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Hell and High Water

June 24, 2009

1st we lose our equipment insurance ’cause some asshole leaves $140,000 worth of prime lenses in an unattended van in front of school.

http://nyulocal.com/on-campus/2009/03/09/tisch-film-in-dire-situatio-all-productions-at-risk-to-lose-insurance/

What does that mean? Every time you go to get equipment, you have to have a certificate of insurance that you can present to the rental place so that they know that if you fuck up their equipment, there’s some way that you can actually pay for it. Now that we have no insurance, we have to pay for it ourselves–another expense out of pocket.

$300 – for about $25,000 worth of equipment through college student insurance, which would probably be enough for most shoots if not for the added necessity of prime lenses–basically interchangeable lenses with a fixed focal length–kind of essential.

the next option —

$1000 – for about $1,000,000 worth of equipment

Then, no more than 3 months later (and this shit isn’t even funny) another kid is electrocuted to death on set. He’d graduated just two weeks before.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2009/05/31/2009-05-31_nyu_film_grad_electocuted_in_georgia.html

So now what happens? Now we’ve got to submit our production info to an administrative committee that will scrutinize every element of our production to ensure that we’re not endangering anyone’s safety. Until we submit that information to the administration, we get no dates guaranteed.

That’s all well and fine, but it’s really putting a kink in my plans. I need my production dates so that I can tell my actors, crew, everybody, when and where to be. Trouble is, we’ll apparently have to tell the administration who all of these people are in order to get the dates in the first place. A severe catch-22. Not only that, but–

My equipment list, info about stunts, cast, crew, social security #, blood type, favorite food, pastime, sexual orientation, etc. etc.

I need my goddamn dates, damn it.

Probably blowing a bit out of proportion, but there shouldn’t be any reason to delay. I’m aiming for the 2nd or 3rd week of September. I’m shooting the 2nd or 3rd week of September, come hell or high water.

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