Adjusting to Tedium of Film Set a Few Simple Steps for ‘tWitch’

“So You Think You Can Dance” All Star Stephen “tWitch” Boss admits that it took some doing for him to get used to working on a movie set while making Disney’s “Step Up 3D” feature that opens Aug. 6.

The dancer is used to grueling physical workouts and learning routines fast, under high pressure.  However, “filming is a very, very tedious process,” he notes.  “I’ve learned to really respect the process, how it’s all about ultimately setting up the best shot.  There is a lot to learn on a set.  And if you’re not in the mood to learn, there is a lot of down time to take a nap.  You could have a 12-hour shoot day, but you spend the first 10 hours sitting around and then maybe the last two hours on camera.  Or your time could be split up in little sections throughout the day spread over 13 hours.  I found that it worked best to bring a couple of different books, a couple of playthings – and keep my interest by switching up throughout the day.”

The popular tWitch says he’d love it if in, say, three years’ time he’s “still teaching dance – traveling around teaching – and doing movies, not so much dance performance any more.  I want to get more and more into acting, playing characters that way.”

He also has a fashion line in the works, but it isn’t as close to being ready for unveiling as has been reported elsewhere.  “We’re still in the grassroots phase.  A lot of people have fashion lines.  Right now, I want to make sure I’m using my voice for what I want to say.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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