Meet the Actor: Tizoc Fleishour

This is the final installment of “Meet the Actor,” where the cast members of the Worship Rally DVD are featured. If Tizoc were sitting here beside me, I feel certain he would say, “You saved the best for last.” He has a great sense of humor, and I loved bantering back and forth with him. (I, of course, would have to say to him that I liked all the actors equally. Then he would probably tell me he was certain that couldn’t be true!)

Like his fellow cast mates, Tizoc arrived prepared to work each day. And though he takes his work seriously, he also provided us with great comic relief! What a fun kid to have on a shoot!

I loved meeting his sweet mom, Kimberly. I’m thankful to ALL THE PARENTS of these kids, who made sacrifices to get them to the location each day and pick them up at our best-guess time!

Now, I introduce you to my friend Tizoc. . . .

Q: What character do you play in the VBS 2012 video?

A: I played Hollywood. I was one of the three nerds and “the closest thing to a leader type.” :D

That's Tizoc in the brown shirt

Q: What was the hardest part of the video shoot?

A: Sitting in that stuffy military bunker all day. :P But it was definitely still fun, especially when we were in the far back and all the lights got turned off.

Q: What was the best part of the video shoot?

A: Working with the wonderful people there. I’ve seldom meet quite as many questionably odd people who were so much like myself.  :D  I love ‘em all!

Q: Was this your first acting job? If not, what other jobs have you had?

A: No, I have been in Alice in Wonderland and Aladdin, both musicals. I gained a lot in those plays. I never had the ability to sing onstage before that, so it was definitely a good experience.

Preparing to shoot a scene with the old film projector

Q: What’s your favorite part of school?

A: Art class. I like being able to pour my mind out onto paper so that others may view my perception of the world.

Q: What sports do you like, and do you play any?

A: I don’t really play sports and I’m not too interested in any. I used to be on the racing team in grade school, but that was before my addiction to pizza ruined my life.  :D

Q: If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A: Europe. I’ve always been fascinated with the language they speak there, so elegant and refined. Besides, I’ve never seen snow before, and that’s something I must do before I die.  :P

Q: Would you like to continue acting?

A: Yes. Acting is one of the few things that can cheer me up. I must say, I haven’t had the happiest life of all, but when I’m onstage everything becomes new. I’m no longer Tizoc Fleishour, I’m the nerdy kid who hangs out with other social outcasts, or the crazy old March Hare that everyone knows and loves. I will definitely continue acting, but only if that’s what God wants for me.

Q: Anything else you’d like to add?

A: The time I spent doing VBS will not soon be forgotten. I learned very much from that whole experience. It gave me something that all actors need (seeing as how many times we don’t make the cut :P)—confidence. That no matter how many times you fall off the horse, you can always get back up. J I loved every second I spent with all the crazy whack-a-doos (that’s a compliment in my book) that were in the VBS crew.

P.S. Muffins are just ugly cupcakes. :o)

Meet the Actress: Ariana York

I’ll never forget when I called Ariana’s home to tell her she had been selected to play a part in the VBS 2012 video! She was so sweet, and so excited about taking on the role! Right away, I could hardly wait to meet her face to face! She arrived at our rehearsal with the same eagerness she had when we had talked on the phone weeks earlier. I knew immediately that she and I would be friends. Driving back and forth from the location to lunch each day provided us opportunity to get to know each other better. (The young gentlemen in our cast allowed Ariana to ride in the front seat along with me, providing us the opportunity to talk.) Ariana is a talented, sweet girl with a bright future ahead of her.

Ariana with two of her castmates, Tizoc and Chance

It was so much fun to meet Ariana’s father, Doane, and her mom, Wendy. And, on the final day of our shoot, I got to meet several family members! I loved that! A fun thing you might want to know about Ariana’s family is that they sell Hawaiian coffees and pancake mix. The coffee company is Exotic Coffees Hawaii and the pancake and waffle mix company is Auntie LeiLani’s Hawaiian Pancake and Waffle Mix. They have so many delicious flavors of each, the list is too long to mention here! I got to try the mango pancake mix! Dee-lish! You can order some for yourself by contacting Ariana’s dad, Doane (pronounced “Dwayne”), at 808-782-2390!

Now, I introduce you to my friend, Ariana—

Q: What character do you play in the VBS 2012 video?

A: I play Cat, who is very smart, a major tomboy, pretty funny, one of the leaders, and sarcastic at times! Basically, she’s in the nerd group. Ha!

Q: What was the hardest part of the video shoot?

A: Well, the hardest part of the video shoot was when we were at Kualoa Ranch! (And, yes, we were there most of the shoot!) There were like, wild cows and stuff. So you had to make sure you were SUPER careful for each step you took, so you wouldn’t  step in their manure! Unfortunately in my case, I stepped in it a few times. :P

Shooting at Kualoa Ranch and dodging the cow patties!

Q: What was the best part of the video shoot?

A: The best part, was when we went to shoot at “The Great Barrier Reef” (Kaneohe Bay on the island of Oahu)!  It was the first time I’ve ever been there, so that was a real treat! :D Haha!

Q: Was this your first acting job? If not, what other jobs have you had?

A: No, this wasn’t my first acting job. I’ve been in the Foodland TV commercial 2010, Descendants 2010, Surf’s Up TV commercial 2008, Wizard of Oz (play) 2007-2008, Cutter Dodge TV commercial 2007, Honolulu Theatre for Youth Summer 2009.

Q: What’s your favorite subject in school?

A: Math! Math is like my FAVORITE subject! I seem to understand it really well, so to me, it’s not that hard! Haha!

Q: What sports do you like, and do you play any?

A: I like football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and ping pong (if that counts! LOL!)! The sport I play competitively is tennis! I used to play basketball and volleyball, too.

Q: If you could go on a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A: If I could go ANYWHERE in the world on vacation….. Hmmm… That’s a pretty tough one… But, I would definitely go on a cruise to the Bahamas!

Q: Would you like to continue acting?

A: OF COURSE! Acting is my passion! It just makes me feel super happy. PLUS I get to meet a lot of cool and welcoming people! And, I think acting gives me various challenges & makes me a better person. Particularly this one! This role has made me a lot closer to God! And He just gives me so much confidence to be the person He wants me to be. Cause, I know that I couldn’t be in this situation without God! And I know He has a beautiful plan for my life and hopefully, acting will be a part of it.

Meet the Actor: Chance Bridgman

“Look at his eyes.” That’s what Bill, the video director, said as we watched the audition tapes. That’s one thing about Chance that stands out. He has great expression in his face; a trait that’s valuable to a director and a producer. I think you’ll notice it, too, as you watch the Amazing Wonders Aviation Worship Rally DVD.

As you’ll discover in Chance’s Q&A below, he already is a real professional. And it showed, as he arrived on set prepared every day. Though a video shoot is always hard work, Chance and his fellow cast members helped to make this shoot a lot of fun! It was great to meet his mom, Dawn, and his two brothers, Chase and Chandler (talented actors as well).

The cast. That's Chance in the middle, wearing the navy shirt.

Now, I introduce you to my friend, Chance—

Q: What character do you play in the VBS 2012 video?

A: I play the character “T-Man.” I’m 12 years old.

Q: What was the hardest part of the video shoot?

A: The hardest part of the shoot was working with the “green screen.” For one thing

I had to hold myself in strange positions for long periods of time, and for another I

felt silly acting as if something was happening when it wasn’t! But it was all worth it

when I saw the finished product.

Chance and the green screen

[A note from Lynne: "Green screen" is when you place an actor against a green cloth or screen and capture him in action. When shooting green screen, the actor is isolated, with only empty surroundings. In post-production, the video editor places that actor into a scene or against a different backdrop. In Chance's case, he was placed against video of a blue sky and was falling into the ocean.]

Q: What was the best part of the video shoot?

A: The best part of the video shoot was working with the awesome team of adults and

with the other kids! I was sad when it ended, because I felt like I had made new

friends. My favorite scene was the one where I have to wear the fruit helmet with

the “spy camera.” I looked and felt ridiculous, but it was hilarious and we had so

much fun with that scene!

Chance with the fruit helmet!

Q: Was this your first acting job? If not, what other jobs have you had?

A: No, this wasn’t my first acting job. I had worked on a couple of films for local public

television, and I have been in a lot of community theatre plays and musicals. I love

live theater, but the good part about film is that if you mess up you get a second

chance!

Q: What’s your favorite part of school?

A: As you can probably guess my favorite class at school is Drama! We are currently

working on an adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland.” I also like recess and study hall.

Q: What sports do you like, and do you play any?

A: I like most sports, but especially like volleyball, tennis, football and basketball. I am

currently playing basketball for a club team.

Q: If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A: I have been blessed to be able to travel to many neat places, but if I could, I would go

to Antarctica… preferably on an ice-breaker!

Q: Would you like to continue acting?

A: YES! I hope to make acting my lifelong career…

Q: Anything you’d like to add?

A: Thank you for giving me an opportunity to answer your questions. I hope you enjoy

the film as much as I enjoyed being a part of it!

Meet the Actor: Dillon Waidyatilleka

“Why’d ya tell her that?” That’s how I learned to say Dillon’s last name—Waidyatilleka. It’s pronounced with the same cadence with which I’d state that question!

We thought it would be fun to introduce you to the terrific cast from the Amazing Wonders Aviation Worship Rally DVD. So, I’ll be writing a feature on each of them every few days. Dillon plays the central character in this year’s video. He had lots of physical action to perform (such as open-ocean swimming for yards and yards). Unfortunately, in a video shoot that means he had to do those scenes over and over, and then one more time. (As Bill, our director, famously says: “Perfect! Now, let’s do it again.”) But, Dillon was a real trooper and never complained (at least not in front of us)!

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