This weekend, I had my first meeting with the director of the film I’m going to be in this summer: “Spaces and Reservations”. Talk about starting off on a good note…I met him at his house (soon to be “my” house…well, for the shoot anyways), where I was greeted with some seriously delicious tea - made in one of those presser-thingies - and pancakes.* There is no greater way to get to know someone, in my opinion, than over some good ol’ breakfast food.
We didn’t jump right into ‘work-talk’, but both of us being
as excited about the project as we are, it didn’t take long for script
jabber to break into conversation. It is so exciting, as an actor, to
actually have a chance to share all the back-story and character work
we’ve done with the director, so this was such a treat. We talked a ton
about the themes of the story and everything going on for each of the
characters in this relationship drama…so, of course, it wasn’t long
until we were sharing personal details about our own
It hadn’t really dawned on me up until then just how personal working
on this project is going to get! But I’m up to the challenge.
Especially since I feel incredibly safe in this environment with this
director, and soon I’ll be getting to know my co-actor! Since he is in
Calgary right now, we’ll be getting to know each other via skype and
email, but even through those gateways we’ll have a chance to build a
bit of history and comfortability with each other prior to the shoot.
My biggest nerd moment of our meeting was when I bashfully admitted
that I’d already gone as far as making myself a little make-shift
soundtrack for the film! Could have been kind of embarrassing, but for
the fact that I was then presented with a burned CD of his version of
the soundtrack! I also received a copy of his last film (starring my
co-star of this upcoming project) Choch
- which was brilliant - and copies of films that are similar in style
and good inspirations for our shoot! Such a wonderful and thoughtful
So, I thought I could share with all of you what I’ve compiled on my
Ipod as listening material for when I’m working on the script - I’ll
post the playlist here soon!
Anyways, I’m getting more and more excited about this movie with
every day and am absolutely pouring myself over the script! Next couple
steps include a lovely chance to meet the rest of the cast over dinner
hosted by our wonderful director, and then a birthday party for
him/creative “jam-session” (as he puts it) creating the living space for
Jamie and Kacie! What a guy, eh!?
Keep checking back here for more updates and my process of working on this film and how it is all coming together :)
*I would like to say that if you can make pancakes, you’ve
automatically impressed me. I have never in my life been able to make
pancakes…and yeah, I’m talking about the pre-mixed powder stuff. So
people, like Brendan, who can pull it off are a direct win in my books!