Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Shot "CSI:NY" Yesterday...



First things first:  "My" episode is entitled "Command+P" and production told me that it is slated to air on January 4.

Dude.  I had a GREAT time yesterday!  My call time was 9:30AM, and we shot at CBS Radford in Studio City, so it was a very short drive from my home to the lot.  A couple of minutes after I woke up, I received a phone call, asking if I could get there earlier because they were ahead of schedule.  "Yes."

So, I got there early, parked, found the 2nd AD (Hi Linde!), and put my things in my trailer.  It was one of the nicer ones that I like, not the little (depressing) Honeywagon with the bench over the toilet (and yet I remember my first commercial shoot, 7 years ago, and I was HAPPY to have one of those).  Anyhoo, hair and makeup were next.

As usual, the hairstylist was happy that I arrived with my hair already done.  When I went to my fitting, my hair was in a big curly fro, and there was NO WAY my costume cap would fit over all of that wildness, so I parted and cornrowed my hair in two large braids around my head.  Hair done?  CHECK!

The makeup artist was wonderful.  In the script, I was in a blue-collar job, but it was clear that my character wasn't supposed to be a broken-down, beaten-up sista in this scene, so I got to get a little glam.  I told her to just keep putting makeup on me until I yelled "uncle."  lol  It looked great.  Especially the lip color.

Then I went to my trailer to get dressed and chill for a bit.  Linde picked me up in the golf cart to take me across the lot to the set, and when I arrived, I stood there wide-eyed, taking it all in.  I truly had been transported to NEW YORK!  It was a real testament to the crew.  So there I was, in my uniform, with a cap and a winter jacket.  There was (fake) snow on the ground, and between takes, I had to take off the cap and jacket, the hairstylist would wipe the sweat from around my hairline, and I would stand in front of a gigantic fan (that I referred to as my "Beyoncé fan").  It was 91 degrees, and I was in a winter jacket.  I love this job.

I truly enjoyed working with the director, Howard Deutch.  When working, actors have to translate words into emotion, and then live in that emotion with cameras and tons of people watching.  "Actors' directors" understand that and are able to say things in a way that makes the process easier.  I learned some things yesterday.  Thank you, Mr. Deutch.

I also got to do a STUNT!!  Okay, it was just falling, but I had to do it so that I didn't hurt myself.  At first there was a foam pad to cushion my fall.  I still had to be careful not to let my head hit it hard (I did it a couple of times and it hurt a little).  In some shots, they had to take away the pad, and I had to fall on the ground.  Germaphobe that I am, I tried to console myself with the fact that I was so well insulated by my winter weather gear that I wasn't actually touching the ground.  Also, I was on a lot (not out in the REAL world), so it wasn't really the ground.  Yeah, I know.  You don't have to say it.  Anyhoo - there were cars driving right past my head while I was on the ground - that was scarier than anything.  Moreso because background actors were driving them, and not stunt people or experienced crew members.  Kudos to them, though - nobody ran over my head.  Thank GOD. {shivers}

I got home and sat on the couch until I had enough energy to pry myself off of it and get into the shower.  After that, it was a wrap!  I slept for 12 hours straight, and woke up sore from all of the falling.

As always, I am looking forward to seeing what they do with it... but it will be a while, so until then - I'm on my hustle.

XO!

--Nicole

2 comments:

Tiffany said...

Congratulations Nicole! I love CSI: NY. I'll definitely have to check it out.

Nicole J. Butler said...

Thanks Tiffany!!

(Hey, anyone stopping by - please click on Tiffany's name and check out HER blog, "Natural Hair in the Media". I stumbled upon it recently and was very pleasantly surprised.)