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.
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.
Casting? When? Who? Rehearsals?
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.
***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.