19 June Log: (Updated at 5:49 PM)

5:49 PM

Back at the hotel now after a longish meeting at the production office. Covered a lot of issues — also took a call from Craig Woods, the film commissioner for the Bahamas, who has been very supportive of our efforts here.  I am about to dive into the weekly cost report — and am in the midst of sending out check requests to the LA office for some major payments that have to be made in Los Angeles.  

As half expected, I never got the chance today to deal with the script and it’s too late now — that part of my brain doesn’t work this late in the day.  Fortunately the number crunching side does, so I’ll be able to do the necessary with the cost report.  (For some reason — math and spreadsheets are fine for me to do at night, but not writing — or rather not creative writing, screenplays and such.  Those cylinders seem to only fire early in the morning up until about noon.  Tomorrow morning I will definitely do that work first thing…..



2:30 PM

Back from a long meeting with Susan Johnson. We covered a lot of territory:

  • Wardrobe issues. No major problems but we’re not happy yet with where we are with Ivana Milicevic. We looked at everything on the costume designers online gallery, then selected the few that are working — then provided guidance via iChat with the designer. We ended up feeling like we’ve got it going in a good direction.
  • I’m also a little concerned that the proposals for what we see the Navy Marine Mammal trainers wearing does not match exactly what they really wear. So I did some online hunting and have been forwarding around photos. I’ll post a couple of them here:
  • We also went over the schedule, got ourselves on the same page on that one. No major dramas…..got pretty much solidified through the first week. (I will post the sked on a page on the site … probably tonight when I have more time

Got back over to the hotel and logged in to discover a little banking drama. I mentioned that I sent out the first wire transfer to the Bahamas (i.e. the first one I’ve had to do since I was here — which requires different procedures, actually some hi-tech stuff that the bank kitted me out with.) Well, there was a glitch…turns out the account that the bank set me up for the whizbang hi-tech thingy is not the right account. So the wire I thought I sent didn’t get out. Sorted it out after about an hour of phone and email wrangling. The bank, by the way, has been very good generally.

Have finally gotten back to “work” (what feels like work to me and what I get forced to spend my time doing are two different things. I supposed they’re all work of one sort or another.)

Anyway, I’m now working on my director boards starting with locaction and set photos and sketches. I’ve made a page here to post them — LOCATIONS –. Meanwhile here’s two just so you can see what they’re like. There will end up being one of these for each location and/or set. Click on the images to see a larger version.

(Logoff 2:36PM)

10:40 AM

Four hours hunched over my laptop … feeling a bit of cabin fever at this point.

Things I’ve been dealing with:

  • Reviewing/commenting on the shooting schedule sent to me by the first AD. Gradually getting us both on the same page …. had discussions with Susan Johnson about this as well.
  • Set up all the check requests for today/tomorrow…..waiting for the return inputs from the production office.
  • Spent an hour on the phone wth banks in the US sorting out some issues regarding wire transfers from US to here, which are now about to begin in earnest.
  • Answered a ton of emails.

I have to say — doesn’t sound (or feel) all that productive to me. Fact is, one of the biggest stress inducers for me is when I have things that I want to do and feel are important – but I can’t get to them because I’m being swarmed with “must do” stuff. It’s been that kind of morning. I’ve got cost report stuff to do later today so I’m not home free yet from the admin stuff……

6:48 AM

I’m in the lobby of the Sheraton again … logged in with a cup of coffee. Weather’s good after some storms last night. (I’m going to start noting the weather each morning because this is important to us.) Today’s Thursday which means I’ll be heavily involved in accounting and finance stuff for at least half the day. This is the day we handle all the weekly check requests and then create a weekly cost report….Also I’m also going to try and get a google documents setup going for the crew so that we can use shared documents rather than constantly emailing updated documents around. I’m also going to be going over the schedule revisions which have just been submitted by the first AD, then spending some time with UNEXSO to make sure all is well with them. (We had a hiccup yesterday when a marketing rep for the film made contact with the Alliance of Marine Mammals Parks and Acquariums and inadvertently triggered “dolphin politics”. I’ll write separately about that sometime (dolphin politics) …. there’s a bit about it now on the “dolphin issues” page. Somewhere in all of this I’m hoping to get two hours with the script for some dialogue revisions. Anyway – that’s the plan, we’ll see how it goes.

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