I’m on the plane to Los Angeles via Denver. Yesterday was a crazy day, trying to tie up loose ends, film my “reality tv casting tape” with director Sally, and find some time to work on/figure out the peep themed monologue I’m going to deliver Thursday night in Washington DC.
Didn’t get to bed till 1am and was up at 5:30, but other than that, I feel like I’m in decent shape going into this final stretch. In terms of filming, I’ve been feeling more at ease in front of the camera, probably because I’ve been in front of cameras 8 hours a day for the last week or so. I’m excited about tomorrow’s shoot on the set of the crazy Fox Reality show Solitary, which basically involves putting people in different kinds of solitary confinement and seeing how long they last. The winner gets a cash prize. The show mixes self inflicted sensory deprivation torture with classic reality tv peep: we get to know the people, peep into their regular lives to get a sense of their motivations, and are treated to constant juxtapositions of their everyday life and the extremity of their current situation. Also we’re going to sit down with David Lyle, the head of Fox Reality and the man behind such classic peep reality shows as The Swan. He’s also very funny and loquacious, so I’m sure we’ll have a great talk about all aspects of reality tv.
As much as possible, I’ll be continuing to broadcast live via peepcast. As soon as we get to LA we’re going to head over to Best Buy and grab a mobile internet stick that should let me pretty much lifecast from anywhere. But it might be difficult for me to lifecast and check the chat in some circumstances, so don’t get mad, I’m not ignoring you, I’ve just got my hands full. Anyway, subject to the agree-ability of the people we’re spending time with, you should be able to get a pretty good look at the action as it proceeds. Lifecasting while filming and being on the road will be, I think, very different from doing it home. For one thing, I’ll be able to be on more, fewer blackout periods when W. and the kid are around. For another, there will, arguably, be more action, less time watching me sitting in front of my computer. This phase of the lifecast will probably provide more of a sense of how the documentary is coming together, as opposed to a sense of how my life comes together (or comes apart, as the case may be). I’m relieved, actually, to take the show on the road. I’ve been getting frustrated with certain aspects of the lifecasting at home. That’s something I want to address, but I’m going to wait to do it on camera as a vlog.
So anyway, check the lifecast, my tweets (@halpen), and this space for ongoing updates. Here’s a schedule of what I’ll be up to. As much as possible I’ll be peepcasting!
Today: getting equipment, setting up. Wed.: Fox Reality on the set of Solitary. Wed. eve: fly to Washington DC. Thursday: two interviews, practice my talk that night, perform at 7:30 est (plus your opportunity to meet my mom!) Friday: 6am flight back to LA. Shooting various Hal-in-Hollywood footage! Saturday and Sunday: we spend the day with a casting director, attend a reality tv try-out, get a critique of my reality tv casting tape. Monday: homeward bound!