We are currently in post-production and looking forward to the final cut. Stay tuned to our facebook page and our official website for the latest!
1. All that pre-production work? Print it. ALL OF IT. Every single email, receipt, contract, permit, insurance info, contact info, release form, google maps... organize it in a pretty binder with labeled tabs and pockets. Chain it to your body.
2. The LA mindset is SO very different from the east coast. This is particularly noticeable when there is a deadline involved. Try not to stress. Tick-tock.
3. Find out in advance what everyone likes to drink, how they take their coffee, and if anyone has any food allergies or dietary restrictions.
4. Read and understand SAG rules and requirements. Follow them.
5. Don't bet on having a cell signal up in the mountains and canyons around LA. Have a backup plan - smoke signals, Pony Express, a land line (gasp!), pre-arranged meeting times and places, etc.
6. Be diplomatic with neighbors, city officials, and the like. An introduction, a little pleasant conversation, and apologizing for and correcting any inconveniences can go a long way.
7. During filming, check in with the cast and crew periodically to see if there is anything they need.
8. Do your research when ordering catering... read yelp reviews, examine the menu carefully, consider price and quantity, variety, ease of setup, ease of eating, and, delivery is essential. In LA, make sure you ask for plates, napkins, and utensils, or you might not get any.
9. Ask questions - the professionals love to talk about what they do. But stay out of the way.
10. Carry plenty of cash when on location; dole it out to cast and crew for a Starbucks run, or for when you recruit extras off the street at the last minute.
12. Don't forget a first-aid kit.
13. Put everything back where you found it.
14.There will be lots of time to get to know your cast and crew on a personal level; take advantage of it.
15. Don't be afraid to wing it... make the best decisions you can, with the information you have at the time.
16. Be nice and maintain a calm demeanor. You're the boss and everyone will look to you when the shit starts to hit the fan. (16.a. - have your inevitable meltdown in private)
17. Make sure the writer's vision remains intact.
18. There are bad takes and on-the-fly changes, sometime a lot. Roll with it.
19. Trust your director and crew (see above).
20. Have fun and revel in the experience. You're only a first-timer once.