Walker's 1st 'Green Screen' shoot
'AUDITION': One challenge in submitting through on line services like 'SF Casting' is that 'talent' gets sparse info about the 'character' for whom they are 'auditioning'. Most often it's best to show up in 'blacks' so that your 'look' is nondescript, then learn what's expected when you report to 'audition'. However, this time I took 'casting director' Kristen Beck’s simple "African or Amazon Man' character title and tried to 'dress the part'. I guess it worked, because I was 'booked' for my 1st 'industrial video shoot' in a long time!
STREAKY BUSINESS: Experience shows that 'work' comes in streaks...of all kinds. Perhaps coming to the end of my recent 'dancer' jobs streak, this and my last 'project' needed for me to show a little skin. In fact, I believe had I shown the fully nude audition scene I prepared for "An Ideal Husband", then that major role would have been offered to me as well. It could be interesting to see where this current streak leads.
WEAK 'SHOOT': It has been quite a while since I was so displeased with my work as an entertainer. For this, my first 'green screen' shoot, I let the surreal environment take me way off my game. The very sensitive 'director' had to tell me again and again how to act. In fact, I don't think I ever got it right. Thank God for the power of 'digital video' magic and 'special effects'. I anticipate that these 'artists' will be talented enough to make the final 'product' look like I knew what I was doing. (I now know that an 'electronic acting' course needs to be offered to my students)
'GREEN SCREEN' PREP: To be more efficient, creative and effective in this 'digital acting age' I need specific training. At my stage in career development that means more experience. Note to self: submit and look for 'green screen shoots'...even if they don't pay. Any student directors out there?
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