Hey! We’re making a film! In case you missed our posts, it’s called Started From Scratch. Please take a moment to go check out the first teaser here if you haven’t seen it yet. It’s a teaser, not a trailer, so if you still have questions, that’s cool. We’re gonna release a trailer later in the year that should give you a better idea of what we’re doing here. But for now, we’re just sharing some good sound clips and slowly introducing some of our cast.
So during this filmmaking journey, which started for us in July 2015, we’ve learned a lot. We’ve learned not only about our cast members, but also about some technical aspects of shooting and editing.
Overall, we’ve been having a really great experience, but we’ve also learned that independent filmmaking is tough. I mean, you already knew that, but I thought I’d remind you in case you thought that we were over here living the Riesling and bowls of baked ziti life.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s focus again. Independent filmmaking is tough! Despite all of that, our first day of shooting was a success. We’ll be periodically sharing blog posts about our past shoots to share different things that we learned that we think may be useful. It’s kind of a behind-the-scenes/journal series about our journey and we’re calling it Finna Make A Movie Right Quick.
First up is a little information on our first shoot with the legendary DJ Toomp. Here’s a short video to introduce you to our guy, featuring Toomp himself + another one of our cast members, our friend Raheem The Dream:
Honestly, for our first shoot as a group, as Creative Protest, our session with Toomp went extremely well. Let’s quickly go through a couple of the small issues we ran into and what we learned from these issues:
- Nearly everyone showed up early or on time, but when we arrived at our location…the suite we were supposed to go to was not listed. Thanks to a very nice young man who walked me a smooth quarter mile around the building to show me the address I was looking for, we located our talent, who was working and had missed my phone calls.
- It helps to be early. If you’re doing things independently, you may not be able to afford a locations manager. As the director/co-producer/editor, I am the lead on this project, so I am also often the Locations department. Like I said: independent filmmaking is hard, but showing up early or on time really helps in case you run into hiccups. And you’ll run into hiccups. So be early or on time.
- Some of our essential crew ran about an hour late because Atlanta traffic is trash and wants no one to be great.
- Things happen. We live and operate in Atlanta, so traffic happens. Sometimes you can’t help this. I was stressed, but if I learned anything from this, it’s that you do your very best to do your very best and whatever happens, happens. I communicated the delay to Toomp and he said ok. He was very flexible and cool about this and everything worked out, but sticking to timelines is important to us as we want to respect everyone’s time. Had he told us he was short on time, that would have been ok, too. Since he was already committed to sitting with us, the worst case scenario would have been that we’d have had to reschedule. Either way, it would have worked out for the best. But the bottom line is that it worked out.
That’s it! We literally only had two issues. Our questions were received and answered very well. We got a lot of great content. And we met a legend! We won!
This is a short story today. Hope you learned from our learning. We look forward to sharing more with you soon.
Shouts to Sid, French, Chad + Raphael (our primary set photographer) for coming through + providing their priceless services!