Thursday, 5 December 2013

Well worth waiting for... (Spiderman video)

UPDATE, January 22, 2014: Just got word from the producers that this video has hit 2.5 million views at the following site. Check it out!

Several weeks ago, I posted some behind-the-scenes footage from a skit I took part in.

The video has now been released and can be viewed via the following link:

Details from the earlier post can be found under posts for 27/09/2013

Titled "Spiderman's Ultimate Foe", the video traces an incident in Spiderman's life when he finds his "strength, stamina and emotion" tested.

Director Patrick Maloney thanked me for my work and said 'you did a fantastic job".

Copyright Deborah C. Sawyer

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

No such thing as a free lunch? You bet there is- we got paid to eat!

Sunday a.m. & even the 401 is bearable!
In late August, I wrapped a shoot for a trade-show video, to promote a hearing aid product made by Unitron.

The shoot took place in Kitchener-Waterloo, in a rather lovely part of town, known as Belmont Village.

Setting up inside...
...and outside

The shoot was managed by Memory Tree Productions.

I'm showing a few stills taken, day of the shoot.

Yours truly, in the outfit that made the cut.

Not all talent had to provide their own wardrobe!

As with most non-union shoots, we had to provide our own wardrobe, meaning we were asked to bring 3 outfits appropriate for a fine dining scene. I'm wearing the dress and shoes the Art Director chose from my offerings.

Actors are just as good at waiting outside as inside

Actors perfecting the honorable art of waiting...

As well as the lovely weather, we all got to enjoy the scrumptious food prepared by the restaurant where the shoot took place, Janet Lynn's Bistro.

I also got to spend a great day chatting with my co-star, Andrew Bee. It helped that we had a number of interests in common, notably natural approaches to health!

Copyright Deborah C. Sawyer

Friday, 27 September 2013

Does your Spidey-sense tingle?

I've fallen behind, a bit, on posting to my acting blog.
The always-messy business of setting-up!

But back on April 28, 2013, I portrayed Aunt May to someone's Peter Parker in a video entitled "Uncle Ben's".

I'm still waiting to see footage of this shoot - although the director promises it will be fantastic -so, in the meantime, here are some pix from the shoot.

It took place, as many shoots do, in a donated house; this one is on Adelaide Street West, in Toronto. (All this means is that the homeowner has to disappear for a few hours and the cat - if there is one - has to be sequestered.)

Not only actors wait around, here's the sound guy - waiting!
After make-up, we got down to work, which involved continually taking peppers out of the fridge and chopping incessantly at a carrot. (But hey, that's what they teach you to do in film school!)

What I liked best about the shoot was that it was super-efficient, no real wasted time. Kudos to the crew from the production company, Random At Best.

Oh, and the apron I'm wearing - we had to supply our own costumes - is my own design, one of my "Team Family" aprons from Harobed Designs! (It was suggested to me, as appropriate, by two comic book aficionados I met the week before at a craft show!)

...and again, close-up!
Aunt May...

Copyright Deborah C. Sawyer

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Give and Take - especially in cold weather!

The scenes were shot in an office above the landmark Spot Coffee on Delaware Ave.
Back in January 2013, I had the opportunity to take part in a couple of scenes for the feature "Give and Take", being shot in Buffalo, NY. (Gail Golden is the Producer).

Although my role in this film was SOC - Silent on Camera - and not a speaking part, I jumped at the chance because there was an IMdB credit lurking in the wings, plus it was being shot in Buffalo, NY, where I used to live. (And, for all you heritage buffs, there are some incredibly beautiful old buildings in the "Queen City".)

The "change room" was actually the hallway

Note the features: skylights and old-style light fixtures

The reference to the weather in the title of my post reflects the fact we were asked to wear summer clothes - in the depths of winter. Try shivering in a toga in a stairwell, even if the lights are adding some heat!

That meant hauling out the lighter stuff, seeing if it still fit, and packing a bag to take to the set.

My costume for the cattle call audition scene

My toga look
There were actually two scenes - one was set at an "American Idol" style cattle call audition, the other was set at an audition for a Caesar salad commercial.

We were asked to vary our look, if possible, between the two scenes. I put my hair up, some actors brought wigs or donned spectacles.

(As you can probably guess, acting as an "Actress at an Audition" was a real stretch in the skills department!)
The toga scene was shot in the stairwell

Director and production manager in action, at the top of the stairs

I've taken some behind-the-scenes photos for my blog, as I always do. The film is now in post-production and seems to be moving along at a fast clip. The premiere is set for September 2013.

Thanks to my fellow actors for snapping the pix of me.

Copyright Deborah C. Sawyer

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Getting started (film in progess)

A retired actor kindly lent his country home for the first day of shooting

Neighborhood attractions included this old wooden church
In November 2012, I began work on a film that we'll be shooting, in installments, over the next few months. The reason for staggering the shoot, rather than filming everything in sequence, is to capture the different seasons, as they change, as part of advancing the story.

Our first segment was timed to be shot in the fall, so we all drove up north in Ontario, to just outside Midland. Luckily, it was a sunny and dry day, before the large snowfalls the area is famous for arrived.

Crew and cast arrive and unload - Yep, that's an actor, front and center (where else?)
Another interesting aspect of this film is that it's a period drama, set before and during the Korean War. I play Angela, one of the lead characters. Other than that, I'm keeping details of the story under wraps until the film is fully shot.
Period props had to be sourced, including this older wheelchair (circa 1930)

We also shot the day following  in one of Toronto's parks, again, we were blessed with excellent weather for an outdoor shoot (although thermal underwear was a must!)

Larry and I on the set in the park
I'm providing a few "behind-the-scenes" shots as well as a photo of myself with one of my co-stars, Larry Harris.

As and when future shoots happen, I'll post updates on my blog.

Copyright Deborah C. Sawyer

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Selling success.. in a suitcase

It seems with the arrival of December 2012, while the weather has been wonderful, it's positively raining DVDs and equivalent!

Just got a link to another spot in which I appeared; this one is the luggage commercial I mentioned in a recent blog post (November 26, 2012).

Not sure how accessible the following link is - you may need a dropbox account - but I'll post it for anyone who wants to try and take a peek. If and when I get more permanent footage of the commercial, I'll add it.

In this clip, you'll need to pay very close attention to see me but, when the boardroom scenes appear, look lively!

Copyright Deborah C. Sawyer

Monday, 3 December 2012

Maestro's video released!

Almost one year ago, I shot some footage for a video, featuring Wes (Maestro) Williams, members of The Trews and Rich Kidd. (See post dated  December 19, 2011 on this blog.)

The video, directed by David E. Mewa, has now been released.  Olivia at The NE Inc., who handled casting, sent me the following link.  Not sure how long this remains 'live' but enjoy it while you can.

It's all very fast-paced so, if you blink, you may miss me. By the way, the original call sheet had my part listed as 'old woman' but someone kindly changed it to 'older woman'! Whew! Better that than being buried alive!

Copyright Deborah C. Sawyer