“You are the chocolate in my waffle”

Those of you who went to Octane today may have noticed the filming that was going on in the middle of the store (plus there were signs on the door). I did, paid it no mind, and sat at a table getting some work done. My back was to the shooting and I had my earphones on, so I really wasn’t paying any attention to what was going on. I was working for about thirty minutes and had just restarted my computer when I was approached by the director of the project (and he had been manning one of the cameras). He told me some story about how they were working on a project for Turner and their lead actor had run off and they just needed to finish one scene. I try to be wary of “hidden camera” type situations, but I didn’t have much to do and figured that as long as I kept a lookout so that I wasn’t doing anything too silly I would be okay.

Stacy (from CBS46 News, they said, but I didn’t see her on this page) was the co-star. I could just memorize a line at a time and deliver it to her and, thanks to editing, the pauses could be edited out. Well, the script was HORRIBLE consisting of a mashup of famous movie lines and other horrible lines (“Darling, I love you like waves of amber grain flowing in the dusk light,” “War changes a man,” “I’m’ mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore,” “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn,” “I could’ve been a contender,” etc.) placed to look like a scene between a boyfriend and a girlfriend (who is dumping him). I delivered the lines and they had me do some of them again and again and also in different accents (I went with Southern and Australian). But there was nothing that could’ve been construed as me being an idiot. The whole experience lasted 15 minutes.

Afterwards, they told me the real story. It was sort of a statement about badly delivered movie lines and how just people off the street could deliver them better than they were in the movies they were in. Of course, some people are awful (I might be one of them, they told me I was good, but who knows) and some people apparently get really upset with themselves for messing up a line. It’s for a new show, by This is Not Art Productions and they told me that it was for Turner, so I suspect it has something to do with this.

All in all, a fun little experience. And not too humiliating.

2 Comments so far

  1. Maigh (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 8:42 am

    Ahhh misrepresentation. I’d venture to guess it was a project they were pitching to one of the Turner nets (or the soon to launch Comedy Broadband “network”) and not actually for Turner? I say that based on the fact that the email addy on that post isn’t someone @turner.com.

  2. james (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 11:02 am

    at least it wasn’t borat…

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