We're 5 weeks away from shooting the second half of Blessed- we split the production in half because it's such a big production but there's another reason, one I've been thinking a lot about as we gear up for the second half.
You can put together a team. Easy. Get a group of people together with some likemind, or a cause, or a shared action or experience and give it a name. Call it a team. You can't MAKE that team work though, not without the individual commitment, respect for the other teammates skills and talents they bring with them and a true desire to achieve whatever the goal is. You can't MAKE a team collaborate, either, which I think is deeper than working together. I think collaboration is what happens at some organic or even, dare I say, magical level.
At the helm of the Blessed Production Team is my director, Jen Derwingson, a true visionary and a director-to-watch, and our producer, John Hermann, a kind yet strong leader. As a team, they work brilliantly together. Each has their own goals but the collective vision is to make this film as beautifully as they can with the budget they've been given. Our DP is John Orphan who's a true genius. So add him to the team, collaboration happens and it's magic.
It was the respect for this collaboration and really, my own love of magic, that made us okay the change in the production schedule. We saw that for each of our cinematic artists to really have the time and space to create their very best for the film, they needed more time, less stress and support. So we gave them that and guess what happened??
As we cruise through November towards our Dec 5th shoot, I'll be posting daily what's going on. Today, it's about attracting audience, about bringing folks along for the amazing ride. And money... yes! Lol! Tonight is a business meeting with our producer to look at the budget.
We're so #BLESSED.
(AND YES, NOTICE HOW MANY WOMEN ARE IN THIS PICTURE??!)