So yesterday was kinda grueling. WHEW!
Picked up equipment, which that took waaaay longer than usual. Me and fellow producer, Scott Hebert, had to head back to his place to finish the SAG paperwork and turn in the bond money. During the process of dealing with SAG and trying to make this deadline to have everything turned in, we are getting numerous phone calls, mainly him! LOL! He's been dealing predominately with business, llc & talent, while I've been dealing predominately with crew, equipment and locations.
We have to rearrange one of the actors travel arrangements because they can't have a layover flight and their agent didn't want them staying by LAX. Mind you, we had already booked a great pkg deal, but the good thing is that we got the insurance to be able to change travel. We have to cover flight, hotel and car rental.
PHONE CALL 2:
Dealing with actor's lawyers and deal memos and contracts. That was an intense conference call with everyone's lawyers and the EP's. For a minute me, Matthew and Scott were like WHOOOOOAAAAAH! After that phone convo we all had to sit back and think of alternate solutions and . Because sometimes if you lose one name, somebody else may back out too.
PHONE CALL 3
DURING the phone conference we are getting calls to hurry up and send the insurance stuff over to one of the prop houses. Our production designer was on crunch time to pick stuff up because they are closed on the weekends. So we have to get a hold of our insurance carrier and add this company and get a certificate then send over to the company. BUT when they get the insurance we realized that it EXCLUDES prop and wardrobe. Now the production designer is freaking out. We have to call our insurance agent and get him to change it and try to get back to the prop house before they close.
It didnt work out...
PHONE CALL 4
Dealing with SAG. We are soooooo on crunch time, I'm trying to see if we can just dump what we do have off to SAG to at least be cool on that end. At this point it's 1pm and they guy leaves at 5, closed on the weekend and we start shooting on Monday! Time to get it in people!!
PHONE CALL 5
Calling up our lawyer to change the actors deal and how will that affect things. Need to get the Exec Producer and his ppl to sign off on this thing. Again, it's 1pm, we have FOUR hours before the business day ends.
PHONE CALL 6
My UPM, Dawn Manning, calls and says that our Monday location (did I mention this was Friday?? Need to stress this point) is tripping, not really being helpful and wants money when this was originally a free location. Now she has to go to our back up location (I saw a problem coming with that location and had our location manager give me a backup location for an office). Gotta get that info over to her.
Rushing to finish paperwork, juggling phone calls, loading up all files and anything SAG may need while rushing up to their offices on Wilshire.
Lawyer calls. YES, we can change the deal!! But before we can celebrate off that one, literally 2 minutes later the phone rings again.
PHONE CALL 7
Our lead actress just booked another film she has a schedule conflict and we have to split her shoot days so she can fly out for 3 days to film this other project.
What does this mean? Means we have to get our AD on this ASAP and try to get her to rearrange some things. We have to call our casting director and see how this will affect other actor's schedules and their already existing shooting conflicts and make sure this doesn't ADD additional shoot days to anyone's schedule so we don't have to pay more. We have to call locations and see what we can rearrange and hopefully change our days around.
All this while walking into the SAG office dropping off paperwork, waiting for them to review, telling us what the bond amount is, running up to the bank before they close (it's around 4:30pm).
PS they want us to tell them something asap! The other production company will fly her out of LA to do their project and fly her back in to finish ours.
Now, do we split up this package deal we found for hotel and car or do we just let it be continuous days still and have them reimburse us for the 3 days that she won't be there in her hotel room and using the car??
They say they will call us back and let us know *sigh*
4:45 pm, run upstairs to SAG and drop off bond money to our SAG rep.
PHONE CALL 8
While running up to SAG, we get a call from payroll, OH CRAP! We have been so swamped today, didn't get them the info they need. We have to send over everyone's info, SS#, marital status, etc... to process paychecks next week! YIKES! He says he will cut us some slack but we HAVE TO HAVE TO HAVE TO get it to them first thing in the morn. Otherwise we will miss the boat for 1st week's pay. Let's not piss our cast and crew off.
PHONE CALL 9
HUBBY I'M COMING HOME!! Please have a glass of wine ready!!!
*doing it all again tomorrow*