Producing. I’m sure there’s an easier way to do it. Right?
Like, at some point you’ve been organizing and coordinating and hand-shaking and trouble-shooting and promoting and agonizing and writing proposals and…
And then one day you wake up and someone says, “here, produce this film.” And all you have to do is take out a few sheets of paper and call a few people and BOOM. Instant film.
But, even though production is never going to be easy, it will get easier. I learn through doing. Usually I learn through failure. Is that normal? I don’t know. Every film I produce is different; different actors, crew, story, genre, location needs, prop needs, vfx needs, music.
Every single project gives me unique experiences and deja vu. We’re in the critical period for Your Sister Sent Me, a short drama that may turn out to be the finest film I’ve ever touched. It’s awesome to work with the cast and crew. It’s awesome to work with my fellow Producer.
It’s also a HUGE weight. We might get on set and it rains. Or, the actors don’t show up. Or, the data gets corrupted after we transfer the footage to the computer. Or maybe the director doesn’t get her point across right and the actors act badly. Or maybe the dialog wasn’t good to begin with.
No matter how well you plan ahead, something is going to go wrong. That’s life. That’s one of the reasons films need producers. To be there when something goes wonky.
This is the thought that’s keeping my fellow producer and me awake at night: if we fail this, what happens next?
I’ll tell ya. We get one day to feel crummy, eat sushi, watch Pacific Rim, and lament our choice of career.
Then we’re gonna get back up and make another film. A better one. That’s what filmmakers do.