That which does not kill us sometimes makes us stay up really late.

I refuse to be the sort of blogger who gets on and whines about all of the whoa-is-me of pre-production. On the other hand, I think it would be silly and dishonest to only address the good stuff that goes on with this film, so here I am. In the past month or so, we lost our original DP. Then, we gained a new DP who I am very excited to work with. We have lost some key locations, and we’re working to straighten that mess out right now. Now, we’ve lost one of our key performers. But here’s the craziest part. I know that it’s going to be okay…better than okay. This is not some sort of blessings, God, powers of the universe sort of thing. It is a firm belief that this community, my community will come through for me. People talk about going to big cities to make movies, but there is absolutely no way on earth that any of the movies or plays that I’ve ever worked on could have happened in a larger city. There are certainly benefits to the kinds of resources that are available in larger urban areas, but this town is like the cool aunt who gives you tough love sometimes but is always there to pick you up and feed you a good meal when you need it. I joke with people that I’m like Morgan Freeman in Shawshank Redemption (you clearly see the resemblance, right?). Here, I know how to get things. Ask nicely. And that is why I love being here. Thanks in advance, C-U. I know that you’re going to come through for me.

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