Archive for March, 2009

My Mention Of The WC Project

Today it was quite difficult to get back into the swing of work. Usually I’m fine on a Monday, but I wasn’t quite with it today. I guess the last couple of weekends have been without a great deal of rest, not really allowing for me to catch up on anything resembling reasonable amounts sleep. I didn’t sleep very well the Friday night just passed and I had to get up before 7:00am for the second consectuitve Sunday in a row. I’ve had shooting for the Winding City Project these last two Sundays. Yesterday was especially trying as it was a lot of concentration and having to keep your energy up for the better part of 10 hours. Not an easy task by anyone’s standards.

I’ve had an interesting experience on the project so far. Intially I had anticipated playing the otherworldly, and more enigmatic Kaellos. However, it became appparent that the project was without two of the major characters, so I took on the role of the slightly more mundane Bram. There were a couple reasons why I favoured the Kaellos character over Bram:

Kaellos is a smaller part and so I felt I would be more confident in being able to achieve what was demanded of me. I also didn’t really have a very clear idea of what Bram was about as he is far more complex and a lot harder to fully come to grips with. I was also concerned about whether I would even be able to faithfully play a character that has a gay romantic plotline.

The primary reason I took on the Bram character was that there was no one else to do it by the time it was planned to get shooting underway. I mean the opportunity to get back into acting would never be dismissed, so it wasn’t like I did it reluctantly.

After 3 relatively successful full days of filming, I’m really glad I have had the challenge of playing Bram. It took a while to even get comfortable with the idea of playing this role, let alone trying to come to grips with portraying a character who, if attempting to sum up briefly, could be described as uncertain. I don’t want to talk about it too much about it for fear of revealing too much about how events and the plot unfolds, suffice to say it’s not been an easy character to try and bring to life.

Which is why I guess it’s been rewarding. I’ve been out of my comfort zone for three whole days and it wasn’t till the end of the Sunday just passed that I actually feel like I’ve achieved something rewarding. We’ve still got a quite a bit to get in the can but it feels like, at least for me anyway, that the really hard yards are over. I’m looking forward to the remaining shots that I have to shoot and trying to be just that little bit more anamated and interesting each time. 

Just wanted to quickly say, the green screen set was really awesome, I liked watching myself and Elliot move around in front of it. Mainly because what you get on camera looks nothing like what you are experiencing standing in the middle of an apartment lounge (where the screen was set up).

Obviously, I will have more to report on the project in coming posts, what with all the shooting and rehearsals being full of fun, memorable moments.


No luck with the audition

So I found out recently that I wasn’t considered for a role in the production of Midsummer Night’s Dream that I auditioned for. It’s not entirely unexpected, I was by no means amazingly good and their were lots of people auditioning so they could easily fill the roles.

The only reason it bothers me is that I wasn’t even considered for a call back. But that’s all one, I guess I feel this way because I actually felt good about the initial audition for a change. Still, it’s not really about whether you can do it, or how well, it’s about whether you’ve got the right look and feel for the director putting the show together.

The producer rang me up this week and asked me if I wanted to be involved in any other capacity on the show, as I had indicated that I had other skills which might be of use. She wanted to put me in touch with the costume designer to work with in a creative capacity. I’m not sure of a name, but I was told that she has previously worked with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, so it sounds like they’ve got someone with experience on board.

It’s by no means an immediate commitment, so I’ve got some time to consider whether this is the kind of thing for me. I’ve done a bunch of costume design previously and have otherwise been encouraged by directors of shows I’ve been in, telling me (where I’ve taken it upon myself to assist in costuming) that I have an eye for detail. 

At least that’s something huh.

In other news, I’m undeniably white 🙂