daniel Radcliffe in David Copperfield.  It's that break-out opportunity that all artists desire and which best showcases the burgeoning skills of the talent in question.  

I have some thoughts on what this vehicle could be for me:

  • a role on Masterpiece Theatre (I've come quite close to doing stand-in work!)
  • a role on Mystery!
  • a project produced by the Sundance Channel.  
  • a supporting role in an indie or studio-backed feature film
  • a major role in an indie or studio-backed feature film (It can't hurt to wish, right?)
  • a supporting or major role in a studio-backed movie-musical
  • a role in a television drama

I could devise my own vehicle, of course.  What might it be?  A CD?  A short film?  A series?  A combination of these?  Something else entirely?  I don't know.  I feel there is an idea--an inkling--forming in my brain, waiting for the right opportunity to jump out and make itself known.  Until that time, I'll continue to look favorably on those smaller stepping stones that come my way.

4.09.2009

A TV spot

Last night a friend of mine emailed, writing, "I was watching the Red Sox game tonight and I think I spotted you and your backpack on one of the commercials.  True?"  Indeed!  Amazingly he recognized me in the rehashed version of my hiking spot for the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. That's some acute TV watching!

4.07.2009

Two Premieres in a Day

This past Sunday, 5 April 2009, short film Fate Scores had two premieres!  (You may recall that I worked as AD on this project and was the soprano in the premiere recording of the original score.) 

The world premiere took place Sunday afternoon at the Wisconsin Film Festival.  Aaron Howland, our director of photography and editor, represented well, taking a variety of questions from the sold-out audience.  Fate Scores was really well-received, with the audience laughing at all the right moments and appreciating the the humor and tenderness captured in the story.

That same afternoon, I was at SENE, the Southeast New England Film, Music and Arts Festival, where Fate Scores had its New England premiere in an afternoon session of short films.  As in Wisconsin, it was well-received with people chuckling and laughing at the story.  As the official filmmaking representative, I was on hand for the Q&A session where Fate Scores actually took the most questions.  People wondered what the inspiration for the film was, what kind of sandwich is eaten and what flavor the ice cream is, among other things.  (There were no questions about the pickle.)

As crazy at it sounds, I had not seen the final film edited with the score we recorded!  I'd only seen it with the substitute MIDI track and I must say I was quite pleased with the outcome.  fALATIMI highlights some nice aspects of the visual story and enhances the viewing experience. 

If you didn't get a chance to see Fate Scores at one of these screenings, there are two more opportunities coming up:

Saturday, 25 April 2009: Fate Scores screens at the Boston International Film Festival as part of Session 37, from 6:00-7:50 PM at the Loews Theatre/AMC Boston Common.

Saturday, 25 April 2009: Fate Scores will be shown at On Location: Memphis International Film Festival at 12:45 PM as part of the Shorts 2 program at Malco Ridgeway Four.

4.04.2009

Playing Tea Party

Earlier this week, I got to play tea party with a lovely young actress as part of a commercial campaign for multi-state supermarket company Stop & Shop.  I had the opportunity to work with another great Picture Park team on this project and meet some new people.  It was a busy, quick shoot though, so I didn't have a chance to tweet much

The call time wasn't too early at a private home, though it did look like a small invasion of trucks, vans and delivery vehicles had overtaken the quiet neighborhood.  I can't imagine what the neighbors must have thought upon stepping outside!  I made my way upstairs to hair and makeup to meet my young co-star and her mother.  I also found the wardrobe stylist with whom I'd had the fitting.  (This time, the chickens were nowhere to be seen or heard.)  The crew had expertly covered every surface in custom-cut cardboard in order to protect the floors:



My co-star read aloud to those of us in the room while I was in the hair and make-up chair:



The set was super-cute, arranged in a second-floor bedroom, including a complete camera dolly on a track!  (I think it was a Fisher.)  Other actors included: Mrs. Bear, Mr. Bear and Ms. Bunny with her son, Buster.  This is Mr. Bear, seated across from me with a microphone discreetly wedged between his double-chin and belly:


We did several takes, some re-takes, some close-ups and I tried to remember to smile whenever instructed to look at my watch.  I enjoyed myself despite my very hard, tiny chair.  I'm not sure when or where the spot will air first, but if I get a copy of the final product, I'll be sure to share it!

4.01.2009

No Joke

It's no joke.  At the fitting today there were chickens.  Live, chirping chickens at someone's desk in a box. There was endless chirping music to accompany my multiple clothing changes.  Then, I ended up leaving the fitting in a completely different outfit than I wore there.  True, I had intentionally worn the "audition outfit" as a reminder to the client of what they liked and saw previously, but I had not anticipated having to leave my clothes there.  It's a good thing I brought extra clothing with me!  On the way back from the fitting, the cab driver nearly hit a man delivering a hand truck of cases of beer.  Yes, the man did not have the right of way as the cab's light at the intersection was green, but it was almost as though the cab driver sped up in order to honk on purpose.  He swerved obviously around the deliveryman, cutting off his path through the crosswalk, but not before he slowed to holler at him through the window in his Jamaican accent, "Look to your left!  Look to your left, man!  There are cars coming!" 

Seriously.