The day before production

I feel like a child before a 3-day Christmas.

When I get excited with nervous anticipation, everything slows down and I have trouble focusing on one thing at a time.

I’m running around getting bottled water and snacks for set, withdrawing cash to pay for the lighting truck, buying a clipboard, reviewing tomorrow’s shooting schedule, taking notes on what I need to remember to tell the actors during their scenes tomorrow, passing out flyers to the businesses and residents that live next to the location so they know we are filming and have the producer’s contact info in case of questions, prepping the location with the art department, cooking a big batch of food so I don’t have to worry about breakfast and dinner for the next 3 days, and laying out clothes so I don’t have to make decisions about what to wear, and moving anything in my to-do list to after the shoots so my mind is uncluttered.

And playing tennis to spend the nerves so I can relax and will be able to fall asleep tonight.

Total commitment to a single project is an interesting thing, almost a religious practice.


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