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My Movie Etiquette

This is a bitch session. Not to be confused with a “betch” session which are fun & good times with your best of friends, but a “bitch” session. Not me being a bitch but me complaining about a bitch, which I don’t normally do unless I’m pushed to the edge.

I went to the movies with some friends the other night. We’ll call them Lina & Mina. We had to get in a line. A girl came by who is an acquaintance of Lina’s & recognized Lina, so they started choppin’ it up and she ended up staying in line with us. We’ll call her Devina. Essentially, Devina cut the line & went in with us instead of going to the back of the line.

The whole time we were in line, she kept going on about her blog & how she got free tickets. She said she called the theater & told them she was a blogger and they should give her free tickets because they should want her to blog about them due to her high view count. I stopped listening to her senseless ramblings about her goddess status at that point. My number one pet peeve is egos. I don’t stroke egos unless you deserve it.

When we got inside, Lina got sidetracked when she spotted another friend & started talking to them so we planned to save her a seat. Devina followed me & Mina into the theater & sat right next to us while seats on our other side got taken up by some other friends we ran into. Devina had an empty seat saved for Lina on her other side away from us. When Lina came in, she asked Devina if she could switch seats so that she could sit with us (the people she came with) and she said no because she wanted to be dead center. Really? You cut the line to stand with us and you won’t let us sit together? Really? WTFever! If you are that picky about your choice of seats, you need to show up early. That’s all I have to say about that.

So what do people do in these types of situations? Well, there are two situations here.

1) Friends who want to cut in line with you but you don’t want them to.
2) How do you tell someone they are being a bitch?

In the first situation, I’ve found the best solution is to tell your friends that it’s not a good idea because other friends had come earlier & the people in the back of the line had gotten upset. So what you can tell them is that you will save them a seat when you go in & they can come sit in those seats when they get inside. Once they’re in, they may choose the seats you saved or find another seat. That way, no one gets upset & no one is worried about not getting a seat.

In the second situation, if I had known Lina would have wanted to sit by us instead of her acquaintance Devina, I would have quietly asked Devina to move over one for Lina. If she refused, I would have politely said quite loudly, “Well, you cut the line by forcing your way in to get in with us and it would be nice & gracious of you to let those of us who came together sit together.” And if she still refuses, I’d go & buy a bright red fruit punch that will be accidentally spilling all over her fit.

Now granted, since people save seats, it is unreasonable for people behind you to get upset if they get in line with you. Seriously, what’s the difference, right? But it is the visual evidence that weighs more heavily for those in the back of the line who can see cutters & sudden feelings of annoyance or anger arise natually. These feelings are only really valid & applicable for a General Admission standing room only type of event.

So Devina, there are some words you may not be familiar with so let me teach them to you: Humility, Etiquette, and Tact. Look them up. Oh, and another one: Bitch.

And this concludes my bitch session. If you have any thoughts, feel free to chime in. What would you have done?

Casting Extras & Faces

What a great first day shoot we had! But first all, let me just say that last week was a whirlwind of ups & downs for the film production. On Tuesday, after enjoying learning all about face casting from one of our makeup artists, Melissa, we found out exactly 4 days before the first shoot that the venue, Temple, decided to boot us out in order to rent it out for some corporate gig. I understand that businesses have to make money but canceling our agreement basically because something that paid more came along was completely shady, not to mention infuriating. Now that I think about it, it’s pretty ironic & arrogant for a place to be calling themselves Temple. May the gods of karma have mercy on you.

Moving on, our heroes, Club Mist, saved the day & allowed us to use their club. This place was the exact opposite of the goth look we were going for but to me, that was what was so great about it. It didn’t meet your expectations as to what “goth” is. The scene is supposed to be a goth club scene and yet, the place looked more like a white heaven that a dark haven. Nice contrast. The director, Matthew Abaya, made it all work. I had so much fun getting all the extras for the scenes. The makeup artists did an above & beyond fantastic job with the makeup on everyone.

We were there form noon until 8 pm. I assistant directed as much as I could and finally got to rest that night. Unfortunately, I caught a fever the next morning and have been under the weather ever since. I am constantly stopping to hack a chunk of lung every 2 to 3 sentences as we speak. Salty. Being able to be the one to get the extras for the film really solidified my infatuation with wanting to be a casting director. Moreover, a friend of mine sent me an email today.

