November 16th, 2009 by Shannon Newton
I was trying to explain to my collegues the stress and excitement about bringing a film or video production together. The intensely stimulating creativity and planning culminating in an adrenaline-fueled event that is easily 25% of the entire budget blown in a single day.
The analogy I came up trying to describe this process was building a cool model out of Legos like a Star Wars Imperial Walker. I used to love Legos growing up (limitless possibilities of the creative imagination).
A film/video production is like trying to build this model in the most difficult way imaginable. Instead of buying it in a pre-packaged unit, you have to order your pieces individually by UPC codes. You have no idea if you actually ordered the right part because you are ordering from a bunch of different people. You also don’t know if you ordered the right pieces until they show up (if they show up).
When you finally do build the model, you can only see some of the pieces while others you have to assemble behind a curtain. As soon as you start, you have only a limited amount of time to complete the model or you have to send everything back and start all over again.
It’s fun and exciting and the better you prepare, the less likely the chaos of trying to run the production will make you want to cry.