The Final Day..

by Kyle

Today was the best day EVER.
The other day, I said that we recorded a skit. I was praised for my performance, people said it looked 100% natural and real. I also mentioned that another group filmed the exact same scene. The guy who portrayed my role as Frank in the their version was a very shy guy, and it was really bad! Sorry to actually say that, but it was and I don’t know why they didn’t choose someone else! He is a cool guy though and I am not having a go at him personally.
I’ll mention the two core characters: Frank and Jessica.

So let’s skip back to today.
The first hour or so we sat our test papers for NCEA credits, and it was a hard test! I got one question wrong, which I later corrected in a resit.
After the test, we began filming our studio show, Pulse. It was really boring at first, because I wasn’t assigned to a role and we had 5 rehearsals! I, like some others just sat and watched. Lunch soon came, and we (James, Taylor & me) said goodbye to Jane, who was leaving early. You may remember that Jane was in “our group of friends” lol

Taylor went and hung out with some new friends while I went to the dairy with James, and I had a egg burger for lunch. Yuck, I hate egg. Why I brought it I don’t know, but I did regret it afterwards!
Me & James or James & I went into the studio and played around in the control room & with the cameras onset. Somewhere, someone was watching porn in the school because it was coming up on two of the monitors in the studio, lol!

When it came time to continue filming, I hung out in the ACR room where James was working. We went though 3 more rehearsals and I got even more bored. We finally began recording the show, and one of the teachers, Tom, had been looking for me and didn’t know where I was. Luckily, he found me in ACR and said that he was impressed with my performance in the skit and wanted to know if i wanted to present the next show. I jumped at the chance and said yes, but i was really, really nervous!
Minutes later recording had stopped and I was onset, preparing for my new role. My co-host was Louise, she is really hilarious and was great to work with!

So we were only to be given one rehearsal and then straight into recording. So we really only had one chance to practice our lines, and we didn’t know the script entirely well. I believe that I didn’t nail it and was left pondering if Tom regretted picking me to present. But he defiantly didn’t!!!
As rehearsal went on we got better and I was finally ready for the recording. We went into it and I truly believed we did a awesome job!!!
I’ll take this chance to say that the lines were really cheesy; see some of my lines below:

P2: Everyday the sun comes up, every breath I take I am a little different, and every time you talk I learn.

P2: Back up the truck please fleas and take it easy.

P2: Telling jokes is as easy as jumping off a bridge. It’s like, once you get started there’s no turning back. And when you reach the end of the joke you fall flat on your face, or make somebody laugh.

It really was a challenge to get up in front of everybody – students, teachers, crew and it’s something that i would not have done! Delivering the lines was hard because the jokes weren’t great but I had to make them great. Tom later told me that Louise and I looked really professional and did a fantastic job (apparently better and more down-to-earth than the first show) and there was some great shots by the camera crew.
I received lots of praise for the presenting role, especially from teachers, and I’m really proud of actually getting up there, doing it, and then going from really nervous to completely pro within a space of minutes.
Totally incredible.

I love South Seas; was told that we are aways welcome to return and visit the school, which was fantastic.
So I’ll miss hanging out with my crew – Taylor, Jane & James; and hopefully we’ll all catch up in the future sometime.

Special Thanks Goes to:

  • Mr Moore, STAR at New Plymouth Boys’ High School
    Pulling the strings so I was able to come up to Auckland and learn in the finest film/tv training facility in New Zealand was amazing. Thank you SO MUCH for sending me to the course, I really do appricate it and had the best time training and learning about how the industry works. It pushed me out of my comfort zone, but it was WORTH IT IN THE END! 😀
  • Dad
    For insisting that I needed to go, and pushing that little-bit extra so I was able to attend. Also, thanks for coming up for the whole week, cooking, cleaning, making lunches and picking me up! You make these trips, and my career, possible. So thank you very much, you’re onto a winner 😉

I’ll get sent all my work within a few weeks, and I’ll upload it here.
Tomorrow: I have a meeting at TelstraClear, before heading back to New Plymouth to prepare for my 16th.