The other day, I came into the office around eight in the morning, along with the rest of the office staff. A scout was scheduled for that afternoon, at two. The executive producer rolled in around, oh, two thirty. The scout didn’t end up leaving until three.
At nine PM, my boss told us it was time to wrap it up. As we walked past the EP’s office, he looked up at us and said, “Leaving already? Short day for you guys.”
It was not sarcasm.
There’s a story about an studio-era director; I wanna say it was John Ford. In any case, this director would ask when the first crew member was scheduled to arrive.
He would then show up a half hour early, so he could walk the set alone. He could think through his day in peace, before the hustle and bustle of production took over, and he wouldn’t have time for contemplation or deliberation.
Our EP is not John Ford.