What is it like to be an Actor in a Feature Film

Well this is kind of a little bit of background into the day in the life of an actor. I did a workshop, a really fun workshop in the Philadelphia area on Sunday and late Sunday evening I was being flown down to Atlanta to work on a feature film.

I had my script, everything was set and about an hour before I got onto my flight I was checking my emails on my phone and there was a complete script change.

About a page of dialogue was added to my scene. Since I would not have access to the script on my phone during the flight, I decided to transcribe everything from the phone to a piece of paper.  This allowed me to study the lines during the flight. This worked out really well, because it allowed me to sit for two and a half  hours just studying and memorizing the new lines.

On a side note, if you’re ever sitting next to somebody on a flight and they’re just mumbling to themselves and talking to themselves for a few hours, either they’re an actor trying to work on their sides or you’ve got somebody with some real issues sitting next to you so. By the time I was picked up from the airport and got checked into the hotel, it must have been around 12:30 A.M.

Because I had a 6:00 AM pick up time, I woke up at 5:30.  Actually, I am shooting this video from my hotel room now.  I was dropped off at the base camp around 6:20 and they brought some breakfast to my trailer shortly after arriving.

I had some questions for the director about some of the script changes that were made. I was told I needed to wait to talk with the director until I was on set. He was dealing with other things at the time. On a side note, they also completely rescheduled my scene. Originally, I was supposed to shoot around 2:30 P.M., but like everything on sets, things can easily change.

I walked onto the set around 6:45 and we began to shoot before 7:00.  The scene was shot very quickly. We only had to shoot it 7 or 8 times. They would shoot the scene, and then have me hit different marks (walk to different spots while saying certain lines). There were never any directions about the delivery of the lines, we only made blocking changes.

I am not allowed to say anything about the film, as you saw from last weeks NDA video, a non-disclosure agreement, but I can say I’m a teacher.

After shooting the scene, I went back to my trailer and filled out paper work. I was driven back to the hotel and will have the rest of the day free. Although I am not working on the set, I will spend a good part of the day working on new material to send to you.

So, anyhow, I just wanted to share a little bit of background, kind of like the day in the life…. There are a lot of other things that I can talk about, and I will share more with you soon. It was a wonderful experience and I hope it’s a really successful film. Everyone on the set, the other actors, extras, production people, etc… were really really nice.

Great days like today help make all those long drives for auditions, all those call backs that we don’t book,  things that don’t fall out on the right date because you’ve got something else going on, helps make it all worthwhile. Its days like today that keep you going.

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  • I am sure it was both challenging and fun. Sounds so inefficient, though, having to fly in an actor for a small shoot. Not the most green solution 🙂