AD Life Lessons

AD’ing my life worked. At least for a day. Somehow 10–12 hour days on-set are sustainable for a few weeks but possibly not at home.

Applying AD skills to today’s task list helped me detach and take personal chores less seriously.

AD lessons (just replace “scene” with “task or project”):

- Once a scene begins filming, it must be finished. The only exception is if the location or resource needs change in the middle of the scene, in which case it’d have a different scene number: 1A, 1B, etc. So again, finish a scene before moving on to the next. Anything less is unthinkable, unimaginable.

- When (not if) you get behind schedule… first, finish the scene. Consider deprioriziting elements of the scene — less camera angles, cut lines, do less takes. Less perfect. Compromise. Change the rules. Alter the definition of complete. Finish the scene.

- All day long… Prioritize. Evaluate. Weigh Options. Consider lower priority scenes. Can they be moved, rescheduled or dropped altogether?

- Not all scenes can be moved. There may be overtime. And fatigue. Eat snacks. Drink water. Make arrangements for the 2nd meal. Slow down. Consider safety.

I have a better handle on scheduling filming than life. For some reason, I think life tasks take less time. They don’t. Hence, I have a half-finished list, worked 14 hours, and got to practice AD-level prioritization. Overall, it was a fun day and not all work. I also scheduled gardening and hanging out with the family.

I’ll try again tomorrow and learn more AD life lessons. The best part so far (besides getting a ton done) was letting my alter-AD-ego tell me what to do which meant less work, pressure and second-guessing for regular-me.

♡ Annie

Originally published at on July 27, 2020.



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