One of the most exciting times that occurs throughout an actor’s career is the first day of principal photography. It is the culmination of months of pre-production in the West, or in the case of Korea, weeks. I have mentioned it previously, but this is the kid’s show which I will be filming for the next 2 months, in which time we will have recorded 26 episodes. Not as tall an order as it sounds as we will break up recording in to 3-4 episodes a day, doing the music, dances and acting all on separate days, using 3-5 cameras. Its my first...Read more
Today was rehearsal day for the first 23 dances we will record for the kids show I am currently doing. Last week we were in the studio recording the songs, which I have no problem with as I can sing. the only problem is, I really cannot dance. The last and only time I did a musical theatre production I had to stay twice as long as the others to get the moves down, which I eventually did. Friday will be no different. I need to summon some serious Lionel Blair ju-ju.
It’s times like this that an actor needs to k...Read more
I’m going through one of those ghastly periods where the phone doesn’t ring that often. There are plenty of other things going on, such as filming of my next short film You Will Be Loved which I play lead and am producing. I’m giving a speech on acting, auditioning for other none-paying projects which I know will be good. But nothing paid. No professional work.
It is something I have not learned to deal with yet. That work-less vacuum. The actor’s void where the next pay check might as well be ...Read more
I just signed a contract for a 26-episode kids show in Korea for KT Skylife cable. Exciting times and a new challenge (mostly the singing and dancing will pose the challenge).
The premise is that we are at a zoo and put on a showcase every week to educate kids in English about animals. That got me thinking about animals a lot this week. Having grown up in the country I always loved nature. I went bird watching a lot when I was younger and spent a lot of time watching things in the garden, fascinated. Animals still amaz...Read more
Back-dated from February 2011
What a week. We pretty much completed principal photography on Mark’s festival over the last 8 cold days. Everybody put in long hours (15-20 a day), despite being outdoors in the country with no heating options in freezing temperatures. Our last day had to be postponed due to an outlandish snowfall which even made the news in the U.K. (most likely because British weather was not unusual enough that week to warrant a news story). I...Read more
I did a drama shoot earlier today for SBS. As usual with these types of shoots I play the token foreigner. The various typecast roles often chosen to fill such a foreign face quota in Korean dramas these days include:
Journalist – Somebody who bothered to travel all the way to Korea to interview one of the main characters about something inane, for example, why they made a house out of cheese. (Actually it’s much worse than that, and I’m taking this opportunity to copyright the cheese-house idea now, before somebody decides to use it!)....Read more
After the chaos of last week, I was secretly pleased that rains returned to Korea, forcing the cancellation of 3 shoots I had lined up. Now however, I am forced with the perpetual trough of a career in show-business: the lull after a project. As of today, all the film and t.v. projects I had going on over the past 3 months have now finished. Although I may have a day of pick-up shots on Pacemaker to compensate for some things there wasn’t time to Read more
After the chaos of last week, I was secretly pleased that rains returned to Korea, forcing the cancellation of 3 shoots I had lined up. Now however, I am forced with the perpetual trough of a career in show-business: the lull after a project. As of today, all the film and t.v. projects I had […]Read more
I have got to get a new bloody mobile phone. I saw a baby today with an iPhone. Korea is ridiculous. Instead of being born and put into an incubator for a while they just attach the umbilical cord to an iPhone and download the relevant life support app!
My phone has a battery that lasts 12 hours. can’t receive long text messages and has decided to not tell me if somebody tried to call me when my phone was off during a shoot.
This week has been/will be busy as ever.
Did a shoot for SK tel...Read more
British actor, writer, producer & podcaster. Paul has recently had roles in Korean feature films <Pacemaker> and <Korea> out late 2011. Paul pl