Five Annoying Things About Producing

As I’ve mentioned, I’m working on an independent web pilot with my friend/partner Amanda.

Neither of us have produced anything before. I don’t know if other producers have these problems. I don’t know if these will even seem like real problems in a couple weeks. But here are the five biggest things that are on my nerves right now.

1. Rewrites

actual text from our draft. don't judge. I'm playing Kristen and Amanda is Lindsey.

actual text from our current draft. don’t judge.
I’m playing Kristen and Amanda is Lindsey.

Rewrites are necessary but when does it end? I just hope our trusted advisers like this draft because I’m not starting over again.

Oh and the script is dependent on location and the location is dependent on the script.

2. Casting

remember when Joey cast Carl to be his twin? awesome.

remember when Joey cast Carl to be his twin? awesome.

Thank God Amanda knows about casting because if it were up to me, I’d throw all my friends in it and (no offense guys) it would be terrible.

The hard part is not finding actors. The problem is finding actors that fit the part and fit with each other, especially since this is sort of a family comedy and the actors need to look more or less alike.

3. Financing

if only...

if only…

We wanted to fund the first project ourselves. We are calling in favors and doing everything on the cheap, but some expenses are unavoidable and, if I learned anything from wedding planning, everything ends up costing more than you thought.

4. Scheduling

schedule

I thought we had a schedule, so I planned accordingly. But now the script needs more finessing, we still have to nail down a few actors, then have to work around their schedules, the director’s schedule, Amanda’s and my schedule, our associate producer/friend Kevin’s schedule, oh right, and the location’s schedule.

5. Locations

1st Ave & Houston, June 5, 1935 credit

1st Ave & Houston, June 5, 1935
credit

By far the biggest pain in the ass. Since we need a bocce court, that kind of limits our options for sites. Luckily we live in New York.

Amanda, bless her, has been taking the lead on most of this stuff. If it weren’t for her, Kevin, and our saintly director Ted, I would have given up a long time ago.

Apparently, it’s ‘Vent Your Niche Frustrations Day’.
Your turn.

Comments

  1. White people problems! ;-)

    No one ever said becoming an overnight success would be easy!
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  2. Can I be in it? Oh wait…you said you’re not doing the casting. Dang it.
    thoughtsappear recently posted…I Locked Cupcakes in the Car and Didn’t Crack the WindowMy Profile

  3. I’m impressive on the bocce court and I’m available. You’re welcome.
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