I spent most of Thursday afternoon with my set designer, Josh, a good guy and a complete wiseass, gathering supplies for my upcoming short film shoot. A funny thing happened while we were out, but I’ll get to that in a second. I want to briefly go over how important communication is. Just in passing, but here it is: Just pay attention.

Why do I bring this up?

An accurate representation of how badly I listened…

Let’s take a step back in time, let’s say about a week ago, Josh came by to measure the room and check out what he had to work with. He was tired as hell from a project he was just coming off of and I was tired from the project I’m still working on (Assassins feature film). So, you can image two guys, standing in a room, looking at the walls and wondering how to shape a living room into an apartment.

Josh took measurements, laid out a game plan, and gave me my options on a few fronts of what we could do to pick things up and really give it some life. I was with him through the measurements, and understood what we could be working with and what we’d need to buy.

Or, so I thought.

Turns out I missed out on about half of everything he was saying. I was thinking he needed a single board to brace the backs of each piece of wall we were going to be putting up. Nope. It was 5 pieces of wood to brace EACH board. So, when we were out shopping and I watched the pile in the cart growing, I could feel a pain in my wallet as I watched the cost rise with each armful he grabbed from the rafters. By the time we left the store I was almost double what I’d heard in my head while we were talking.

I let him know and he clearly, and correctly, stated he’d let me know exactly what to expect, I just chose to ignore it.

I suck.

Although, I can say he had no idea how I was trying to place things, so there’s that. Hah, Josh.

Anyway, everything is straightened out, and we’re all on track for our shoot. But, the one big thing I’m taking away from what happened at the stores is that it’s importnat to pay attention to everything in any project, no matter how tired you may be.

Your wallet will thank you.

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