Here is part two:
I had the privilege of attending the AT&T Shape Entertainment and Tech Expo at Warner Bros Studios this past weekend. They had the expo in San Francisco last year. I got a free ticket through one of the Meetup.com groups that I’m part. Normally it costs $100 to attend. One of the guests was Kathryn Bigelow, director of The Hurt Locker and the new film, Detroit. She talked about her process of filming and bringing the audience into the story and the tension the characters feel. We were able to experience a VR project she did called, The Protectors, which puts you in the place of one of the park rangers on the Gamala Wildlife Preserve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on patrol to stop poachers. I have never experienced anything like that before and I was absolutely astounded that they were able to film in 360 degrees. Anywhere you look with the technology, there is something to look at as if you are actually there. I got to see the camera that lets you do that and it’s $40,000 to purchase. They also had an exhibitor hall where you could view other VR films, motion capture technology, and new innovations in immersive sound. I’m not technical so it blew my mind. They had a animated short you could view called Apex and it was so real and immersive that viewing it actually scared me. It features an urban landscape on fire with giants coming right at you and a part where you are stuck in the sky looking at liquid land beneath you.
Another feature of the expo were the free tours to the backlot and sound stages of the studios. I’m still enough of a neophyte that I was enthralled. We got to see houses and neighborhood sets as well as what they use for jungle and lake scenes. We even saw the place that was Melotte’s in True Blood. I found out that even indie films can rent out parts of the major studio lots for filming. Then, I boarded another tram to see the film production exhibit with green screen and technical displays. They had costumes, part of the sitcom sets, and a memorabilia gallery where you could hold a real Oscar from 1949. I also got to see the vehicles from the Batman films. I’m a Marvel fan, but I love Batman. I couldn’t resist being a tourist, so enjoy the photos.
I’ve been up to so much. First off, I now have a commercial agent! I’m with Aqua Talent and I hope to be getting auditions soon and booking some commercials. I really want to act and write and produce and create full-time. And right now, I’m taking class with Chris Game in his How To Book Everything class at Acting Up Network. (I swear it’s the only place I want to take class from now on.) Basically, you learn how to book any type of TV or Film audition in the class and how to work with the camera and your choices for the maximum performance.
I had to run the crowdfund campaign by myself for The Go-Girls. I had no money to hire anyone to run it. I did everything I could with my mostly full-time work schedule and even hired a promotions company to send out press releases and create social media ads. I posted on social media several times nearly every day. It was expensive enough getting set up with a tax ID and business license expenses. I only got $155, plus two contributions off the site. We are about as far from $200,000 as possible. We could go into production with a bit less than half. When I posted a job for an Executive Producer, there were very few responses. Other people have funded features in this budget range and they did it somehow. I know how to produce no-budget and micro budget films. I just wanted to be in something spectacular to show that I can be a leading lady and give other women a chance to shine. I have an amazing cast who love this script and badly want to make this film. My Development Executive is negotiating a possible investor deal and I’m on the lookout for possible investors.
I’m auditioning for a production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. I’ve always liked the musical and have always wanted to play Olive Ostrovsky. And they will be having another round of auditions for the Independent Theatres of Los Angeles. The previous round of auditions was booked up by the time I got to audition.
I caught the last show of the Rent 20th anniversary tour last weekend. Watching Larson’s musical today, where its setting, the East Village, Manhattan, is now a gentrified landscape of brunching, happy-hour going, twenty-somethings, it is impossible not to ask if the story of Rent is still relevant.
via district theatre review: Rent 20th anniversary tour — lafilleamericaine