Wednesday August 28, 2013
At around 2:15am I awoke, unable to get back to sleep.
That's the thing about shoot dates; I get super energized.
I made sure I had everything ready, and headed down for my trip, starting at 4am to downtown, to El Monte, then up to Rosemead by 5:30am+ to arrive an easy march to the location for the 6am calltime.
Due to a miscommunication
(e.g., my misreading the email that declared 6am, when there turned out to be a mentioned of an attached callsheet that had not been attached, which contained my real calltime),
The buses got me to my stop by 5am.
At 6am the breakfast began, but late in the day I would learn surprise surprise, my calltime was actually 6:30am, which would have been on the non-attached callsheet.
It was an awesome park, and even at 5am onwards there were numerous locals both walking the perimeter walkway
(I did not know if it was a precise half-mile or full mile walk),
along the way off which were various exercise machines, making much of the park similar to Vernona Park back in New Jersey.
arrived, with whom on many a project I've worked
(both professional projects and student films).
I changed into my provided swim trunks, and right after they'd filmed one fellow in the water, it was my turn.
I did not let on my dreading the coldness of the water I presumed would be, considering the sun had only just cleared the horizon;
I gently dove in and found it was startlingly pleasant: not exactly warm, per se, but absolutely not really cold.
Considering how exerting was my segment, I could only thank heavens for the
Qivana health products
I'd been taking since April, having improved my health considerably and having regained my youthful strength, particularly upper body strength, as well as taking out most of my belly gut so I didn't have to feel overly self-conscious being just in swim trunks.
It could not avoid at one point whilst drown-acting having an expected mouthful of water, which thankfully did not cause any problems apart from being really annoying and my having to get back to the side of the pool in a hurry
(or else there could have been a problem).
The most strenuous aspect was filming me "as a series," meaning not just Action and Cut, but continuous action, letting the take roll while an actor goes Back To One and redoes the bit, in this case the Goofus lifeguard taunting me instead of helping as I flail in the water.
I was expecting a Cut but quickly realized it was a Series, and had to Keep Going with my flailing.
Thankfully we only did that twice
(two sets of series).
I was done at about 9:30am, and technically could have been wrapped, but I was kept around
("Just In Case,"
I was needed again, I presumed).
A few hours later, Rhoda was selected to do a similar drowing bit, their having her 1950s-movie-screaming for help, thereby Rhoda being upgraded to a principal contract as well.
I had not thought to ask her to take photos of me doing my bit
(we did get a photo of me in my outfit),
but I did snap a shot of her in the pool, as well as some video of one of her takes.
Eventually I learned this PSA would be up on YouTube and such
(possibly slightly viral as well),
so I knew to keep an eye out for it in a month or two.
Lunch was delicious, tri-tip steak I had, with which I had my
instead of soda.
Between lunch and being wrapped the day got brutally hot to the point I was tempted to climb silently into the pool for a few moments just to cool off when they were between set-ups
With Rhoda upgraded, she "couldn't" be shepherded along with the rest of the background, so we waited until the paperwork was complete.
Se had to go check her charging phone, during which I was summoned to make sure the paperwork was all complete, and I was wrapped a little after 4pm.
According to the contact, the project was
titled "Red Cross Lifeguarding Video," while the callsheet simply called it "Lifeguard."
I would have waited to say goodbye to Rhoda more officially, but my phone App was telling me the bus heading me back would be arriving in nine minutes from then, and I rushed down so as not to have to wait a half hour or so for the next one, and we texted each other.
The bus was visible in the distance as I got to the stop, and it was thankfully filled with such gloriously cold air-conditioning.
Due to traffic and such, and a short connection downtown to the local bus to get me back to where I was staying, I got home just before 6pm.
According to the contract, I would receive my private-sector compensation for labour
within thirty days.
As I self-submitted, once I received the payment, I planned to do a money-order of 10% of my gross for my agent
(which I would do even if she was not aware of the project).