Sunday, May 30, 2004
Back in November (2003), I starred in the Justin Lerner's UCLA student film
From working on that single project, I've directly worked on several other student films.
When Solo was screened at the
2004 Valley International Film Festival
(which Justin and I attended), we saw another short film, photographed, produced and directed by
(aka Rita Ahuja), who was also in attendance.
Our three minute film Solo was to have aired during the day, but somehow got shoved to 10:45pm!
I arrived earlier and saw the latter half of a very strange surreal comedy (?), for which about 90% of the seats were taken (at the screening room at the film festival's Beverly Garland Holiday Inn).
The moment their film was over and the lights came up, everyone got up to leave!
I'd arrived in the dark, so Justin called to get my attention.
We were aghast that within a few moments, we were the only people in the audience!
The projectionist asked if we didn't mind his tossing in a short before ours.
It wasn't really 10:45 yet, so (as two women had just entered), we figured why not?
The film was an intriguing mixture of black and white and colour footage.
When it ended, we learned that the two women who'd come in had made the film.
They were polite to stay for Solo which was then put on.
They enjoyed it, and instead of the "formal Q&A" as with other films in the schedule (as it was Just Us), we four just discussed back and forth our respective films.
Rita, it turned out, was enrolled at the LA Film School.
Afterwards, Justin and I went to leave, and I provided to Rita my contact card.
A few weeks later, Rita contacted me about auditioning for the project
Behind the Curtain,
and we set up a time, considering I had a day-job in downtown L.A. at the time.
They emailed me the sides, and on the appointed day and time, I met the project's writer/director
who was there with Rita.
I read through the full script of the amusingly intriguing fantasy, and when I was ready, we ran through the two scenes a few times, Alvaro providing adjustments here and there.
About a week or so later I received a page for a callback, but I was unable to make it with my schedule, so Rita set it up that I could meet with Alvaro separately.
I went in on a weekend and met with Alvaro and his assistant Manuel who read with me.
Alvaro did not request the script be returned, indicated the rehearsal would be "later that week," but never really officially said "You have the part"!
But I figured the retaining of the script and the reference to the rehearsal on the weekend was pretty much it.
Rita did page me a couple of days later to relate official "got the part" news.
On Memorial Day Sunday the 30th, I called back Manuel who'd paged me, and was told there was to be a rehearsal Wednesday the 2nd... in the morning.
When Rita spoke with me, she indicated I would be needed for the shot at 4pm Wednesday the 7th and all day Wednesday the 9th.
I figured I would have little or no trouble getting time off from work on the 7th and leaving early on the 4th.
I knew I could not take two unpaid days off.
I told Manuel I could certainly come later in the day (and leave work a bit early), and he indicated he would get back to me.
I began to wonder how many people in the cast have no day jobs as to be able to make a weekday morning rehearsal.