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! :)
Here is my journal where I can reflect on the creative process in the development and production of my senior film.