A wise man once said, "a producer's job making sure everybody making the movie is making the same movie." As we have gone through the development of Love in the Time of Monsters, I've been busy making sure that all the scenes get shot, the scouts get taken, the concept art gets drawn, the checks clear, etc., it's easy to get distracted from the most important thing I have to do, making sure everybody on the creative team is making the same movie.
In order to check in with the progress of that goal, we had a big "vision" meeting where Matt took us through his version of the movie as it now stands, FROM BEGINNING TO END. That's right, Matt stood in front of us for 2+ hours and performed the movie scene by scene to make sure that we knew what was going on in that head of his. Number 1, I can't believe we didn't have Ben there with his camera because it was a performance not to be missed, and two, I can see why Matt stayed behind the camera (just kidding Matt!)
Seriously Matt did a fantastic job translating LiToM from the page to a living, breathing, thing. It couldn't have been easy for him either, especially with a tough crowd like us; we'd keep stopping him mid "scene" to ask questions and wonder aloud why certain things were the way they were. Of course, that's the whole point: to make sure we're all on the same page, and to speak up when we aren't. Everyone (me) thinks they are clear on exactly what's going on until someone (Matt) points out that something's changed.
In the end it was a really fun and productive experience to go through. I feel even more connected to LiToM than I did before, and I think that's a testament to the work that not just Matt, but the whole creative team has been putting in to make this the best movie it can be. In addition, we were able to work through some rough spots and make the film even better. Everybody has just brought so much to the table, I can't imagine this movie being anything less than awesome.
Happy Halloween everybody! I'm going to take some time off and check out the Tim Burton exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Did any of you guys have a chance to see it? I'm hoping to be inspired...