Thursday, May 25, 2006

A Night with the Demon Barber

Eugene O'Neill Theatre
Originally uploaded by jo.mei.

Finally went to see Sweeny Todd the other night. No photos were allowed, so I placed my camera on my lap and got this shot of the theatre ceiling. I enjoyed the show immensely. This must be one of the hardest shows to cast since all the cast members had to not only sing well, act well but also play at least one instrument. Such talented people, I was amazed.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Photo-op at the Century Club

jojo & guapple
Originally uploaded by jo.mei.

I never turn down a free meal, thus Friday night I accompanied the roomie to her company's annual dinner at the members-only Century Club. There was some very nice art around the place and this very cozy reading room. Although, in this picture we look rather ghostly, like in that movie "The Others." We could be Chinese maids from 200 years ago, they used to keep us in the attic and now our restless spirits haunt the place... boo!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Furry House Guest

Miss Marla Singer
Originally uploaded by jo.mei.

This is Marla the cat. She has been making an extended stay at our apartment. The roomie is totally spoiling her. As for myself, i've come to realize it is nice to have a cuddly furry purring thing around the house. I've never had a single pet in my life (maybe there was a fish at some point, because I do recall the image of a belly-up gold fish being flushed down the toilet, but that's about it.)

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Back into the pit

9th floor of the Kimmel Center
Originally uploaded by jo.mei.

Taken after my latest NYU thesis film audition. It's so difficult getting back to auditioning after completing a project, no matter how small or how brief. Auditioning for something when you're not in anything somehow always feel a bit different.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

"PR" - Day 7, The "Dirty Martini"

10m - The all seeing eye
Originally uploaded by jo.mei.

We wrapped today. I really will miss this project. There was a ton of hard work and lack of sleep but I really enjoyed working on this. The above lense is worth about 80Gs and takes something like 2 years to make. We used it on the final shot of the day, but hopefully those 30 feet of film won't make it into the final cut.

"PR" - Day 6

View of the green screen from the green room
Originally uploaded by jo.mei.

I only had 2 shots to do this day but some how one was planned for first thing in hte morning 10:30am and the other was the middle of the afternoon, which actually ended up being 8:30pm at night. So, there was lots of waiting, but was generally a easy day. Oh catering got a lot better since we moved into the soundstage, so that was cool. Despite the later than planned finish, I still was able to meet Marg and Mag Egbula for dinner.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

"PR" - Day 5

The NYU Soundstage
Originally uploaded by jo.mei.

We have moved into our final location for the production stage of "Paradise Regained." All green screen and nothing else.

"PR" - Day 4

Field Day in space
Originally uploaded by jo.mei.

Finally we moved out of the warehouse set. This is our one dday of exterior shooting. Tomorrow we're back inside again. It was a beautiful day in Warren, New Jersey. Spending a day in the sun almost made me forget I only had 7 hours of turnover time and 4 hours of sleep.

"PR" - Day 3

Down time on set
Originally uploaded by jo.mei.

In the process of movie making, there's a ton of waiting involved. On the set of a student film, the waiting time tends to increase exponentially. To keep myself occupied I sometime read, make phone calls, chat with the crew and in this case I play with the art department's leftover fixtures and pretend I'm in a whole other movie, probably a comedy.

Monday, May 01, 2006

"PR" - Day 2

Jersey "Emerald" City
Originally uploaded by jo.mei.

Another long day in the warehouse/movie set/outer space. Part of the what drew me to this project was that, 50% of it will be shot in front of "green screen." Today we did only four shots, but three of those shots involved something green and therefore non-existent.

"PR" - Day 1

"Paradise Regained," the pod
Originally uploaded by jo.mei.

This was taken around midnight on our first day of shooting. At that point we were a day and 3 hours behind schedule but spirits were high and speed was definitly picking up. No matter how difficult the project or how many obstacles one faces, the most important thing is heart. I know it sounds cheesy but it's true. This project is a labor of love for so many people, I only hope I can help them achieve their collective vision.