The Last Weekend

In nine days, we start shooting two of the three branded webseries that I’m directing (and wrote). There’s a weekend in between now and then, but I’m treating this one as if it’s my last weekend until the Palm Springs bachelorette party for Kristen (July 24).

Next Saturday and Sunday are sure to be full of the last minute preps for production and truly inviting my director brain to the party. That said, my one treat is that I will be seeing LOST MOON RADIO at 11 on Friday at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. This show KILLED me last time so I’m looking forward to a repeat laugh-athon.

The weekend after next, we’ll be recovery from the three days in LA — one day on a greenscreen to film an in-studio news spoof  show(we’re using a virtual set), one at house in the valley for the 0n-location news segments as well as a teaser video (lit backdrop, charming host, short script) promoting the cooking show we’re shooting in December, and day three will be in Los Feliz at a park and a street for more news packages.  Fourth of July BBQs and beer will be a must after these days.

That said, I know my weekend won’t be a holiday — we don’t get our trivia questions for the traveling game show we shoot the following week until right after the LA shoot. I’m sure my producer and I will be carding the questions and juggling all the last minute prep needs. We’ll be shooting in Miami on Saturday 7/10 and Boston on Saturday 7/17.  Let’s hope for no rain, folks.

I like the schedule. We start with content that is the most scripted and technically-aware (virtual set, etc.).  We hit a groove mid-shoot with a full day of really funny segments and some simple, beauty-type stuff.  We end on an easy day, with my favorite of all four news episodes (spoofing a Big Foot Sighting but we’ve “sighted’ something that is relevant to our brand and is hilarious). We’ll be outdoors, in the sunshine and with the smallest cast of all three days.

Then we’re on the road, and I’m very excited about the Boston and Miami stuff. It’s more akin to the last content I directed — documentary!  The trivia shows aren’t scripted and we’re engaging with the public in great, memorable, high-foot traffic locations. Plus, the “stage” for our show is an amazing, customized ice cream truck themed to match our show… can’t wait to show you the picks and give you the specifics. Directing our host, the crowd, the shots will demand high energy and a distinct on-my-toes-ness that I love. Just like everything else, as long as I do my homework, I’ll be fine. The biggest (and perhaps the reason I’m most excited) is that the “live event” shooting is FAST! No waiting for lights, make-up, set-ups. We go, go, go and as you go, go, go, some pretty exceptional magic can happen… and if it doesn’t, well, the moment is over and you did your best. No looking back.

Seth Caplan, my producer on APPOINTMENT IN VANCOUVER and friend whose wedding I’m officiating in August, is producing an indie feature that Dominique (QUEEN OF CACTUS COVE, KITTY LANDERS) is shooting. I’m headed out to try and get a peek at their awesome circus set before I get a “last weekend” facial with Lila.


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