July has been a month of great progress, and even greater change. The first half of the month was spent preparing for production on The New Orleans Sazerac, then without a moment to spare we filmed on location in NOLA from July 16 – 20. As usual it was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in recent memory. It all came together so magically in the end. The people on your crew really become like family… especially when you share a four bedroom house and one bathroom for 4 days!! 😀 Not only that, it was a shotgun style house, so to get the bathroom you had to walk through other people’s bedrooms. Ack! James and I took the room with the most foot traffic. Bill, our Director of Photograpy, said it best – Sazerac Summer Camp.

New Orleans was quite a town to navigate for filming. As the producer on a small team of 9 people, the responsibility of transportation and locations fell on me. I knew it might be hard, but it didn’t quite register just how much until we arrived. So many streets were closed down for construction, and with a three car minimum at all times in our brigade (and 10 total locations), it was nearly impossible to find adequate parking for loading and unloading gear. To top it off, most of our locations were located in the French Quarter – a highly congested area. Our first full day really opened my eyes for the need to be prepared for ALL possible situations, so the second and third day were much smoother. Funny that I choose to spend so much time harping on this one thing, but it really was my world the entire shoot. Everything else flowed with ease. James was an excellent director, all of our talent & experts showed up on time, our crew gave 110%, and the material we captured was spot on. It was a beautiful shoot and many memories were made. Also, lessons learned!

If nothing else, the value of learning lessons is reason enough why everyone should make smaller projects before attempting larger ones. My big take-away on Sazerac was the importance of having a team in place for transportation & locations. It was good to learn how to do it myself, but if there had been any other big fires we could have been compromised. Now when we do our feature, we will be prepared.

I have a special feeling about The New Orleans Sazerac. I think it will find a lot of love out there. Maybe it’s easier to say that when you aren’t the director, but I do feel it nonetheless. Thanks to all of you who helped us bring it to life.

There is one more big thing to share…. I have accepted a new opportunity with MotionMobs as a Community Strategist! They have found great success in Birmingham over the years, and are ready to step into the Atlanta market. My job is to help them do just that. This company and position excite me for several reasons. #1 – The company is run by an intelligent and passionate woman. She is fearless in her pursuit of success. I like that. #2 – Their processes are familiar to me. Developing software applications that are highly functional and well received requires equal amounts of creativity, confidence, and experience. It’s a complex puzzle that’s different every time you put it together. #3 – MotionMobs excites me. Their rapid growth, ambitious thinking, brilliant minds, and strategic planning is something that I want to be a part of. I’m so grateful that they chose me to work with as part of their expansion. The cherry on top is that they get my film life, and support it 100%. I’m still set to make a feature in 2016, however I will more than likely move production to the fall. More on that soon!

Wrap dinner for The New Orleans Sazerac.

Wrap dinner for The New Orleans Sazerac.

Prosecco and chocolate with my mom on their back porch in Birmingham.

Prosecco and chocolate with my mom on their back porch in Birmingham.

Alllllll the Sazeracs.

Alllllll the Sazeracs.

Filming The New Orleans Sazerac

Filming The New Orleans Sazerac

Me!

Me!

Filming The New Orleans Sazerac

Filming The New Orleans Sazerac

Filming The New Orleans Sazerac (this was a prop cigar... but I did take a puff or two.) :D

Filming The New Orleans Sazerac (this was a prop cigar… but I did take a puff or two.) 😀

Filming The New Orleans Sazerac

Filming The New Orleans Sazerac

Filming The New Orleans Sazerac

Filming The New Orleans Sazerac

Our Sazerac crew, minus Fernando Malabet!

Our Sazerac crew, minus Fernando Malabet!

Filming The New Orleans Sazerac

Filming The New Orleans Sazerac

View from our New Orleans AirBnb

View from our New Orleans AirBnb

Filming The New Orleans Sazerac

Filming The New Orleans Sazerac

Carousel bar at Hotel Monteleone.

Carousel bar at Hotel Monteleone.

Our ritual post-wrap dinner at Better Half.

Our ritual post-wrap dinner at Better Half.

Happy Birthday Krista!!

Happy Birthday Krista!!

Dad & Jack.

Dad & Jack.

I am the newest MotionMobs team member!

I am the newest MotionMobs team member!