I never particularly put any kind of special power into fortune cookies, but for whatever reason I decided to roll hard on fate. It was the first day on a big project for me, and with the Chinese food for lunch it seemed appropriate. The fortune read (above) "Your present plans are going to succeed if you stick to them." To me it seemed like as wonderful a message as any to make the mantra for the shoot. With that, I began working on "A Child's Voice," and would soon find myself fortunate for way more than just the success that came with determination.
The first location we shot at was this creepy abandoned animal hospital. I had a thought while I milled about the halls, and it was how you normalize locations when you are on set. To my Dad, it would appear I am spending my day with dog ghosts (his term) when to me it feels very much like I came into the office for the day. The amount of lives and stories that could be told of doctors, staff, patients and animal families inside these walls could be a movie itself, but as far as I'm concerned this was were I went to do work.
I had spoken about the bond and relationship you form with people you work with on set and this group was as good as I've ever been around. The cast and crew were all aces and we managed to create some really great stuff in our limited numbers. I never want to give up indie filmmaking, I love the intimacy and the way people work together when you have small departments. Something that really helped form that bond was that we all stayed in the same hotel in Riverside, and really got to know each other on a personal level that you are often too busy to really get into on set. From our ice cream runs to the dance party that happened on the way to the mall, the people on this show were just the best. We came to say we were "A Child's Voice" family and it really felt true. I would happily spend any time with all of them, on set or off.
The one thing that made this shoot difficult was it was the first I had to spend away from my girlfriend Rachel since I had gone freelance. By luck all the jobs I had worked managed to be inside the TMZ, but this one found me in Riverside, which is an hour at least outside of LA. I think often times people think about the glamor and fun that working in film can bring, but many people find themselves far away from home for long stretches of time, and it can be tough with loved ones. Thank god this shoot didn't last longer because I think Rae was going a little stir crazy. It's important in this industry to find people who support you when your job isn't as reliable as a 9-5, and I love that Rachel has been so supportive of me in everything I do.
I can't wait to see the whole thing put together, and hopefully work with the crew again on future shoots. I just find the fact that this project was towards the end of the year to be a wonderful bit of happenstance. It gave me the opportunity to look back on 2017 and really be proud of how things have gone along the way. "A Child's Voice" really punctuated what has been a wonderful year in Los Angeles, and I look forward to tackling 2018 with the same vigor. I have a lot of things I have been working on and hope to be able to have them out for you very soon.
Getting back to the amazing psychic powers found within fortune cookies, on our last day we went to a Chinese food place on First. We had a grand time and at the end I was super excited to read my fortune cookie. I mean I bestowed upon the cookie of day one the impossible standard of tell me how this shoot will go. Does the last day say where we go from here? Something to fill 2018 with hope? "Keep up the good work. You will be rewarded."
Sounds good to me, let's do this thing.
BONUS COOKIE BLOG
So before I left lunch on the last day, I pocketed this extra cookie because I figured I was going to do something in the blog about it, and who complains about surprise cookies? So I am going to open the cookie, eat it, and write about the fortune stream of consciousness. Call this the fortune cookie on how popular this blog entry will be.
So right off the top, I'm pretty sure this fortune is predicting that this post will go viral, or win a peabody or something like that. At the very least I feel like I have a spread in fortune cookie aficionado magazine. In all honesty, I really feel the need to work hard and try and do things myself, because at the end of the day I would only have myself to blame if I didn't push myself in some regard every single day. It's the only thing I know can for sure lead to success, and I think we all strive for that at the end of the day. I'll keep pushing as long as it brings joy to others.