This is our first location:
This photo was taken Friday afternoon, about 60 hours before we start shooting the movie. In the past few weeks we’ve hired our actors, secured locations, and hired 25 people for our crew. There have been meetings upon meetings, location scouts, conflict, firings, rehearsals, compromises, emails, fundraising shout outs, negotiations, scheduling, and the list goes on. Every night I go to bed wondering if I have done enough that day, because I know when I wake up in the morning that we are one day closer.
Will everything be ready? Will we have enough food for everyone? Will we have enough time to get our shots in every day?
But I can’t stress about that. I can only focus on what I can control: honing the script, knowing my shot list backwards and forwards, and getting the best performance out of my actors (who proved in rehearsals that they are all bringing their A game). Everything else is trust, and a leap of faith. Trust that everything will fall into place. Trust that we move quickly and efficiently. Trust that everyone is good at their job, doing all the things that I cannot do, or know how to do (and what I don’t know could fill a film school). Trust that the story is good enough. And trust that the set will be built in time.
40 hours have passed since I took that first photo. Things have changed.
Less than 20 hours from now, dozens of people will walk in and be ready to work. It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be long days. And if we do it right, it’s going to be a wonderful experience.
Here we go…