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Shhh! Quiet On Set!

In I Love My Job on July 22, 2014 at 6:58 am

This weekend was a dream production wrapped in a tornado of self discovery. At 4:10PM Monday afternoon we wrapped on another successful shoot with the fabulous Vanessa Phoenix Productions. I just have to say that Vanessa is the hardest working woman I’ve ever met. I’m so grateful that I get to be one of the lucky ones to work by her side.

Vanessa is on the level.

Vanessa is on the level.

Once again, bound by a confidentiality agreement, you’ll have to trust me that the content was grade A, top notch and designed by women and for women of all ages, races and cultures to help bring balance to the planet and heal our relationships with ourselves and one another.

What I can tell you is how smoothly production went and all the wonderful decisions and people who helped us along the way.

Firstly, I’d like to give props to our Director of Photography Dawn Shim. This woman is an animal. She’s fast, efficient and incredibly professional. Additionally, our second camera Erin Bishop, aka ‘The Bish’ deserves a big round of applause. It’s not every day that you get to work with people who can turn up the music and shake their booty at the end of a long day.

Our make-up department really came through for us too with 1.5 hours to push 6 women through full hair and beauty. Thank you to Amy Vuong and Nikki Popkow for all your hard work and excellent service.

Hair and Make-Up hard at work.

Hair and Make-Up hard at work.

A special note needs to go out to my new friend Danielle Franzen. This woman relocated to Los Angeles moments before being recommended to our set and she did everything for us and I mean everything. She drove cast, ran camera, cleaned set and generally kicked ass. If you need a good every-woman, you need to call Danielle.

Not to be forgotten and such a clutch addition is Mister Sam Young who handled all our audio needs without batting an eye. I won’t go into the dirty details but I will tell you that he had a ton of work to handle for one person and he did it like a boss. You’ve made my post-production so much easier Sam and I’m forever grateful to you.

Luckily, we made the wise decision to work with Carlos and Felix at CML Production Center in Glendale for our shoot on Saturday. The set-up at CML is built specifically for independent filmmakers. They’re rocking two cycs on their stages, one green screen and one white and have a full kitchen, cast hang out room and a nice little set up for the make-up artists. All our needs were met and we were given enough freedom to feel fully creative in our space while having enough support to know that we were well taken care of. Thanks guys. You’ve got a great thing going.

Finally, I just have to say one more time that if you are organizing a production in the near future you need to call Seal Sanchez. She’s got the best food at the best prices in town. Not only did our catering come with food choices that were tailored to the various needs of our cast and crew but they were also well organized with a publicly posted menu so we all knew what we were getting.

And last but not least, thank you to my favorite blogger Erika O’Conor and my favorite cousin Julia Taft who contributed their time and energy to hang out with us, listen to us and get up and dance when the music got loud. You ladies are amazing.

Julia and Erika ask the hard questions.

Julia and Erika ask the hard questions.

And that was just Saturday! On Sunday we kicked it into fifth gear, taking talent on the road to hunt down the really juicy stories on location. Like we discussed earlier, there’s really not much I can say about where we were and what we were up to. But it was 104 degrees in my world and I have never been happier to say I spent today shooting.

Finally, back home and post-shower, I’m ready to hit the sheets and look at the fruits of this weekend with fresh eyes tomorrow. All of you have been the best ever. Thank you again. #ilovemyjob

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  1. You sound so happy darling! Happy for you!

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