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December 1st, 2013

casting and pre-production

So the course I'm doing with the Austin School of Film is pretty crazy. It's only 8 weeks long and you are supposed to make a short at the end of it.

I had assumed we were going to be split up into groups and we'll make a short, but so far, everyone is making their own short. We were encouraged to help each other but I think very few people are. I would love to help this one guy but he is shooting in Tyler, TX (6 hours away) or another one I was interested was in Waco, TX (about 1.5 hour away).

So I'm going from having zero knowledge about filmmaking to making a short. I'm desperately reading up on shit. But it's a lot of stuff... video editing, filmming, SOUND (who realized sound was so difficult?) getting props.

And casting. The casting process has been weird. The male lead was easily found, Tanner, I've never met him but a friend vouched for him. He's an improvisor, and seems enthusiastic. Which is key when you're not paying them!

And then the female lead was harder to cast. I posted on Craigslist, casting email lists, and used Andy's FB power and stuff... and yet a lot of the women came across as super sultry or porn like. I ended up casting someone I found through my DP. She seems super quirky and it will be interesting.

Oh, I found a DP thanks to craigslist. DP stands for Director of Photography, and is the person in charge of actual filming. They're also called cinematographers, but I guess that is too much of a mouthful so it's DP.

And did I mention I had to write a script. It's an okay script. It's decent. I won't call it great. But you know, we had a few weeks to write one. Other people seem to think it's fun and good.

So, I guess I'm filming a short. CRAZY.

Rehearsal is this thursday and actual shooting is Saturday.

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Boardgamegeek con 2013

So, that was a lot of fun and also a lot of hard work.

I wanted to meet people and so applied to be a volunteer and got accepted (which I'm going to guess was because I'm female).

It required 20 hours of volunteering, most of which was okay except when I was bag check girl, and that sucked so much ass. It gave me empathy for people in minimum wage jobs like that. The problem with being bag check girl was that you didn't really get to talk or socialize with other volunteers because you're too busy taking people's bags and giving them a number, or returning their bags. And over 3 hours, that became super tiring with bending over and taking and giving away bags, backpacks, boardgames, water bottles.

So that was lonely, and physically tiring and tipped me over the edge to NEVER VOLUNTEERING at BGGcon again.

There were fun volunteering moments too, but I'd rather be boardgaming. Also after volunteering I'm mentally tired, so I barely got to play any meaty 4 hour games that require 1 hour to learn the rules. So I played mostly:
Party games - Cards against humanity charades by someone who custom designed a deck. So hilarious.
Dexterity games - Chopsticks Mega Dexterity 4000 had me laughing so much... we each had chopsticks and competed for pieces in a bowl and we're fighting each other off with our chopsticks. I found the game at the library and said: Asians! I must play this with other Asians!
Social deduction games - I discovered Resistance: Avalon, and found myself up till 6:30 am playing this game. The next night while hunting for this game, I ended up play-testing with the designer at 4 am. He was a super high status, LA, improv guy, alpha and arrogant. And I was like... this room doesn't look like boardgamers, I had walked into the super elite BGG crowd who play games with that Mad Men guy who comes to the con, Rich Sommer.

I also got to play some RPG games: Vicious Crucible: a game about arguing. I suck at arguing, and it triggered feelings of internet bullying and pile up I've experienced in forums (SWPB!) and I ended up crying, but I blame that on physical exhausting and sleep deprivation (another 4 am game). And also got to play Fiasco, which was a LOT more fun and silly.

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