“Nothing short of a miracle…”

To quote Janet, my producing partner, after we completed filming last year.  For you see, she called me a week before production was to commence and inquired about our "film crew" I was responsible for coordinating. To which I responded, "We're it: you, me, and Judy."

Wrong thing to say to someone with 20 years production experience in Hollywood. Me?  20 years experience writing scripts.  I live in a fantasy world, and she let me know it...

Janet managed to recruit a sound recorder at the last moment - so here we were on the set with 3, yes just a 3 "man" crew - me, Janet, and Tony... And sometimes that was just me and Tony.

Fortunately, I practiced guerrilla filmmaking for 6 months prior with camera, sound, lighting and grips, so I was ready for that.

So, we filmed a feature film for 12 days, with 6 actors. We managed to pull it off, but I wouldn't recommend it.  We were overwhelmed daily and crossed the finish line beyond exhausted.

There was no time for rehearsals, dailies, and if we had just one more day of rain, we wouldn't have gotten all the shots.

But complete the film, we did.

Weeks later, still suffering from PTSD, Janet and I were discussing post production needs with Judy.  We reminisced about those insane 12 days.  After we looked at all the footage, Janet then made her comment, to which we're thinking would be a great book title if we ever write about our experiences regarding the making of Blood Pledge.

 

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