Friday, 24 August 2012

Time Gal Rehearsal

Today and yesterday, I have been rehearsing the short film Time Gal. I have met Emily Jordan-Patrikios and Ray Hill who will be playing opposite me, and the director Ather Chaudhary. They have been such useful days. We have all become clear on our backstories and the journey of the script.  What a rare opportunity to have 2 full days to rehearse and create the necessary connections between the characters before we get on set. I am very excited to start filming tomorrow! It should be good.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Exploring Where You Come From, Helps You Choose Where You're Going.

Yesterday I returned from my 2 week visit home to South Africa. It was a great experience. I really enjoyed spending some quality time with my family, but I also enjoyed seeing what might have become of my life if I was to have stayed there. That is a very interesting thought. It provided me with a lot more motivation to succeed. Seeing the drive my family have and gaining such support from them really was a great lift! I am very excited that I am where I am and have all the possibilities that come with it. Looking forward to the future! 

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Time Gal Research

Time Gal is a short film I have just been hired for. It tells the story of two sisters who, after a murder, are forced to live on the run from a terror that is Pablo. The two girls are from Ukraine and I was set the task of writing my characters back story. This required me to put a lot of research into that area of the world to discover what I could to form my characters reasons for committing murder. 
First of all, I need to figure out why it is just the two sisters? Where is the rest of their family? How were they brought up? And through research I found that there are over 100,000 orphans in Ukraine, and only 20% of them are due to the deaths of their parents. 80% are social orphans, who are abused and abandoned by their parents. This terrorfying fact was a good start for my character. Then, to find that you are kicked out of the orphanages at 16, leaving them homeless, resulting in 60% of girls becoming sex workers, it created a good sense of the the kind of suffering one might endure to create the psychology necessary to kill or be killed. I did extensive research into these backgrounds and wrote a very detailed backstory, truly helping me dive into the character. 
Since, I have worked out the physicality of her, her likes and dislikes, her fashion, her dreams. Developing a character is one of the things I really love the most about acting! It is the best way to teach us compassion and empathy. I am very excited for the rest of the process.