Thursday, November 20, 2008

all good things.

So I finally have all my script notes back for my feature length film script, and I'm gearing up to start working on my Official Second Draft, meaning that it should be the draft of my script that Officially Sucks Less Than my First Draft.

An overwhelming process, to be sure. I was blessed to get three completely different people, all of whom are good writers, to look over my script and then mark it to death -- an actress, a director, and a screenplay writer -- and so far I'm getting similar feedback, in the form of: This is really good, but it needs a lot of work.

Which I'm totally fine with. I relish the hard work part of any project, perhaps being inherently suspicious of anything that comes too easy, but I'm also staring at my script and trying to not feel overwhelmed at all the changes that need to be made. It's a fine balance, to be sure, between revising too much and not revising enough, while preserving the integrity of a piece, yet making sure that all the unnecessary junk gets whittled away.

So I'm back to writing, which feels good, and I finally, finally wrapped the short film "The Last Time I Saw Her." I thought I'd wrapped it a couple weeks back, but the director called and wanted to do some pick up shots with me huddled in the front of a car, with him in the back shooting in a parking garage, and it ended up working really well. I'm fairly happy with my work, and as it starts getting submitted to festivals, I'll try to find a copy for everyone to watch.

I am also gearing up to finish off the last six episodes of season one of Hell Froze Over. I shot all the East Coast scenes a few weeks back in New York, and now we move onto all the scenes that I share with another West Coast actress, who plays my roommate, Brooke. It's always fun to act with this girl, and as usual, I'm excited to be back working with Misplaced Planet on such wonderful scripts. I can't ask for much more as an actress.

Finally, and I'm so excited to post this, my national commercial for Zales is beginning to air. Some of my friends and family members caught it during last week's episode of My Name is Earl, so keep your eyes open -- the commercial starts with an elderly couple slow dancing, and one whispers to the other that he loves her. The rest of the commercial is, in fact, people telling each other that they love each other in different languages, and the very last vignette in the commercial is a man signing "I love you" to his wife in American Sign Language at their wedding, and then it goes to me, his bride, sitting in a wedding gown, and I sign "I love you" back. And then it goes to black, and of course, the "Love Rocks" catchphrase that Zales is known for. It's actually a very touching commerical, especially for the holidays, and I think you'll enjoy it.

So the holidays are coming up, which means that posts might be a bit more spaced apart, but I will try to keep everyone updated on everything else that I'm working on. In the meantime, I hope everyone has a fantastic Thanksgiving. I'm expressing gratitude this year for all the opportunities I've been given, and all the opportunities that are coming my way.

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