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Acting -Naturally

Last Tuesday I had a really fun day - as an actor. As many of you know, I'm involved in an upcoming independent film "Notes From The New World" as both an actor and a photographer. While it appears that the movies' primary filming has been delayed (probably until fall when it's cooler), there is still some stuff happening in relation to the film. Notably, there is kind of a behinds-the-scenes, sub-plot which is still unfolding. My role in that is kind of becoming larger than my role in the primary film. Go figure.

That might seem a little confusing, so let me see if I can explain. I'm doing behind the scenes still photography for the production and that has led the Director Vitaly Sumin, to ask me to also be involved in some investigation and filming of a sub-plot involving one of the writers, a strange, cult, and some other interesting characters. To make a long confusing story shorter, Tuesday, we were following someone around in a car and ended up at a boxing ring in Torrance. The guy we were following ended up being one of the actors in the film, but we didn't know it at the time. In the process, I ended up getting punched or K.O.'d (knocked out) by the guy while I was trying to get some information out of him in the ring. A couple of the other people involved get hit too.  It was quite an experience for me.

This was fun for me on several levels: First, I've never been to a boxing ring in person and that was interesting (those rings are thankfully padded well and absorb your fall pretty well). The ring had a lot of young-ish guys (mid teens to early 20's) practicing their craft. That was also pretty interesting to see up close. It was also fun because I got to be involved with the film! One of the things I love about acting is that it gets you outside yourself and into roles and situations which you might otherwise never get a chance to be involved it. The boxing ring was certainly one for me. So I had a good day.

If you check out the "Notes" website, you can currently see many of the photos I've taken of the cast and crew. (Warning: I didn't take ALL of them, and there's no credits currently as to who took which pictures - so I'll let you guess). There will also, at some point, be the footage of Tuesday's events since - we were actually filming what happened so we would have it documented. There should also be other behinds-the-scenes footage as we investigate and document things further. Stay tuned to my blog and/or the movie's website for further information about the filming.

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