Wild Ride: Day One

I hope the next one is a water world.

I hope the next one is a water world.

It was one of those days.

At the time everything felt very manageable: I did a lot of stuff and made a lot of progress, but now thinking back on it all I’m not sure how I managed to fit it all in. I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that it was all one day.

The day began in Editing Mode.  The film that I am editing recently graduated from First Cut to Second Cut which means that now the edits are becoming more subtle and requiring more finesse. Before the weekend the Director had sent an email full of detailed notes that I wanted to address so that she could show the film to some friends as a preliminary test audience. This went smoothly, although a few of the trickier notes still need to be re-examined.

Then came lunch at 10:30 in the morning.

Lunch happened early because my earliest afternoon was dedicated to being in Producer Mode as I met with the Director and Assistant Director for the new project that I am now working on. I was very excited to get started and was delighted when the AD suggested that we meet to discuss a plan for scouting for the next few days of the week. This was a great ground-level introduction to the Director’s vision and gave me a sense of where the team is in the pre-production process as well.

Then came second lunch. Or perhaps the Hobbits would call it “afternoon tea”.

I switched out of Producer Mode in order to switch into Social Mode for a while to visit with a local friend that I haven’t seen in nearly a year. We went to a cafe called SQUIRL that, I was told, has good toast. And it’s true. How does one make notably good toast? I’m still not sure, but SQUIRL manages to do it.

After good toast and a good visit I drove home to do some grocery shopping and putter around the house. It was an Energy Savings day so we were trying to use as little power as we could between 2pm and 6pm so I had to avoid turning on the computers if I could help it- which is why I’m writing now at the eleventh hour. Again.

Then it was back into Producer Mode and back to campus to meet with my Co-Producer(s) to find out more nuts-and-bolts details about the project that I am now a part of. It could have been very intimidating and overwhelming, but actually I found it quite reassuring: there is a lot of work, but the timeline appears to be manageable and we already seem to be making good progress even though it is only (for me) day one.

Then, at last, it was time to go home and relax and spend time with the Curmudgeonly Lion. It may have happened last in my day, but it is going to become increasingly rare and precious so I am making an effort to enjoy it while I can.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on July 14, 2014.

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