Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Rainy and cool
Worked flat out yesterday and this morning. Got Episode #105 revised and back out; got the new Episode #109 polished and out, and then got some work done on Episode #110.
Made some notes for POWER OF WORDS series, whose title will shortly change, and got some work done on BALTHAZAAR TREASURE.
Turned around the edits for “Severance.”
Worked on a resource list for today’s workshop, and also on the Tip Sheet — which runs 8 pages!
Did some work on the Contest I’m helping with.
In one of those weird synchronicity things, an actor I’ve never met (except via social media), but whose work I know and like and who likes my work introduced an actor HE knows — whose movie I just happened to see the other night — to my work, and THAT actor contacted me to ask me to help him create an audition monologue that combines his musical abilities and fight combat skills. He’s got a terrific, highly unusual look, and he’s been a part of some big pieces, but is still at the point where he has to audition for serious work (although he gets called for plenty of B and below-type scripts). He needs something to merge the looks with intelligence and depth of character in a well-crafted character that plays to his strengths both as an actor and that particular character, so people will look beyond the pretty. The challenge intrigues me. The first actor (who found my work via an actor I’d actually worked with several years ago) had also contacted me and asked me to hear this other guy out “even though he’s a model; trust me, he’s got talent, too”, knowing how little patience I have with models. So we had a couple of exchanges, and the project intrigues me. This morning, we did some brainstorming/improv via Skype (since the actor is in the UK and I’m in the US). I like and respect this guy a lot more than I thought I would — he knows how to turn it on for the camera, but he’s also smart, kind of goofy, and has absolutely no filters. Since I don’t suffer fools gladly, we can be blunt with each other without being cruel, and actually, even in a short Skype session, started to forge a working language. So it’s interesting, and I’ll try it.
I’m about twice this guy’s age, so there are times in conversation where I think, “God, he’s so YOUNG”, but he’s aware he doesn’t know everything, is hungry to learn anything he can, and once we’re actually into the creative work of creating character and backstory and merging words and action, age doesn’t factor into it at all. In spite of us being thousands of miles apart and working through video, it was quite similar to being in the rehearsal room together because we could interact in real time. I liked working with him because there was no bullshit. With some actors, they’re so into themselves and their “moment” that it’s like talking to wallpaper. With this guy, I can start to say something, he’ll get it immediately, take it further, toss it back and I’ll build on it, and so forth and so on. We’re developing a good creative language together, which is so important for the process to work and the piece to resonate with writer, actor, and, eventually, audience.
I’m surprisingly enjoying the experience, and I think we’ll both get a good little piece of work out of it.
So, yeah, I was up at 4 AM so we could Skype a rehearsal at 5 (about 11 AM his time), but it was worth it.
Today, I’m at the library all day, which includes teaching a mystery workshop from 2-4 PM. Then I have to come home and polish Episode #110, so it can go out tomorrow.
Tomorrow will be a long day — at the library, at a library workshop in Chatham, and then at an Environmental Summit back here.