Murder For Real
Murder for Real Cast
Ivana Savital.......................................Christina Ha
Marco Repo...................................Thomas Martin
Louden Strong........................................Tom Diaz
Mindy Mudd..........................................Alecia Ellis
Sylvia Epstein..................................Celina Blanks
Buck Young...............................Thomas Norman
Anita Robbs...............................Stefanie Williams
Stingy Lowball.....................................Chris Shaw
Kitty Katz.........................................Rebecca Elliot
Carly Sparkle..............................Sydnee Shorten
Murder For Real - Show Notes
October 6 Notes - INTRODUCTION
This is LOTS of fun
If you have never acted before, that is OK!
Acting on Zoom means you get your script to fall back on - it is right in front of you!
However, it has to look normal, so we have to know the script, just use it when needed
There will be an Introduction, a Death Scene, Q&A, Intermission, Final Scene, and a Wrap Up.
Introduction to Zoom
Gallery / Mute / Start VIdeo /
Panelists vs Guests vs. Host
Guests video cannot be seen
Guests will be able to chat questions to the Host
Actors will answer questions that the Host sends
All rehearsals will be recorded, and the notes will be transcribed
Will be available on the Portal website.
https://www.liveonlinemystery.com/lockton-mfr-rehearsals password: reality
If you have any conflicts with any of these dates, please contact Amber
Head space / Character location
When acting, note your head space - you should take up 1/3 of the screen
There will be an ongoing group text for offline communication
Lighting & sound
Mute is your friend... and your enemy.
You will have to mute yourself a number of times, so please get comfortable with it, and KNOW the status!
Nothing worse than acting on mute!
Find a quiet (or the quiet-est) place to perform in your household.
Ensure you have adequate lighting from the front and back.
Try to mitigate any shadows
Can help by keeping a rather empty background, if possible
Where people are in the virtual space
There will be entrances and exits
When you turn your camera OFF, it changes your location to the audience, and to your actors
Acting with assets is fun! BUT - they only work if you know where the next person is!
We will get into this in a later rehearsal
How to act "in a box"
Forward / backward movement towards the camera to make a point (or to cowere from a certain situation)
Put your script on your monitor directly below your camera.
Use your mouse button to scroll your script
Costumes are the actors' responsibility... however, it is only from the waist up!
Too loud will pop the speaker
Too quiet will not get picked up by the speaker.
Talk in a normal voice, slightly elevated just like if someone said "what did you say"?
Be thinking about who you are, who you know, how you know them, why so you want to kill Stingy?
You will be reacting to questions that you didn't rehearse
You have to think outside the box while staying in character
October 11 Notes - FIRST AND FINAL
Everyone needs to have a bit more passion in their delivery. Especially need to believe each of them had a motive and would be capable of killing Stingy.
Angrier, more desperate, etc. - whatever pertains to your character
Remember when you are on camera, you are seen. Need to stay in character, only drink water from champagne glasses, react to others, but not too big to pull focus.
Everyone should nod when Marco says the court will go light on Anita, since it was Stingy.
Try to match head space. Try to have the camera at eye level, it will help!
Try to have your script "above" the monitor - it wiill help bring your eyes to the right place.
If you can connect your system directly to the internet with an ethernet cable, it will save you potential buffering and network issues. Its worth it if it is possible.
October 18 Notes - MINDY, KITTY, BUCK
October 19 Notes - IVANA / SYLVIA & MARCO / LOUDEN
When walking things through your mind, show us physically "walking" to the spots
Your “things” are important – almost like you are flaunting a husband. You are absolutely doting on your things!
"Regretfully, I did sell…" this is the WORST thing that has happened to you
Theres been… an empty… hole (like you are looking for the words)
I think – they should be looking at Carly Sparkle – this is your alibi
I wonder who is going to get all of his stuff? Maybe… you are? Show that spark!
Hand gestures are great – just make sure you keep them in the camera frame
Empty Containers had a purpos
Tell us stories. Some happy and some tragedy
The newspaper headline – show us
Regretfully – make that more tragic
Visually tell us a story about going through your house looking for things
So “I” push that I was a suspect
Make sure your hands don’t go out of the box
Watch your speech rhythms, don’t get into a routine.
Watch the final word of each sentence, don’t swallow it.
Normal questions –
Did you eat the food or drink at the pre-party?
Do you love Stingy?
Did you kill him to get your stuff back?
Do you need money?
What did Anita do for you?
Sylvia and Marco
Nunchucks – GREAT! But don’t go too distracting!
Sylvia – can you put your script up top?
Marco – flip the sunglasses ON TO YOUR FOREHEAD. Find a way to take them off and point to the screen (or play the game between regular and sunglasses))
Remember to look at each other – especially when the other person is talking
Worked WELL together!
Marco – steady the camera – it is jumping?
Sylvia – What do you feel about Anita – show us 😊
Sylvia – Bargain – that word is important
Sylvia – make sure that script is close to the camera
Glance a bit to each other
Sylvia – get angry
Sylvia - react to the Mindy line
Marco – Nunchucks – snap them at the line about Mindy making your blood boil
Normal questions –
What kind of insurance policy do you have on the bible?
Who is the insurance beneficiary?
Why did you use Stingy’s monitoring company?
How long have you liked Mindy?
Did you Mindy had a thing with Stingy?
Was the video taken on the night of the theft?
Was a fake! (dismiss him.. then) OF course it was a fake!
My hollandaise – its like someone just called your kids ugly
As you are listing these off, it just pisses you off more and more and more.
They can’t cheat. They can’t lie.
When you go quiet, don’t go too quiet or stay quiet for too long
The wife story is a time to “act” more normal
Pretentious – yell the second one
Dead man sign (think) or lie..get more mad during that line
Make sur you scroll your script to stay by the camera
Watch your rhythmic timing. Highs and Lows
Accuse the other people with strength and anger.
Normal questions –
Did you eat and drink at the pre-party?
Who do you think killed Stingy?
Why did you buy a cheap mug from Stingy?
Are you having any relations with anyone?
Do you know about the bible?
October 20 Notes - FIRST AND FINAL
First Scene - Run 1 (00:11:25)
First Scene - Run 2 (00:53:29)
Final Scene - Run 1 (01:38:56)
Final Scene - Run 2 (01:59:07)
First Scene -
Buck get into the camera when you talk about headshots
Anita -great waves and fake politician smile!
Little Kitten – Anita remember to say that to Kitty like an insult, Kitty react
I vanna not E vanna
Stingy – Make sure we see the bible (and the writing) when you enter
Cut off people at the word right before their last word. If someone does not cut you off…keep talking.
Kitty - Magnificent…Book
If someone freezes, help them out
If someone drops a line, pick it up
If you are waiting for a line, just go on
Buck – Need to see more fists – believe me buddy line
Ivana – react when Stingy talks about your collections being uncomplete
Everyone – make sure any line about the video surveillance or the roach poison is clear throughout the whole show
Marco – straight to the camera during the I don’t see what women see in that man line
Kitty – Grapevine HorDDD I mean Collectors? Use that question mark
Sylvia – a BAD name
Everyone softly murmuring when you turn on your camera
Everyone freak out after Marco’s line about who the guilty party was
Sylvia – don’t get sweet in the end – keep her strong
Everyone react to Marco flirting with Mindy
Marco – Big ol’….motive
Face the actors with the Did did not lines happen
Everyone react when Marcp accuses someone
October 27 Notes
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October 28 Notes - FINAL
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