Articles, Learn, Watch @ 10 February 2011

The “Albert” Experience by Erick Esteban

I first learned about Decktechs when I received an email at the end of last April from Carrie Lee asking if I would be interested in reading a script for a production they were working on. As soon as I read the script I knew I wanted to be Albert and be a part of telling this story. All the characters jumped off the page and the fact that it was set in space got my Deep Space Nine juices flowing.

The audition was held over Skype, which gave the project a further futuristic feel. I felt like George Jetson the Actor during the whole thing. The months that followed were filled with pre-production interviews and a successful Kickstarter campaign. All of  which was just a precursor to the production. WATCH Erick’s Interview.

It wasn’t until late November that I boarded a red-eye flight at LAX.  I slept most of the flight which simulated the cryogenic sleep I would have been under if I was traveling to a space station near the sun.  I landed at Savannah/Hilton Head Airport and was greeted by the smiling faces of Carrie Lee and Dave Kendall of Kendall Pictures.  Dave was playfully holding up an “Albert” sign. We all shared a laugh and headed straight to check on the production load-in at Meddin Studios, where we would film the bulk of my scenes and where most of  the green screen work was done.

As I stared into that huge green space and the all-green frame of the spaceship that I would fly, I was like a kid in a toy store.  I had only worked on a green screen once before but never at this level.  The moment was exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. Once I sat in the cockpit chair of the Flea, I had a feeling that I was about to be a part of something very special.  I was really here. It was now time to shoot.

The week I spent in Savannah filming Decktechs’ pilot is one of those weeks in my life that I will never forget.  There was a synergy in the air the whole time we were filming.  There are times in your life when you know you are exactly where you are supposed to be. Decktechs was definitely one of those times for me.

I have been acting for almost fifteen years.  I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of many wonderful productions, but living on the “Solar Beacon” and getting to fly a spaceship ranks near the top.  I can’t wait to start on episode two.

WATCH The “Albert” Experience

by Erick Esteban,
Decktechs Cast Member