9:35 am - Saturday, Jul. 22, 2006
It was an early call (7:30 a.m.), but could have been worse--the first call time I got was an hour earlier.
I did write a little bit while I was there, and I'll give you what I've got.
Friday 7/21/06 (7:50 a.m.)
(At this point, I was called to the "Stars Hollow" set to shoot my scene. I wrote the last little bit of this entry after we initially rehearsed the scene, and while the crew was setting up cameras and lights for the shot.)
At that point, we were ready to go again.
We went over the scene another time or two, then started shooting (The scene is basically a handful of customers leaving Luke's Diner, to watch the unveiling of the town's first traffic camera).
The sequence went from extras leaving the diner, to the little confrontation between "Luke" and "Customer #2" (Yours Truly), to "Cesar" (The cook) being told he could leave too, since there wasn't anyone left in the diner anyway.
I don't know how many takes we did--I know at least a half-dozen were messed up for one reason or another (An overhead plane, a door not opening wide enough, the director not cueing me soon enough, etc.)--but by 10:00 a.m., the scene had wrapped.
The director (Lee Challet Chemel) shook my hand and thanked me, and "Luke" (Scott Patterson) shook my hand and said I was "very good" (Or "really good", or something like that), which I thought was nice.
Then I was shuttled back to my trailer, filled out my paperwork, and was driving off the lot by 10:15.
As an actor, getting done so early was very disappointing; It's been a long wait to do something that lasted less than three hours from start to finish. My "one day where I get to be an actor" turned out to not even be a full morning(It left me eager to get a role, on tv or in a movie, that would at least require I be on the set for a couple days, or maybe a week).
On the flip side, as a lazy guy who's never made much money, I found myself thinking "Sweet! I just made $850 for a couple hours work".
While I was waiting for things to get set up, I walked around the Stars Hollow lot a little bit, wishing I had more time to "check things out" (But I didn't want to hold everyone up while they tracked me down. It was also hot as hell, and I didn't want to sweat off my makeup, or come back in with big pit-stains on my shirt).
All-in-all, quite a positive experience, though I was disappointed in how I almost immediately crashed when I got home (I guess I was more disappointed in how quickly it was over than I was excited about making a quick buck).
And as I told Cary a couple days ago, I get excited when I book something, but it also just makes me want more.
Well, I could go on, but I've got a few other things I need to attend to, so I'll save it for the next entry...
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