I have always been enamored by the world of independent films. They have a certain kind of magic that my theatre brain has yet to fully dissect. I am making more time in my life to explore the little things that have always piqued my interest and I look forward to working more in the land of film.
The first time I was exposed to independent film making was back in senior year of high school...
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In high school I was on the backstage tech crew and I was the student assistant for the drama class my senior year. My buddy Nate had his independent study class period at the same time and same place as me. I couldn't help but over hear about the projects he was working on and I was intrigued. what started my involvement with Nate's projects was my brother's debut onscreen. I gave my brother Joey a ride to one of Nate's shoots and I just stuck around. Since I was there and already a little bit interested, I offered my assistance. We were working on a scene where a couple of boys were playing war. I spent much of that day throwing rocks through the leaves of trees and creating background noise. I had a ton of fun working behind the scenes to create ambiance. I had so much fun that I promptly let Nate know I would be happy to help on projects he would have in the future. I was ground support for his next assignment which was music video for California Dreamin' by the Mamas and the Papas. I had a great time assisting Nate.
More recently, I've been able to get back into film a bit. I had the pleasure of helping out the fine folks at lowcarbcomedy.com with their latest project. They've created and produced a time travel sketch show as a part of the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival. Through out the entire show, they touch on many different time travel techniques as described in geek culture hits in efforts to find a way to actually time travel and save the audience from imminent doom.
As a little vignette they had two clips entitled Alternate, Alternate Endings. The first clip touched on Back to the Future 3 and the second on the Indiana Jones series. I was an extra for Indiana's funeral scene. The fellas at lowcarbcomedy spared Indiana Jones the disgrace of the Crystal Skull by killing him. So on a brisk Sunday morning I hung out in a cemetery to mourn the loss of Dr. Henry Walton Jones Junior. Incidentally I met and hung out with a bunch of new cool people. My favorite part had to be planning my outfit. I spent the night before trying on all of my black clothes. I ended up wearing a super cute sweater dress I got from the thrift store with black fleece lined leggings. I also decided it was a great opportunity to break out my Grandma's fancy black fur coat. I mean seriously, how many occasions do you have to wear a fancy black fur coat? I had a feeling that we might be lacking on other warm ladies' coats that were funeral appropriate so I brought a couple of my other fancy black coats with me. I'm glad I did because we ended up using all of them that chilly day. I was glad my contribution helped. After a whole morning and early afternoon of filming I ended up onscreen for maybe 40 seconds, which you can see below. I had a whole lot of fun.
I look forward to working on more independent projects!
What kind of fun activities did you do in the past that you wouldn't mind revisiting as an adult?