One Sunday, Four Ladies, Six TSILAs

Sunday’s They Say in Los Angeles shoot was a major success!  I am so proud of the great shots we got and the amount of content we captured.  

Actually, I’d say I’m inspired.

Considering we were a four person crew — me on camera/direction/sound, Melissa C. on hair/makeup, Nichole producing, and Regina acting — I am honestly so impressed with the hilarious, solid-looking material we created.  It felt good to get back to basics and remember the joy of going out and making something great.  We didn’t get tied up in permits or budgets or regulations.  We just did it.  And we did a really good job.

Sunday in a nutshell:  we hit six different locations for six different characters’ improvs and TSILA statements.  The itinerary:

  1. Studio Lot = The Brit
  2. Bel Air Gates = The Brooklynite
  3. Cedars Sinai = The Irish Girl
  4. Grauman’s/Kodak Theater = Valley Girl
  5. Echo Park = Southern Belle
  6. Chateau Marmont = Magda, the Russian

Favorite moments?  All of ’em because I was working with Regina.  Now that we’ve made a TV pilot together, developed show ideas together, pitched together, and outlet mall-shopped together, we have an amazing shorthand.  It’s so easy for me to direct her and (it seems) that it’s so easy for her to deliver memorable, varied, and nuanced performances.  A pretty dynamic duo.

But, if I had to be specific, filming the Valley Girl in front of Grauman’s was unforgettable.  Regina didn’t let the fanfare and wild performers intimidate her.  She played the Valley Girl huge, just like the other performers on the strip, just like she needed to play her.  

We interacted with Bubble Bee (from Transfomers), Zorro, a scary ‘Glam’ Vampire with sparkly blood coming out of his mouth, Jason and Chucky, Yoda, Tinkerbell, Crazy Flying Monkey Man and a tropical parrot.  It was absolutely intoxicating and energizing to be out there with the crowds, wielding a camera, reacting to the ever-changing scene, the unfolding story.

I also love that we knocked out a few shots IN the Bar Marmont before being asked to stop.  I think our semi-success has something to do with our suaveness, speediness, being four attractive girl-ness, and Regina’s blue sequined mini dress costume.  I know a foursome of geeked-out film dudes in cargo pants and unkept facial hair would never have made it as far at the bar as we did.  

Onward to post!  We’re gonna ask a few editor friends for favors but if no one can help, the shots are simple enough that we’ll cut it ourselves.  As soon as something’s viewable, I’ll post the videos and release the blog’s address.

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