It's been ages, sorry I've been unable to check in sooner. I took a walk this morning to table my thoughts as I have a million and one things I wanted to share, but now as I sit down to write, my mind is drawing a blank. Could be the long hours and all of the socialization that I'm not used to, maybe I am all shared out!
(For those of you who don't know, I am currently on location in Ontario, Canada for the production of a screenplay that I wrote, so I'm veering a bit off the usual course today.)
Where do I even begin? I've been writing for ten years and this is my first feature film to be produced. I guess many things are true here... the first being that all good things come to those who wait and the second... most over-night successes usually take about ten years. It's the theory of the mastery of a task taking ten thousand hours according to author Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers.
Whatever it is, I'm here now and it's been a crazed excursion into a world I've only glimpsed from short indie productions or student films. The hours are long, the personalities are wildly varied, the weather hasn't always been cooperative and the food has been bountiful. That's where one of my challenges lies. On the 21st of September, I crossed the threshold of sixty days being sugar free. It's the only thing that saved me from this the day before...
The infamous craft table. This is not a one-off. It's been a daily barrage of the likes of this.
As for workouts, those have been harder to come by. Because most days we have over an hour commute to our various locations, our wake-ups have been as early as 4:30 AM and we don't return until well after dark, I haven't been able to go for a run. I have no idea where I am, so I'd have a hard time finding my way back in the dark. Standing abs have been mandatory in the morning as I brush my teeth and I've managed to sneak in a full 30 minute workout from memory every other day. It's not ideal, but to be honest, I'm not concerned. I'm confident I'll bounce back once I get home.
The crew have been amazing...
The cast brilliant on seemingly every take...
and the Locations are phenomenal...
I've even met my fashion twin, our fantastically amazing Wardrobe wiz, Marie-eve.
I feel truly blessed.
While it hasn't been all sunshine and roses, last night I was so cold I was bundled into more than 10 layers (that doesn't include what I had on from the waist down) that I could barely bend my arms, I am so grateful to be having this experience.
I can't wait to tell you more, but for now I am going to run off and do a quick bit of mat work and perhaps try and grab some shut-eye before we start all over again.