Sunday, 10 July 2011

In which I Act.

As I mentioned in my last blog post (which I am delighted to see so many of you found useful or inspirational!), I was recently invited to appear in a short film. This came about because I met director and cinematographer Rodney Williams at a gig - and after expressing an interest in my general look, we got chatting and he told me he thought I'd be perfect for a role in a surreal short film he was making for the Virgin Media Shorts competition. I explained to him I'd never acted before (beyond school plays, anyway), but he wanted to give me a chance despite this. And so, I did it! Nothing ventured and all that!

Here is the finished film, Zippo. It's a sort of dark, modern fairytale, and is only two minutes long.



What do you think?

Lots of people have been very nice and said they loved it. A few have said they didn't get it. The message is simply: 'Be careful what you wish for'.

The biggest hurdle I had to overcome was feeling slightly self-conscious as I acted, but even over the course of the two-day shoot, I improved on that front. Training obviously brings confidence as well as perfecting any natural abilities one may or may not have. I think doing something like this later in life has one advantage - I've genuinely felt all the emotions I was trying to portray. However, I found the whole experience very exciting, new and rewarding. So much so, that I've signed up for an acting course! I'm very much looking forward to doing it in a few weeks, and to hopefully undertaking more of this sort of thing in the future.

A million thank yous to the team for having me on board - Rodney Williams, Simon J. Riley, Aby Hamouda et al, plus my (actual professional) co-stars Luke Brandon Field (who is really going places) and Vivien Bridson.




Fleur xx
DiaryofaVintageGirl.com

39 comments:

  1. Oh that was awesome!! Very poignant and totally gets the message across in such a short amount of time :-D Cool!!!

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  2. Wow! I would never have guessed this was your acting debut. You were brilliant! I really didn't want it to end there!

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  3. I liked it! The imaging, sound and direction is amazing.
    You looked very natural too.
    Love that you can put that flare of vintage in whatever you do.
    All the best with your acting career.
    The message is very strong by the way...and so true.
    X

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  4. Oh wow, it was fab.. you were really good and i really like some of the camera shots..!

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  5. Oh my gosh, it's wonderful and creepy! I thought you were quite good...but then again, I'm American, so everyone with a British accent sounds like they know what they're talking about :)

    Seriously, that was wonderful. Do you think you'll get into films now that you've got an in?

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  6. Wow! That was amazing! You were brilliant and conversed the story fantastically!

    Fingers crossed I get to see you in more things to come!

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  7. I think you should seriously consider going into acting!!! ;) You were great!

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  8. I love it, so dark and mysterious, your performance really does create a the perfect mood for the piece.

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  9. i genuinely feel that you nailed it on the head! very good :) you conveyed the emotions in a very believable manner. and, of course, looked gorgeous! congrats!! <3

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  10. Bravo, Fleur! I think you've definitely got the knack for acting... ;)

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  11. You look fantastically at ease in front of the camera, it looks like you've done it all your life!

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  12. well done Fleur! I would not have known you hadn't acted before if you had not mentioned it. I enjoyed the story and yes, we should all be very careful of what our wishes are.

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  13. Oh I really liked that. Definitely one of the better Virgin Media Shorts that I've seen.

    You were fab! Honestly, I'd never have guessed that was your first acting job. You had a real look of Juliet Stevenson about you at one point.

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  14. Wow you were fab Fleur! I would never, ever have guessed you'd never acted before. Can't wait to see what you do in the future :)

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  15. Great! Enjoyed it very much. I love Bunuel and Cocteau films. being a great fan of surrealism. Well done on a splendid debut!

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  16. I was shocked at how natural you were in front of the camera. I have never seen you in a real role before except for your youtube tutorials, but you acted just like a veteran actress. I cannot wait to see future projects from you. I am glad that you are being presented with a wider range of opportunities because I see that you have so much to offer the world.

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  17. it is creepy and sad but if i felt sad it means you nailed it, rite?

    you look gorgeous in the bed scenes...very retro, very glam

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  18. I thought it was wonderful and quite poignant. Well done :)

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  19. Dark!
    I enjoyed it though, and you were perfect - good luck with the acting course, hopefully it'll lead to great things!

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  20. congratulations fleur!!
    you are so brave, such an inspiration,
    wish you all the luck in the future with acting!

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  21. I think it's beautifully crafted - gorgeous lighting & cinematography (I was going to say something about the plot but 2 minutes isn't much to work with so I can't really say if it's the sort of thing I'd watch generally or not if that makes sense? As much as I love cinema I watch a shamefully small number of short films). I also think you've got a great natural ability (which has been evident in your modelling work) and I think it's great you're doing an acting course! That's exciting. =] Hope to see you in more in the future.
    -Andi x

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  22. Hi Fleur! Wow, loved it! You were a natural, and I would love to see you in a movie like Pearl Harbour! :D
    Don´t forget to send me an autograph!! :)

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  23. You were great, it is not difficult to catch the idea... fingers crossed for more projects like that!!

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  24. Wow! You did a great job, who knows what 'll come next!

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  25. Beautiful! Loved the vintage lingerie. Your acting was superb.

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  26. You were really brilliant, particularly the part where your trying to light the cigarette. I got the message, well done. Your beauty is meant for the cinema screen x

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  27. Well done! You've done a terrific job. And good thinking in taking classes - Acting training will give you more confidence, a technique you can rely upon when things don't seem to be working, and most importantly, connections to others in the acting/theater/film world. Congratulations! -- Jenn

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  28. Fleur, you looked fantastic and your acting was pretty good for a first timer.

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  29. I really liked it. Dark yet poignant. Well done :-)

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  30. This short film is simply marvellous Fleur! Very poignant and beautifully shot. You look wonderful on camera too.

    Good luck with the acting classes! You look very comfortable on screen already! I am absolutely terrified by the idea of acting for some reason, always have been!

    xxx

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  31. Aha! Second time I watched it, I got it! Best of luck with your new career move :)

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  32. I loved it and I got it perfectly!!!

    All the best from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    Mariana

    http://vintagesensationsfrombuenosaires.blogspot.com/

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  33. Love it, and so dark!
    http://www.sirenlondon.com/collections/vintage-style-dresses

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