Cart before the Horse

This has been a good week. I’ve finally had a chance to get caught up a bit (I’m down to only 280 unread emails), we’ve had the first few groups see the trailer, I got to see our first run at the visual effects shots for the trailer… All in all, lots of good things happening.

But there are still some big rocks to come. One of the problems I keep running up against is my own fault. A proper production would start with a script. Because of the April 22 deadline we’ve been running towards, I skipped that step. We had a script for the trailer, but it was literally just for a trailer. There isn’t a real script for the film yet.

It’s of paramount importance to me that the script is based on careful research both of the source bible story, and the experiences of real Syrians. That takes time we simply didn’t have right now. So while I have a small collection of Syrian stories in my hip pocket, and the Joseph story is one I’ve read and studied many times, I’m still don’t know how all of this works.

One of the key priorities in the coming days is to build the film budget… which would normally be done based on the script… Sigh.

Have you ever found yourself driven to skip important steps — or at least delay them — in order to meet a demanding schedule? Share your stories in the comments.

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