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Producing your first film is a real high, folks.  The months and months of prep work; the plans A through L that fell through; the hiring people when you don’t know exactly what they will do; the worrying that you sound like an idiot when you offer $5 for something that obviously should cost $500. But beyond all that, producing your first film is a real high, folks.  The support from everyone who reads the screenplay; the friends who join in without having read the script at all; the free advice from people whom you trust; the incredible contributions from the experienced professionals who sign on.

Tina and PJ review Michael Jari Davidson's footage on Day 2 of the shoot.

Tina and PJ review Michael Jari Davidson’s footage on Day 2 of the shoot.

We have had magnificent support from friends that have worked in film.  Huge thanks go to Steven Burley, Michale Raske, Stephanie Thorpe, Patricia Chica and Ron Leach.  They held our hands and always had the best interests of the project in mind.

Here is our advice to other first-time producers (we’re old hands now):  Be clear with everyone about your experience level.  Know what you don’t know and ask all the questions.  Bring on a supportive team and work collaboratively. Throw yourself into the project, and follow your gut.  And don’t panic.  Or more accurately, don’t panic about the fact that you are panicking – it will pass. And then the euphoria hits.  Producing your first film is a real high.

Please click here to visit our fundraising campaign to pay for post production costs: http://igg.me/at/aloudtheshort