Monday, May 10, 2010

Criminal Minds: The Internet is Forever airs 5/19/2010

Season 5, Episode 22 – Airs: 5/19/2010

Episode Summary: The BAU travels to Boise, Idaho, to profile a serial killer who is using the internet to find his victims on social networking sites.

I was chatting with a few people on a pilot I worked on and this girl who had been working background for some time now mentioned how awful it was to play a cop because the uniforms were uncomfortable, hot and sometimes itchy, the belt was heavy, the boots never fit right and it took forever to remove everything to use the bathroom.

So, when I got cast as a Boise Police Officer for Criminal Minds I was a little nervous.

First, I realized how great it was not to have to lug a ton of wardrobe with me. Next, I found out how funny I looked and felt wearing a police uniform until I got the belt with all the "weapons" and then I felt powerful :)

Now, she wasn't completely wrong, the uniform wasn't the most comfortable thing to wear. The waist band was so high it couldn't flatter a super model. The belts, buckles, boots, badge and weaponry were all so heavy. It took a while to get all of our gear and get suited up. Walking was interesting at first. They don't carry every size in shoes on sets so you have to hope you get a pair that's close to your size or at least bigger rather than smaller. I was able to wear my insoles in the boots which made standing and walking MUCH more tolerable than wearing heels all day. Going to the bathroom was a little tricky at first but after a few times you kind of got the hang of it. The only thing was, you had to really plan your bathroom trips because you tripled your time in there and if they needed you on set you had to be ready. Needless to say, I didn't drink a whole lot of coffee during these three days of shooting.

I'll take wearing a police uniform any day over wearing a mini skirt and heels for 12 hours.

I got to work with a few people that I worked with on the movie Bad Teacher which was nice and I made some new friends on set. I really liked all the other actors and the crew was nice as well. The food was also good so that's always something to look forward to.

I worked pretty closely to the main actors and got to make some major eye contact with Thomas Gibson and Shemar Moore (pictured above; unfortunately Shemar didn't take his shirt off) during the first scene I worked on in the police station. The main actors didn't really talk to the background at all and most of the time they seemed pretty serious and focused.

Matthew Gray Gubler who plays Dr. Spencer Reid (my favorite character) got a haircut that I think looks fantastic but I overheard some people talking about how they miss his long hair.

The second day of filming, there were a ton of extras playing family and friends of the victims and I was sort of in charge of a few groups of people bringing them to different spots of the station, consoling them, directing them, improvising and pantomiming of course. One guy was so 'into' his character that I was really impressed yet wanted to crack up because I'm pretty sure you won't see us at all in the scene and if you do, we'll be so far away you probably won't be able to make out our faces.

During our off time in holding, a few of us got together and filmed a ridiculous little movie using just an iphone and an editing application. I'll post the film here (just click on the link) but I just want you all to know that this is a joke and in no way do I consider this good acting, it's just being "Bored on Set."

My question remains, What does UnSub stand for and/or what does it mean? If you watch the show, you know what I'm talking about and if you know the answer, feel free to post it in my comments section. I'm very curious.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Doctors "Caught On Tape" May 7th, 2010

This week on The Doctors: "Caught On Tape" (airing Fri May 7th), they mount "a health sting to uncover the shortcuts people take when they don’t think anyone is looking! And, learn which beauty treatments may do more harm than good and what food to never buy from a vending machine!" All this according to the page about the episode I filmed for.

I found this on Craigslist. The listing read something along the lines of: "Looking for women interested in getting a free facial to participate in a focus group for a known network TV show -- will compensate $20.00 for your time." It wasn't until I received a phone call from them that I found out it's for The Doctors - a show that I love! I had to take an over-the-phone survey about facial care and cosmetics, and then I'm off!

I arrive and I go to a waiting area at the studio for almost two hours before they take me in. I find out that they weren't supposed to tell us (the "facial victims") that it was for The Doctors. Right then I know something is weird.

They take me in and put this white goop on my face while I'm sitting up. They say that it's a "rare fruit extract" from India or something like; I just go along with it. The girl next to me goes in the back room to wash her goop off and starts screaming that it's burning!

Now I know there's hidden cameras in the room and they want a reaction to all this nonsense, so I try to play along and give them what they want. In the end, they think they fooled me like on Candid Camera and say they will set us up for an actual facial somewhere nice. They hand me $20.00, have me sign a release, and I'm on my way.

Here's the link to my clip. Check it out now because I'm not sure how long it will be up there.

...Two+ months later and still no free facial. We'll see if they kept my reaction shots in the show this week. Stay tuned on May 7th @ 4PM and see if you can spot me! Let me know if you do in the comments below.

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Parks and Recreation "Telethon" May 6th, 2010

The upcoming episode for Parks and Recreation -- "Telethon" -- will be airing Thursday May 6th, 2010.

The scene I worked in was a night club scene. They had us park at CBS Studios right near where I live, so it was great only having to drive 10 minutes to work! Then we took a shuttle into Hollywood to start the filming.

I had to wear my tall black books and got stuck standing the whole time, of course! Ugh...

As an extra, you can't speak on set, or even whisper; you have to pantomime everything you're doing in the background. So I'm trying to dance to no music and hold a conversation without words. Harder than one would think... They gave us these "drinks" -- water or juice w/ coloring and sugar -- and it's surprisingly more disgusting than it sounds.

While we're on break, what usually happens is that several people huddle around and call the casting agency to find out what's available for work the next day. Then we all try to get through to the lines (since it's always busy) and when one of us gets through and gets booked, we pass the phone on to the next person (as long as the Casting Director allows it) so they can get themselves booked as well. . I was able to book work for the following Monday while on set, and passed the phone to two other actors and got them booked also.

Team work, people! That's what the biz is all about when you're working your way up.

Watch the episode Thursday May 6th and see if you can spot me! I'm in the club scene. Let me know in the comments below.

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