Rather than talk, talk, talk about aspects to the story, and the characters I had written for the feature film “Auggie & The Byrd”, Armen, Anthony & Myself wanted to just work. Grab the tools from the toolbox and just create something un-scripted. I would handle everything on the directing and technical end (Camera, Audio, Lighting). Armen & Anthony would work on performance.
Armen Garo & Anthony Finucane worked throughout the day in performing together on a scene that was unscripted and 100% ad-lib. The beginning of the script for Auggie & The Byrd introduces Auggie exiting prison after being encarcerated for 38 years. Armen, playing the role of Auggie, presented the idea of a scene not presented in the script. The idea was to have Auggie’s exiting interview.
On the performance end, Armen would be given a series of questions that a prisoner may get before leaving, and he would just have to see what he comes up with. I wanted to tackle the experiment like I would any scene. Insert Anthony Finucane, to whom would also work in front of the camera, presenting questions to Armen (Auggie), and free-flowing with the character of the Parole Officer.
On the technical end, I would use the Red Dragon as my primary camera, and GH4 as a secondary camera, working the side profile shots. The lenses used would be no doubt Anamorphic. Lomo anamorphics 35mm, 50mm, 80mm for the Red Dragon. Iscorama 50mm on the GH4.
I would direct the process for Armen and Anthony, trying to capture different approaches to the scene by the characters. The two actors kicked the shit out of the scene in my opinion, yielding a natural, and perfectly organic result.