Saturday September 27, 2009
Rehearsal / read-through
My good friend
was cast in the lead in the student film comedy short
Broken Hearts Anonymous
being done at
As there were a few roles still uncast, he strongly suggested me as one of the roles, and the producer/writer
had had Mike contact me to inquire.
I accepted the request, and soon Westley added me to the contact list, and I was notified of a Sunday rehearsal read-through in North Hollywood.
I was all set, even when it came to light it was the Saturday I'd committed to cat and house-sit for my San Pedro friends; initially my plan was to go down very early and spend the day, feed and play with them and make sure when I left in the early evening that they had enough food, water, and that their litter boxes were all clean.
I chose to rethink it; my friends were leaving Friday evening and returning Sunday, so I went straight down from the rehearsal and stayed overnight as well.
The read-through went all right.
We met at the
Avery Schrieber Theatre
on Magnolia, a back room space having been reserved.
Mike was already there as was
who I did not know at first was the director
(usually with student films the writer is the director).
I found out when I'd indicated my take on the role of Tod: the role has two lines and essentially is a straight-line character, seemingly very shy and introverted.
The difference is that he's gay.
Strangely, the script refers to him as "a flamboyant hermit like creature."
While flamboyant and hermit are not two words one generally sees together, flamboyant almost always refers to one being gay.
Indeed, the line in which he speaks of his significant consistantly other uses the pronoun "he."
While we were waiting to be let in to the back room, slowly roasting outside despite being under a canopy,
Jaz Kalkat essentially concurred with my take on Tod, and at the time seemed open to letting him be straight so the line doesn't distract from the moment
(e.g., I don't come across as gay, the line is funny either way, but to make it funny and pathetic, the audience could be caught off guard, stopping to try to make sure the lines imply Tod is gay).
The only shift would be the pronouns from he to she; leaving Tod as a broken wreck Regular Guy would be more realistic than my trying to play it fey or such.
I figured we'd see on the day.
It turned out no one thought actually to check the door, which was unlocked.
We quickly sat in the welcoming air conditioned room and ran through the script a few times.
Westly arrived and gave a few notes, but not in any toe-stepping manner.
presumed was the DP, video taped our run-throughs and the proceedings in general, as though for a Making Of sort of featurette.
The shoot would be the second weekend of October: I'd be needed only on Sunday the 11th.
They were still missing a few actors needed/uncast with which to fill a few of the roles; Jason read a few of those characters, then I was allowed to read the Beefcake character.
Our lead actress
arrived somewhat... late... and we ran it again with her.
Katy and Mike stuck around as the rest of us were wrapped.
I quickly headed to the Red Line to downtown and got to San Pedro by about 1:30pm for the remainder of the day and evening, catching the 8am bus back the following morning.