An Unexpected Journey (The Producer Log #5)
This is chapter 5 of The Producer Log, a journal written by writer/director/producer Alison Kathleen Kelly as she advances on her journey producing a micro-budget feature film. You can find all the installments on the Make a Film page.
An Unexpected Journey
We recently hit a bit of a roadblock, due to creative and irreconcilable differences we had to let go of our Director. It was a difficult decision to make but a decision we had to make nonetheless. I can’t go into the particulars but what I will say is that when you know it’s not working with a crew or cast member it’s better to end things sooner rather than later. The last thing you want is on set fighting and nitpicking in front of the rest of the cast and crew.
You need as much harmony as possibly during a production.
NEW SHOOT DATE
We were aiming to shoot in March however, we are now looking at shooting in June – the good thing is we have a scene where our lead actresses have to dance around in bikinis – as anyone who’s been to France in March will know, the weather will be cold… so at least now in June, the sun will be shining and no one will get hypothermia!!
NEW TELLING THE CAST / CREW
It’s very upsetting to have to reschedule an entire production however, you need to make sure everyone knows what’s going on, they have other productions and jobs to work on so you must be mindful about other peoples’ schedules and keeping them in the loop.
Many people have emailed me to get more information so I am trying to send them an update email at the end of every week just to let them know what’s happening.
People will think perhaps the film won’t ever get made; you have to reassure everyone that this is a minor setback that will be good for the production, as we will have the right director and DOP onboard.
Also, filmmaking is hard, unexpected things happen, you might think you have everything planned and then the rug is pulled out from under you, that is why it’s best to have people around you who are versatile and adaptable, people who will help when things go wrong, they are the people to help make things go right!
NEW NEW DIRECTOR AND NEW DOP
We’re in the process of trawling through hundreds of submissions for our new Director and DOP, we are going to narrow the submissions down to a group of around 20 and interview them in mid-March.
NEW NEXT CHAPTER
Originally I was going to write an episode each week however, because of this slight set back for the next month I will be writing an episode every fortnight until production is back on track. So I have interesting insights to give you!
In my next Chapter I will talk about finding a good Director for a micro budget film.
Alison Kathleen Kelly is an award winning writer/director/producer from London. Alison studied directing at UCLA Extension and went on to produce several successful short films, she is now producing a horror feature film in France and preparing to direct her first feature, a gangster film set in London. You can contact Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org