Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Casting Call for "Ruby Lips" Take Two

Today we hosted another set of auditions. This day was much better than Friday and we had a good number of people show up between 5pm-8pm. We actually had 4 auditionees ready to go when the director, Travis Hornsby, finally got there. I had a better time waiting up front but Christina was not there so I was alone. Actually only 4 of us out of our class were able to make it to this set of auditions. It was me, Jonathan, Travis, and Jessica. Jessica had to leave early cutting our group to 3 people in the final hour of auditions. However, we were fine and I was pleasantly surprised at the variety of ages who came to audition. It actually looks like we might be able to cast people as their age and not worry about aging someone. I know we could do it if we had to but it's much better to have an actor who looks the right age play that age.

So after we finished auditions and I collected all the leftover supplies, I left, (with their permission), Travis and Jonathan to try and cast the film. They mentioned that we might have a set of callbacks tomorrow so we can see how well people work with each other and if they can work together professionally tomorrow. However, that wasn't 100% set in stone. They told me they'd let me know if they needed me and so I left and came back home to my dorm. Hopefully the headache I have will go away and let me rest.

Friday, February 22, 2013

"Ruby Lips" Casting Call

Once we finished location scouting it was time to decide on when and where the auditions for the film would take place. We ultimately decided to have 2 time blocks of auditioning on Friday in the Jenkins Hall Film Studio. We would host auditions from 11am-2pm and the second block would be from 4pm-6pm. I was posted out front with Christina Harper to handle the filling out of forms and the distribution of sides and meeting the auditionees. Sadly, we did not have very many people audition during the first time block and we had even less at the second. We had only 2 auditionees during the second 2 hour block. Two people auditioned during those 2 hours! Only 2! I was so bored and tired at the end of the auditions from just sitting around and waiting. 

We decided that we needed to host another set of auditions next week on Wednesday sometime. And we decided to let actors in "Spring Awakening" audition for the film as well (they had been off the list because they were busy with rehearsing their show but that cut our casting pool down to almost nothing so we decided we'd work with and around the casted actors' schedules.). 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Location Scouting for "Ruby Lips"

Friday we went location scouting for "Ruby Lips." We met up in Jenkins Hall at 11am and decided where to scout first before we left the building. All of the places we scouted today were on the Armstrong Atlantic State University Campus. Since we were meeting in the Jenkins Film Studio which is one of the possible locations for the police interrogation room we already had visited one location by the end of our meeting. Next we went to Solms Hall to check out the Mac Lab where we normally have Video Production II class and see if it would work as a possible interrogation room but before we got there we walked by the little office area in Solms with a waiting room. We stopped and took pictures thinking it would be a great police waiting room and the hallway connected to it in the back looks really cool. After we paused there we continued to the Mac Lab where we decided it would most likely not work in that room. Michael snapped a couple of photos anyways and then we debated on where to go next. Danielle convinced us that we would check out her apartment on campus next. Her apartment on campus we hoped would be a place that we could use to film Clementine's apartment scenes but only her bedroom was unlocked and it was very crowded in there so we took some pictures anyway and hoped for a better choice to film on. Then we decided to split up to use our time more effectively. I was sent to my dorm area where I "scouted" my car as a location for the ending scene in the film where London and Jesse drive away. I took pictures and uploaded then to our Facebook group page so that the people with "smart phones" could look at it. Meanwhile the others in the group scouted out the pool location where Clementine drowns and Jen discovers her body and also the locker room for the scene right before Jen finds the dead girl's body.

We had discussed using other locations on campus for scenes. For example, we hoped the police on campus would let us film the interrogation in one of their real interrogation rooms but we never actually got a solid answer from them so we will probably be using the Film Studio for that. Apparently we already have a Chemistry Lab picked out and ready for us to shoot in so no worries there. And there is actually a real morgue on campus but we can't use it for our morgue, (thank goodness for that. I didn't want to film in a real morgue because of the nasty smell of whatever preserves cadavers as well as the dead bodies themselves. I have already seen, smelled and touched a cadaver and its organs up in Dahlonega, GA back when I was still in high school. And one time is enough for me.).  We will probably have to transform another space into a morgue for us to film in.

We also decided that we will probably use Jessica's home instead of Danielle's dorm for the apartment scenes. We got a lot accomplished and now we are more prepared than we were for filming "Ruby Lips."

Friday, February 1, 2013

Sickness prevents Workshop Attendance :(

Ok, I have gone to see the nurse on campus and have found out that I most likely have Strep Throat along with a cough. I felt horrible. My throat hurts so badly. The nurse didn't prescribe me any antibiotics because we couldn't get a culture for her to test by swiping the back of my throat with a cotton swap. I have a very bad gag reflex and it would not be possible to swab the back of my throat with out triggering that gag reflex. So I called my dad, (he's a doctor), explained the situation and since I'm working on "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" I can't afford to be sick and miss practices so he put me on antibiotics.

Sadly this illness has caused me to be unable to attend the Workshop downtown. I am so sorry that I couldn't go and learn new things about Lighting and Camera Operating. And I, therefore, have nothing to really write about. I'm now going to rest and hope I get better fast.