It was for a Q&A event with a casting director who works for NBCUniversal. Mainly, it’s geared towards actors who want to know what casting directors look for but it says that you can ask anything you want so I figured hey, why not go to this event and make it a weekend on hump day? It was a very spontaneous decision but I shop by intuition and my intuition told me I should buy a ticket…then a couple of flights, then rent a car, and find a place to sleep. Done, done, done, & done. The event is in Burbank so I’ll have to fly down there. I do not want to drive my car down there & back on my own. Granted, I’ve done it before but I was younger then…ok, only by 4 years but still, I was more balls-to-the-wall back then. Ok fine, I did it for New Kids on the Block. There, I said it and that’s the honest truth. Don’t judge me by my questionable interests. So now, all I need is a restaurant to go to. Hmmm, which restaurant should I try? I just love eating in places other than home. :0)

Here are some pics

Jeff getting his face cast by the amazing Melissa

Michelle getting her face cast also by the amazing Melissa

The only time I’ll ever be behind the bar

Goth people in heavenly setting

Filming Scott & Kitty scene upstairs

Kitty doing her dance

I know, my captions is sooooo creative! Well, it’s 12:20 AM and I’m sick sooo….yeah.

Wondercon 2011

My first Wondercon experience! I was really disappointed to hear that Will Friedle wasn’t going to be at Wondercon so it didn’t bother me when my brother gave me assignments of things to get for him. I ended up standing in line after line after line. Story of my life! I bought the White Lantern Batman and the White Lantern Flash from Graphitti Designs, the Uncanny Xmen #534 comic book, and he also wanted anumbered limited edition Peanuts comic book that I had my other brother get for him as I was in the Esplanade all day. My feet were killing me.

While in the esplanade, I sat through Cowboys & Aliens, The Three Musketeers, Hanna, Priest, and Immortals. Here are some far away pics from the panels:

Cowboys & Aliens – Robert Orci(writer) & Jon Favreau(director)

The Three Musketeers – Luke Evans(actor) & Logan Lerman(actor)

Hanna – Joe Wright(director) & Saoirse Ronan(actress)

Priest – Min Woo Hyung(writer), Paul Bettany(actor), Lily Collins(actress), Cam Gigandet(actor), Scott Stewart(director)

Immortals – Henry Cavill(actor), Luke Evans(actor, Isabel Lucas(actress), Mark Canton(co-producer), Tarsem Singh(director), Kellan Lutz*

*Kellan was supposed to be on this panel but he was filming Breaking Dawn until 6 AM and got stuck in construction traffic so he missed his flight, per the moderator.

Overall, now that I’ve been to Wondercon, I am dreading the 10x as large madness that is Comic-con. :0S

Influential Figures

I met Lise Swenson yesterday. She was the substitute teacher for my screenwriting class. She gave us some background about herself and told us about her dreams & aspirations. She is the director of a documentary film that was made back in 2002 called “Mission Movie.” She talked a lot about how to create a movie that fits the audience you want your film to appeal to and I agreed with her 100%.

She said that if you want to write a movie and get a broad audience, your characters need to appeal to them as well. Having a bunch of older, unknown actors in the movie as opposed to having a bunch of beautiful, young actors in the movie is going to make a big difference in terms of your marketability. I really never thought of it that way at all even though it is probably your most basic of basics in choosing what kind of film you want to write.

We also watched a documentary called A Screenwriter’s Journey. It was about Waldo Salt, one of the world’s the greatest screenwriters. It talked about how Waldo Salt was a Communist and was blacklisted for refusing to testify before the House Committee of Un-American Activities. He eventually realized that Communism was a betrayal but still, he could not write for Hollywood, causing his spirit to plummet to zero. Salt struggled to write during the blacklisting under a pseudonym but even after the blacklist was over, he tried to write again and wrote 3 of his worst movies: Tara Bulbas, Wild & Wonderful, and Flight from Ashiya.

It wasn’t until 1969 when he did the screen adaptation for Midnight Cowboy starring Jon Voight & Dustin Hoffman and won himself an Oscar for it in 1970!! What a great comeback! I was truly inspired by this story. His ups & downs proved to make quite a roller coaster of a life but he kept on going until his passing in 1987. Just 6 months before his death, he won the Laurel Award for Screen Achievement, which is the highest award you can receive from the Writer’s Guild of America.

I hope one day, I will be able to pump out something beautiful on paper in a language that can move even the most callous of souls.

“To search for truth you must first have lost it” – Waldo Salt