Two years ago I organised some additional shooting for the Monsters trailer. In my past I have run businesses, organised and run exhibitions, been an organiser of massive events. Talking to people and in front of large groups doesn't scare me.
Which is why I finally decided to embrace something that has been creeping up on me. I've known it was there but pretended it wasn't.
The Producer's Hat - though I suspect wearing a hat is probably more useful than embracing it.
This year we will make Winter or at least film the actors (it will be CGI sets a la Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow). But for that to happen we have to drive it forward and unless we pick up the Producer's hat and get it worn, that won't happen. As I have more time than Chris the Director - and once the writing stage is complete I effectively have nothing to do (sort of) - it may as well be me.
Truth is, I enjoy it. I pretend not to but when, for example, we lost the cameraman a day or so before shooting the additional footage for Monsters - I managed to organise a replacement within 24 hours. It was exciting, scary and fun.
So that's the big target for the coming year: Shoot Winter. And it's a biggee. I have been gathering every bit of information (including buying a seminar on DVD from an actual producer on the subject of being one) books and so forth. It's no good going into this blind. And then adjusting everything I'm learning to fit the crowd-sourcing paradigm. It's a fun game.
Lesser goals for the year:
- Script in for Red Planet;
- Re-work two feature scripts so they stop saying I am merely competent;
- Build industry contacts;
- Get web sites running and generating income so I'm less reliant on the day job;
Overall policy for the year: Get busy!
What's on the turntable? "Amarok" by Mike Oldfield