Friday September 17, 2010
One Day Project
I'd submitted for
USC student film project
which had an interesting twist...
the audition would be in the morning, and immediately...
the project would be filmed.
Despite the MTA seemingly conspiring to mess up my schedule
(considering on the train there was the distinct odour of burning wires),
my being a little late was no big deal as Roy clarified everything had been delayed a bit.
I auditioned for the role of the teacher in the no-dialogue short subject, for which I was cast, so by 11:30am we were set to film.
First they filmed the students and such, including but not limited to our protagonist being tempted to cheat of the test paper of
a super cute Bournemouth Brit.
My coverage was shot second
Knowing that as a teacher supervising an in-class test, clearly said teacher would have a book to read, so I brought my copy of the hilarious
In Search of the World's Worst Writers
as a prop, as well as to read on the train and buses.
Lunch was called; mexican food was provided for the cast and crew, the former of whom seemed a bit baffled at the portions as it wasn't clear as to whether each was for specific people, so essentially they shared various dishes.
Meanwhile, for me some Panda Express was procured, though had I know a special trip was to handle same, I'd have re-suggested Wendy's which was probably the same distance away from where the new food court or such apparently is located.
After lunch they finished up my coverage and such, and Roy took the students out for what I thought was just some hallway stuff; exiting the classroom, etc.
It turned out they continued shooting outside... as I waited for about an hour, unaware that literally...
I was wrapped...
I simply was not notified of the fact.
That or Roy didn't think to mention it.
When they returned, and it was announced filming was done for the day, I "presumed" that that was "my" official wrap time.
Thankfully I was more amused than anything else, essentially being abandoned when I was no longer needed.
I came across Charli again as the #200 bus arrived, and she took my info to add me on Facebook.
It turned out it was a major ack not to be wrapped when I was actually done.
The MTA Red Line was having system wide issues, and everything was substantially delayed.
When it finally arrived, there were only four instead of six cars
(and at 4:20pm, it was already officially Rush Hour).
Every car was jam packed.
I had to battle just to get into one.
Also the issues made the trains have to go no faster than 25mph.
I expected the buses at Universal to be a similar nightmare, but surprisingly there was no real problem there.
The Rapid 750 was pulling around as I emerged from the station, and there was only a few people ahead of me.
So now I await for the project to be done, and to receive my copy.