Today we shot a scene where I meet a big-shot music producer. We used the house of one of Ed's friend's parents. They live in a pretty nice neighborhood and their house was GORGEOUS. Exactly the kind of house I'd like to live in. Spacious, but not too big. It was built quite a while ago, so it has kind of an antique-ish charm. I just loved it.
We just did one scene today, but it was kind of a long scene and we had to get it from a lot of different angles. When a scene has more people - especially if all of those people talk - it takes longer to film because you have to do the scene for every single person, and you'll do several takes for each angle. We ended up running the scene probably 2-3 dozen times just because of all the people we had to incorporate. I think it's interesting to see how the rhythm of a scene develops through that process. It gets tighter and people kind of start exploring and discovering more. It's an interesting argument for more vs. less rehearsal and more vs. less takes. Every director is different in how they approach those things.
Throughout the last 10 days I, personally, have gotten a lot of really positive feedback for this role - both from Ed and from the other actors I'm meeting. It makes me feel that even though I'm in THE big pond in terms of this industry, I can hold my own.
Today the guy playing the big-shot producer said, "You know, when I pictured Ben in my head (Ben is my character's name) you are exactly what I pictured." Ed agreed. I think that's pretty awesome.
Wrap Time: 12:47 (I happened to check)