Ready-Set-Go!

Ever have one of those days where you go through your entire phonebook and text people you haven’t talked to in ages? Hi, long time – let’s do those drinks soon!
You’re lonely, but you’re lazy – too tired to call someone.
You want to do something, but you want to sit still.

I’m having one of those days. I’ve been on set for the last two and whenever a film wraps, no matter how short that shoot was, you always feel a little lost and lonely afterwards. It’s like an aimicable split; you know it has to end, but you’re still sad to see it go. You miss the good parts; joking around with the grips, being in a beautiful location and you forget about the seventeen hour days, running up and down and all around, being yelled at by your assistant director. It’s like leaving home for the first time, you’re excited for what’s next, but you’re left longing for what you’ve left behind.

Crews are like family. I’ve never worked on a set for more than six days, as I’ve only done short films or a few days in a row, like this last shoot. I can’t imagine what it’s like working on shoots that last for weeks, months. There’s a reason why people fall in love on set, why relationships start, other relationships fall apart. Set is all consuming – it takes hold of your life and though you know it has an expiry date, you don’t want to let go. You hope the magic that exists not only in between action and cut, but during the surrounding hours can last outside of set as well. It’s like a drug you have to wean yourself off of. After being up thirty-eight out of the last sixty hours I just want more. I want to be surrounded by the cube (trucks), the red (camera), grips and keys! But I’m also excited for the next project, the next production. As I inch closer to the filming of my next short I’m getting more and more excited. Another set, another family – let’s see what kind of magic happens this time.