Monday, August 17, 2015

Show's what?

We finished up Fiddler last night and struck* the theater (*strike - remove everything we brought to the theater and return back to it's original state as much as we can).  Darly & I are both so very tired.  I woke up two hours ago but now feel as if I could go nap for another 5 hours or so.  ergh!

Saturday night I heard from the director of the film that Darly was cast in.  He had recast the role of Tony and wanted to shoot Darly's scene today at 9:30, an hour away from where we live.  sigh!
We decided to decline the role...let me count the ways...
  1. Going into this project we knew that the only payment would be if the film made money.  So we accepted for just the film credit.  (meaning: we only expected for Darly's name to be listed in the film's credits.)
  2. Darly was cast into a very small role in the film because of her look.  The cast is mainly Latino with a very few Anglo parts.
  3. The script is very short (less than 100 pages) but the writer/director/producer is a film student and is used to writing much shorter so he felt it was very long.
  4. The story is, well let's just say it isn't something that is going to have the same appeal at the box office as say um *insert movie title that you wished you hadn't paid to see here*
  5. The project has faced a lot of setbacks.  Mostly due to the inexperience of our "fearless leader."  I am pretty sure that he STILL has not secured a location for his interiors.
  6. Originally, filming was going to take place before tech week for Fiddler.  Due to setbacks and recasting filming was pushed back several times...including to have a filming day during tech week.  Luckily the new Tony couldn't make it as it was going to be difficult for us to film that day.
  7. The locations that the team has come up with so far all all about an hour away from where we live.  (note: no pay)
  8. Darly got a last minute job a few weeks ago that actually paid, so the desire to have a film credit on her resume isn't as pressing...and that film will actually be seen by people as it was produced for educational use.
  9. When we went for the read through, that became not a true read through because 1. only part of the cast could be there and 2. our "fearless leader" decided to turn it into a teaching moment to share his newly gained education with the cast...who were all more experienced than he was.  :-/
  10. While some of the cast members had more film experience, it seemed from the reading that was able to happen that Darly was the best trained actor there.  The director loved everything that she did and was trying to figure out how to expand Darly's role.
After the read through, Darly was less enthused to be a part of this production.  She was willing to still do the role if the filming took place on the 10th.  When that fell through she was looking for a way to get out of the role.  So when the director suggested filming on the 23rd, I sent back some pretty hard to meet time constraints with the suggestion that if we couldn't do it then we would have to drop out.  So Saturday when we got the email to film today (17th) at such an early hour we decided that nope, we're too tired and done to continue with this.

Auditions for the next musical got pushed back, so we're happy to not have to audition a day of rest is needed.  :D

But now I'm looking for our next project.  Future shows with the theater company that did Fiddler have not yet been set.  Shows with the other big theaters in town aren't all that interesting to we're looking at smaller theaters. 

Maybe I should just go nap.  ;) 

Friday, August 07, 2015

Busy Acting Summer - Funny how that works out

You may remember a while back we were having fun with what to audition for.  And then how Darly got into Fiddler on the Roof     discount code 18TOLIFE if you would like to come and see it!

For the most part we've been in the grove of going to rehearsals and learning the part.  They decided to just rent the costumes for this show because this show is different from anything this theater group has done before and they have limited storage space for I haven't been working on costumes.  Instead I'll be working back stage for this show, moving sets between scenes.

This theater company does their rehearsals on different days, so it has meant less time with hubby and our dog.  We've been eating out a lot more.  However, since I haven't been actively working on anything during the rehearsals, I've been walking with one of the other moms...hopefully that will cancel out all the extra calories?

While all this has been going on, I've been keeping an eye out for other opportunities for Darly and found a film for her to try for.  She got in and has a small part that will hopefully start filming this weekend (they've had a few set backs).  I am kinda hoping that he ends up pushing production to the week of the 17th now because this was originally supposed to get filmed this week and now is running into tech week for Fiddler.

Then while at rehearsal on Tuesday, Darly got an offer to do another film...on Thursday!  The gal who told us about it was originally asked Tuesday for her daughters to be in it, but they were already busy.  So yesterday Darly and her friend spent the day at a high school pretending to be high school the background. 

Darly has mixed feelings about doing film work.  While it is quick with filming only taking a few days, it is rather tedious because you have to repeat the same scene over and over so filming can happen from different angles.  I'm sure this one she is about to film will be worse as it is a very small production crew.  But after yesterday she says that she isn't opposed to doing more film work, but she would rather stick with theater.

Once Fiddler strikes (is over and all the properties returned) Darly will be auditioning for another play.  We've been told that she's guaranteed a part, we just have to hope it's the one she really wants.  I am also hopeful that the rehearsal schedule changes to something that works out better for our family.