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My First A.D. Role – The Story Continues

So there I was, 18 floors above the Sheung Wan streets, gazing into an office space with a poster reading,”Fat Englishman Films Ltd“. Waiting inside was the man running the show, Mr. Lawrence Gray.

Lawrence is a fairly well known guy on the industry scene. If you bring up his name you’re bound to hear an interesting story or two, but I personally prefer to take people at face value. As I walked into the office I was greeted by an exuberant man, bursting with energy and excitement about his project.

“So, what’s the movie about?” I asked. Plastered on the wall were rough story boards (which I would later find out weren’t story boards at all), and Lawrence proceeded to take me around the room and run through the story piece by piece – and what a story it was! A handsome bachelor (Jimmy), meets an attractive and exciting woman at a beach party after ditching his clingy, live-in girlfriend. Jimmy and the mystery girl find a bag full of money (gangster money) and proceed to find a way to use it to their advantage. Meanwhile they are being chased by a lovable and poetic hired gun, who just wants to do his job. As Lawrence jumped from one part of the story to another, showing me photos of beautiful actresses and handsome actors who were to fill the roles of the characters I was learning about, I began to understand that I would be working for a man who had immense passion for this project; I felt lucky to be a part of it all.

“It’s a comedic thriller!” Lawrence exclaimed. At this point I was infected with his excitement, “Wow,” I thought, I’m going to be a part of a real feature length action film! “What’s it called?” I asked. Lawrence turned to me, one eyebrow raised, a sly grin pulling at one corner of his mouth (an expression I would come to know quite well) and said, “Lust and Found.”

Lust and Found?! Yes, my immediate thought was, “What is this, a porno?”

But no, of course it wasn’t a porno, it’s just a bad title, a ‘working title‘. Yet, as the days went by and more crew started joining the project, I found that my first response was shared by all. Even my own mother.

So, there I was. I knew the story, and now I found myself in the midst of the pre-production stage of a film. Things needed to be organized. The office we were working out of was actually someone’s living space. A single room, personal effects scattered everywhere, and the icing on the cake? No internet! My first thought, “How the hell am I going to work without internet?”

So, how does a first time A.D. overcome such an obstacle? What kinds of interesting characters would I encounter in the coming weeks? Stay tuned next week!


Joey Angelakis, IAFT Student

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