by Lexi Garcia
On a Monday evening last week, I wandered to Brooklyn. (This is truly pretty adventurous for me.) I was there to meet my fellow cast members of a new dance film, Scenario. The coffee shop we were working in was honestly the cutest thing most of us had ever seen. ”Why can’t this exist in Manhattan?,” I thought as I entered. “I’d be here all the time.”
Scenario is a film about the vices and faults of humanity told from the perspective of a writer sitting alone in a cafe. The writer paints a picture of the day's happenings, the patrons serving as his muses. As he tells the stories of the vignettes occurring before him, bending and twisting reality to his will, he watches on as his control of the world slips through his fingers leading him to question: Am I the storyteller or the story?
It was a good thing the coffee shop was so inviting, because many of us would clock some hours there together that day. I was scheduled to be there for twelve hours - 6pm until 6am the next day.
Scenario’s creators, Moogie Brooks and Banji Aborisade, are an absolute dream to work for. They kept the momentum of the room moving and light. Treating us to many yummy desserts and of course coffee. I loved watching them work with the cast and crew. It was very clear they knew what they wanted, but weren’t working from their egos. These two individual artists came together to create in a room full of unbelievably talented broadway performers, and they nailed it.
The cast of Scenario is an incredible ensemble including Tyler Hanes, Alex Wong, Karla Garcia, Ryan Steele, Amber Ardolino, Virgil Gadson, Max Clayton, Ryan Breslin, and the list goes on. There are over 35 dancers in the film.
Being in the ensemble of a film allowed me to quickly learn the importance of consistency. Sounds basic, but every little teeny tiny detail counts! Where you stand, how you stand, when you move, props around you (such as hiding a coffee cup, because it wasn’t there five hours ago).
In one scene we worked on that night, three of our male actors go on an athletic journey. Watching Alex Wong, Ryan Steele, and Max Clayton perform on set was ridiculously impressive. Without giving away too much, it’s a rolling, tumbling, straddle-leaping, partner-tossing kinda rumble.
I couldn’t be happier with this being my first of hopefully many film experiences. I’m still geeking out that I shared the room with such extraordinary humans. This opportunity reminded me, yet again, why I LOVE this city so damn much. Gratitude is most definitely the attitude.