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Last weekend was the Taste Tripping Party and the weekend before a visit to New Bern, this weekend was a movie. When I gave four weeks’ notice at my salaried job over a year ago, I told myself I would use the flexibility of my freelance writing life to finally spend time on movie sets. (My degree is in cinema and cultural studies and my initial writing dream was to be a screenwriter.) When my 1 year freelance writing anniversary came this past spring I realized I had not taken one step toward getting involved with films. For shame!

In college, every Friday night I was at Friday Night Face Off, an improv sketch show. (I covered their debut at Caroline’s Comedy Club in NYC for The Stony Brook Press). I took a summer improv comedy class years ago at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson, NY (taught by Joe Tex) and last winter I took Ensemble 101 at Raleigh Ensemble Players.

My visit to the Lost Flight (Straightline Productions) set back in May was my very first experience on a movie set. Sunday’s a day of rest? Not for me. Today, after revising articles, writing blogs for clients and a 12-mile bike ride to North Raleigh’s Shelley Lake, I had brunch and then made my way to downtown Durham for another visit to the Lost Flight set. I had a simple waitress role and created a little montage of the crew at work below:

Director Joe Anderson, Screenwriter/Producer/Actress Nancy Renaud an actress and Lauryn MacGregor preparing for a scene.
Lost Flight Set August 2011

Director Joe Anderson’s signature hat, “Clapper!” Erin, Cameraman Mike Penny
Lost Flight Set August 2011

Lauryn MacGregor, Actress and Cameraman Chris Florio
Lost Flight Set August 2011

Actor Jody Vines and Screenwriter/Producer/Actress Nancy Renaud preparing for their next scene (I had just served them Biltmore wine); and Director Joe Anderson.
Lost Flight Set August 2011