Morgan Taylor's Suicide


In Alorah, Directing on January 28, 2009 at 9:53 am

Let’s all stop and think how cool it would feel to ride backwards on a wheelchair through a curvaceous dorm hall and shoot a film scene with a wicked cool fig rig and the constant possbility of falling to your death or, worse yet, catching the boom in the frame.

I’m exaggerating the death fall, but the boom-frame certainly was a low point of the night that ruined a perfectly sweet single-shot scene. I feel bad, but at the same time, there’s something inspiring the way we can know that everyone is committed to getting the right shot, the best scene, the work done. We all know that many people on this project, myself included are sacrificing time and other opportunities for this film. The best we can get is the best we should get. No settling for crumbs here. No excuses. Also, I will never make the boom mistake again.

And about line memorization, since it was an issue tonight, I understand why it’s usually not a problem. usually, the takes are short and you can film them as many times as you like and nobody need frett over a botched tongue-twister. This night, if it can serve as an example, was actually a brilliant opportunity to dispel the nonsense about “getting away with it.” In a long, cumbersome, delicately-timed shot, line memorization is the last thing anyone wants to stop for. But far more importantly is the fact that lines, or lack thereof, will affect any actor’s performance in the worst and most avoidable way. An actor barely acts if he or she is thinking about words. And also, I’m sure our friend Michael Caine said something sometime about being performance ready everytime you arrive on set. Smart cookie, that Michael Caine.

Anywho, the end result still looked great. The actors definitely stepped it up, and I’m looking forward to Muffin’s side-project. I think it’ll be loads of fun for the actors and keep them engaged with the project… I wish we had more material and more time to devote to these talented people, but at least they can make jokes on the side.

K, Pau Hana.



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