Shooting The Trailer: Preproduction Day 1

Today I got up at 3:00 AM to scout locations.  Drove 300 miles, sweating with a fever, looking for a perfect place to replace the location that said, “No.”  No location was perfect.


Mt. Rainier was very close to good.

I took a ton of test footage; but it’s so far away that it will cost too much in gas reimbursement and make everyone’s day 5 hours longer than planned.  Maybe the Cascades have something–I will check tomorrow.  Damn those people who said, “No.”  I so desperately want to steal that location, but my director is afraid he will be squashed by a logging truck who doesn’t know we are there…without permission…and so, sadly, I treasure my photos of the perfect location and keep searching for the next-best.

Today I did, happily, find some little gifties for the crew & cast—teeny little toy wolves.  I suppose the dog-actor will want something she can eat, instead of a plastic toy.  Fussy, fussy.

Today I haven’t heard from anyone except my co-writer.  I suppose all the rest of them still hate me.  Even my husband was a grouch to me, and he’s not even on the project.  I wonder if my cat still loves me.

Today, I am thinking that what I am never doing again is being producer and lead actor on the same project.  Either one or the other.  Maybe I never will produce again…I don’t like people hating me.

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