Last Wednesday I wrapped my first film Do Not Disturb. Last Thursday and Friday we tore down our beautiful beige set which took so much time to build. We returned all of our set decorations and almost all of our props (our PA Brent even managed to return the snickers bars we used on set!). I did keep some of the props for myself, our “Do Not Disturb” sign is hanging proudly from my office door at the moment.

Saturday was a hard day for me because all the adrenaline I’ve been running off of for weeks died out and all I wanted to do was get back on the set and shoot more. Sunday, we began post production and by that night, one of our directors had a rough cut of his film and I was re-invigorated. It looks fantastic and it gave me the push I needed to move forward into post production!

So far post has been the most stressful part of the film for me. Everything is in the can, it’s just a matter of finding out “does it work? Did we get what we needed?” Knowing that one out of five of the films looks amazing is a GREAT start, but I’m extremely anxious to see more.

I just looked back at my first post where I talked about why I was doing this, a “blogger to the movies.” For some reason that feels like such a long time ago, but looking at a calendar it was less than a month ago.

Taking a moment to look back, I’ve realized one very simple thing: I love making movies. Despite the stress of it, I love building the sets, I love casting the roles, I love the scripts, I love acting, and most of all I love being on a set filled with so many amazing and talented people all working towards one goal.

A few people have asked me what I have learned from all of this. If I’m honest, everything is still washing over me. I’ve realized that if at any point I would have stopped and thought about what I was trying to do, I might not have been able to do it. That being said, we did do it, and as of right now, this is what I’ve learned…

  1. If you’re name is “Mali” people don’t know if you’re a boy or a girl and will have odd responses when they walk on set and see you for the first time.
  2. Unions are a pain in the ass for a small, indie film. From the amount of dead trees they cause to the time it takes to get them what they need, it’s a killer.
  3. 12 hours on a movie set feels like 10 minutes anywhere else.
  4. You will never have enough money, make it work.
  5. Attitude is key. A crew with a good attitude can make miracles happen.
  6. Sound stages are not 100% soundproof and people who ride Harley Davidson’s should stay the fuck away
  7. When you’re on the actual set you can hear EVERYTHING everyone else is saying off the set. Beware!
  8. You can answer 5 questions at a time, just not well. Even when things are going a million a minute, stay focused on one thing at a time.
  9. Things WILL go wrong and things WILL go right – go with it. Don’t bother getting stressed when things unravel and be grateful when they come together.
  10. And my biggest lesson: As long as you think it’s possible, it is! :)

I’m setting forth into new territory: Foley, color correction, special effects, learning how to submit a films to a festival, and a whole lot more. Wish us luck! Hopefully you’ll be seeing us soon!

Check out all of our older posts on making the film