the camera is over there
you know exactly where it is
first rule: ignore it
second rule: there are no other real rules except this:
listen to the director.
the lighting is not right
and the set designer does not feel something
so we all have to wait around and do nothing.
that’s life in the movies kid. Look busy but don’t busy yourself.
I don’t care what you do but try not to think while you’re doing it.
You never know when that lens will be ready; for that reason,
It’s very important to try to stay in character.
With me so far? good. now let’s try an exercise while we’re waiting
for something to happen
Throw an ice cube down on the floor
and try to pick it up with your bare feet
Steve McQueen did this on the set once….
(I forget the name of the movie)
to pass the time.
Only one other actor could do it
she was a complete failure as a human being
in real life
But she lived beautifully in film.
I can’t tell you who she was. trade secret.
We do a lot of waiting around here
for the right moment
so just wait.
that is the hardest part about making movies.