DR. MEL'S MESSAGE FOR THE WEEK
|Dr. Mel on the set of Dark Blue|
This may sound a bit strange, but I will get the opportunity to meet the actors of this series for the first time. Up until this point everything has been completed by Skype or through a phone conversation. Fortunately, I am part of a fantastic team that Reed McCants, creator and director of the series, established. One of which is Emmy Award winning director, Neema Barnette, one of three executive producers on the series. The other executive producer is Brian Holtz.
This week I will be focusing on the female characters in The Keystroke Killer and the potential cast candidates who participated in the online audition process. I also include sections on:
- The Home Page - Dr. Mel's Message
- The Actor's Slate - covers tips and techniques for actors
- The Back Lot - covers tips and techniques for crew
- The Script Scene - covers tips and techniques for screenwriters
- Girl Talk - not fully developed, but every once in a while a video of Robby, my associate producer and right-hand woman, and I just having fun and chit chatting
- Ask Dr. Mel - a page dedicated to the most frequent questions I get and my answers
- Books - a page dedicated for the numerous books I have written for reality show producers, independent filmmakers, and screenwriters
- Official Dr. Mel Websites - several pages for my official profile website, production website, and different projects.
REEL NOLA MAGAZINEThis week the second issue of Reel Nola Magazine hit the presses. I was pleased with the the fact that they dedicated two pages in their magazine. The first page, is the original One Pager for the short film The Keystroke Killer. I found that very exciting. They also included an article about my blog. Check out the magazine at www.reelnola.com. Thanks again Reel Nola Magazine for the support.
|The original One Pager from the short film The Keystroke Killer.|
|Emmy Award Director Neema Barnette|
Anyway, while working on the film, On the Seventh Day, is where I had the honor of meeting both Neema and Reed McCants, creator and director of the web-series 40 and Leroy. On the set, Neema's directing abilities really shine. Not only in the directorial sense, but also in team creativity and dynamics. She is the kind of director who allows cast and crew to bring their best to the table without question, seeks others opinions, and then make dynamic decisions to bring to audiences a powerful film.
During some of the face-to-face auditions in Louisiana, I had the distinct opportunity to film them for Neema and the producers of the film. Louisiana casting director, Tommye Myrick, was also there. Watching Neema and Tommye, as I filmed the auditions, was inspiring. Up until that point, the only casting experience I had was for my own projects, or working as a casting associate on Robosapiens. I learned a great deal from both Neema and Tommye about the casting process and the importance of selecting cast, that encapsulates the vision of the director and every essence of each individual character. "Every role in this film is a chance to bring an unique character to the film," Neema stated. "I want them to be unforgettable."
I'll never forget Neema's words on casting and how to select a dynamic cast. This is just one of the many essential elements of filmmaking I learned from her. Over the course of several months working on that film, and now having partnered with her as executive producers and with Reed on 40 and Leroy, I am still learning and amazed. Needless to say, I have nothing but admiration and respect for Neema.
REEL UM IN
THE SHORT FILM TRAILER -THE KEYSTROKE KILLER
|The original One Pager for the short film The Keystroke Killer|
Illustration from the book How to Create a One Pager: Quick Guidebook for ScreenwritersAvailable on Amazon.com
Author of short film and book: Dr. Melissa Caudle
|Dr. Mel Caudle, Andy Sparraco, and David C. Kirtland discuss an upcoming shot for Dark Blue.|
THERE'S SOMETHING IN MY HEAD
STRAIGHT UP GOSSIP
WEB-SERIES PROMOS FOR KSK MEMBERS
NEW ORLEANS LADIES
KSK MEMBER SUMMER SINCLAIR'S MUSIC
THE WOMAN OF KSK
DR. ELIZABETH WRIGHT
THE TWO IN THE THREE MUSKATEERS
KSK MEMBER COMMENTS
- Colleen Parker - So thanks to the post where we all liked each other on IMDb, my starmeter went from 131,515 last week to 69,776 this weeks! Thanks to all! And to keep that going, I will post to all of your message boards from time to time. That way, even though we can only reap the benefit of the likes once, we can periodically keep the number rising.
- Lisa Martel - HOLA my KSK family. Since we've been visiting each others IMDb pages, I though you might be interested in this... it's FREE to try and WAY CHEAP to keep. Karmalicity... you visit each other's IMDb pages and because you have an increase in views, your Star Meter goes up. Actors supporting each other... good karma! When I started I was around 200,000 and now I'm at about 27,000. Plus you make great connections with other actors there - I've had 2 auditions from people I met on the site. Check it out! I'm loving it.
- Jesus Cesar - Just read up on blog from wk its loaded with details so all you Actors follow directions because there not writing all this material for nothing good stuff and the funny anniversary clip is there to anyways back to wk later Ksk fan site God bless.
- Summer E. Sinclair - For anyone in doubt of the online casting trend, I got booked for a featured singing role in the new Jason Alexander musical film "Lucky Stiff" off just my headshot & YouTube channel! Just got fitted for my 70's London costume today @ Universal back lot, learned my music, and I'm shooting on set tomorrow!
- Deborah Cresswell - Best of luck to everyone!!! I saw some very terrific auditions throughout this process! And loved the blog as always Melissa -- and Robby, too! Interesting stuff/fun read!
- Tina D. Rubin - Wow! Melissa and Robby, i think that was this best blog yet! well, it least until you get to the ladies. Lol, kidding. What a week the 2 of you had!!! Melissa with computers crashing and all the work catching up on projects and Robby having to post the same thing over and over!.. I really enjoyed the music as well. I absolutely love Redline, by Gypsie Elise and have ready voted and i will definitely purchase that cd!!!..Ok, i'ts 2:38 am my time, so i'm going to bed. Good nite to all of the KSK :)