So to say I had an interesting Memorial Monday would be something of an understatement. A big understatement (Ha. Oxymoron). There were make out sessions, clothes being thrown, seducing being had, and cameras rolling - all in the name of ART.
I suppose I should start off with some context for the events that took place on Monday (it's not really as scandalous as I'm making it sound, but hey, a girl's gotta reel in an audience somehow, might as well use sex like everyone else does).
It all started on a mundane Wednesday afternoon at the office when my internship supervisor pitched the idea to me and my Intern Twin to come up with a short together, and then enter it into next year's film festival. The seed had been planted and ideas were swimming - we both looked at each other, went 'cool, let's do that,' and the rest was history as they say.
What followed was a long series of pitching ideas to each other until one would stick. I did most of the pitching - intern twin did most of the rejecting. After all, we come from two rather different creative backgrounds, she's more of a performance and experimental artist, and I'm more of a character study/narrative writer so conflict was inevitable. But I thrive on creative challenges so it was appreciated. Thus, the challenge was to find something that was a study of character while still pushing artistic boundaries .
Though I have to say I'm still a little sad my dark comedy about two 1950's housewife murdering their husbands, and hiding away in a seedy motel from a police man hunt didn't stick. It was very Thelma and Louise-esque.
BUT, I still like the idea we both ultimately settled on. The result being an experimental art piece examining the ways we (and society) conceptualize sex, gender, romance, lust, and how all of that intersects with race; and I'll leave it at that, because I don't want to spoil the twist. However, I will say the piece was also party inspire by this, this, and this. Which might make it seem all over the place, but trust me, there's a point to it and a message. A good message too I like to think. If it gets people to question their notions about relationships then I'll be happy knowing I did the idea justice (and I'm sure Intern Twin will share the same sentiments as well).
Anyways, a part of the script I wrote involves a couple macking out in their underwear - like aggressively making out with eachother. Which means we have to film that. So we did. On Monday. Definitely the weirdest day I've ever had. It also didn't help that it was kind of a first time thing for everyone involved. I mean the last film project I worked on was an end of the world zombie apocalypse film; definitely not a whole lot of intimacy between a couple being shown there - just a lot of zombie beheadings and killings.
So to calm the nerves, Intern Twin, decided to have all of us do an icebreaker in the form of an acting circle where we had to act out directions from someone else in the group. I ended up opting out of this exercise because 1) I hate icebreakers and 2) I loathe acting so it was totally a two for one deal I'd pass on a thousand times over. In which case, I just ended up taking photos of everyone during the exercise like the awkward photographer I am.
Finally, after a little bit of laughter and the acting juices running after the icebreaker, we all went to work. There wasn't or isn't really any appropriate way to start a scene involving two strangers meeting for the first time only to suck eachother's face - it's always gonna start off a little awkward; but you work through it until everyone gets comfortable with each other. And so, that's what we did. It was awkward, but hey, it's for art. Fortunately, everyone was a professional about it and we got it all done without any hiccups. Definitely had to take some laughing breaks inbetween just 'cause it was a rather ridiculous way to spend a Monday and on Memorial Monday too.
But overall, it was a good first day of shooting; and I'm excited for the rest of production. I miss film. I'm glad that I'm slowly getting back into it. I'm already writing and planning out the next short I want to film after this one. Who says I need to be in Hollywood to make films? (Though I plan to make my way there eventually, but for now let's see what the Bay has in store for me)
And as always some pictures from my day - no production stills tho because it was a closed set.