Let’s bake a film. Wait, what?

Birthday cake, funnel cake, wedding cake, cheesecake, coffee cake, pancakes, ice cream cake, cupcakes, birthday cake ice cream, Red velvet cake waffles, birthday cake vodka… Everyone loves cake. It’s quite versatile in the sweets world. 

Creating a film is a lot like baking a cake. You’ve got the recipe, the ingredients, the time, and the end result. 

When baking your movie, you’ve got to start with the recipe. First, the ingredient list, or in this case, the script. It is the content of your cake. It’s going to tell you the characters, the settings, the special effects, the time of day, how many eggs you need… A compelling recipe makes you buy all of those ingredients. 

As you move down the recipe, you hit the instructions. The instructions is everything preproduction. Sure, some people bake a cake with no instructions. However, as a project manager, distributing the workload when more than just myself is involved helps when I have a list of action items to get the project done. 

Cake-baking-movie-making instructions start with assigning roles: lights, camera, action… This saying didn’t become popular because it was useless:

Who is running lights? Who is running the camera? Who is running sound? Who is directing? Who is keeping everyone together? Who is supplying the equipment? 

Casting? When? Who? Rehearsals? 

Once you have bought the ingredients and have an understanding of the instructions, you are not out of preproduction yet (you do have an oven, right? Or this is going to be a no bake cake): 

Organizing the filming day. It can be one of the most stressful tasks, balancing everyone’s schedules and requirements. Communicating efficiently so that everyone gets the right information as soon as it is available. 

Time to mix the ingredients; Film day(s) can be quite an adrenaline rush. You’ve got everything coming together, maybe a bump or two in the road, and then you are off to the editing phase. It’s really that quick. 

With correct amount of time invested in preproduction, film days are smooth and almost stress free. By stress free I mean, not stopping mid-mixing to realize you forgot to get eggs, and having to make a quick trip to the grocery store. 

Editing is the actual baking of the cake. Let your editing oven do their thing. 

Set out to cool, add the icing (you know – marketing, social media, posters, meet n greets, trailers…) 

The voila! You have a cake. Share to your hearts content (YouTube? Film festivals? Movie theaters?) and once you are all out of cake, you will be ready to make another. 

Let’s bake a cake together. 


***Special thanks to Kevin Almodovar, Kalina Patterson, and everyone who has invested time in me withall of their cake baking lessons. I look forward to learning so much more about the film industry. 


About ashleekarin

Every Sunday I tried to post updates since I succeed in camping the doorstep of the world during a 110 day road trip around the USA; The Roadside Bears blog was then brought head first into the internet world (changed to ashleekarin.wordpress.com). Included are the details of our adventures and how we are doing, as well as tips on how we made a road trip around the USA happen. It’s important to pursue your dreams to the end, even if you end up with nothing. After all, you only have one life to live; go big or go home. Join me vicariously through this blog – AshleeKarin.wordpress.com – and experience the adventure of my life. Viewer discretion is advised, as you will most likely witness a very hungry person freezing as they sleep in their car. I will always be planning the next great adventure – so don’t miss out, subscribe to the blog today! XoxO (big kiss little hug little kiss big hug ), Ashlee Karin

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