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Eddie Redmayne & Alicia Vikander Discuss The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl posterEddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander are what I like to call “Actors’ Actors.” You know, like a “man’s man” sort of thing. Yes? No? Okay, so when an actor views another actor as a super actor, then there is this mutual respect of the craft which results in major admiration towards the super actor. Not only are Redmayne and Vikander actors’ actors, but they are also quite beloved by the average film watcher. There is no denying that Redmayne and Vikander sparkle on film together, and even when they each stand alone.






Last night, the two said they’ve been running around like crazy attending screenings followed by Q&A for their film The Danish Girl. When they attended last night’s SAG-AFTRA Foundation screening/Q&A at the Landmark West L.A., they were quite winded and mentioned that we were their last audience to visit on their tour.

In the video I captured, you will see that Redmayne talks about an ‘intimate photo’ of himself dressed as TDG character Lily that was leaked to the public before the film’s release. He then talks about the research he did in the trans community for the role of Lily. Finally, Vikander talks about what it was like not being a known actress and everyone asking where her so-called films can be seen (then she comes out with Ex Machina boom! Now The Danish Girl boom!). See the video below:

Shooting “Hopped Up” with The Pagans!

pagans1I recently worked on a music video for punk rock band “The Pagans.” Who are The Pagans? A group of heathen punk rock boys who hailed from Cleveland, Ohio in the early 80’s. Today, The Pagans are still around but the only remaining member from the original band is the lead singer- Mike Hudson.

The newer band members include Justin ‘Lizard Tongue’ Lack on drums, Johnny ‘Babyface’ Dzubak on guitar, Eric Michael ‘Ponyboy’ Schrader on bass and Ben ‘Womanizer’ Reagan on guitar. Fun fact: Richard Duguay, who played guitar on Guns N’ Roses’ “Spaghetti Incident” album, is featured playing lead guitar on The Pagans recording “Hopped Up,” which is the song you are about to hear.

thedramaSo anyway while we’re talking about the newer band members, you should know that Schrader and Dzubak also play in another band together called “The Drama,” which is a moody rock band based out of Hollywood, CA. They are a really fun band to see live, because the lead singer Ashley pulls theatrical surprises including a possible ‘Jim Morrison flash.’ And since we’re talking about Eric Michael Schrader, you should also know that he Directed the music video I am getting ready to talk about!

The music video you are about to see is for The Pagans song “Hopped Up.” We shot it on location at The Art Of Charm School in Hollywood, CA. Schrader along with Kevin T. Miller did the bulk of the shooting. I shot some of the rooftop band performance scenes, did the casting and played the epitome of a groupie coke whore. Check out our other videos on The Enclave Hollywood page

I’d like to give a special thanks to team Clay Coker and Noelle Poulson for doing a fantastic job creating a rock n’ roll ‘night haze’ for the rooftop performance scene. And you know what, a big thanks to everyone who had a hand in working on this video. It couldn’t have been done without you! 🙂

The whole band is featured in the video along with lovely actresses Noelle Poulson, Suzy Williams and Annee Elizabeth. We also got handsome actors Clay Coker and Eric Bakey for the video as well.

Mike Hudson best describes “Hopped Up” as, “A song about a group of people, and one guy in particular, who are just pretty much out of control.” I say it’s, “Where a cool Hollywood band and fame whores unite!” Check it out:

Shooting With Band “The Two Tens”

thetwotensthumbI wanted to share this cute video I worked on for band “The Two Tens.” The song is entitled “Ella Don’t Like My Hat.” HERE are some behind the scenes photos from Day 1 of the shoot at Goorin Bros. hat shop on Melrose Ave. in Hollywood

With production team The Enclave, I assisted for the shoot and also worked as a camera operator. Very blessed and thankful to have the opportunity!

Feast your eyes on some of the most stylish hats in Hollywood, and of course the rad Rikki Styxx and Adam Bones of The Two Tens as they rock out to their song “Ella Don’t Like My Hat”:

Graham Bonnet Video Shoot Venice Beach

grahambonnetcrewWhat fun I had having the opportunity to work on a music video for Graham Bonnet. I assisted for this shoot with Eric Michael Schrader and Kevin Miller. Thanks to Eric, Kevin and Conrado Pesinato for the opp! See behind the scenes photos of the shoot in Venice Beach on our Enclave FB page HERE.






Watch the official video “The Mirror Lies” HERE
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Song available for download HERE

CSI Cyber Season 2 Premiere

LisaCSICYBERHey guys! I thought I’d let you know that I will be in the CSI Cyber season 2 premiere entitled “Why-Fi.” I play a CSI Photographer.
It was really cool to work in a scene with Ted Danson, Patricia Arquette and an interesting little gadget that will see if you watch! Here’s the promo trailer below, and we’ll see if the editor gave me good screen time on CBS Sunday, October 4, 2015.

