Shadowlands Pygmalion Revisited

Shadowlands Charlie David & Marc Devigne

My heart is full today.  We just wrapped Shadowlands episode 2 Pygmalion Revisited.  You’ve likely heard athletes, actors or artists talk about being ‘in the zone’ and this whole episode has felt that way.  Perhaps through a mix of focused preparation and a little bit of luck I felt like every day of this shoot my team was in the zone – supporting each other, rooting for each other and contributing creatively to make the best show we could.

Shadowlands is a book of short stories that I wrote several years back.  For the TV miniseries I selected stories for the initial three episodes – The Hiker, Pygmalion Revisited and Narcissus.  Definitely three very disparate stories but they thematically interweave and all touch on the theme of love.  Negotiating relationships, mourning the loss of a star-crossed love and never having experienced it. 

Shadowlands Charlie David
Charlie David as Rudy in Shadowlands

We filmed episode 2 Pygmalion Revisited first which is the story of an artist who has lost the love of his life and is compelled to paint his lover in an attempt to find communion with him again.  The story was inspired by the Greek myth of Pygmalion and Galatea in which Pygmalion is a sculpture who creates a statue so beautiful, so life like that he falls in love with it.  The goddess Athena takes pity on him and brings the statue, Galatea to life. 

My take on the classic myth isn’t quite as succinct nor does it result in a happily ever after.  In fact it may be the most tragic piece I’ve written to this point.  Since the first drafts of the short story and then the script I’ve always felt compelled to play the painter.  His words, his love, his losses felt intrinsically mine.  Though I wanted to act again, I’ve also been anxious about it.  It’s been a while since I’ve been in front of the camera and this role has so many challenges.   For instance, the painter is in every scene.  Half of those scenes are just him with no other actors.  How would I bring to life a whole world; a whole life alone on screen?

Shadowlands Marc Devigne & Charlie David
Marc Devigne (Xavier) & Charlie David (Rudy) in Shadowlands episode 2 ‘Pygmalion Revisited’

The answer for me in many ways was in the casting of Marc Devigne as Xavier, the painter’s lover.  Over the course of a month and a half prior to filming we spent time together in rehearsal or discussion and built our collegial acquaintance into a friendship.  Marc is so special.  He is a truly gifted singer, actor and is thoughtful and gracious in both his creative endeavors and everyday life.  In essence he made falling in love easy. 

Shadowlands - Marc Devigne & Charlie David
Shadowlands – Marc Devigne & Charlie David

We filmed all of the scenes for Shadowlands episode 2 when the painter is alone first over the course of four days and though I hadn’t shot with Marc yet, I had all the richness I needed to shape our relationship in my mind because of his generosity of time leading up to the shoot.  I witnessed how he walks on the balls of his feet when excited, the joys of a road trip with him singing the soundtrack, his predilection for flat ginger ale, his dedication to family, how he looks when excited by a phone call and how it’s impossible not to catch his smile when he throws it in your direction.

Shadowlands Marc Devigne
Marc Devigne as Xavier in Shadowlands episode 2 ‘Pygmalion Revisited’

Marc and I got together yesterday to watch the footage from the shoot and make some selections together.  Since this is a story about a relationship, I wanted to continue to share the film making process with him.  Marc has a great instinct and his opinion has been invaluable throughout this journey.  We’re so excited to share the film with you on the film festival circuit and on TV in Spring 2018!

Charlie  

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Find out more about the cast and crew of the Shadowlands series on IMDB.

Charlie David Spring 2017 update

Charlie David Spring 2017

With Spring in the air, I thought it would be a good time to reach out and say hello… again!  Here’s the Charlie David Spring 2017 update. 

 

Thanks for stopping by my site and for your interest in my books, TV shows and films.  As you may know, I’ve been taking a step back from in front of camera work and doing more directing and producing – which I love. 

 

It’s incredible when I’m working on a documentary to find how generous people are to welcome me into their lives and living rooms – even when we’re discussing some pretty heavy and often taboo subjects.  We’ve recently released I’m a Porn Star: Gay4Pay following straight men doing gay porn and Ballsa film about men’s testicular health, masculinity, and gender identity. I hope you’ll check them out.

 

Rodiney Santiago & Charlie David Spring 2017

Rodiney Santiago & Charlie David, Photography by Photo Studio Miami

 

On the scripted side I’ve been developing the screenplays for Shadowlands, which are from a book of short stories by the same name that are paranormal and homoerotic.  I’m currently putting together my cast and crew to film the first episode in summer 2017.  So excited!! 

 

My friend Rodiney Santiago (in photo above) actually inspired one of the scripts in the series, Pygmalion Revisited.  We were doing some photo shoots together and his chiselled physique made me think of a statue.  Though the updated shooting script isn’t the same story you’ll find in the Shadowlands book, I hope that like me you’ll find the new version even more compelling.

 

And we have a new comedy series titled Popporn that we’ve just released on Amazon, Vimeo and YouTube rentals.  Keep your eyes peeled for this one, it’s a lot of fun! 

 

I’m often asked what social media I’m on.  After some practice and play I’ve discovered I use the following the most, and I invite you to connect with me on these platforms:

 

Vimeo            

YouTube       

Twitter          

Facebook     

Instagram     

Pinterest     

 

I always create content with the LGBTQ and Ally audience in mind but we still try and distribute it as widely as possible on places like Vimeo, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and Google Play.

 

It’s super duper helpful when you rate and review my books and shows.  So please, don’t be shy – share your thoughts and tell your friends about the ones that got you thinking. 

 

My goal with each project is to create a conversation.  It’s not to tell you what to think, it’s to introduce a topic I find compelling and hope you’ll find something worthy of new thought and discourse as well.

 

Thanks for visiting and I hope you’ll spend some time exploring the shows in the Charlie David Spring 2017 update.  I appreciate you being part of my creative journey. 

 

All the best,

 

Charlie David