Sunday, April 24, 2005
Submission and audition
Generally, I start a report page on New Projects pretty much when I've been cast.
The normal course of events of a
is to submit, have the audition, be cast
and the shoot would usually be that coming Saturday and/or Sunday, or possibly the following weekend.
This one cast a couple of months prior to its April into May shooting schedule.
Between the time of my being cast and my working on this project, I was actually was cast and finished worked on
three other student films,
contract role gig for
Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Out of the other then to-date
fourteen student film on which I'd worked,
most had been shot almost immediately.
Only a small percentage had Actual Rehearsal Time, which was great, but they were also Very Local.
I submitted for it, "despite" it being a Chapman University project, as well as because it was a Chapman project.
I had not worked on one there, and only knew it was down in Orange County.
I had begun to learn my way around via the
Orange Country Transit Authority
bus system, and their bus route guide was/is substantially more comprehensive than the schedules for the Los Angeles area MTA.
I was contacted by the project's producer
and an audition date and time was set up for Saturday.
Sides and driving directions were emailed to me.
As I take public transit, I obtained my own travel information by looking over the OCTA system map.
Unfortunately, I had not been aware that Orange County has two Chapman Avenues!
And they parallel each other: one in the far north
(across which I naturally came first),
and the one I wanted in the deep south of Orange County... where the Real Chapman University sits.
I mistook the two colleges on the north Chapman Avenue as being the college I sought.
As I always schedule myself to be about an hour early for things
(auditions, interviews, shoots, et al),
particularly to places and locations previously to which I've not been.
I arrived at the Wrong Place/s a good two hours prior to the time windows to which I was barely scheduled.
Thankfully no specific time had been set: I was all but given the day to get there.
But I knew they were starting around 10am and I had wanted to be there by about 9am.
Discovering my error, I quickly deduced how to get to my real destination, and I also had learned that OCTA used a similar Day Pass deal as MTA has, so I didn't pay bust-out retail on the four or six different OCTA buses I had to take throughout the day.
The bus I ended up having to take dropped by at a MetroLink station two or three blocks from the campus.
Unfortuntely these commuter trans only run on weekdays, rendering their existance meaningless to my weekend needs.
I found the Chapman University campus by about 10am and as there was some sort of massive orientation or such going on, I was able to procure a campus map and find my audition room
(thanks also to asking a student who turned out to be someone working on the same film project as it was).
I met with the writer/director
Robert it turned out,
were both east coaster folks as well.
I did my cold read, and Mildred had me do a few adjustments.
The two seemed intrigued with my
nickname and moniker, and Mildred eventually decided to incorporate this into the role.
Mildred walked me out, explaining the project would shoot way down in April.
I pointed out the only real scheduling conflict I had was
Friday, April 29th,
not merely it being the date on which my alleged birthday is traditionally celebrated, but the premier screening for one of my student films,
in which I was the lead and villain.
Providing me with her email, Mildred insisted I remind her, in case she would be able to attend.
Over the course of the next several weeks friendly and informative emails were exchanged and a shooting schedule began to be shaped.
Sadly, rehearsals were scheduled when I was unavailable, mostly weekdays or on weekends on which I was already booked and shooting other student films.
I did have to remind them of my unavailability Friday the 29th
(as a few references of possibly Filming That Day had come up),
but it came down to a Sunday May first as the shooting date for me.
Even at the audition
stressed transportation could be provided.
I checked the transit and there was no way down to there from Hollywood arriving before nine to ten in the morning.
It turned out OCTA buses barely even run on weekends, and they seemed to be methodically scheduled to miss any and all of their own connections, so one would have to wait 55 minutes or so for the bus for the next leg of one's trip.
That certainly eliminates and/or negates any compliments over the MTA system.