all of yesterday I played the part of a participant in a thinly veiled version of Landmark. the most challenging part involved me screaming abuse at the main character and at the camera representing her POV. (in the film we go off in groups of four with three yelling of us yelling at the fourth person.) I screamed so long and much that I can only talk in a croaky rasp today.
Natalie, the film-maker made the movie as her film thesis project for Harvard. it either doesn't have a definite title or it does and I forget it. I actually haven't read the full script. the dialogue in the the "in group" scenes, we improvised. it will premiere on January 2009.
because I had other things to do Saturday (though I seriously thought of not doing other social things Saturday so that I could appear on Saturday) so I only acted all day Sunday.
notes: the film will have the forum leader reading rules and participants all agreeing to them after the forum leader browbeats the dissenters. (no one leaves as a result, though Natalie considered having that happen. for some trivial reason, it didn't, though, so in the movie, no leaves before their time. I think that may have had to do with making the group look full in the film when she had relatively few extras.) at another point a trust exercise where participants say "I trust you/don't trust you", pillow beating, the fishbowl/bullbaiting exercise (three people screaming at a fourth). maybe one or two scenes, I don't know.
-- the actor who played the forum leader did a superb job. absolutely perfect. she portrayed both the attractive and charismatic and the controlling parts of the character. (I just realized that I may have confused her real name with the character's name, so I won't try to name the actress.)
-- shooting at a rented hotel room masquerading as a rented hotel room made the atmosphere very authentic (no pun intended). with curtains drawn, we couldn't tell the time. I could only guess at how much time had passed or the time of day unless I went outside. (I didn't bother to look at the time. not method acting here, I just didn't bother or care.)
-- not having gone through the bullbaiting exercise in real life (or even in the film as I did not end up play-acting that) I wonder how well I would stand up and what would "break me". nothing, I suspect, though I won't pay $450 to Landmark to find out.
Is it still planned for a January 2009 film premiere?
If so, will that premiere be at Harvard, and will there be a way to obtain copies of the film?
all I mean is..when I think of this film being filmed in the almost too perfectly staged scenario of Landmark 'glory' or satire---
what was the purpose for this film?