We had a rough week of shooting. It was the first time that I work more then 14 hours a day, four days in a row. Man, I’m exhausted and I can’t wait for sleeping and Shabbos. Doing nothing then sleeping. It was also a week of ups and downs. You know, when making a film I constantly judge myself: Do I have it to be a director or not. I had big doubts about my ability to handle a larger project. But one thing is sure. I learned just a hell lot about filmmaking in this one week. The toughest part is coordination of a 16 man crew. And thats a small crew.
Filmmaking is not just art, making entertainment or creative fun. Its mostly solving problems. A prop is missing, an angle to shoot is forgotten. It means constantly improvising and being on your feet.
A big key is your crew. You want to rely on them a 100%. If a crew member messes up, or a prop suddenly breaks and production comes to halt that can endanger an entire project. I feel always the edge. But I slowly learn to love the edge. Thank Gd we have a really amazing and dedicated crew. It took us a while to find each person that fits in the right seat. They are all real talents and great teachers. They taught me a lot about each of their field. One thing I take with me from this week is that its ok not to know everything and to say, help me. Filmmaking is a team effort.
Thanks everyone who helped to make this happening and to be patient with me. I couldn’t feel more humble to work with you.
Below is a collection of some screen grabs of footage and some production shots. They give you a rough idea what we are aiming at.