Behind the counter

I mentioned this before, the cashiers in both Sainsbury’s and M&S, actually, probably in all UK supermarkets, are a joy. And they often make me leave their supermarket with a big grin on my face.

Today the nice boy in the Sainsbury’s (in Victoria St, if you want to look him up) asked me how my day had been. Busy, I said and how was his day? Not too busy yet, but at least I was on my way home, and he needed to stay there until 10.30pm.

I could see that I was the lucky one. And how busy had my day really been? Measured in how tired I was – very busy. Measured in the actual things I had done – quiet. I attended a meeting and from about 2 pm we sat down outside in the sun at a pub and had a drink. Having a drink with clients is very exhausting for me. I am not a drinker, which might be part of the problem.

My new job takes me away from my laptop often, which results in a more irregular posting frequency here. On Wednesday I leave for Manchester where I stay until Friday. I will work as a still photographer those days which is something I quite enjoy. If the weather stays dry I prefer being outside in the fresh air taking pictures over sitting behind my laptop (nearly) any day. And those track workers really are nice photographic subjects. Having them smile into my lens is a great thing to accomplish.

I know why I am so exhausted all the time. While trying to do my work, the better part of my brains tries to arrange things for the crumbling cookie project.

The Cookie crumbling planning looks like this at the moment:

  1. Make a shooting schedule (should be done by this weekend)
  2. Find the rest of the locations (might take some time)
  3. Make some kind of budget (next weekend)
  4. Just for fun – try to get some funding. I can make it without, but I like to try. I mean it must be possible to get a free pack of Jammie Dodgers, right?
  5. Find the actors (more on this later, I don’t want to think about this yet)
  6. Find a crew (looks like I have 2 majorly important crew members covered which is cool)
  7. Stop making excuses! Go and shoot the bloody film (somewhere this year is the current planning)

Did I tell you that I maybe have a Director of Photography (that is the man controlling the camera, composing the shots together with the director and doing the actual filming) on board who has worked with some pretty well known names? When I say well known names, I mean people I am sure you all have seen in films on the big screen. I cross my fingers that this is actually going to happen, but it is looking good so far.

3 thoughts to “Behind the counter”

  1. You are right, the DOP is very important as is a good editor.
    I am a John August reader, I read his article on location scouting, quite fun and interesting to read!

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