Last week, I had my very first on camera acting experience after years of being on stage
Photo by Samantha Borges from Unsplash Photos
Being at a real set location was very interesting and nerve-racking. Most of my experience has been in the theatre, on a stage, or virtually through a laptop camera. I definitely had to adapt to a much different environment that had cameras, lights, mics, and unfamiliar cues.
I filmed for a student commercial in an cozy apartment and a downtown library, and for a short film competing in the CUFF 48 Hour Movie Making Challenge. The cast and crew for both projects were relatively small and filming took between 40 minutes to 3 hours. The late night shoot for the Challenge ran all the way to midnight (so tiring )
How I prepared:
- Went to bed extra early to ensure I was well rested
- Ate a hearty breakfast (nothing that would upset my stomach)
- Hydrated (water is best)
- Prepared the day before the shoot (a map to the location, water, charger, makeup wipes, and makeup if needed)
- Dressed for the weather for outdoor shoots
- Showered and took care of my personal hygiene
- Calmed down nerves with breathing exercises, a book, and music
- Arrived 5-10 minutes before call time
- Kept close contact with the directors and producers
- Thoroughly read call sheets
In terms of acting, there was little to no dialogue, but I used all that I have learned in the theater about making BOLD CHOICES and emoting in my tone and face.
It's been a while since I left the house for acting, but I really enjoyed the experience, and seeing how the film crew made everything work.
Honorary Reporter, Ziga Poromon, #WeAreHere, Asia Lab.