THIS IS THE LAST OF THREE BLOG POSTS BY GUEST BLOGGER, JOHN GERDS. JOHN IS A SEASONED PROFESSIONAL IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
Life on set, any set, can be very challenging. There are a dozen different factors coming together with the people and the workload. When it comes to the people, there is such as a wide range of experience from newbies to those who have been around forever. Also, there are different temperaments and perspectives represented by these people. The workload speaks for itself. The hours are hard, and just all around the work never seems to end. But for some reason, when I do a comedy it all seems to go away the moment I shout “ACTION!” When we start filming and actors start performing it just turns into a ball of laughs. We try and follow the script, but when an actor really gets into the comedy they tend to go off script a lot which usually makes for a better scene. We have a ton of bloopers (out takes) that are usually funnier then the scene we pick. Traunik has a great feel to it and with the right combination of crew and actors like we have the situation is ripe with opportunities to get carried away and have fun. I already expect lots of bloopers that we can share at the end of the movie. This makes the whole experience amazing and it creates a wonderful sense of community because laughter melts the stress and once it’s gone we’re just having fun.
Lynne M. Smelser is an executive producer and scriptwriter. For more than 20 years she has been an active writer who has won many national awards. She also holds a Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University.