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Passion Flower, my short documentary about dancer Ann Law’s decision to recover from breast cancer on her own terms by having a tattoo applied to her chest instead of undergoing reconstructive surgery, will be screened at the Downtown Film Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 11 at 2:00 PM.

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VIDEO: Shooting on (literally) El Camino Real.

Standing smack in the middle of California’s oldest highway in order

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to grab a shot for The Glass Slipper.

Quick continuity check with K. Paige Burns


Eponymous location shoot.


VIDEO: Vahe pep-talks Paige

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VIDEO: Directing Ira and Vahe in a Menlo Park parking lot

(Video by Ginger Carden)

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VIDEO: Directing Vahe at Pigeon Point Lighthouse

(Video by Ginger Carden)

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VIDEO: K. Paige Burns Dances (Unawares) [THE GLASS SLIPPER]

On the set of The Glass Slipper (at Pigeon Point Lighthouse on the California coast), K-Paige keeps the party going while Whaley (boringly) prepares to shoot some footage of Vahe Katros. Video by Ginger Carden.

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Q&A: Easing In

Alejandro Adams: I have certain techniques for getting myself and my cast and crew into a given production–like doing logistically daunting (impossible?) scenes right out of the gate. You seem to “go easy” on your people, pace yourself. What are the advantages of this?

My response: It’s not really a matter of “going easy” on people (though I’m not a big fan of torturing the talent for my own artistic gain, à la von Trier or Lynch). I just find that neither I nor my cast has gotten acquainted enough with the characters to do the complicated, tricky scenes right off the bat. I like to start with simple little First-Act scenes which are meant to introduce the characters to the audience. I want the cast to “get to know” their characters in more or less the same way the audience will.

Shooting THE GLASS SLIPPER, 8/4/2010