Quiet on the Set!!

Friday, March 18, 2011
There’s been quite a lot of hubbub around the old office lately. You see, we’re filming a movie. It won’t turn into some big box-office smash but it’s certainly become the talk of the floor. We have an annual seminar that we put on for our department every year (last year, I emceed to great acclaim) and this year, they’ve decided to take a completely new approach. It’s all about teamwork, success, and celebration. Part of the event will be a mini-movie from each area (approx 2-5 minutes long) that they’ll string together into one longer film.

Different groups have taken different approaches to their assignments. Some have decided to go simple and merely introduce their staff. Others, like my group, decided to write full blown, semi-professional scripts with the shots blocked out and everything. The theme for our mini-film was “The Crocodile Hunter” while another group did a “Law and Order” themed shoot. Lucky me, I had onscreen roles in both. And a voice over in another. Yeah, I’m in pretty high demand.

Acting is pretty hard work, I have to admit. I figured that I’d have no problem with it – it’d be a cake walk. Unfortunately, I’m a bit of a ham. Over- the-top. Great for comedy, not so great for the serious stuff. If I ever hope to have any sort of award winning career, I’m going to have to go for a more natural approach to acting. Irregardless, I had a blast. We were lucky to have the use of a professional camera and student camera person to film for us. She was a great help in setting up the shots, providing suggestions on direction, etc.  I have a whole new respect for the film industry.

4 comments:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That does sound like fun, even though I could not act my way out of a paper bag and get a little panicky at just the prospect of having to do so. But what a fun team-building exercise! Any chance the rest of us will be able to witness your acting chops?

Karen said...

Yeah, the whole day will be spent talking about what a great TEAM we are and how wonderfully we all get along. Blah blah blah. They have no idea...

Not sure about sharing the video or not. We're hoping to get it put onto DVDs for all the staff. If they do that, I might be able to pull some of my scenes and share them but I'm not sure if I'm that talented when it comes to technology. I'll let you know!

S.M. Elliott said...

Sweet! You would probably be a great stage actress - subtlety's fine for film, but you need lots of pizazz to tread the boards.

tweetey30 said...

Wow you have been busy.. I am glad you guys had fun with it though.. We had to do something for school one time.. It was for health class. It was sort of fun.. Maybe someday I will run down that road with the story.

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