Tuesday January 31, 2012
I had submitted for the CSUN student film
The Impossible Dream
and received word from the project's writer/director
that he liked my look and wanted me to play the role of Manny, a stage custodian who is the talent a director and assistant seek, but miss out on each others' needs.
Michael and I spoke a few times on the phone, and I wouldn't learn until meeting him that this was his Very First Project Ever, and his being so green, he's yet to learn how to interact with actors.
He even called me back to "warn" me that other people might be auditioning for the same role, as though such a thing was unheard of.
The "audition" time window was 2:45pm to 4:00pm, at CSUN, the shoot being the following Tuesday in the late afternoon.
Having been to the campus before, working on the indie feature
How Hard Can It Be?,
I remembered the fever-dream designed layout of the campus, but thankfully in advance was able to deduce where was the Music Department building at the north end of campus
(How Hard Can It Be? was mostly at center and the south end of campus).
I arrived an hour early anyway, giving myself enough time to find the building, have a snack, then find the room.
Michael arrived at 2:50, a couple of minutes after I'd texted him to make sure I was in the right place.
(a TV sound studio),
he thought he'd had reserved had a class inside, but an empty classroom nearby was available.
who'd be playing Jack and Joe,
we read through the script a couple of times, and Michael revealed his inexperience not only in film maker but in working with actors.
We knew we'd have to go easy on him.
Similar to a few previous student films on which I've worked, this assignment is to get done the four minute movie within a specific time frame, and apparently... this one gives us forty minutes.
This eliminates any fancy camera moves that might work on Glee, and would work here, but we'll just be running it until we get it.
Most likely Thomas and Peter's bit/s could be filmed quickly first, leaving my solitary aspect
was gracious enough to drive me home, and we discussed not only our impressions of the project but previous student-film experiences as well.