Something funny happened at my shoot today.
There was this part in a scene where the leading boy actor asks a bit player, “Uncle, how’s your hand?” (in reference to an earlier accident.)
And the uncle is supposed to hold up his hand, look at it and say, “Oh.”
For a few takes, the uncle looked at his hand and “oh-ed” before the boy even finished asking his question. (A pretty common mistake inexperienced actors make in their hurry to get their lines over and done with.)
So the director told him, “You must listen to the boy. Hear his words, then respond. Don’t just say your line without thinking.”
Uncle said ok, but he did the same mistake again.
So, director whispered something in boy’s ear and they redid the take.
This time, the boy said, “Uncle, how’s your leg?”
Uncle held up his hand and said, “Oh.”
Director said, “Cut!
“Why are you holding up your hand? You were asked about your leg.”
Uncle said, “I think the boy said wrongly. He’s supposed to ask about my hand.”
Director said, “I asked him to change his line because I want you to listen to his question before you respond. I’m going to change a body part with every take now. If he says leg, you touch your leg. If he says head, you touch your head. Ok?”
After that, the uncle finally responded at the right time to the right body part, although he took a few takes to get used to the idea that he had to listen before reacting.
Coolness. I love this director (incidentally the same director who made us do 40 takes of the same scene on Monday).
Okay, that’s all for today. Super tired after 12 hours of shoot and 2 hours of acting class (with only three hours’ sleep last night).
But I have photos.
Martin, the project manager, has been fiddling with my camera the past few shoots and he’s taken some cool shots. So I have appointed him official photographer for the duration of the shoot! Heheh.