Originally Written on: Thursday March 28th, 2013
Posted on: Tuesday April 16th, 2013
That’s a wrap! So I missed my daily blog deadline for the past few days or weeks. I’ve been caught up with production and post-production for the upcoming short film “A Kiss From A Whore,” written and directed by Thomas Jackson.
As the producer, I’m not really required to be on set, but my controlling and compulsive personality won’t allow me to just sit back and watch things fall apart. When I wasn’t typing out call sheets, daily productions reports or counting money/receipts with the assistant producer, I tried to alleviate some pressure from the AD’s and the props master (who also happened to be craft services and a character in the film). Filmmaking is organized chaos. It’s quite beautiful actually.
Did I mention we also had 5 actors drop out of the film while we were in production? Julian Kane, the 2nd Second AD/casting director, and I had to drive to TSU campus to pick up some actors and find some last minute replacements. It got to the point where we had to put some of our own crew in the short film. Seeing as how they were required to be on set all day, scheduling wouldn’t be an issue.
We broke a lot of rules! Although it was a class project, we still had to adhere to common film set rules. Of course, if we missed the exact lunch hour…the unions weren’t going to come knocking on our door and shut us down, but the whole “simulated” reality situation really helps us prepare for the future. We had a working lunch on day 3. Some of the crewmembers and I were literally making hot dogs and feeding everyone while they were prepping for a scene. I just wanted to make sure everyone ate. Yes, I sometimes feel like the Mom on set.
It took 3.5 days to get this short film in the can! The screenplay was about 30 pages long. The crew was about 18 people, including our 2 film professors who did everything they could to help out. 12+ hour days and minimal sleep means everyone was on edge! Despite all of the heated arguments and utter chaos, it was a wonderful experience and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
(Film = Fun) > 9 to 5
P.S. For more information about our film visit: www.facebook.com/akissshortfilm
INT. TSU AVID LAB. AFTERNOON.
“Do we have all the props? Did you send the call sheets? Are the location secured? Wait…what?! Did I eat lunch today?” Here I am, mentally freaking out about a 30-page script with 4 locations and 13 speaking roles. Our film professor is screaming his head off and making every attempt to ensure we don’t give up. It was basically a film school version of the film Stand and Deliver.
What I learned today: Filmmaking is a constant learning process. If you are not learning something, you’re doing it wrong! Education is the foundation to all filmmakers. There is constant innovation, growth and change in the film industry. If you are not “educated” about those changes, it can (and will) set you back.
What I will improve: As a producer, I need to learn how to be more aggressive in leading others and making firm decisions. Some people have called me a “push over” before, but I think I’ve improved significantly since the first short film I worked on.
What I expect tomorrow: A green pasture filled with beautiful filmmakers and actors who are ready to create movie-magic. Or complete apocalyptic chaos… either way, we’re ready for both.
Let’s do this!
FADE TO BLACK.
It’s 11:38pm and I almost forgot about this blog. I started doing homework, figuring out some logistics for the short film I’m producing and I just lost track of time. Lame excuse, I know! But hey, at least I made it to the blog… baby steps people!
Some of the topics that I will be writing about soon (like tomorrow) are: my future plans, the Paleo (cavegirl) life, weightloss, health, relationships, filmmaking, media analysis, feminism and Ryan Gosling. Okay, so maybe not Mr. Gosling, but I may post a few “hey girl” memes. What can I say? I like men with beautiful smiles. Especially those with dimples!
Lately I feel like I’ve been “all over the place.” I may have too much on my plate. (No, that’s not a fat joke.) With graduation right around the corner and a possible move to California, I can’t help but wonder if this is what “growing up” is all about? How does Liz Lemon “have it all?” Will a woman ever become the POTUS? If so, what will we call her husband? FMOTUS?
That’s all I got people. Good night!