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Some lessons I’ve learned about acting for camera (for anyone who cares to heed them):
- Never say “Wouldn’t that light look better over there?”
- Respect the crew and get to know their names
- Improvisation is handy, as is a sense of humour.
- Bring your own Soy milk – sookie la la
- Bring a book – a good, long book.
- The perceived division between ‘Actors’ and ‘Extras’ is smaller than you think.
- The costume dept will always ask you to bring your entire wardrobe.
- Taxi Drivers are generally weird.
- Know camera terminology and if you need to confirm a shot for your acting size, politely ask the D.O.P not the director.
- The crew generally gets to eat first. Fair enough – they’ve been there since 5.30am what time did the Hotel clerk wake you sleepyhead?
- Just because the director asks you to do it a different way it doesn’t mean (hysterical neurotic actor voice) “THEY HATE ME…OH MY GOD” .
- Comedy is better played straight and Drama is nonexistent in this country.
While in Brisbane I went a caught Impro Mafia doing their thing in the O’Malley’s Pub. Basically a series of tricked up short form games – they were hilarious and played off each other really well. Afterwards we talked all thing impro and they showed me the delights of the Pig and Whistle. P.S. a couple of them also have a sketch comedy thing they are producing called Sexy Detective – it’s got some great gags especially for the jaded media student out there. Dutch Filmmaker was my favourite.
While in town I also managed to visit every comic store in the local vicinity (I had time to kill during the day – most of which was literally killed by watching Superman Returns - yawn). Get this though – in
Things coming up:
More Cave shenanigans on the 30 July and the 20th August. Come and say hi.
As usual I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a web comic (inspired by the guys over at Double Fine Action Comics)
More corporate acting work on the horizon which is great and keeping the mouths full.
ABC 774 – every Monday fortnight I’ve been appearing alongside some other Impro mates on Derek Guille’s program and having a ball playing “Who Gives a Quiz” (around 9pm)