Trish and Harold's Weblog

News, information, and random thoughts from the busy lives of Trish Egan and Harold Phillips.


Sunday, August 24, 2008

One Week Post Idaho

Hey folks... whew!!! What a week!

(Side note: don't you just love Google Images? Put in a search word like "dazed," and look what comes up! I wanted to paste in this image... but those pesky guys at http://www.bluebuddies.com/ didn't want to share... it's like they don't want people stealing their artwork or something, huh? So I had to make do with Kooky McCorpse over here... either way, it's better than most of the image results. Dazed & Confused Magazine? Not really my thing...)

So... yeah. Heck of a week. I realize that I reneged on my promise to stay in touch while Trish and I were shooting in Idaho... best laid plans and all that, right? I did post a quick little "in review" wrap-up kinda thing here if you want to read it... or you could just scroll down the page. You won't be sorry you did - if you skip it, you'll never know about the moose!

The reason I did an etirely separate post on Idaho, though, is because there's been a lot of moving and shaking in Trish-and-Harold land this week... to wit:

>> As I write this, Trish is shooting her Electrolux infomercial. She's been at the location since around 9:30 this morning, and as of 7:30 she's not back yet (the cell signals up where they're shooting aren't particularly strong; I've received a few text messages from her today, saying that everything's going well... but that she's not going to be home until late). So much for cooking her dinner tonight (I was planning on editing that recipe a little... since our apple tree is starting to drop apples left and right, I'm going to find a way to incorporate them into it. Apple butter instead of mustard, and apple vinegar? Hmmmm).

>> Ahem. Giggity Giggity Giggity - Awright!

So, while I was out of town local actress Elle Poindexter forwarded a casting call to PDXBackstage from the producers of the popular online series The Bicyclist. The series has been running for well over a year now, and has thirty episodes online (at this point). It seems, though, that series creators Carl and Sharon Jameson want to take things in a new direction, with a feature film... as far as I can tell the film won't be a sequel, or a prequel... but more of a companion piece to the series itself (tentatively entitled "The Bicyclists").


Anyway, I saw the casting call when I checked my email in Kennewick. I submitted my headshot and resume (thank god they're online at http://www.haroldphillips.net/; I don't travel with those files on my laptop) and took off. Sharon got back to me while I was in Idaho and said that they'd like to see me, but that they were thinking of me for a different part than was included in the casting notice.



Fast-forward to last Tuesday... I showed up at The Kennedy School to find an actress waiting outside the "Community Room," where the audition was to take place. To my most pleasant surprise, it was the lovely and talented Mercedes Rose! I've watched and admired Mercedes' work for quite a while, but I'd never gotten the chance to work with her until this audition. Her web site doesn't lie; she's a high-performance talent! I had such a wonderful time reading with her, that I almost forgot that I was auditioning... and I guess that worked to both of our advantages, since we both got cast in the project!


I can't tell you much about the film because, honestly... I don't know that much about it. All I know is that I'm playing a father, and Mercedes is playing a mother. I'm not even sure that we're the mother and father of the same child... I guess I'll have to find out. Hopefully I'll be shooting some time in mid-September. I'll keep you posted as things progress.


>> Another piece of news came in while Trish and I were out of town... you may remember that a film Trish and I worked on last year, From Kilimanjaro With Love, received its world premier at Indiefest USA in Anaheim, CA. Apparently, the audiences really liked it; Kilimajaro was nominated for six awards (including Best Feature Film, Best Editing, and Best Soundtrack) and took home the award for Best Special FX! Hopefully that award will help to get the attention of the distributors... it'd be nice for a larger audience to get to see the film. Keep your fingers crossed!


>> Lady Wasteland news... Tuesday night I joined Lady Wasteland director Mark Roush for the PDX Filmmakers Showcase at Kellys Olympian in Downtown Portland... (if you've never been and you're interested in the film world here in Portland, it's a worth popping down on the third Tuesday of the month. A LOT of people come out for the showcase, and you're likely to meet some players in our little scene).


Then we had lunch on Friday.


I cannot tell you that Mark is planning to take Lady Wasteland back into production. I can't tell you that I read three amazing new scripts that made my head spin and my eyes water a little. I can't say much... except what Mark said in an email he sent out last week:
...we are in active pre-production right now i.e. location scouting, storyboards, budgets, contracts etc... Overall, when and if, the investors pull through for us, will I be excited at the absolutism of truly going into production again. Like I have said many times before, "I'll be happy when the check is in the bank."


But I can say that if I HAD read three new scripts, my jaw would be hanging open at where Mark is taking the series, and the characters. It's possible, in fact, that all I could say was... "Wow..."


>>And speaking of "Wow..." I'm going to close this latest over-long post by relating to you, gentle readers, one of the strangest things that has ever happened to me in my life - and as most of you know, I've had a pretty wacky life. This, though, was truly a "Wow" moment. In fact, I'd have to was more of a "...wha?...OH!... ... ...wow..." kind of moment.


I think I've mentioned before that I've got a Google News Alert set up to monitor mentions of Trish and my name. Every once in a while we'll get mentioned in a newspaper article, or a review, or what have you. Most of the time, though, the alerts we get are for Douglas County Fairground Director Harold Phillips or Irish Distribution Specialist Trish Egan (both of whom seem to get a lot of press).
This week, however, my news alert took a turn for the surreal... I can't describe it. You've got to see it to really believe it:

Google Web Alert for: news "harold phillips"

Harold Phillips Pictures, Polls, Biography, Nude Reviews, Forum ...
Are you a fan of Harold Phillips? a rank lower than 9 is not an option! .... know that Manpaper is frequently updated with the latest Harold Phillips news? ...
Say it with me now... "...Wow." So, I guess... this means I'm a celebrity now? If people think I'm important enough that other people are going to be searching for photos of me without my clothes on (Brian, Lynn... I better not see anything from The Outbreak wrap party up there :) )?


It looks to me like whoever runs "ManPaper.com" came across my IMDB page and decided I was worthy. Take THAT, Bostin... you may have scored the first lead in a Hollywood feature, but are you on a male celeb porn site? Ha! I... win?


Pretty freakin' surreal, if you ask me... I don't really care, to be honest. Female actors have to deal with Mrskin.com and any number of web sites cataloguing every bit of exposed skin they've put on film or tape, so why shouldn't male actors? Still... I never would have expected to show up on a site like this one. I'm no Brad Pitt, in terms of looks or career. I think whoever runs this site is going to be sorely disappointed by the amount of traffic my listing generates.


So, with that, I'll leave you all for the week ahead... hope you're all doing well!
-Harold