We've been busy bees this week. The funds came through from Kickstarter, so armed with our new budget numbers, we finalized some paperwork and held a few production meetings with key crew members.
I (Jess) met up with our Director of Photography Scott Baker, who (by the way) just recently finished a massively-successful Kickstarter campaign for his own film, the sci-fi/horror feature 5th Passenger. (Watch for that one, folks, it's gonna be really good stuff.)
We had some tasty sandwiches, went through my "look book" -- that's a kind of visual reference file of photos, movie stills, and such -- and talked about the look of the film, the kinds of shots we want to get, camera equipment, and other considerations that have to do with the cinematography. (And yes, that is a Game of Thrones coaster on the desk...)
Right away, it felt like we were on the same page. We followed up on previous conversations, shot a bunch of ideas back and forth, and Scott had great insights on some important visuals and how to obtain them.
All in all, it was fun and very productive!
The next meeting was with our fabulous Unit Production Manager & Line Producer, Alyssa Ulrich. Night of the Alyssas!
What a pro, that Alyssa Ulrich. And such a pleasure to work with. Both of these ladies are super-organized and make my life as the director so much easier and less stressful. We covered a lot of ground, from budgeting to locations to finalizing our crew lineup... and more.
There's still a lot of work to do, but after our meeting with Miz Ulrich it became clear how much we've already accomplished. A lot of what we're doing now is using our budget info to flesh out the rest of the team and lock down details with vendors. Otherwise we're starting the scheduling process for principal photography and waiting for reports to come in on potential locations and some other things.
It's been a productive week. Tomorrow we have a few interviews with potential FX makeup artists and a possible Production Designer -- plus our super-secret mission... so stay tuned for more updates soon!
Everybody have a great weekend!