Monday, August 23, 2010

Lesson Learned

We came.  We set up. We laughed.  We filmed. We drove. We walked.  We sweat.  We laughed.  We yawned (please don't ask me to explain.).  We laughed some more.  We got it DONE!

In two days we shot everything I need.

I hope.

If not, well then, I'll always think we should have.

It's great working with your friends.  You can completely skip the getting-to-know-you-chemistry-building phase and go right to having fun (which, my friend Mike graciously reminded me, is of paramount importance).  Of course, that also means you have to reign it in from time to time, but that's okay.  Fun shows up on film, and even though this film is not about "fun" you'll hopefully still be positively affected by it, if only on a subconscious level.

Someday (hopefully before 2017) you'll be able to judge for yourselves whether or not I was able to memorize my lines.  Towards that end, here's a clue:

I may have actually learned to WRITE this week.

"Well, sheesh, Deb!  It's about stinking time!"

I agree.

Long about Wednesday it really came home to me that written words and spoken words are two very different things.  Just because something sounds good when you read it, even reading it conscious of inflection and blocking and motivation, doesn't mean it's going to sound good when it's spoken.  I know this was already obvious to you, but my light bulb seems to take a little longer to come on than others.

I was rewriting my lines up until late Friday night.  (Move over, Aaron Sorkin)  Good thing, too, because I found a couple of MISTAKES and other things I'd overlooked or not explained well.  The script as shot is a much better script (in my opinion).

I think I need to take a writing class.

But first things first.  I have some serious work to do on my script for the Christmas show.  I'm working on that as soon as I post this.

No rest for the weary.  More coffee, please!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Panic Attack!

Panic was the theme for Tuesday (yesterday).

This is filming week for "Who Does He Think He Is?"  Filming week, like tech week in theatre, is always filled with chaos and tons of last minute preparations and obstacles, many of which you can't plan for.  We start filming Friday and are supposed to (God willing) finish on Sunday.

Added to that normal chaos (and that my regularly scheduled life is still in effect) is the fact that a prop of major importance isn't going to work out.  I've tried (so far) three different ways to get something else together and I'm not there yet.  This is a major project I hadn't planned on having to tackle, especially this week.  And I'm not crafty, so I'm working with a handicap.

Wait for it.  It gets worse.

Late yesterday morning I got a phone call from one of my actors.  He had decided to back out of the film. On Tuesday.  When we film on Friday.  I won't go into detail except to say that there is no blame on either side and I respect his decision.  Our friendship is completely intact now and shall remain that way. 

However, I am still short an actor.  An actor who has the look I need, can pull off the feel I need AND memorize tons of lines in four days.  I can't find anyone who fits that bill.

I'm going to have to do the unthinkable and act in my own film. 

This is NOT my idea of fun, nor do I think it's best for the film as a whole.  However, I can't reschedule my other actors, locations or supplies without tremendous effort.  It would be significantly less hassle to simply take his place myself.

In the infamous words of Sheriff Woody from the movie Toy Story, "This is the perfect time to panic!"

And panic I did.  Yesterday. 

But I asked my friends to pray for me and obviously they did, apparently with no holds barred.  And God answered them with a huge YES and has shown up.  I'm still in the same predicament, but I have peace.

I'm marking this event down on my list of spiritual growth milestones.  A year ago, or even six months ago, had this happened I would have been completely overwrought with fear and anger.  I was very panicked yesterday but by the evening, when it was finally clear that I would have to play the part, I started to feel better.  "The Peace That Passes Understanding" stepped in to "guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:7)

Hmmm.  Guarding my heart.  If you read my other blog, you know that guarding my heart is a major theme in my life overall, not just for Talk Your Legg Off.

So we're continuing that theme, eh God?  I'll take that over panic any day.

But, if you don't mind, continue to pray for us all.  And thank you.   :)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

While I'm Waiting...

"While I'm waiting/ I will serve You while I'm waiting/ I will worship while I'm waiting/ I will not faint/ I'll be running the race/ even while I wait."  John Waller.

That's the current theme.  On August 20-22 I'll rehearse and film!  I cannot wait for that time.  That's a little over two weeks away.  Until those incredibly exciting moments I'm doing many little things in preparation -- finalizing locations, making and acquiring props and set pieces, narrowing music selections, and soon I'll be finalizing the shooting schedule.  

I have the Pinnacle software on hand, but I have yet to get it installed.  My Tech Guru is a little afraid of what the ramifications will be to what is currently on the computer.  I'm already having issues with iTunes probably related to other software.  Needless to say we are apprehensive.  

I may need to request a prescription for Valium, for both of us, for Installation Day.  ;)