We were watching the Olympic sprinters yesterday. One of the runners called a time out because the officials kept them in a down position too long. Then the same runner started too soon and they had to start again. Her dilemma resonated with me after the day I had with Greenspoke.
I’ve been shoving this short sci-fi project along through:
- scheduling messups (mine)
- getting laid off
- recruiting barely available staff because of my last-minutitis
- having equipment we needed just out of reach
- giving an onerous task of production management to an eleventh hour part-time production team
- not listening to my instincts and impressions
After some harsh words and soul-searching, I realized that I would not be doing the project or the people involved justice if I went ahead. My good friend Michael listened and let me work it through and figure out that the best solution was to put the project off until spring.
I love this script. I am proud of it and what it promises as a short form piece. So I am going to take a different approach:
- hire a professional production management team so I’m not worrying about whether the actors and crew are taken care of, especially when we shoot outdoors
- compress the shooting schedule and shoot on consecutive days so we can secure the best crew without restricting their ability to get other paid assignments
- define roles and responsibilities at the very start with every member of the team
- go into our first shooting day focused on getting the best shots and performances from my actors
The sprinter I mentioned did not finish fast enough to get a medal. But she finished, false starts and all. And maybe we can finish and get the gold with more careful planning and attention to detail.