Arriving at basecamp was typical: Sign-in, taken to trailer, packet of paper work/contract, wardrobe/make-up. Then hurry up and wait. During the wait my scene partner Craig Patton came over and we ran dialogue and just kicked for a bit. A short 30 minutes later a van came to take us to the actual set which was a mutli-million dollar home in a nearby neighborhood. I wanna live in this neighborhood one day; it’s beautiful.
My character is a man that works for the local gas company. Part of my prop was a tool belt that I swear weighed as much as I did! That thing was heavy around my waist for take after take, but I gave me an authentic feel of the character.
Ironically enough one of the first people I saw was Jennifer Dunn; I’ve worked with her on several TV and commercial projects in the past. It’s always great to see familiar faces. While I was being wired for sound I saw someone walking in my direction; actually coming straight at me. I knew it was series star Tony Shalhoub, but I couldn’t figure out why he would be heading towards me. Maybe he was heading past me to the DP. Nope; he came straight to me with an outstretched hand of thanks. Yeah, he thanked me for doing the show. I guess he saw me on the tape from the producers session; he is a producer on the show afterall. Tony seems to be a very nice man.
After a couple of false starts I was up for rehearsal for the wide shot. One walk-thru and two takes and we heard “Check the gate!” Next up was the medium shot which was also done in a couple of takes. After another camera move we did 2-3 more shots and were done for the night.