We’re reaching the last scant minutes of International Women’s Day 2016, but never fear: here is an excellent web series called Period Piece that will more or less tell you everything about menstruation throughout history.
"While an important goal of the show is to make you laugh, it will hopefully empower and encourage young women to take ownership of their bodies, and to feel proud of what their bodies can do," Period Piece creator Liliana Tandon told Seventeen.com. "And because the episodes are based on historical research, they're informative too!"
Well... we DID IT! Monday the 16th of November marked the last day of shooting for season one of Period Piece. The team worked tirelessly, perfecting each of the eight episodes.
As I sit on my couch, watching rough cuts, already almost not rough anymore, I cannot help but be overcome with love and gratitude for all the people who helped make my dream a reality. A year ago today, I was probably sitting at an audition, waiting for eight hours to maybe be seen by some casting director's assistant who would maybe tell me I could do my job. But as I watch these episodes, I am so thankful for everyone who stood with me and said, let's show them what they're missing. This show is going to help little girls realize they don't have to be ashamed of their periods. This show is going to teach little boys that menstruation blood is not disgusting while stab wounds are manly. This show is going to educate people about the injustice happening to women around the globe who aren't able to get an education, all for something that we owe our lives to. And, I hope, this show is going to make people laugh. I couldn't have done any of it without the incredible people who spent countless hours making costumes, researching and learning period hair and makeup, calling in favors to get the best equipment available, making coffee runs and picking up props when I forgot them and driving around with equipment at all hours of the night so I could save money on cabs. And I am so proud to showcase the incredible talent of all my friends who brought these ridiculous characters to life. This show is no longer just mine. It belongs to all those people. I can't wait to show you what we did, because it's going to be bloody amazing.
DAY TWO /
Well I am completely buzzing. What an incredible second day of shooting! This week we shot a Buddhist inspired episode and one set in modern day.
Stresses were high Saturday when we still didn't have our locations solidified, and the shoot was happening the next day! But... it wouldn't be a film shoot if everything went smoothly, now would it? Although we didn't get to shoot in the real Buddhist temple we were hoping for, I knew I could count on my Art Director, Amanda Roberge, to make a corner of my apartment look absolutely stunning... and she did! It's amazing what you can do with scarves... but that's all I will say about that. Don't want to ruin the movie magic.
Next, actress Rachel Kent and I got to live out a life long dream: eating pizza on camera. In this episode, we explored the different stereotypes and stigmas surrounding women and their periods today. How do women feel about their periods, and what does it symbolize for some women in regards to femininity? This episode rewinds to show multiple different scenarios of the same scene. Oh, and I did I mention we got to eat pizza?
We finished the night at Ulysses Bar on Stone Street in lower Manhattan, staying exactly on schedule and finishing right at midnight. Luckily, the bar didn't close until 4 am, so we stayed for a while to decompress. The cherry on top of a perfect, wonderfully stressful day.
Well it happened, unstoppable like a young girls first period: the first day of shooting. On September 27th, the team travelled to Boston, where we shot two episodes! One set in the Victorian era, the other in Biblical times.
What a truly awe-inspiring day. I couldn't have been more overcome with emotion, watching my crew work their asses off to create something that I had written. It was a humbling and moving and humorous and stressful and truly bloody brilliant experience.
Well, this first blog post isn't exactly dripping with excitement, but keep your eyes peeled for more!