I have been a part of Meagan Adele Lopez’ project “Through the Eyes of Others” nearly since the beginning. The name of the film used to be “A Baltimore Dream” and I wrote about a fundraiser for it here. As with the rest of the world, COVID-19 delayed progress on the film. In April 2021, some pick-up shots were required to wrap principal photography. On one of those filming days, my wife Randy and I were on set explicitly to be in a scene!
So here I am documenting my experience and acting!
Due to restrictions put in place by Production at the time of the published date of this post, I cannot reveal certain things, including what the scene was about or posting photos I snapped while filming was going on.
[photo: Meagan Adele Lopez (from Meagan Adele Lopez)]
In 1996, a group of promising Baltimore teenage actors were chosen to become the next generation of stars. Twenty-five years later, one friend uncovers what happened to their lost dreams.Logline, “Through the Eyes of Others,” from IMDb
Everyone received a call sheet prior to the day of shooting. Among other things, the call sheet contained the following information:
–Call time (arrival time) for Crew and Talent (“actors”)
–Set locations (there were multiple set locations on this particular day)
–Schedule/timeline of events, such as which crew/talent should be present at each set and the time to be on that set
Shooting a project is quite dynamic. Some of the planned locations changed between the day before the shoot and the day of the shoot, including the one Randy and I were to be at.
The specific people on the Crew list were:
–Director: Meagan Adele Lopez (not physically present)
–Unit Production Manager (UPM): Samantha Mitchell
–Cinematographer: Aaron Tucker
–Sound Mixer: Camila Gomide
Read more about film crew roles and responsibilities here.
The specific people on the Talent list were:
—Kristin Poulson Young
I think this is the first time Randy and I have been on a call sheet as “talent!”
The prescribed location, outdoors, was too noisy so cast and crew had to find a quieter location.
I was giving Randy a play-by-play on activities as she does not have as much on-set experience as I have. I mentioned how Camila was “wiring up” the actors for sound with lavalier microphones. This provides a second source of sound capture in addition to the camera’s built-in microphone. Sound editing in post-production would use the sound from the source with the best quality. I pointed out the built-in monitor on the camera. I pointed out the soundboard. I showed her the boom with its microphone covered by a “dead cat.” The dead cat is a windscreen, providing a method of reducing the effect of wind. I pointed out the time code generator at the top of the slate, used to sync picture and sound.
Multiple takes in a scene is commonplace. This happened during Randy’s and my part of the scene.
We got photos!
The following slide show contains a selection of photographs I took on set.
“A Baltimore Dream” Fundraiser Launch here (2020)
Being on set is my favorite thing to do in entertainment. But this time was different – Randy and I were “talent.” All will be revealed when this amazing project is released. In fact, even I do not know how the scene fits in the overall context of the film. Randy and I have been speculating about that.
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