Just two days ago we filmed our promotional video, scheduled to air when our Kickstarter Campaign kicks off, March 1st, 2015. Filming always takes longer than you think it will, but we only had three hours and it all had to get done. For me, it was a wonderful reunion with students of mine that had worked on the Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts' production--I hadn't seen most of them for several months. I had forgotten how magical and incredible Viewpoint work can be with an already-bonded ensemble.
Viewpoints is a movement-oriented method for training actors developed by a phenomenal woman named Anne Bogart. I studied her work in both high school and college and have been fascinated by it ever since. I used Viewpoints to work on scenes from "Pride & Prejudice" with my students at OCPA, and they took to it like fish to water.
I was happily surprised to find that within five minutes of starting our first Viewpoint session, the entire group was completely dropped in, ready to go. Considering that none of them had done any kind of Viewpoints since last summer, the connection that they were able to find was pretty impressive. Once everyone was ready, we prepared for the first shot, filmed by fantastic student film artist, Bryn Lanning. Keep an eye out for that name--I suspect you'll be hearing it more regularly over the next couple of years.
I could not have asked for a better, more focused, generous, open-hearted ensemble. Working entirely off of oreo cookies, we managed to film everything we needed and then some in that three hours. I've posted some photos that were taken during filming for your enjoyment. Look for the full promo video March 1st, 2015, when our Kickstarter Campaign officially kicks off, and we'll be sending out some additional teaser trailers as we get closer. Thanks for reading!