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How do you prepare for auditions? ~ StarsQA Team
It can vary a bit, depending on the role and the audition requirements. Some auditions request monologues, others want to have you improvise. Most, though provide you sides (a scene or two from the script). For those, I find as much information as I can about the project. I've usually done some of that research before submitting to casting, but if an agent or someone else has submitted me, I may need to do that when I get the audition notice. I like to know who I'm meeting, what kind of films they've made and any other background information that might help me better understand the whole picture. Then I look at any other information in the audition notice, including the project's genre, media, synopsis, etc. I even try to get sides for other roles. In short, I want as much information as I can get about the project and the style and tone. Then, I study the sides themselves: making sure I understand the scene, my character's role in the scene, his relationship to the other characters, etc. Then I read it aloud over and over, discovering different ways to say the lines, different beats, etc. and choosing the options that feel like the best fit for how I want to play the role. That repetition leads to memorization in a very natural, dynamic way. It also helps me see various options, since a director may have you perform the scene several different ways. Once I've done that enough, I'm confident that I can give a good performance. That's my job. Everything else is out of my hands.
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Have you got any current/upcoming projects that you would like to tell us about? ~ StarsQA Team
The big one right now is my comedy/horror film GARDEN PARTY MASACRE which starts shooting in October. It's crazy funny and we think it's going to be a huge hit! And everyone can be apart of it! Just go to http://www.GardenPartyMassacreFilm.com and see how you can get your name in the film credits, a walk-on role and a whole bunch of other cool stuff!
What's your ultimate dream vacation spot? ~ StarsQA Team
Anywhere that has clear air and no pollution. Ideally, everywhere on earth will one day be exactly that. Then everywhere you go will be paradise! :)
What does your name say about you? ~ StarsQA Team
I tell people I'm the love child of Gregory Peck and Linda Blair. Can you imagine!? Supposedly the names together mean "watchful place" or "watchful front" (as in a battle field). I do think I'm a very alert and mindful person or, at least, I try to be.
If you could have picked your birthday to be on a national holiday before you were born, which one would it be? ~ StarsQA Team
It would be either New Years Day, because everyone celebrates that or Halloween because that's my favorite holiday.
My next big project is a comedy called GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE. It's like "Shaun of the Dead" where the horror story is almost just a backdrop for some really funny stuff. It's going to be a scream! And we want everyone to get involved! We've already got a fun game on line "Which GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE Character Are You" that people can play at: http://bit.ly/1HVE7EG and we've also got a crowd-funding camping going where folks can join the fun and get cool stuff in exchange for contributions. You can even be in the movie! Just go to the official page at: http://www.GardenPartyMassacreFilm.com
What has been your favourite moment of this year so far? ~ StarsQA Team
Probably the discovery that I my film DEADLY REVISIONS won "Best Picture" on Oscar night. Now, let me be clear: it didn't win an Academy Award; it wasn't even up for one. The "Best Picture" award was from Matchflick.com's Flicker Awards, but I found out about it on Oscar Sunday, so the timing was just too perfect not to make it memorable. The film, which is a slow-burn psychological thriller (and valentine to the horror genre) will be released this fall and you can pre-order it at: http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Revisions-Bill-Oberst-Jr/dp/B00YAZNBM0/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1435092415&sr=1-1&keywords=deadly revisions
How would you explain colour to a blind person? ~ StarsQA Team
Great question! I really liked how the character in "Mask" did it: using temperature as a comparison with red being the hottest and blue being the coolest. I might add other associations, though: perhaps emotions and smells and even music--because everyone responds differently and I think you'd want to try the most exhaustive approach to help someone learn something.
My psychological thriller DEADLY REVISIONS comes out on DVD and VOD September 29th! You can pre-order it at Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Revisions-Bill-Oberst-Jr/dp/B00YAZNBM0 and we've just completed our official site for my comedy/horror film GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE. Check out the hilarious video, photos and join the fun at www.gardenpartymassacrefilm.com/
Details on the movie, the video, the campaign & more at: http://prlog.org/12470096
What is your favourite ice-cream flavour? ~ StarsQA Team
Chocolate chip or mint chip.