Monday, March 14, 2011

5 Truths About Making a Feature Film

For those who don't already know, I work in film. The company I work for is currently in production on a feature length animated movie. It is an extremely intense and high-pressure undertaking full of long hours and a fair amount of personal sacrifice. That's really all I can say about it, aside from the following 5 truths.

When Making A Feature Film:

1) You don't see your friends or family as much as you do between projects. It kinda sucks but I am learning that it is just part of it all.

2) Working out at the gym becomes a serious challenge. When your average work day is 8am - 8pm - you get home so tired and hungry that any prospects of working out get thrown out the window quickly.

3) You learn to truly appreciate the weekend. Dan and I MUST make the most of them because they are really our only time to chill out. R&R is an absolute and I think we value the weekends more during the height of production than during slower times.

4) Asking for time off gets really scary. What we do is SUCH a collaborative effort that it gets really difficult to get time off. Even trying to have a few hours to get your teeth cleaned is a STRUGGLE.

5) You drink a lot of coffee. A LOT. I mean...seriously, a lot.

It can all get really overwhelming really quickly, but I do try to step back and remind myself that this is what I've always wanted to do and there are so many people who would love to be here. It is a really cool thing to be a part of and I need to just take it day by day.

What are some truths about your vocation??

1 comment:

  1. plus you meet future husbands and have cool holiday parties. Truth about mine? Just watch Office Space.


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