"Seriously? I don't look like that! Please tell me the lens is warped, or something. Anything!"
So, with some trepidation, I took my girls (that is my wife and daughter) to see a special trailer screening of The Silent City, the movie in which I play a rather nasty little Irishman.
I'll be honest, I didn't know what to expect with the teaser, even though I had been allowed to see a small snippet of one of my scenes previously. Seeing yourself, larger than life, on a big screen is peculiar. Now that I think about, maybe that helped a little, it seemed a little unreal and quite unlike watching yourself on YouTube or the home TV. It made distancing myself easier.
Now I have heard others say, and even said to others myself, that if you can watch yourself on screen and see the character, not yourself, then you're doing something right. Until last night, I never had been able to do that. I either saw me being a comedian, or the director in me started evaluating the technique of my performance.
But wait, there's more. The whole thing had this sense of grandness to it. The other cast members, the quality of the video, it just felt big. Personally, I would attribute much of the awe factor to our cinematographer. It is thanks to power houses like Ross Metcalf, that this movie looks so incredible. We also have Sabrina Gortz editing the whole package and from what we saw of the teaser, it'll be great.
So now it is the hands of the editors, and production crew, while us actors go back to our other lives. I do know that most of them have found themselves very busy for the rest of the year, and in to next year. The general feeling is that this may escalate once this film is released, and wouldn't that be nice?