The “Get it Right” Realization
Part of the internet mentality is that you get to a point where you have something watchable and you think—-THE AUDIENCE HAS WAITED LONG ENOUGH! or I’VE LOGGED MORE THAN ENOUGH COMPUTER HOURS FOR THIS EPISODE!! Which is one of the drawbacks to doing it all yourself. You might just tap out because it’s easier and you want to watch TV with your wife. I recently had a realization though that affected the way I think about the finished episodes and led to us doing that night of re-shoots. Why get so close to something outstanding and then just settle for passable. By doing that, you’re devaluing all of your hours of writing, planning, shot-listing, editing, effects-ing, everything, not to mention all of the hours of hard work and efforts of your cast and crew of friends. They’re counting on you to see this thing through to the VERY BEST of your ability, and saying that something is “good enough” is like borrowing their clothes on a hot day and then not washing them before you give them back. It’s the complete opposite of appreciation. But the real short and simple realization I had is this:
A few more hours at the computer may seem to last forever when you’re tired of working on something, but it’s only a few hours. It’s the finished episode that’s going to last forever. Get it right.
It’s a little too long for a bumper sticker, but there it is.
We did the reshoots on Monday and it was awesome. We got the shot exactly as I wanted it. As well as a little pickup that was never scripted, but should have been in there from the beginning. I mean, if a character runs around in public doing something for a few weeks, there HAS to be some kind of security camera footage of him, right? Everything is getting taped these days.
One more thing about this last update, it brings to mind the good part about doing everything yourself: You know it’s getting worked on. You don’t have to sit around wondering when some shots are going to come back, how are they going, is it getting done? At a certain point though, I feel like you have to let go of a little control in order to step into the larger world. The effects will be better if someone more talented than I is at the helm, and I certainly want them to be better. I also just want them to be done. I don’t know how long they’re going to take. A little communication sure would be nice.
Thanks for reading, guys.