Wednesday, March 28, 2007

A Legend Stuntwoman

I came across this article about an amazing classic stuntwoman, Jeannie Epper. She has been doing stunts forever and is one of the original stuntwomen. It is great to see stuntwoman getting acknowledge by the major media. Here is a great article in the USA Today that came out a few days ago about Jeannie. I had the privilege of working with Jeannie on Transformers last summer. She was so nice and apparently good friends of my dad. She said she worked for and with him many times and had some good stories to tell.

Monday, March 26, 2007

My Work on Lost

I was on Lost a few weeks ago (3/7/07) and I worked on the one that aired 3/14/07 but I was working when they aired and didn't have a chance to post pictures of what I did.

On the episode that aired 3/7/07 called Enter 77 I was doubling Kate when she was a attacked by Bea Klugh from behind the clothes rack. We wrestled around on the ground and then Klugh got the gun. I could only wear knee pads when I was tackled because of the wardrobe so when I hit the boxes then hit the ground I had to make sure not to slam my elbows on the cement. Falling on my own is easier than falling with someone else. You don't exactly know what they are going to do and on this stunt I was basically just going for the ride since Klugh's stunt double tackles me. Here is a picture of me and the other stunt double from the stunt.

On the episode that aired 3/14/07 called Par Avion I was flown out to double Kate in the scene shown in the picture (not me in the picture,it is Evi) where she climbs over on a tree. I rehearsed the stunt for camera and made sure it was safe but Evi actually did this stunt for camera. She did a great job and like I tell her she is a stuntwoman at heart. (BTW this was the scene they flew me out right before Christmas and I had to cancel a family Christmas party.)

I will try to be more timely in informing you all about when I am on and what I did.

Friday, March 23, 2007

I Crashed an Audition

I was hanging out with my friend yesterday who is a stuntwoman too and she got a call from her agent about a commercial audition for Friday. I immediately called my agent to see if she submitted me for the job. My agent told me that I wasn't signed with them when they put out the notice for the job. She said I can just try and show up and see if I can "sneak" in unnoticed. Most the time there is a list of people who are scheduled to come to the audition but sometimes there isn't. I figured I had nothing to lose by just showing up, so I did. Fortunately they didn't have anything formal and no list of names so I added my name on the sign in sheet and they called my name and I auditioned.

The friend that told me about the audition said she actually booked a commercial by sneaking in. This happens a lot and sometimes it pays off and other times it doesn't. I just say knock on as many doors as I can and the right ones will open. It was fun.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

I Got an Agent!

Today Jonathan and I got signed with a commercial stunt agent. There are two big main stunt commercial agents and we got signed with one of them. The agent is only for booking us on commercial work. We get our own work for TV and movies (stuntmen are different than actors we only need an agent for stunts for commercials). This is just another avenue for us to work.

I had my second audition on Monday. It was for a movie and I had to pretend to be drunk and dance in a congo line. Acting drunk is tougher than you may think. I didn't want to act too drunk and look like I was acting so I had a friend of mine come over and help me this weekend. I think it was helpful. Jon also went on the audition because they needed a guy too. It was fun because we got to be in the room together and dance together in the congo line. It felt kind of like Ben's wedding except I didn't have my boa :)

Saturday, March 10, 2007

My Blonde Hair

Here is a quick picture I took with my camera phone to give you all an idea of my new blonde hair. It is fun. I so like being a blond better than a brunette. I don't think the hair people were very happy with me but they ended up working with what I had. I was worried because it is so blonde that the temp color would stain my hair but as you can see it didn't.

I am super happy I made the switch. I will post a better picture once I get one. (Tonia this is per your request!)

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Work is Always Unexpected

I am on Lost this week. I will let you know where I am after the show airs.

I just got a call to fly out to Hawaii tomorrow for work. The down side is today I colored my hair really blond. I mean just a few hours ago. Not sure how that is going to work out but we will see. I guess I should start packing.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Doubling a double

Remember two weeks ago when I went on my first audition for a small stunt actor role? I ended up doubling the lady they they hired for that part. They were running two units at the same time so they needed one girl for one unit and one for another. It was really funny to double another stunt girl. I had to wear this awful wig and she said she now knows what actors may feel like when there doubles wig don't look anything like them. The wig was so bad on the set when people would look at me they got this big smile on their face and I could so tell they were laughing at me. I had fun day of work.

Last week Jon worked on rigging for motion capture. Motion capture according to wikipedia is "a technique of digitally recording movements for entertainment, sports and medical applications." They put people in wires and record their movement. The day he worked they were recording it for a video game. He had a fun day and I know he learned a ton.