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How to transform your production from a train wreck to a masterpiece

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Film & Television 9th Jan 2018 RedShark News


Or how to survive a shoot when stuff hits the fan and your best laid plans are in tatters.

It’ll happen to you someday. In fact, if you do this long enough, it’ll happen to you many times: The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Men Syndrome.

Steinbeck named his classic literary work, Of Mice and Men, after the phrase “The best laid plans of mice and men go often askew.” Though the original is from a 1785 poem, it is just as relevant nearly 250 years later in an age the original author could never have dreamt of.

You plan, you prepare, you carefully select and purchase or rent your gear – exactly what you will need to execute a project with excellence and a minimum of trouble or unnecessary work (and time.)

Then it happens. The light changes. The power goes out. The location changes. The extension cord is not long enough. The sun has set. You’re shooting into windows with no ND and no HMIs. Your truck is a mile away and all you have is the gear in your hands. And the client is tapping his foot with that “Can we pleaseget on with it?!” look that we all dread.

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