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Webisode Shoot

26 Mar

This weekend I rehearsed and shot a webisode for a comedy series called “Money Hungry”.  I played a scheming, gold digger named Crystal who’s manipulating a dying, nerdy millionaire into marrying me.  We shot the webisode on location at a huge mansion in Santa Clarita and the weather was really bad!  It rained all day on Sunday so we had to keep adjusting the lighting to make sure it didn’t look too dim.  Besides the weather part, the shoot was really fun.  It’s a comedy with a splash of soap opera spoofs in there.  Besides my dopey fiance to be, there’s his other girlfriend who is a geek like him but a threat to me.  Then there’s the fiance’s brother who plots with me to get the dough.  Our director said our episode was his favorite of the four they shot that day.  I can’t wait to see how it turns it! I’m hoping it gets post on You Tube soon so I will keep you posted.

Tonight I have another intense scene in Jamison’s on-camera class.  I play a dying mother asking her best guy friend to take care of my baby.  I’ve been returning to my Meisner trained roots studying up on his books and using my imagination to raise the stakes for the scene.  And it’s been really helping!  The catch is the scene is also a listening exercise so we don’t know what the other person is going to say.  We just memorize our own lines and listen to what Jamison says so we’ll know how to respond.  Tricky, huh?!

 

A Workshop Here, a Webisode There

8 Mar

Hey there!  So Wednesday was a pretty decent day.  I had another casting director workshop.  This time it was for another prime time forensics show in its seventh season.  I did a scene from “Lost” and played Ana Lucia (Michelle Rodriguez’s role).  It was the scene where she first meets Jack at the airport.  The CD loved it and said she like my pacing and how I made it my own.  I brought myself to it: a nice, sincere, open personality.  Casting Directors like to see us bring something that shows who we are so they know how to cast us.

Today was awesome!  I’m starring in a webisode later this month for a SAG web series called, “Behind the Scenes.”  Today I met with the producer and writer/director.  There’s four of us actors in the episode and we each brought our character that we wanted to play.  Then we collaborated with the writer and set up the story outline.  It’s a comedy and I am playing the scheming gold digger, a la “Bad Girls Club.”  I am soooo excited about this role and the story premise is awesome.

Then I met with my actor friend Jeremy.  He wanted to meet up to tell me about his webisode he and his buddy co-wrote and will star in.  He wants me to work in the series too and 70s sex symbol Billy Dee Williams will be making a cameo! lol  I’m super excited about what’s coming up these next few months.  Will keep you all posted! xo

Should I Create My OWN Work?

7 Feb

Everyone says that now more than ever, it is imperative for actors to create their own work.  “Make your own short film or webisode!”  they say.  “Post skits on YouTube!”  I’m like, how the hell do I do that?  With money going to headshots, classes, clothes, gym memberships and whatever else, it seems financially (and for some, creatively) impossible.

And then I remembered my days in college.  I took a screenwriting class at Uof H and always got A’s on all my writing papers and scripts.  One in particular I’m really proud of was based on a V.C. Andrew’s gothic horror novel.  Ugh, I can’t find that script to this day!  But I knew even before then I could write.  As a kid in elementary school,  I enjoyed spending more time writing short stories and reading them aloud to the kids in my neighborhood than doing my math homework. I was obsessed with “The Babysitter’s Club” books and swore I would be the next Ann M. Martin.

On my trip to Houston for Christmas, my Great Aunt Helen told me some pretty cool family secrets.  And just last week my mom was just talking in passing about some adventures she and my dad shared.  “Sounds like something from a TV movie of the week!”  I exclaimed.  Aunt Helen told me stuff about my ancestors I didn’t know existed.  Things anyone would find sizzling and full of drama.

“OK Melanie,” I thought.  “It’s time to start writing again.”  I’ve never produced anything, let alone posted work on YouTube.  So let’s see, you need a script, camera, lighting, location, etc., etc….in other words, you need money!  I gotta put all these pieces together.

TO BE CONTINUED…