I know...I know... it surprises me just as much as it does the people who've known me for a while that I would actually sit in the director's chair on a project. I'm always joking to my crew that I'm going to be directing from a position under a table since I have every intention of running the practical FX for the film. But I was coaxed into it because it was a chance to do something really challenging with the FX, and out of the Siren Productions team I really am the best person to take the reins on it.
So now I get a golden opportunity to put all my theories about running a smooth project to the test on a working production.
Like every other production I've worked on, it starts with building a solid core crew. (I hate using the term "inner circle" because it implies favoritism rather than seniority.) While Siren Productions has always been my flagship team, I knew that I really needed to bring some fresh blood on board that had skills and expertise in areas that my standard team was lacking.
That meant taking a hard look at the company that I hail from and picking out all the flaws. I know that sounds horrible, but it is a necessity. What are we good at? What aren't we good at? What do we really suck at?
Siren got away with doing Psycho Chick Anonymous with a production crew composed primarily of four people because it was filmed documentary-style. I knew that this project was going to need a full crew and many more bells and whistles than that. Fortunately, I've met a quite a few people while working on crews for other productions, and finding the right people to help fill out a core crew who bring a lot of much-needed resources and enthusiasm to the table was a lot easier than I thought it would be.
So begins my journey into directing...