Thanks for reading
LL xo

Happy 5th BlackBoxTV

blackboxtv_1Today I received a nice email from friend and filmmaker Tony Valenzuela, who I met by his discovery of my old YouTube channel. Back in 2010, Tony wanted to start a channel on YouTube that was like R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps meets Tales From the Crypt. He teamed up with Philip DeFranco who was one of the most famous YouTubers at the time, and they got the channel rolling.

Tony and Phil snagged the larger YouTube stars for his shorts. They reeled in everyone who was making a mark on YouTube. That included me. Tony took notice when he caught my “Last Exorcism Work Out Tape” infomercial parody. It was just as ridiculous as you’d think. I was playing a possessed girl who’s Mother wanted to ‘work’ the demons out of me. Holy crosses on the tape got me doing workouts alright! Backbends, head twists and jumping jacks were some of the exorcism exercises I displayed.

Videos I made on my former channel were silly, funny and prankster, which is the opposite of what Tony wanted to do.

Tony got me on board to one the first BlackBoxTV videos which was entitled “Final Exit.” It was basically about a haunted hospital and the monsters that occupied it. I was one of the monsters of the pack. You can catch a brief moment of me spitting up a pool of blood!
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It went great, and Tony called me back for another short entitled, “This Is For You Baby.” I show up at Olga Kay’s house and there’s Tony V, Cyr1216, and Tobuscus (Toby Turner)… but at the time I didn’t know that they were some of the biggest YouTube stars. At our shoot, Toby and Cyr were phenomenal actors. Then when I saw their comedic YouTube videos later on, I was really amazed how well they did with having to get serious for the short.

For the last 5 years, Tony has continued to wrangle in hot YouTube talent and has made them all look like Gods in his BlackBoxTV productions. Tony felt the pulse of what was going on in 2010 and what was to come. He knew he was onto a big idea and ran with it. He will always be a filmmaker to keep your eyes on. See the video he made expressing his love for the 5 year anniversary HERE.

As for me, I am still acting, but not creating for my former YouTube channel. You can find me on my newer channel YouTube.com/LisaMasonLee and also on various TV shows. Follow me on Instagram HERE and/or Facebook to keep up with what’s going on.

Looking forward to judging the Indiana Short Film festival next! Excited to see the mega talent!

Love LL

High Horse In A Glass House

HighHorseGET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE

As some of you know, I live in Hollywood, CA and I work in TV, film and web production on both sides. Both sides meaning in front of the camera and behind the camera.

Just like any other work field, there is a hierarchy of job positions. The totem is very tall and so are the egos usually. Although I have noticed that the super famous people who you work with are usually the nicest!

Anyway, I was on set last week and an actor started asking me if I knew who ‘so and so’ was and if I knew who this actor was. I knew of the projects that this unnamed actor had starred in, but I couldn’t picture their face. You know how it is, there are soooo many actors and names in your head that the match game can be tough.

So the actor who was talking about this other actor who has a great resume, said that he went to one of the Starbucks in Hollywood and saw this unemployed actor, employed at Starbucks now.

The actor I was chatting with said he talked to the now Starbucks Barista and pointed out that the Barista was the former star of such and such projects. He said the unnamed actor played ‘dumb’ about his acting resume and apparently got red faced about the conversation.

“I can’t believe he was working at Starbucks! If I were famous I would never be seen working at Starbucks. I would get a job in an office where I didn’t have to see anybody,” said the guy I was chatting with.

THIS is not okay people. This guy is shaming another person for having a different kind of job. So what- the former actor isn’t starring in a show right now. He’s making ends meet and working a job at Starbucks. Or maybe this actor doesn’t want to act anymore?

I hear people say condescending things like this all of the time. There is nothing wrong with taking a job in the food and beverage industry, janitorial, service industry or any work field that isn’t considered “glamourous.”

Life is tough and a lot of us are in poverty or close to it. We have so many bills and responsibilities, that we have to work our asses off to make ends meet.

Being ‘out of work’ or ‘unemployed’ sucks. Especially when you knock on a thousand doors and you get nothing back for sometimes a year!

Never be ashamed of working anywhere to make your income. Don’t let some person degrade you or disrespect you in your current position. They are ignorant and have their own perceptive distortion disorder.

BE PROUD of yourself and the job you have. BE RESPECTFUL to others servicing you.

If you do your best at whatever job you are doing, then you will feel good about yourself no matter what. Do not let someone else’s perception dictate your perception.

LL

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