Production Diary #2 - Time is a Flat Circle
...another one million things that we're trying to work out. Hey friends. Joey, here. Since Brian's first production diary, it feels like we've made great strides in further solidifying the shape of this production. I use "feels like" because we often complete a task, and instead of putting the kibosh on that topic, we find out that our decisions now fork into several new directions and choices. Will pre-production ACTUALLY wrap in November or will it go on forever in an endless loop?? Only time will tell but I hope there's a light at the end of this tunnel, because I have, indeed, cried multiple times this week.
There are a few key elements of this production where we have continuously found ourselves at an impasse, or as I like to call it, "The Chicken or The Egg Conundrum". One thing (i.e. locations) can't be locked in without the other (i.e. shooting schedule), and vice versa. But because we've been delegating work to our awesome team, it all doesn't rest on Corey, Brian, and myself's shoulders. So we've been able to focus on the things we DO have control of! Namely, the SCRIPT!! WHICH IS FINISHED.
Not sure if this is insider scoop, but we did NOT have the script completed before starting the campaign. Oopsie!! We did map out the story, characters, arcs, and many jokes in EXTREME detail in August. The plan was: put fingers to keyboard during the Kickstarter, but because we were consumed with promotion, it just couldn't happen. That all being said, I'm very proud of how polished/funny/cohesive the script is after 2 weeks of Writing Boot Camp™ and was incredibly nervous/excited/relieved to send out a draft with finalized revisions to the cast last night.
With the script complete, we're totally out of the woods right?? WRONG (See: psychedelic GIF above). Yes, a script will allow many things to fall into place, but now begins the seemingly impossible act of making everything else work to adhere to THAT road map. Enter Wes Middleton, our 1st AD and savior to us all.
Wes worked tirelessly with us all weekend to create a shooting schedule that could accommodate our actor's conflicts. And boy-oh-BOY did they have a lot! We got some busy friends! However, their involvement in this project is paramount to it's success so our top priority was exhausting EVERY possible scheduling option before considering the possibility of recasting.
As you can see, there isn't ANY day that everyone can be there (and that's not even the entire cast's availability!) so solving this puzzle was tricky.
But after hours of deliberation, rearranging, solution brainstorming, and problem solving, we finally landed on SOMETHING that works. Here are a few clips of the process ranging from "Holy Shit. This will never work." to "Woah! There's hope!"
Lots to juggle! The landscape of this project has been ever changing, so we better get used to it! In fact, since I started working on this update, I'm sure this whole plan has been changed based on new information! Such is life!! Wish us luck and stay tuned, wolf pack!
PS!!!!! We have not sent out surveys yet through our fulfillment service, BackerKit, so don't fret! Those should be headed your way within the week :)