Coming from San Francisco to Seattle was a huge jump and culture shock in many ways. Not only is there the Seattle freeze, which I became painstakingly aware of in November when we moved here, but the short winter days, long spring days and even longer Summer Days was a whole new experience for me in planning "Puppet People" shoot times.
We didn't know anyone here in Seattle, which was a challenge during the start of "Puppet People". Going on Craigslist was the best we could do in finding people to join our little team. Just like in San Francisco, we acquired a great deal of interest about the show, however, unlike San Francisco, few would reply back and those who came on set for a month or two, ended up getting other gigs or simply life got in the way.
At first, I was wondering "Is is us? We never had this problem in SF, so why is it we have a revolving door of people coming in and out of the web series?"
With our last show, "Flower Shop of Whore-ers" We had a consistent cast and crew, now I feel like I am posting an ad every other month for more people to join.
Then our new Camera Operator, soon to be Director of Photography, brought up a situation where he was extremely frustrated. He said "I had a project once I was going to do. Was going to pay this girl $400 to just recite a shakespeare monologue on stage for an hour or two. Simple. And she never showed up. Never emailed me back. Nothing"
I was dumbfounded. WHAT?!?!?!?!? If someone was offering me $400 to work for 2 hours, hell… 5 hours, I would take it in a heart beat. Plus a film that I was solely featured in? I mean, you would have to be crazy not to answer back, right?
According to him, NOPE. This is a thing that happens in Seattle. I told him about what had been happening with our show. How we had 10 people when we started then dwindled down to 5 by the 3rd month in. He said we were lucky to have as many people as we do with no pay. "Not knowing anyone and being able to pull the people we have had, he said, was a miracle in Seattle. At least, if you are new anyway"
So the Revolving Door we have of crew members lives on. And after talking to him about other web series project he was doing that fell apart after a month or two due to all the millions of things that can go wrong…. I don't feel so bad anymore.
The show is looking great! WE have some twists, turns and many fun characters, songs and locations coming your way reader/viewer and I cannot wait to show you what the talented crew members and cast (regardless of how brief they were apart of the show) has accomplished. It takes a village to make a movie and for our little web series, we feel very honored and thankful for all the help and support we have received so far and welcome more to join our "Revolving Door".