This is one of those videos in which the location heavily influenced the direction of the story. At the end of the summer in 2009, I was looking for a new place to shoot. There was an old Knights of Columbus meeting hall not far from the office suites where I had filmed some of my earlier productions. I noticed a sign that advertised the building was available for rent, and put in a phone call. Arrangements were made, and I scheduled a shoot for the last weekend of August.
Now this is where there came a little twist. With my location set, I was contacted by a new model replying to the casting call I posted. She liked the idea I had in mind, and seemed eager to be a part of this project. The only problem was that she lived in Massachusetts and said she would drive down. I was a little dubious, but she assured me it would be no problem.
Sure enough, on the morning of the shoot, this model called me to apologize and say she was having car trouble. I do believe this is the only time I have had such a last minute cancellation. So I quickly called up the location manager, and was able to move my rental of the building up one more week. I then set about posting a second casting call.
And this is how Amanda Evans contacted me. Amanda is a slim, physically fit platinum blonde who had plenty of experience as a model. I explained the video concept, and she too thought it would be a fun idea. Also, she would be coming out from the city by train, so I didn’t have to worry about car trouble!
Now, having a meeting hall secured as the location, the idea I came up with was about a young lady practicing a speech she has to give in front of important community officials. We are all familiar with the expression, if you are nervous about speaking in front of a group, you should just picture the audience in their underwear, or naked. Well for this story, I gave it a little bit of a twist, and Amanda wonders what it would be like if she was the one naked. Her character’s reasoning was that if she could practice the speech nude, then she would have no problem once she was properly dressed.
Obviously, this “rehearsal” is meant to take place before any of the community members arrive at the Town Hall. I also cast Amanda as a college student going for a degree in political science, to give her some context and explain why she might be speaking before this audience. The only problem with her plan was that after she hangs up her clothes near the entrance, they are mistakenly taken by some guy picking up the dry cleaning! Amanda goes through her speech completely naked, and then discovers her clothes are missing. She spends the remainder of the video scampering around, before she reluctantly comes to the conclusion she must drive to the cleaners to get back her things.
I should mention that while Amanda Evans is a beautiful young lady and gave a pretty decent performance, she does have some body tattoos that I find off-putting. Again, I tried to shoot around this and at different angles. I think she had fun with this video, but it is the only production she appears in. This would make her one of my one-hit wonders.
Released in September 2009, the full video is 14 minutes. For music, I used the graduation recessional “Pomp and Circumstance” by Sir Edward Elgar to go with the college theme, and the flavor it lends to an auspicious opportunity to speak at the Town Hall. Below is a link to download the 3 minute trailer I made. The video itself is available at my clips4sale store.