UPDATE 9/20/12: Jedi Camp episode 2 added–watch me teach the kids yoga!
Earlier today, I was teaching young kids how yoga can help them access The Force. No, I’m not really an instructor. Simply an actress who worked on the set of First Glance Film’s Star Wars fan series Jedi Camp. First Glance held a Kickstarter campaign a few months ago to raise money for their series and, in part, to spread the message against anti-bullying. We all remember the story of the young girl who was bullied for liking Star Wars (um…that still makes no sense to me, and I’m a grown ass woman who loves these films!) It’s a great cause, and I was happy I could help spread that message.
And what a FUN day on set it was!
When I first arrived, I practically tripped on Star Wars props. R2 was just chillin on the side of the road. Lightsabers were everywhere and the kids were all practicing their moves. The crew was inside, shooting a few scenes with the leads.
After lunch, I met my cool-ass yoga instructor, Christopher (otherwise known as “The Yoga Guy”), who had already taught the kids their moves, and was going to teach me mine. Funny, we ended up just having him call out each move on the side, and I’d repeat it as if I were running the class. That’s improv baby! Mind you, yoga is not that easy… but these kids were rockstars!
Random side note: We also spent the day chatting about one of my favorite topics: Astrology. He tells me I’m a double Aries. WOW!
Then came the levitation scene… hmmm, how to shoot a kid floating in mid air…? Oh wait, this is film, the guys will just lift him up on either side and the DP will ensure they’re not in the shot. Voila!
Last but not least (for this day anyway), I got to see some real action when they shot one of Stuart Allen‘s (Lucas) Lightsaber scenes. This kid would whoop any Sith’s butt (did you see the video?!)
All in all, I had a blast. After I was wrapped, I stayed for a few more hours just getting to know everyone on set. Such cool people! It makes me happy to see a production like this come together, and everyone having a great time in the process of making it happen. It was also one of the most chill sets I’ve been on in a while.
THIS is why I make geeky films!
The web series will be released in June 2012, right before Comic-Con, and you can find out more about it on the official site JediCamp.com.
Oh and please DO steal my video and help promote the hard work that happened here today!