Well, not exactly. You see both of my female actresses are playing against type. Olivia is smart and focused but playing confused and distracted. And Tatsumi? She's doing the sassy/edgy thing where in reality she's simply a delightful professional actress person. Even her NYC roots have not turned her dark and cynical like her Breakfast Club cousin --
One a scale from 1 to 10 -- 1 being sweet and 10 being scary -- I felt 'sassy' came in around a 4. By the red arrow.
I must admit this character was turning out to be a bit of a challenge. An on-the-nose visit to Hot Topic just wouldn't do.
Last weekend my wife and I had a bit of luck. Visiting Santa Monica we discovered a store called Desigual. Not a store aimed at either of us but a store so full of color and life we had to dip in and take a peek. Within moments I suspected a central costume piece was awaiting Tatsumi. Something dark with a touch of color (sassy) yet feminine and fun (Tatsumi).
This is what my wife and I found --
Luckily three locations of this store exist in NYC, and so off Tatsumi goes for a fitting. If her size needs adjusting, my garment industry patternmaking wife will adjust the duplicate we have -- and we'll have the foundation of our sassy outfit.
This shirt gave birth to this costume design mockup --
The thing is... Tatsumi doesn't own red shorts. A month ago it would have been a breeze to purchase a pair of red shorts anywhere in any mall, but we're in late September. Panic sets in. Where to find any red shorts in her size? But then --
-- remember when I said my wife is a garment industry patternmaker? Ahem. There are simply red pants everywhere right now. My wife can turn any of them into shorts in the blink of an eye.
These are the silly fun things that happen behind the scenes of a tiny little film. So that's another sneak peek into the pre-production world of my first short film. Oh --
-- and please say HELLO to Tatsumi Romano of NYC and IMDB, lead actress of the forthcoming iSpy.