No one ever said guerilla filmmaking was easy. When your lead producer takes a new job at another production company eight days before shooting, leaving a raft of procrastinated tasks untackled, you know you’re in the weeds. We couldn’t possibly be doing this without Ulla Laidlaw stepping up like a hero, from the other side …
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Adventure: GOLDFISH – Steven Spielberg, you’re my hero

No one ever said guerilla filmmaking was easy.

When your lead producer takes a new job at another production company eight days before shooting, leaving a raft of procrastinated tasks untackled, you know you’re in the weeds.

We couldn’t possibly be doing this without Ulla Laidlaw stepping up like a hero, from the other side of the continent.  

It’s amazing to meet and work with First Camera Lieutenant Nicholas Collister and Best Man Darryl Shaw, and wonderful to see lead performers James Morley and Maverick working out together.

It’s wonderful and rewarding when your romantic leads meet, and are relieved to see that neither one is going to be horribly awful to make out with.

It’s cool to have a dog like Maverick in a movie, too.  It’s like Little Rascals, only better.

Everything is so utterly disorganized.  I am hardly even directing the movie!  Even on the morning of the first day of shooting, I was getting and making phonecalls to organize the day and the shoot.  I was so clear from Day One: I can’t possibly organize this!  Now, I’m organizing it, and juggling a lot, and really running on empty fumes.

Steven Spielberg cried while making JAWS.  And he had a major producer and studio backing him up!  They pulled off the movie, though.  We won’t be as big as JAWS, but we’ll be what we become.  

With Roger Singh on camera and Joshua Hemming on sound, everyone’s efforts have a real chance of paying off for audiences.

I don’t mind sleeping but little, I don’t mind lugging around equipment cases, I don’t mind long hours.  I just wish we’d been able to do a production meeting and a good rehearsal before moving onward like this!  But it is what it is, and must and can only be that.  Donald Rumsfeld was right: you go to war with the army you have.

Thanks to our team, this grueling adventure continues!