I shot a music video with some old friends this past weekend. Caleb, half of the Quincy Vidal duo and a friend from the past, contacted me and asked if I could help out with the shoot for Quincy Vidal's new single "LDZ". They set up some great shots with mirrors and strobe lighting; I think that it will be a beautiful and sexy video. Caleb serenaded me while I danced, so I had a nice time, and I can't wait to share!
After so many months, my demo reel has finally come to grace us! It is a very rough cut, and is still a work in progress, but I am glad to say that she is nonetheless here. It took a lot of work for this little tidbit, and I will be investing a lot more time editing in the weeks to come, but this is the little gem that I have for now. Go to Youtube to see it, or go to my "Demo Reel" page in order to watch! It's on Vimeo as well, so feel free to browse.
I'll update again soon, my beauties :)
An original short film written by Sophie Finkelstein, and directed by Bob Jeffery, Lucy is another Columbia piece. We wrapped last week, and Bob has promised us all a rough edit by August. Lucy focuses on a group of high school friends, and we got to wear some uniforms in light of the Catholic school theme. We shot parts in Brooklyn, and parts uptown at the Columbia campus. We had fun together, and I'm really looking forward to having a chance to see the footage. I have a few photos, but I have no technical grace, so as soon as I figure out how to reformat them, I will upload a couple and share with you all :)
Last weekend we filmed a music video!
Cast and most of the crew together during our last day at the beach after three (very) long days of shooting. The American Standard Film Co. created and produced the video for TEEN: our band that wrote "Tied Up Tied Down." If you'd like, click here to listen.
We broke bottles, skated, boxed, got bloodied, and overall made a big splash. We had a fabulous time, laughed, and stayed up quite late roaming Brooklyn neighborhoods with our camera. The video should be out mid July, and I will be sure to post it here once TEEN releases it. I'll be enjoying the new summer until then!
I workshopped this weekend. We grit our teeth and pushed our way through a scene from The Graduate. We definitely had to work hard at discovering the subtleties within the subtext, and bringing that to life within the spoken text. Which, for some reason, was very difficult for us! We had a long rehearsal, and brought it to the workshop the next day where we discussed the intention of the characters and what they wanted from the other. We focused on "getting what we wanted" instead of our own inner turmoil, and managed to break through what was holding us back. It was exciting to suddenly recognize and feel the true emotion within my body; we began to listen and react much more organically. For sure, we limped through our growing pains, but to come out on the other side is what you do the work for. We of course could have expanded a lot more on the piece, but time constraints only allow for so much.
I'm also looking forward to this music video that I will be shooting this week! We will be dressed up and frolicking on the beach for a bit, and now that the summer is inching its way here, I think that we will have a glorious time. I met some (if not all?) of the crew during my audition, and I'm looking forward to spending more time with them. I will, at the end of this week, update on how this shoot went! I will most likely have another shoot coming up towards the end of the month with another Columbia film student as well. I was cast in his piece (!!), but we are trying to still work out some scheduling logistics. So I'm crossing my fingers for this all to work out! I'll write as life happens. Wishing sunshine!
This past weekend (which incidentally happened to be my birthday weekend! Happy 23!), I went on a few calls. I was a little frazzled, having felt a little rushed in my preparations, but I managed to land a spot in a director's workshop and a music video! The workshopping class is a place where independent directors, whose films have made festival rounds, do scene work in order to practice the most effective way to work with their actors. It will be great to get to know new people, and just to have a chance to do some serious scene study. We will be performing this coming weekend.
The music video we will be shooting next week, and I managed to land the lead! It is a 50's inspired piece, and I am very excited to partake in some period work. Getting dressed up is one of my most delightful pleasures :)
So, I'm excited to be busy for a little while, and I will keep coming back here to write about all the divine new happenings that pop up!
Columbia director Axel Öhman cast me in his original short film! We packed our bags and collectively occupied six motel rooms on the foggy Jersey shore; filming on the springtime beach, we did our best to embrace the temperamental weather. The chilliness turned out to be lucky because the overcast sky ended up working beautifully for the footage, so we were eventually grateful for the picturesque (but cold!) coast.
We really had such a lovely time- I really like working with artists my age and who are discovering as I discover. The cast and crew bonded magnificently, and I even got to slate a few of the scenes! Trying my hand at camera assistance :) Our producers took a lot of photos, and I haven't been able to get them all, but I have posted a very select few- so check them out here! I will add some more pictures as soon as new ones find their way towards me.
In other fresh news: I have an audition and a callback coming up this week! I'll be sure to write more as things unfold.
My town is New York, but this play was about L.A.
I was invited to do a reading of My Town: an adaptation of Thornton Wilder's Our Town. The piece takes place in today's Los Angeles, and like the original, is about love and family. Lovely Patrick Breen asked if I could read the role of Emily Webby, and Wendy Kout, our playwright, sat with us during our rehearsal and had dear friends and colleagues come watch our performance. It felt so special being a part of this passion project and joining this My Town family; we were the first group of performers to bring it to life, and that is always special. It also seems like this project is going to continue to evolve and grow, so I think that we will be revisiting this piece again.
It's been quite a while, admittedly, but things have been going on since my (almost) three month hiatus here! I'll split this update into three posts, and this one will focus on smaller scenes that I've been partaking in since returning home. I have had a chance to workshop scenes from Dogville, Jackie Brown, and Blue Valentine. These all included private rehearsal sessions and then running and working them in class. I worked with a couple of new directors and actors; my network is expanding!
The Anniversary Party piece that we workshopped so long ago was taped! We chose a quiet evening, and put it together. I love taking time out to just work through a scene, but getting my hands on some footage is always a gift. I'm doing what I can to keep my toes dipped in and stay busy :)
Wow! It's been almost two weeks out of commission in the fatherland, getting back in tune with my German half and frolicking about questionable corners in Berlin, but I'm back in New York, baby! And already projects are being projected for the near future. Another student filming project; this time we'll be taping a scene from Dogville. Columbia students are really hooking me up! Oh, and the scene that I performed from The Anniversary Party is officially going to be filmed. That means more reel footage! And I also received a call from a friend who I did a photoshoot with last summer for some new t shirts (a snap of that is lurking somewhere on this website), but this time he wanted me to do a book cover...and the book may eventually turn into a movie! So I'm thrilled to be involved with something that seems to be in the process of growing bigger and bigger.
Besides that, I think I am going to drag myself to a book shop today and do some monologue hunting. It's about time to refresh the repertoire.
Au revoir and I'll write again soon!