Playing piano on ABC-TV's Pan-Am this Sunday!
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Playing piano on ABC-TV's Pan-Am this Sunday!

Hey all!

I'm on this Sunday's (October 9th) episode of "Pan-Am" on ABC TV. There's a scene where one of the stewardesses wants to sing the German national anthem and I'm her accompanist.

Originally I was cast because I was a musician. The director had told me that he wanted a real musician for the scene because since I do this for a living, the way I carry myself even just sitting at the piano is different then an actor. Then since I'm actually a musician, they decided to have me actually play for the scene and emailed me some music to memorize for the scene.

Getting casted was just luck. I'm not an actor nor try to be. The director decided to have an actual musician rather then an actor with a recording for this particular role and my name got handed off as someone good for this kind of stuff. I've never done it before.

It was a blast filming and I'm looking forward to see how much of me actually ends up on TV, although I'm not that optimistic since I'm just an accompanist.

It really was a lot of fun though doing it and much different then a typical gig!

To all German slutz - I hope I don't embarrass you too much with my performance but I really researched it, made some corrections to their sheet music they sent me and tried to get the music as accurate as possible!

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Wow this is incredible, congrats!
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Thanks a lot Chris! That's very cool of you to say so!


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Nice one Frank!
That's pretty sweet and must have been a great experience.

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Nice one Frank!
That's pretty sweet and must have been a great experience.

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THanks Graham!

Yeah, it was definitely a much different experience then just a straight ahead gig. I have a lot of respect now for the TV directors. There's so much effort involved for a single shot it made me wonder how TV shows ever get finished!

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THanks Graham!

Yeah, it was definitely a much different experience then just a straight ahead gig. I have a lot of respect now for the TV directors. There's so much effort involved for a single shot it made me wonder how TV shows ever get finished!

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Haha I know what you mean! It can be pretty crazy on set. Did you get the acting bug after that gig?
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Actually I got the acting bug after seeing my paycheck!

In all honesty the actors union has it together. The musicians union (AFM) should really be ashamed of themselves. My hourly pay even started an hour before my assigned report time to account for my time driving to the set! My last day on set, we filmed for 18 hours because it was the last day on location so the filming had to be finished at all costs so I got my regular pay for 8 hours, overtime after that, and then an additional extra day's pay for being on set more then 16 hours. I could get used to that. I mean, I spent most of the time sitting behind a piano waiting for them to move cameras around and fix lighting!

I was allowed in under sag/aftra because I've never done this kind of work before so I was taft/hartley'd and also because I was bought onboard as a musician, they considered me a specialist and not an actor. Of course anything after this and I have to join.

I wish I would have know about this 23 years ago! I would have taken a different career path!

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Lol...how anticlimatic. I had a big 10 seconds! hahahaha you guys heard me more then you saw me! But any of you who watched, thank you for watching and making me feel special!
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Congratulations Frank! It's nice to hear of success like this.
One thing leads to another in this industry...
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Congrats. Can you post a clip here?
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Congratulations Frank! It's nice to hear of success like this.
One thing leads to another in this industry...
Thanks man. This just fell in my lap so I got lucky but it all worked out so hopefully it leads to some other gigs, which I'd be eternally grateful for!

The casting company is the same one for Boardwalk Empire, which is shot at the same studio as Pan-Am (Steiner Studios at the Brooklyn Navy Yard) so It'd be great if I got picked up for an episode of that and they let me play some Ragtime in the background! That sounds a bit happier!

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Congrats!

Since this is Gearslutz care to share how they miked the piano? What about the actors voices or any other audio experiences you had during shooting?
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Congrats!

Since this is Gearslutz care to share how they miked the piano? What about the actors voices or any other audio experiences you had during shooting?

Thanks!


As far as miking anything, I have no idea! They didn't bring me onto the set until they were somewhat ready to go. They had the piano lid closed and I didn't dare lift it to peek inside! There were wires all over the place, but they had them well hidden and taped down. The piano was a Yamaha, of which I was grateful for since it's my hands down favorite piano to play.

As far as miking her, from what I can tell, they used the boom mic. For all I know, they might have used the boom mic for everything!

They did have a JBL EON off to the side of the piano with a feed from the audio guy which they used to play back the audio from the takes to check.

I wandered a bit off the set to check out the audio guy who was well hidden in a little cubicle they set up with curtains and all I could tell is that for the audio he was using a Metric Halo 2882 converter and what looked like an 8 channel Tascam mixer. I wasn't sure of the software he was recording with, especially since if he was using Metric Halo he was probably using a MAC and I'm not an Apple guy so I'm not familiar with their DAWs or audio recording software.

That's about the best I can do! Sorry I don't have more.

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Frank, where is the house where that scene was shot?
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At least now you understand why I am slowly getting out of the music industry and getting into acting!
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Frank, where is the house where that scene was shot?
Hi Jay!

It was actually shot at some country club up in Tarrytown, NY which is about an hour or so north of Queens, NYC where I'm from.

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At least now you understand why I am slowly getting out of the music industry and getting into acting!


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