"It kind of takes your breathe away. Doesn't it?!" Great Gatsby
Friday, December 30, 2016
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Friday, December 23, 2016
Thursday, December 22, 2016
"...This family is nothing like my family......The two are like oil and water." Alvy
The "Family Dinner" is coming. Theme: Surviving Christmas - LOL
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
"Before I wreck myself?! I need to chickety check myself before I wrigedty wreck myself?!!!" Isaac/The Night Before
Monday, December 19, 2016
Sunday, December 18, 2016
"It was very brave and honest - I respect you for that but the content of what you said has made me hate you......there is a layer of respect of your truthfulness, peppered with hate - Hateful Respect." Aldous Snow/Get Him To The Greek
Saturday, December 17, 2016
"Mr. Lathom agrees to pay the sum of $250,000.00 to the Valcos....to aid in recapturing those childhood Christmas memories, including but not limited to all due festiveness, celebrations, various subject merriness, and yuletide glee," Levine the Lawyer/Surviving Christmas
Friday, December 16, 2016
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Friday, December 9, 2016
Street Santa: "You need a permit to work in the street"
Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn): "I don't answer to you, Buddy. I answer to the people. Mind your own business, please."
Street Santa: "The Salvation Army is my business."
Fred Claus (2007)
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
"I don't think I want to know a 6 yr old that isn't a 'dreamer or silly heart'. And I sure don't want to know one that will take their 'student career' seriously. I know a good kid when I see one, They're all good kids.....until some brain-dead skag like you drags them down and tells them they're no good. " Uncle Buck
Monday, December 5, 2016
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Being An Extra For A Day In Atlanta's Booming Film Industry
Welcome to "Y'allywood" (mini-Hollywood)! Georgia has become one of the biggest film industry locations in the USA and still growing. With this, comes the posts for open casting calls for "extras" - these are people that are needed to fill in the background, to complete a filmed scene.
There are several casting agencies, here in Atlanta, that will post open casting calls for extra actors, needed for any given project. I came across a post for people with bar/restaurant experience or comedians to work for a locally filmed production. I just so happened to qualify for all of these requests and decided to submit my picture and stats - age, height, weight, hair color, etc.
One week later, I was selected and booked, as an extra, for this TV show - filming here, in the Atlanta area. I've never done anything like this before! I just love TV shows, movies, and the entertainment industry, in general, and wanted to see what it is like to be a part of it. What I learned from this experience: This business is lot of hard work and it takes a whole lot of people to make the "magic" of TV/Film that entertains everyone!
It was a very humbling experience. As an "extra" you are the lowest form on the set. There is a class system, which is especially shown during the cast meal line....but hey, I totally get it. You got to "pay your dues" - right?!
What really stood out though was the process - from getting a meal, to wardrobe/costume changes, to hurry up and wait, and then, "go" directions. Most importantly, if you are in the industry, you expect changes and delays. My "role" that I was booked for changed two times before I got to the set and three times, once on set.
The first thing you need to know is this is going to be a long day! Upon signing up during the booking, you have to agree to be available for up to 12 hours. These people work seriously long hours! So while it looks really glamorous from us, fans looking in; it's long hours, lots of waiting, lots of retakes, lots of patience, and lots of work.
I discovered quickly that when they are filming/taping and you hear, "Quiet on set - rolling." That means, seriously shut the ef up, don't squeak that chair that you're sitting in....time is money, sounds are money. You had to be quick and adept to what the Production team is telling you to do.
The move to wardrobe: Here I discovered - I looked pretty good in that little dress, the wardrobe designer brought to me to wear, for the "club scene." All of my CrossFit workouts have been paying off! LOL This gown was definitely wayyy shorter and had crazy cleavage.....still, I looked on point! I have to give her snaps for that dress choice... Only, she came back out, gave me another dress - took that dress I was wearing and gave to another 'younger, prettier' background actress that had a bigger scene. Oh well, and so it goes.....
Another lesson learned: "Don't take it personal." If the set people say you look "too old or not pretty enough" - it's a creative process. There is a vision involved and you have to develop thick skin (just let that roll off.) Why? Because when they are getting ready for the next scene, all of sudden you are the "it" girl and perfect." Go figure! LOL It really is about telling - no filming, a visual story.
Somehow, I got chosen to play with a few other extra actors in a major scene. We just rolled with it - listened to the cues, did several takes, and filmed the scene. Can you believe it?? First time as an extra in the film industry and I get placed from background actor to an actual actor in a scene! **Yeah, me and thank you, God!
Meanwhile, during the waits, between "takes"(another word for filming), you get to meet all of the people and other extras there. I actually made a few new friends! Everyone had such amazing backgrounds, as we learned a little about each other. I discovered, just as in everyday life, everyone has a story - a "why" they are there and the biggest common denominator is that we all love the movies and the entertainment industry; wanting to be a part of that process. *At least, that is why I was there. :)
Before I left for the evening, I had a divine opportunity to thank the director for this experience. It was a random moment! This person had no idea who I was or that it was my first time, ever, being on a set. That didn't matter to me. I was just grateful and prayerful for this opportunity; thankful that I had the chance to say so and even thanking the PAs, that were processing our paperwork to get paid, for their hard work. I had an amazing time that will forever change the way I look at the shows and movies that I love! I drove home that evening reflecting on everything - bringing me to writing this review of the event. :)
****For anyone interested in being an extra or the film industry, here in Atlanta, click on this site to begin your own journey: http://www.georgia.org/industries/entertainment/georgia-film-tv-production/
To everyone in the film industry, thank you for all of your hard work and what you do!! Please keep the TV shows, movies, and entertainment coming. I'm one of your biggest fans!! xoxoxxo
"And that's a wrap." Hope I get to do it, again!!
Cass - LOL :)