Another busy phase, Was cult leader for another Student film, role was fairly simple with few lines and alot of emphasis on stiff and small powerful movements and expressions of strain.. i think thats the best way i can put it.
Budget was smidge but there was a warm effort as we shot till 2am on sat and 5am on Sunday. Met some passionate performers and cool crew, much comfort and enjoyment in working with these guys. I was worried a bit about my accent, still working on the neutral thing, but the others didn't seem to mind, was afraid that I would outstage/tick the other actors off.
Best part was when I got to hold the failed and dead ritual/sacrifice and Cry NOoooo! at the sky as in every cliche close to heart death scene (yes, I have always wanted to do that. best actors nightmare), i just wish it was raining cos we were sticky with syrup green potion and blood.
Performance Rating 8/10 (be more confident with the accent and get the neutral thing down!)
Right after holding a dead body and yelling no, it was 5am and we wrapped.
I rushed home on a cab, it still took an hour to get to bed and I slept for one hour and headed to one of 5 auditions for the day. Read and memorized my part for the duologue script on the train for neurotic man speaking to an old friend, something I actually tend to do. First up I was about 15 mins late to the 10:40am slot because I got off one stop to early and then had to catch a cab. I explained to them I was late because of what I was doing last night and they did seem quite interested, also mentioned which I found out last night my sacrifice above was going for the apposing female role, I was in her time slot because she was late as well, works out and i have an alibi. I did the duologue as if i was in a skype video chat, which went well, I then requested to do it standing, which then I skipped lines, I was to really tease with the start if the the duologue and by the end become friends, did poorly, they then made comments on my accent (really a serious problem now) and i had to do it in what they said was "not hardcore" singlish, the extra challenge meant I had to hold the script. still prob poor performance on this neutral accent. also It was also prob not a good idea to try and perform the duologue on the phone when i was calling in late, the ladies freaked out abit, aww common*
Performance rating 4/10 (yeh for reasons of being late, freaking auditioner out, talking too aussie, failing to practice after memorizing the script and doing it on the train when it just maybe could have been done last night between takes or during the week. also no vocal warm up. terrible)
Next Audition was about 3 hours away, so I had some time to eat and relax abit, there was not much to prep, aside from wardrobe and I packed light since I had to move around so much today. I wore black pants they were a bit oversize, the loose and small prisoner stripes in blue T, my rumble boots and took a singlet and white shirt. after lunch I found a furniture store, sinked in the sofa and then a bed, and took some time to rest with my shades on. I arrived to the audition early and waited a bit as it was a more demanding audition. it was for a TVC for a new game show, where you may get wet.
the auditioner was really nice, as they do take their time to get you to perform your best in a few takes for the role here, she even shows some youtube samples of expressions and lets me review takes.
Roles I had to audition for were a beng*, a man on a date and an aquarium shopper. the man on a date needed me to act surprised and then turned on by the lady who was to then pour champagne on herself, id have to say i have a mediocre pervert look. then I was a beng which is the young try hard here, this look was a bit more natural to me and i wore just the singlet, had to act like i didn't care about working at the aquarium and was exaggeratedly crazy upset that the customer was getting the place wet. as the shopper I had to pretend to dunk my head in a fish tank and shake it off in bullet time, masculinely sexy like, perhaps something you would like to practice/aim for this jackman... (See video)
A marvelous week with an audition and shoot back to back every day for three days!
Monday saw me on a Tourism TVC, another pro-bono extra role with sandwichment and freeflow but I got to meet people and see some familar faces, and that should be what counts. shot at an indie fashionable lane with lots of fashonable clothing and gears. Here is a photo of two friendly models that I met on set, good company.
Performance rating 9/10 (i was just an extra after all)
While they went on to shoot other scenes (one was enough free taste), I headed to meet an agent. much like in Sydney money was involved in joining, in this case the portfolio photos. Though the lady I spoke did word it a lot better with a package of printing comp cards and marketing one to all casting agents, still $500+ was way too fetching even if after they didn't take commissions. I found out that at least this agent has promo work as a major part of their services, if Sydney had such I wouldn't think of switching agents as much as they would keep me busy with promo work, kinda away from my goals tho.
Performance Rating 8/10 (she didn't seem that impressed, and I couldn't negotiate something better.)
Tuesday saw me at as a Travel agent for a learn English language program for jap speakers. The entire crew flew in for the shoot, so there was some language barrier between takes with interpretations by the bilingual directress. the scene was for the lead lady to book a flight, I was coincidently and rightfully representing Qantas. They were strapped for time, which meant I had pressure to hit my marks, It was a fairly difficult shoot as I had to deliver my lines word for word to the script (and I am a sorry improv-ad-libist) since it was a language program, had to strike a balance between being natural, pleasant and articulately clear, I stumbled and croaked a bit because i didn't have a drink or perform vocal exercises, the actress, Mika however did a few horse buzzes in between takes and I was reminded then. the actress has been acting for 10 years she tells me, very cute and sweet, she performed confidently even speaking in English, and never broke her gaze on me (perhaps i am pleasant to stare at) she went stellar when speaking in jap at the end of the ordeal during the talk to camera/student forth wall break xD.
Performance Rating 7/10 (do your vocals exercises and relax with word for word)
After this was an audition for a Policeman role, thanks to the shoot I was able to be dressed in black and white with a black tie, which is fairly office police like despite the audition invite saying casual is fine.
In the first take the auditioner did note/complain about my aussie accent, so I had to go for the neutral thing again. he seemed quite pleased from then on.
Performance Rating 6.5/10 (could do vocal exercises and get the neutral down)
Wednesday saw me at an audition as a 30+ aged condo buyer. I was to pretend I had a spouse, something i'm well experienced with Cough* Cough*
Had to walk through a room thinking that I was looking at a pool and an amazing view. I need to give it more energy, favor the camera and most importantly practice an eyes wide open smile.
stupid Asian eyes --_--
Performance Rating 5.5/10 (perform your vocals, smile better and more energy plz)
Next I did a scene for a student film. I was a pretty twisted film writer with movie posters pitching to a funding body. my film ideas included a gay fireman tragedy, an Asian avenger for KKK, a dead horse woman and a dead fish. lines describing such ridiculous films were not so hard but I did fumble a lot with pulling out posters and getting every adjective.
Performance Rating 6/10 (do vocals exercises, learn the lines better and just cause its a student film doesn't mean you can slack of even though the students are slacking off.)
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