You’ve Got 1 More Take Or We’re Cutting The Thoughts From The First Assistant Director

5 Jan

We’ve got a little more than 24 hours to go before we start shooting.
Twenty four hours until the schedule is put to the test. What exactly
does an AD do you may be wondering? Well, basically we take the
beautiful words of the screenplay cut them down into little important
chunks and mix them up in a way that makes then shootable. Each script
is it’s one unique puzzle full of locations, actors, and hundreds of
various other factors to be considered – and this is why I love ADing.
Scheduling may not be as glamorous as calling action or setting up the
perfect shot, but the schedule is the backbone of the production, and
that’s something you can be proud of.

Persimmon has brought it’s very own mix of challenges, as ever script
does. In particular, working with the amount of locations we have
verses the amount of days we are shooting has been tricky. In Los
Angeles I can fairly easily estimate the amount of time it will take
to travel from one location to the next if we need to do a company
move (that is to switch locations in the middle of a day), and thought
traffic can be terrible, I at least knew what my crew and I were in
for. Scheduling a film in Tokyo hasn’t quite worked that same way.
With the added challenge of using almost exclusively public
transportation, making the schedule work on our limited budget has
been tricky.

All that being said, I have had the help of some wonderful people –
both in the States and on the Japan side and I know Persimmon is going
to be a film we’re all very proud of.

Alicia Gaynor
1st AD – Persimmon

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One Response to “You’ve Got 1 More Take Or We’re Cutting The Thoughts From The First Assistant Director”

  1. Spencer January 6, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    I’m so excited for you guys and I can’t wait to see the film.

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