THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

Today, was a big eye opener to me, and a truly inspiring experience to me..

I went out for lunch with my best friend, I’ve known her since 2007 and she’s been in the industry working as an administrative assistant at various production companies since then.

We sat today to talk about her first film, she’s been dreaming of writing and producing a story she had in mind for ages and now it’s finally coming to fruition. I was amazed by all the details she had to check off of her list to get ahead with JUST the pre-production phase. Permits, funding, team assembly, costume, story polishing, location scouting, finding talent, list of festivals, and so many details that blew my mind away. It was too much on her plate and she didn’t even start shooting yet.

It just made me feel all the adrenaline and excitement for her, and how amazing her job was and how proud I was of her! Sometimes we, composers, are so caught up in our own world that we tend to forget the hassle and the DRAMA our directors and producers go through. We are part of a great team and we should indeed feel privileged being trusted with those filmmakers’ “babies”.

I just wanted to share this little experience with you all. If you get the chance to be part of a project before it’s born, enjoy it to the maximum and learn from it! Build a strong and compassionate relationship with your producer or director and appreciate their art and their trust in having you on board.

(And try to not look as terrified as this guy in the picture).