Fast, Cheap, Good: Pick Two
Yes, that’s a cliche. It is also true 99% of the time. This summer I found myself moving very fast, on a low-low budget, toward shooting my first webisode. August is never a great time to be scheduling things, and as I conferred with the director and considered crew and cast the main roles and started making my lists and my lists and my lists and my lists suddenly
I want to do this with a crew I love at a price I can afford. I want good. And I need cheap. So I hit the brakes.
I hate that. I am both temperamentally and by training a The Show Must Go On type. I have yet to hear a reasoned, logical argument for pursuing a career in theater and yet here I am. I am not easily daunted by financial prudence, time constraints, or logistical hurdles. I don’t know anyone who has lasted in this industry, especially in this city, who is afraid to be broke, stressed, and over-worked at least part time. One thing and one thing only convinced me to hit pause: real worry that the result would not be good. When I know damn well the result could be excellent.
So in the interest of everyone involved--writer, director, DP, actors, sound person, everyone--getting something they’re proud of for their reel, I’m slowing it down. I am being uncharacteristically realistic. I am actually answering the call of logic, financial good sense, and the fixed nature of the 24-hour day.
It feels absolutely bizarre.