Ted Hope has his 50* Ways You Can Do Something Different on This Production. Here are my snarky notes on his, er, 13, points. Merry Christmas!
We're not in this to "help other artists". If it's helpful to them in order to get another credit or something for their reel then yay. Otherwise, it's about making a good picture, not about them.
Please. How about we not do this deliberately? There will be a lot of self-indulgent crappity things you'll be fighting in the production and post-production of the picture, how about we try to make things work for the picture?
If you're doing something else first then you're fired. "Help the world"? Feh. Try to make a movie that doesn't suck. How's that for helping the freakin' world?
How about we do whatever's cheapest so we don't run out of money before we make deliverables? Yeah, let's not print out sides every damn day. And stop making revisions, try to make the script not suck before you start shooting.
We show our collaborators appreciation by not shooting their families.
How about we shoot the damn movie, and everyone spoke less?
If we treat everyone equally, we will be here all the damn day. No, we're not going to shoot a special scene so you can have a fight scene on your reel. No, we're not adding visual effects you've always wanted to do. And no, we aren't doing a dance sequence so you can show off your best moves. We're making a movie. Right over there. Camera is up. Say your lines. Hit your marks. Quit your whining.
OK so wait, you want to go from interfering with their 1st Amendment rights and what they can't say to interfering with their 1st Amendment rights and forcing them to say what you tell them to? How about we leave the cast and crew alone and let them do whatever the hell they want?
Yeah good luck with that. When you figure that one out I'm all over it.
What? I have no idea what this means.
Truthful? Honest? Are you making a movie or saving your marriage? If you want the truth then go outside. I want fiction. I want it to not suck, but I want stories. The "truth" is just bullshit you believe.
That's a pretty good idea actually. +1 for you. I'll get right on it.
Dear God man, don't just "innovate" it to be saying you're "with it". Don't "innovate" when you can make something not suck instead. Just because everyone's using a new lens or (Lord help us) a new camera does NOT mean we should be using the same stupid thing. You know that old Schoeps microphone that grand-dad used to record the dialog on his movie back in the 60's? The one with the T-power? Yeah, it's still the best.