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This is Terri and Jessica acting out a scene from my other script ‘The Girl from Nowhere.’
I’m using it as an example to show some superb performances, but also how the script can sometimes be too big.
This was a cold first time reading – and I was too busy filming to be able to direct them – and they did an amazing job, and using the space too. (The picture frame is supposed to be an old bicycle mounted on the wall… hey, it’s improv.)
Terri is fantastic as the older lady who is getting put out by the young girl. Every look of hers carries so much weight. Jessica too handles it brilliantly. However, in retrospect, as a writer/director I might have played down the look Jessica gives the ‘husband’. ┬áThe line should maybe be just ‘and a husband…’ and then look at him. No need to say all that: ‘and a husband like him’, it’s far too obvious and explicit.

And this is the wonder of workshopping… it all becomes clear in 3D.

The music too helps tremendously with setting the tone. This is Jerry Goldsmith’s ‘Basic Instinct’. It flips between ominous and playful, keeping the audience upbeat and unsettled…

1st Acting Workshop


Dwight and Anneli took a scene I suggested – an emotionally involved scene – and workshopped it – and did a great job!

It’s definitely a thrill as a writer to see your words being spoken and coming to life.

This was shot with a Canon 550d (Rebel T2i) and we did 3 takes – one on each actor and one take trying to stay on both of them. The actors were experimenting with the intensity of the performance – so as a result it’s a bit of a mismatched edit of the performance – but this is what experimenting is all about.
Actually I normally try not to cross lines, so I was impressed how well it seemed to cut even with jumping from one side to the other – but perhaps it works here because there is a swirl of emotion in this scene…