I have to go to a big building and point a camera at people.
Sounds easy, doesn't it? You'd think that was it - just turn up and point a camera at people and stuff. The actual truth is - it IS easy - and don't you let any famous director of photography tell you otherwise - even at the very nicest and most convivial of parties.
The only hard part is going to somewhere new, meeting new people, and getting the hang of a whole new atmosphere. This is not actually one of my projects, it has come in from Jason, who is away on holiday, leaving nothing behind at his house, but a team of highly trained Russian security men and a crate of Vodka.
I can safely, therefore, muse along these lines - knowing Jason won't read this, at the very earliest, till after he is home:
It's pretty difficult working on someone else's project. To the person whose project it is, all is clear. It's a simple and straightforward turning over of one small part of the work. To the person coming in, with a bevy of new names to learn, concepts to acquire and pitfalls to become aware of - it can be quite intimidating.
So it is today. I'm not even sure if today is the day they want me to film. They have already expressed that it may have been better if I turn up there on Friday - and yet.... today is the day Jason said they wanted the filming doing. So do I go there today and potentially film nothing, or very little? Do I go back on Friday, if they wish it, and take a chance that both trips will be funded? Do I take stills as well as movies? Do i interview people or just observe? Do they all hate fat people? Should I reveal that I was once a classical musician too? Should I let it slip that I hate Opera?
Welcome to my frantic brainworld. Remember, you can leave - I must stay.