My debut as a screen actor

April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments | Life

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The 10-minute short film I was in last summer (2015) has finally been released on the internet for free viewing. It’s music was composed by the ever-fabulous Pezzner, costumes and styling by his wife, Christina, and set/paintings by the very-talented Jay Mason. Having just come off a back injury which kept me laid up for nearly 4 weeks, I was about 17 lb overweight. I know the camera adds 10 pounds but egads, I don’t even look like the same person! I look like… like a… like a witch or something! *snicker* Some shots of the make-up progression are below the video.

I only have one regret. I am at home on stage, but film is a very different beast. Having just a few people in a very quiet room with a camera inches from your face is very different than having a sea of shadowy head outlines hiding behind stage lights. It took me a while to get comfortable during the first shoot, and talking to the director about witch scenes made me nervous. He wanted a certain look to the movements of the witch. Leading up to the day of the shoot, I was concentrating on trying out different body movements so much that I completely forgot to run lines!! I had to come up with something I’d never done on the fly, feeling super self conscious. After a few takes I started to loosen up, but as I was driving from my last shoot session I was playfully trying out the lines in different voices and landed on the one I wish I had used. “Daaaaaaaammmmmitttttt! I should have remembered to run my stupid lines!” Oh well, it gives me motivation to try my hand at screen acting again!

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