Recently, I had the unique opportunity of acting on the show “Unusual Suspects” which is a crime-reenactment series that airs on the Investigation Discovery channel. As a performer, and as a former TV camera man, it was awesome to see how hard the crew worked and the process of producing the show.
This particular episode was shot on location in Georgetown Kentucky and told the story of Diane Snellen, a woman who was stabbed to death. (I won’t say who did it as to not ruin the show for you.) The more I learned about Ms. Snellen, the more I realized she had a lot of drama going on in her life and there were several “suspects” that had motive to kill her. That’s what the show is about. It goes through each suspect, and at the end reveals who is/are the real killer(s).
My role in the show was to act as one of Ms. Snellen’s co-workers at Toyota. Originally, I thought my part would be a small non-speaking role. However, after I got there the director started using me as an extra in some other scenes and even gave me a few lines! I also appear in two very important scenes both of which I think will make it into the show. If so, I will be seen on camera a lot during this episode.
Overall, it was an awesome experience. I was on location for 8 hours that day but probably only actually “worked” about 2 hours. There was a lot of sitting around watching the crew shoot other scenes, set up lighting and camera positions, etc. The director and crew were really professional and definitely knew what they were doing. All of the actors were incredible as well and at times I found myself getting caught up in their scenes…almost forgetting that they were acting! The show is tentatively scheduled to air in late April/early May and I expect that it will be really intriguing.
As soon as I confirm when my episode will air I’ll let you know. Until then, see you on the road.