Current mood: chipper
I plan to write a little blog explaining my journey from Sea World to DivX, but not today. One thing I will mention is that I’m entering DivX’s employee 60-second video contest. I was trying to plan to shoot last weekend when I got a call last Wednesday from NBC asking me to come help with the casting call for Deal or No Deal, that show starring Howie Mandel. I had never heard of it, but it sounded like a good opportunity so I said yes.Then I find out it’s in L.A., not San Diego and the call time is Sunday at 6:15 am! Oy vay! That meant I’d have to miss Matt Warburton’s birthday bash the night before, reschedule my Sunday morning shoot, and get up at 3 am to drive up there from San Diego. Normally I stay with my aunt, but she just moved to San Fran and my mom was out all night with friends (meaning no Orange County shelter either) so I slept in SD and drove from 3:30am to 6. It only ended up being ten hours of work at Universal Studios though because the casting directors got through 4,000 people in record time.
It was really cool to see how excited people were who got invited to callbacks. I hope I end up seeing one of them win a million dollars. Although, I have a feeling the clips from the show I saw projected onscreen at the casting call were the only segments I will ever watch of that show. I must admit, it is very good television in terms of suspense and human drama.
As for the topic of KARMA… Man, it’s been exhausting lately. I worked two weeks straight with no day off during the transition from Sea World to DivX. On my first weekend off I had a 7am call time for my DivX contest video shoot on Saturday. Then there was the 6:15 am call time for Deal or No Deal on Sunday. Then on Monday, I set a 5:30 am call time to shoot on a rooftop for my video again (for sunrise effect). On my way out of my apartment that morning, I slipped on a wet stair step, slid down several steps and sprained my wrist and strained my neck. I hit the stairs with my thigh so hard, it actually split the wood on the edge of the step. It was so cold I just kept going and didn’t feel it until I was driving to work after the morning shoot. I had to go to urgent care and get a splint for the wrist. Then I went straight to work after that. Then after work, we shot one scene for the video at DivX so I didn’t finish till about 9:30 pm So it’s been crazy. I look forward to next Sunday. It will be my first real day off where all day long I don’t have to work or get up early.
Today I have time to write because Thursdays I teach that film class with Daria for the SD Women Film Foundation. Oh, so anyway, I digress!!! Monday night I was thoroughly exhausted, I was so out of it, I ended up leaving my wallet and camera on my car and drove off like that. David ended up finding the camera on the street outside work, but I couldn’t find my wallet. The next morning I cancelled my credit cards. Then I get a call from 24 hour fitness saying someone had found my wallet and called them because the person saw my member card inside. I ended up driving to UCSD to get it from this guy, Mr. Li who found my wallet on the sidewalk while jogging Monday night. I gave him 4 Sea World tickets and 2 tickets to the SD Museum of Art as thanks. He tried not to take it, but I insisted.
I was really upset at intially losing all my stuff. I knew it was a lesson that I need to stop pushing myself so hard. I was bummed though because life is usually pretty good for me, so I was upset that I fell down those stairs and worsened what had been diminishing pains from my accident last year. However, when I ran into the luck of my wallet being found by an honest person, I knew that the heavens are still on my side. I try to work hard and be a good person and I think that I am constantly rewarded for that.
Okay, enough sentimental B.S…. I can’t wait to show you all how the video turned out for the DivX thing though. We had to shoot on a tiny Pentax camera. It’s main function is as a 6 mega pixel still camera. It was a gift to all the DivX employees for Christmas. When you set it on the video feature, it uses the DivX codec. I was so impressed with how decent the video looks and how much you can store on the tiny little card that came with it. I can’t believe I made a whole short film with it, heh.
I was also very thankful that my crew and actors put up with my early call times and super super cold and wet conditions for the shoot. I am very blessed to have had a very capable group of individuals work on this.
Very cool, I will post a blog about it, when it’s completed.
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