So no one told me about the post movie hangover....
Just kidding (not really)! Although it's hard to get back to "real life" (Is LA considered real life?) once you shoot a movie on location for 3 weeks, I was forced to get out of bed to wrap up all the odds and ends left over. You know, things like payroll, unpacking trucks, bills... all the exciting stuff. But it's nice comfort knowing that all these details getting wrapped up are all reminents of a very productive and successful round of principal photography. In other words:
WE MADE A FREAKING MOVIE!!!!!!
As Matt said, it's hard to put the experience into words, because there is really no way to put such an amazing, challenging, downright epic journey into a couple sentences. All I can say is I've never seen a group of people work harder towards a common goal than making Love In The Time Of Monsters, and for that, I'll be eternally grateful. Without all the hard work, the journey I've been on with Matt and Mike these past 4-odd years would have been for naught.
It's not like we didn't have our share of barely controlled chaos and crazy things happen on set (pink eye anyone?); but with all the "Murphy's Law" stuff that goes along with shooting a movie, the thing I am the most proud of is that we all protected the movie itself. Often when something would go awry, the question that was asked was "how do we keep shooting?" By doing that, we made sure to get the best movie on film that we could. And boy did we! Watching the footage we had shot every day was a complete joy, and a great way to re-energize and attack the day.
So as I look into a storage unit filled with props and costumes, or at a line item on a cost report, I think back to those crazy, awesome weeks in the woods and smile. Love In The Time Of Monsters is that much closer to being in a theater near you!
By the way, there's never been a better time to subscribe to our facebook, twitter and youtube feeds. Did you see all the video blogs that were put up during production? If a picture says a 1,000 words, how many does a video say?