Rachel Galvin not only had a seminar this week, on March 25, about her book “Basics of the Biz,” but also attended many parties surrounding the premier of “Lost Angel,” which won Best Local Feature Film.
“Working on the set of ‘Lost Angel’ was a real privilege,” said Rachel Galvin, who not only had the chance to be a student named Joan in the film, but also took on the role as production assistant. “The cast and crew showed the utmost professionalism. In fact, it was the most serious sets I have worked on since Los Angeles.”
Perhaps the professionalism on set stemmed from those involved in the process, including writer/ director/ lead actress Keri Lurtz, whose last film “Unconditional” was shown at Cannes Film Festival. Lurtz is accomplished in her own right in all aspects of the business. Joining this talent was a whole crew of top notch workerbees. For more information on the film, visit www.imdb.com/title/tt1524558 or www.lostangelthemovie.com.
Galvin had the chance to work in many different aspects as a production assistant, including everything from dressing the set and reading lines with waiting actors to tracking down extras, doing behind the scenes footage and still photography. Her main assignment seemed to be helping the grips, which involved moving lights, cables, sandbags, cameras, etc. She also placed props and overall made sure that everything was running smoothly under the direction of Assistant Director, Theresa Frankel, who also was 5th unit director.
“It was laborious to be sure,” she said, “lifting all that equipment gave me a workout. But I had a blast. It was interesting because I was holding the camcorder of (3rd and 4th unit) director, Jeff Yarlett, and my camera at all times so that I could capture footage and I was hauling gear at the same time!”
Actor Stelio Savante (“Starship Troopers”) came in from Los Angeles to join the cast. “It was wonderful to watch the dynamic between his character and Keri’s, who played Samantha. It was electric. They really played with the roles making it fresh every time.”
The film was originally released in 2009, but required some reshoots and that is when Savante and several other actors, including Galvin, were brought into the mix.
“Lost Angel” will be shown at the Delray Beach Film Festival on March 28 at 12 p.m. at the Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach.