|Jennifer Betit Yen||
The Achoo Moment
In film, it sometimes seems like everyone is looking for that great "moment" - a close up on a main character's face as they have an internal emotional moment about some significant life altering conundrum. I was cast in just such a role and we were shooting just that moment - a close up where I pondered this deep, dark, life altering choice and then a short sentence said aloud with my decision. That was the whole shot. The camera started rolling and all of a sudden an overwhelming urge to sneeze overtook me. I tried to fight it. I bit my tongue. I tried to think non-sneeze-like thoughts. The silence stretched on and on but I feared to open my mouth to say my one line for fear a sneeze would just burst out. Finally, I had to try. I opened my mouth and..."AAAAACHOOOOOOOO!!!!" Promptly, the director was like, "Cut! Cut!" Afterwards, he said, "Wow, I was like, 'she really gets it! She's having this great moment!' The silence was so full and great!" I was like, "No, actually, I was just trying really hard not to sneeze." And scene.
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