Sep 24, 2010

Wifely FAIL

As a 1930s wife, I am
Very Poor (Failure)

Disagree, since most of what I do is based on early 20th century housewifely duties.  I guess I just don't have those good old fashioned values.  *snicker*

Sep 11, 2010

Holy visitors, Batman!

Fuck people!  You must be all fired up about this Battleship thing.  :)  I've had around 100 visitors in the last two days, people searching me out, all sorts of shit after I posted Report From the Set!  I usually get 5-10 a day.  Maybe some of you will stick around?  I know this blog is WAY thrilling.

I assure you, today was not as exciting.  Neither was yesterday.  I'm not 100% I will have a day like that again, unless I work on Hawaii 5-0 (which I'm going to send in my paperwork for.  Daniel Dae Kim is awesome!).  One of the things I liked about working was getting to know everyone.  I made some good contacts for photo work, headshot stuff, obviously.  I met the guy who runs the Hawaii Actors Network (Teddy Wells, in case you're interested.  He also played Ivan on LOST.  Nice guy.) and his brother and we threw some ideas around for me doing a workshop or two with the HAN.  Too bad I'm leaving in the spring.  :(

I have to say, one of the best things about the last few days was seeing how a movie is filmed.  On Thursday I got to hang out and watch while they filmed the close-ups of the principals.  Since the deck os the Missouri is rather small, I got to watch the screens and the cranes and everything.  My little photography heart grew 100 sizes bigger that day.  ;)  If you didn't know, there are usually 3-5 cameras shooting a scene at any given time.  For us, there was one on a crane, sometimes a steady cam, and a few others getting different angles.  This movie will be done in 3D, so they had to have special cameras for that, too.  I had a great time watching the huge crane-like camera (I have no idea what it's called) do Liam Neeson's close-ups.  Moving those things around looks almost like an old-fashioned sub- there are a lot of dials and wheels that need to be turned, rails to be set and leveled, and it takes 4-5 people to operate them.  I got to watch the cinematographer, Tobias Schliessler, set up a bunch of shots.  He spent around a half an hour working on just one angle.  It was amazing.  Sadly, this will be one of the last movies shot on film.  Peter Berg prefers it, I guess (and so do I, given the choice), but he said the film movie is dying and HD digital is taking its place.  That makes me a sad panda.

What made me really sad is the amount of waste involved.  We went through Bob knows how many bottles of water, trash all over, and the money for people who really didn't do much.....  it makes me shake my head.  When I think of what that money could do, I want to shake people and scream.  It definitely made me rethink parts of my life and how and what I consume.  Weird that being in a movie would do that, huh?

Overall, though, it was pretty awesome experience.  Would I do it again?  Eh, probably.  I know what to ask about now, though, so I'm not standing in polyester all damn day.  :)  I never want to do that again.  I left the military for a reason!

Sep 10, 2010

Report from the set!

I did my two days on Battleship! It was really long and tiring. I worked W/Th, doing a ceremony on the USS Missouri. I was in Navy whites for both days and holy fuck- keeping those things clean is a nightmare. And they’re polyester, so they’re hot.  The good news is I WILL be in the movie. Yesterday we did a section of the ceremony where you’ll see the back of my head. It was one take, so I know I made it in. Look for a red lei. I’m two people before the black guy.

ANYWAY- you guys are probably wondering about the actors… particularly Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood dude) and Talyor Kitsch (Gambit!). Oh, and did you know Liam Neeson was also in it? Yeah, saw him in person too. :D

Alexander Skarsgard is an awful actor. Very good looking in person, and also very, very nice. Yesterday they did a raffle thing where the producer gave one of the extras $500 in cash. AS was standing right behind me. We were joking with him about being tall enough to see when the rest of us in the back had to jump up and down. The acting, though…. holy shit. His delivery was terrible. It may have been the lines, but he had no idea how to deliver them and make them sound good. And then he tried to salute. Ugh. I think he got some help because he got better, but we were all snickering at first (there were a lot of AD and former military in the extras). That salute would NEVER have been acceptable in the real military.

Liam Neeson is just as amazing in person as he is on screen. Better actually, because his voice is fucking. amazing. It’s a lot deeper than the mics pick up, and very resonant. He seems to be a very private person, but was very polite and kind to all the crew. Not a jackass at all.

Taylor Kitsch is cool. Shorter than you would expect. Seems nice enough, but I didn’t see much of him. Very aloof. Seems a bit caught up in the stardom.

Rihanna…. That girl is a BITCH. She spent the entire first day looking all sulky, hiding behind things. She didn’t talk to anyone. I thought maybe because it hot, but not so much… she did the same thing the second day. She hid whenever she could. We were actually told that taking pictures of her specifically was NOT. ALLOWED. Then I saw her giving an interview yesterday afternoon and she was all happy and OMGIMSOGRATEFULTOBEHERE!. It was all fake. Fakefakefakityfake.

Peter Berg= OSSIM. Very Nice man. He kept telling us that if we needed anything let him or any of the crew know and they’d help us out. He was positive about everything, and just a great guy to work for. If you ever have the chance to work on any film or show of his, do it.

That’s about it. The days were long, I was tired and I smelled. They wanted me to do more days, but the heat and sweat isn’t worth the pay. I know I’ll be in the film and that’s enough for me.

Sep 2, 2010

I make-a da tings

I made a skirt!

Right now I'm trying to decide if it makes me look horribly lumpy or not.  I think there are a few things going on....

1-  The fabric is kind of clingy.  The skirt I modeled this on was made from a cotton knit.  It was much heavier than this is.  This is a rayon blend.  It's wicked soft, sewed like a dream and is soooooo comfortable and stretchy.  I may just say fuck it and wear this with longer shirts, just for the stretch factor.  

2-  Inappropriate underpants.  The underpants I have on are a wee bit small.  They bunch a bit under my belly.  They leave lines and don't quite cover everything they should cover.  I'm thinking a thong or these  humungous red boy shorts I have might work better.  

3-  Bad lighting.  This was taken in my sewing room (!- I have a sewing room!) with really bad lighting on a webcam.  I'm going to see Angela tomorrow, so I think I'll ask her how this looks.  The LSG hoars already have seen the pics.  I'm sure once people in the real world wake up and check Rav I'll get more opinions.  So far we're mostly in favor with one or two agreeing slightly lumpy.  

I am loving sewing on knits.  It's not nearly as hard as I thought it would be.  You just need to pin the shit out of the cut edges.  My rotary cutter and mat have been awesome, too.  I don't need to move the fabric as much as with regular scissors, so my cut edges stay neater.  I will definitely be making more knit stuff.