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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.