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August 12, 2008

Lessons Learned

Of course, we haven't even had our shoot yet, but I will saw a couple of things that I've learned already.

1) Shooting just a 5 minute short doesn't make sense financially...
There are certain things, like production insurance, which have cover a minimum of 10 days shooting and thus are awfully overpriced for just a one to two day short. I would definitely say the better way to make the most of your money would be to line up 2-3 shorts and film them all in a day or two.

2) There is always something more to do...
You have to really stay on top of things and make lists. There are so many details to keep track of.

3) Technical people and equipment is expensive.
Getting things to look and sound good costs money. There is no way around it.

4) It's always good to have a backup plan.
I wanted to shoot both days in Fair Hill, but the head ranger there didn't want have us film there on a saturday. So I went to a run down dairy barn nearby today and got permission to shoot our second day there. One less thing to stress about.

Posted by jason on August 12, 2008 01:19 AM


I think it's going to be awesome!

Posted by: Jonathan on August 12, 2008 01:43 AM

I don't. J/k--you're gonna rock it, Jase!

Posted by: jessica on August 12, 2008 03:51 AM

this is completely unrelated, but kinda funny, I think.

When I saw the Faint last week, I kept calling them the Vains all night--because of your screenplay!

Which, by the way was good:-)

But, I still like Black Family Singers the best, I think--with A Well-Adjusted Boy at a very close second, maybe even tying first place.

Posted by: jessica on August 12, 2008 03:54 AM

I hope everything works out for you, Jase. Blessings.

Posted by: kathiek on August 12, 2008 09:55 AM

oh yeah, another lesson...

set your expected budget and expect it to go up at east 40%!

Posted by: jason on August 12, 2008 10:26 AM

that's awesome jessica, I just got Faint's newest album. How was the show?

Posted by: paul on August 12, 2008 03:45 PM

so, if you had filmed in the west, it wouldn't have gone up 40%? ;-)

Posted by: peaj on August 12, 2008 04:11 PM

the show was seriously so much fun! I danced almost the whole time--and to make it even better they had this bouncy floor, so with hundreds of people dancing, it made for a very fun time.

but the faint is awesome--I really like their sound.

Posted by: Jessica on August 12, 2008 05:34 PM

Thank you for a great post

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