juliapugachevsky:

This past weekend, we wrapped shooting the first season of Life After Fat. Here are five things I learned from doing this project for a little over a year now:1 - Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.I used to dread that word. In general, I managed to coast through life and high school and college by writing things with minor to no editing and still get A’s (with exception being made to my college thesis pilot because that was no joke.) But having to be ready to change the scripts because of a location switch or other adjustments made me accustomed to revising drafts more times than I’ve ever done before, and made me see how much one little change could shift the entire story to a new and better place. 

2 - Ask other people’s opinions.Another thing I used to avoid was notes, because, of course, notes equal edits, which we already established I like to resist with every fiber of my being. But I had some nice moments with quite a few cast and crew members where I’d pitch an idea or try to flesh out a moment in the script and it led to some really productive mini-brainstorms. And having gone through the filming process, there’s a lot of new stuff I want to do for season two, like include more diverse characters and not make ALL the dudes Maddie hooks up with be the antichrist (though, ugh, it’s so fun to write!)

3 - Really think about how things will look on film.It’s pretty amazing what jokes totally don’t land (but sound great to you on paper) and vice versa — the moments you think will totally go unnoticed but become some of your favorite parts of an episode. It’s impossible to fully comprehend how things will look before you actually go out and film, and there will be some letdowns and some surprises but you won’t know until you adapt your words to the screen.

4 - Have a general theme in mind but don’t force it right away.When I started writing, my thesis was pretty simple: “losing weight doesn’t equal happiness.” I wanted to combat the messages we absorb every day (and that I subconsciously continue to believe) that being fit and thin will by default make your life easier. But after rewrites and also just having a chance to sit on the project, I started to find more topics I wanted to explore — like the notion of connecting with one’s body (like what does that even mean? How does one accomplish that?), or the fact that Maddie’s new lifestyle of constant hookups is a result of her being more sexualized, making her weight loss an unexpectedly negative experience.
 
5 - How to use a clap. It’s the object I’m holding in the picture! And it’s so much more than just saying “action”. It’s a process. It’s a whole ritual. (I’m only partially kidding.)

juliapugachevsky:

This past weekend, we wrapped shooting the first season of Life After Fat. Here are five things I learned from doing this project for a little over a year now:

1 - Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.
I used to dread that word. In general, I managed to coast through life and high school and college by writing things with minor to no editing and still get A’s (with exception being made to my college thesis pilot because that was no joke.) But having to be ready to change the scripts because of a location switch or other adjustments made me accustomed to revising drafts more times than I’ve ever done before, and made me see how much one little change could shift the entire story to a new and better place. 

2 - Ask other people’s opinions.
Another thing I used to avoid was notes, because, of course, notes equal edits, which we already established I like to resist with every fiber of my being. But I had some nice moments with quite a few cast and crew members where I’d pitch an idea or try to flesh out a moment in the script and it led to some really productive mini-brainstorms. And having gone through the filming process, there’s a lot of new stuff I want to do for season two, like include more diverse characters and not make ALL the dudes Maddie hooks up with be the antichrist (though, ugh, it’s so fun to write!)

3 - Really think about how things will look on film.
It’s pretty amazing what jokes totally don’t land (but sound great to you on paper) and vice versa — the moments you think will totally go unnoticed but become some of your favorite parts of an episode. It’s impossible to fully comprehend how things will look before you actually go out and film, and there will be some letdowns and some surprises but you won’t know until you adapt your words to the screen.

4 - Have a general theme in mind but don’t force it right away.
When I started writing, my thesis was pretty simple: “losing weight doesn’t equal happiness.” I wanted to combat the messages we absorb every day (and that I subconsciously continue to believe) that being fit and thin will by default make your life easier. But after rewrites and also just having a chance to sit on the project, I started to find more topics I wanted to explore — like the notion of connecting with one’s body (like what does that even mean? How does one accomplish that?), or the fact that Maddie’s new lifestyle of constant hookups is a result of her being more sexualized, making her weight loss an unexpectedly negative experience.

 

5 - How to use a clap. 
It’s the object I’m holding in the picture! And it’s so much more than just saying “action”. It’s a process. It’s a whole ritual. (I’m only partially kidding.)

Want to be a part of Life After Fat? If you live in the New York City area, please consider becoming an extra for the March 22nd-23rd production weekend! Just fill out the form above and we’ll get back to you with more information. Food will be provided. Thank you and we look forward to having you on set!

What’s Your Dream Guest Star?

Will (Producer): Natalie Tran from communitychannel. She is one of the funniest people on YouTube right now. Maybe she could be an old study abroad friend of one of the girls.

Jason (Director): I mean, if I could get anybody, like literally anybody, I’d want to get Bill Murray.

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Kristen (Olivia): Jon Hamm. #Obvs. Because he would be ambitious enough to handle somebody like Olivia. And his comedy skills are impeccable, and he’s pretty good looking… 

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Julia (Writer/Creator): Going with the obvious and saying Lena Dunham because she’s my inspiration for LIFE and also, I wouldn’t have the guts to write a series like this if Girls and Tiny Furniture didn’t exist.

Celine (Associate Production Designer): I’d go Julia’s route with Girls and say Jemima Kirke. I could absolutely see her being one of those loopy characters at a venue who wouldn’t hesitate to interrupt (or be a part of) a burlesque show and make eye-contact with Maddie in the audience. What follows we can only imagine…

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Tamara (Maddie): Phillip DeFranco from sxephil YouTube channel. Because he is a funny funny man.

Justin (Director of Photography): Samuel L. Jackson. The chances of getting him on the show are pretty favorable as I don’t think he ever turns down a role.

Kristen: Hahahahah Justin. That’s brilliant. 

Tamara: Also Boo the dog. And Nicolas Cage then as well?

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Justin: Yeah, but at least Nic Cage isn’t doing credit card commercials yet…

So what would be your dream guest star? Send us your answer below! Also if you are one of our dream guest stars, feel free to contact us as soon as possible!

On-set magic with Meagan!