Saturday, November 16, 2013

What's the Rush?

Two more people asked me if Predatory Moon will be premiering in the Fall. One seemed awfully surprised to learn that I haven't started principle photography yet, and his tone seemed to change to having the you're-never-going-to-actually-do-this ring to it. I actually found it kind of insulting.

I'm a new director, and being so I probably should be on the ceiling right now fretting about how I'm "not ready" and there is so much that still needs to be done. But I'm not, and for good reason.

Hands down, the most frequent compliment I get whenever someone walks into my studio is how insanely organized I am. Everything has its place and is in a clearly-marked container. Granted, I'm not the type who goes ballistic if things aren't 100% in order, but in my particular line of work grabbing the wrong bottle can have some pretty bad consequences. This ultra-organized behavior of mine has indeed trickled into how I manage a production, much to the delight of the people who work with me.

Don't get me wrong, I've certainly dropped a few balls here and there. I just know where I dropped them and allotted myself enough time to snatch them up again before someone trips on them. I'm also very aware of my weak spots and made sure that more capable people could take the reins on parts of production that I'm likely not going to do well. It took time to assemble such a team.

The production is also operating on very little money. If something goes wrong, I can't just throw money at the problem. But I also don't have heavy investors or distributors putting pressure on me to deliver a product quickly, and those who have thrown in a few bucks seem to understand that taking time with production will greatly improve its quality. Let's face it, if I had cast in February and shot two weeks later, there would have never been a discussion about upgrading the werewolves from cable puppets to animatronic. There simply would not have been enough time to even consider it or enough money to make it happen overnight.

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