Not every production is the same, however, all productions have one thing in common — long days and strange hours. “Typical production day” is a misnomer — there is nothing typical about any production day. There’s no control over the weather, no insurance against equipment malfunction, no doctor that can keep the ailments away, and no warning against natural disasters; in short, you can’t control everything, and everything can go wrong. But that doesn’t have to mean the end of the production.
Independent film production does carry lots of “potential” wrongs, but it also has the potential for greatness. A well-planned production (during preproduction) means you can eliminate many problems before they happen. That was our goal with Crossing Streets. It’s important to note, however, that due to the accelerated nature of our development and pre-production, we were not as well planned as we should have been. Our time window from STORY to PRODUCTION was a mere 13 weeks — unheard of in feature film productions. That meant we started with nothing but a story idea, and within 13 weeks, we rolled camera and captured our first scene. We had written an 89-page feature film script, secured funding, secured locations, hired the crew, and cast the film in that very short time frame. Once production started, 20 days later, the film was through principle photography. 17 weeks — story to the end of filming. Exhausting, even in reflection.
On the flip side, we had an incredibly easy production — location wise. The lack of sufficient time meant that we were scrambling some days, pulling in last minute props, changing around scene order and shooting days, or just overall pulling our hair out. Yet, on those same days, we only had a 5-minute walk between locations. The hard times were therefore cushioned by the proximity of our location, taking the stress out of company moves, setting up base camps, and concerning ourselves over all things “location management”. It was the ideal shoot, location to location, as we stayed primarily in a 1 square mile radius, dipping out of our “zone” only to shoot in the industrial park (car chase, Kook scenes, fight scene).