Bringing life to the script 10/25/2011
A lot has happened since my last update... I held two auditions and callbacks for the film the past two weeks & now I'm excited to say I have a cast - And they are an excellent group of people that I am very eager to start working with.
There are still 2 or 3 actors that I need to decide on, but my leads have accepted their parts in the film! I knew right away when the two of them walked in for their auditions... they both had fun personalities, looked the part and nailed their improv scenes! I brought them both in for callbacks the following Tuesday to see how they worked together and sure enough they played off of each other very well! I gave them each very simple goals in an improv scene & I absolutely loved their interpretation of it. They were very "Joe & Amy" in that moment and right then, I knew I wanted them as my leads.
Today was a very big day for me - a day I was both very excited and nervous about. I brought Joe & Amy and Lisa & John-Paul (JP) together for the first time! I was very excited about this because I think its important that Lisa and JP know the people they are trying to portray on a personal level. I was nervous to see if Joe and Amy would like the actors I casted to play them. I don't know why that made me so nervous because they got along really well!
Joe & Amy shared their story of Joe's recovery in great detail with JP & Lisa! It gave my actors a really good glimpse of all of the emotions they felt during the entire year in recovery...
Joe shared some of the pictures they took throughout his recovery... It gave the actors a good idea of the props & wardrobing associated with the production.
JP even tried on Joe's TLSO brace during the meeting. Surprisingly, they are about the same body type!
I made some notes in the script during our meeting - It felt great to listen to Joe and Amy tell their story to my actors while I followed along in the script.
JP followed along in the script while Joe and Amy talked
The Joes, the Amys and their director :)
Overall, this was a fantastic day! I'm really glad that Amy & Joe could meet the actors that will be portraying them & vise versa.
Photo Credit to Jason Hadley (one of life, cycles.' cinematographers)
Thank you for helping share this day & the wonderful photos! :)
Production Quarter 10/10/2011
We just started Fall quarter last week, which means we are now in the production quarter of our films. I haven't had much time to update this journal because I have been so busy working on more pre-production elements and preparing for auditions.
I finally sent out the casting call for my auditions on Friday! I feel like I hit a major road block in my progression because before I sent out my casting call I wanted to be completely done with the additions to my script and finish my actor audition packets. I finally realized that doing all that beforehand wasn't necessary. I just needed to get the notice out to the potential actors and then I could move on. Sure enough, as soon as I sent out my notice, I felt much better about my progress and was able to get a lot of work done this weekend. I woke up this morning with 12 emails from people wanting to auditions, which made for a very motivating and exciting way to start the day! I read through their resumes and took a look at their headshots. Looks like a great group of potential actors! Cannot wait to meet them all!
The rest of this week I will be finishing my actor audition packets, finding scenes from my script for them to read at the audition and finding specific improv strategies for each character in my film.
Last Friday, I brought my Assistant Director, Devin, to Abbott Northwestern and Sister Kenny. He was able to help me record room dimensions and get a good feel for the space. I then took those dimensions and created floor plans of each room. With the floor plans I will be able to work with my camera and lighting crew to map out where the equipment should go. I can also use the floor plans to block out the actors movements within the space.
I just recently signed on my classmate Tim T. as my Director of Photography. I'm really excited to have him on my crew. He is also a senior, has a lot of experience with wedding videography, and has a great eye. I just spoke with him and he will be able to join us when we go back to the hospital to take photo storyboards of each scene. I think it is very beneficial for my department heads to see the hospital before we shoot so that they can get a good idea of my vision and how we can best utilize the space.
I also just signed on my script supervisor (Shelly - a pre-pro senior) and my art director (Katherine - an Ai photographer) this weekend. Shelly will make for a great script supervisor because she will make sure we follow the script, production schedule and make sure we finish every scene in the allotted time. I'm very excited to work with Katherine as my art director. She is a great photographer at Ai, has a natural eye and pays close attention to detail within all of her photographs. She also does all the wardrobing/makeup and design for her photo shoots so I know she will do a fantastic job!
Lots to do before Friday this week... so I'll get back to work. I will have more of an update after shooting my photo storyboards this week. :)
Here is my journal where I can reflect on the creative process in the development and production of my senior film.