Saturday, October 17, 2015
The Indonesian Job - Please Stand By
I must apologize for my prolonged absence from these pages. When last we met, I was close to beginning the New York production of an Indonesian film.
In that time, we went from 12 days to 7 days to 6 days and then back to 7 days. Myself and my Fab Four - Production Supervisor, UPM/Location Manager and First AD - officially worked 10 days straight and more realistically more than a month. The project was put on hiatus for a week while we waited to see if they had their visas, and emails like the first one became a regular occurrence.
During the ensuing hiatus, we lost two iconic locations, Grand Central Station and Luna Park, and had to scramble to find other "iconic" locations four days before we began shooting; the type of locations that typically would not even talk to you if you do not book three weeks in advance.
We just wrapped one of the craziest shoots I have ever done, but, remarkably, especially because of the Fab Four above but also because everyone on the Indonesian and US crews were fun, good people, it was a shoot that was exhilarating, exciting, and in the end. came in on schedule and under budget.
It was also the first in the new production offices in Midtown Manhattan of my production services company, Fire Lotus Entertainment, LLC.
It will take a number of posts to catch you up on this one, but I look forward to sharing it with you all.
All you need to know is that my amazing PM organized a basketball game at Harlem's Rucker Park, which we discovered is very famous in Indonesia.
Below, pictures from the game, as well as Reza, their producer, decked out in a Knicks scarf that was part of a swag package that the NY Knicks were kind enough to send when I told them that he was a big fan.
The Mets caps were a present from me so my Indonesian creative team could show their support for this years' NL East (and hopefully World) Champions.
Lots more stories and picks to come. Right now, I'm way too tired to write anything more than this tease.