Spent today on set for a Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield commercial…I had auditioned for one of the speaking roles and was ultimately cast as an extra, which had me on set for the entire 10-hour shoot day over three locations (I was told it could have been 12 hours, so the early wrap was a nice surprise).
First location: Bang Bang Salon, Kingfield, Minneapolis
Camera-ready call-time: 6:30 am (ohmygod, 6:30 AM. *whimper*)
Second location: The Uptown Theater, Uptown, Minneapolis
This is what it looks like when you’re on set, “watching a movie.” Real popcorn! Which means don't get a hull stuck in your throat and panic a little trying to stifle your cough so you don't ruin somebody's take. But I wouldn't know anything about that.
Third and final location: curbside in Kenwood, Minneapolis
The best part about leafing through prop books on the table was discovering that one of them was the propmaster’s wife’s journal from high school. I didn’t read it, but I did happen to notice that her prom picture was pretty tubular.
Additional bonus, I discovered my friend Ansa would be portraying my fella for this scene. We joked about how, due to the camera lens’ depth of field, we’d likely be very blurry. And that we are the best blurry actors in town. And that we should just get very blurry, far off headshots taken and really sell it. Oh the dangers of idle minds…