Halfway Through Thesis

Posted on June 25, 2007

Some notes from the Head of Production concerning our thesis film sets:

Well, it’s halfway through Thesis and I wanted to give a few notes from experience.

The tougher part is coming up. Everyone is getting more and more tired. Please remember, you’ll want everyone on your show to be as sharp as the first show. It’s hot and humid and draining, so stay hydrated and rested.

As usual, Thesis is the time when friendships are tried and relationships are put to the test. This summer is no different than the last 3 summers I have been here. Could I just suggest that we’re making movies here. It should be one of the most enjoyable times of your life so far. And we’re not curing AIDS. Sure, these movies are important to you. I completely understand. But ask yourself if it worth the energy it takes to put out negative vibes on the set.

As I said, it’s crunch time now. Pull up the bootstraps and support each other. Everyone’s movie will be better for it. You all get Thesis unlike the MFAs. It’s a great opportunity, so work carefully, take special care of the equipment, and raise your tolerance level.

And keep up the terrific work.

It really doesn’t seem like we’re halfway done (probably because I’ve been on two sets). I haven’t heard of any major arguments or on-set fights. One person was fired, but I’m not surprised. The pressure of a film set can make people behave differently, but it’s important to keep in mind that it’s only a movie.

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Written by Joey Daoud

Joey Daoud is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His past films have appeared on Netflix, The New York Times, and National Geographic. He is also a YouTube creator across multiple channels with videos garnering millions of views. In his free time, he likes to climb mountains, scuba dive, and brew unique coffees.

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