No Communication is a Bad Thing

Posted on July 20, 2007

I’m Second Assistant Director (2AD) right now. This is my last ATL job and second to last thesis show. I wouldn’t call this show a disaster…yet.

The main problem is lack of communication. The UPM and I have been kept in the dark about what’s going on from the Producer. Generally, before Director’s Prep, the ATL has a meeting and discuses what locations are needed, actors, extras, production design, and any other outstanding issues so everyone is on the same page. That never happened. I’m not surprised. The Producer is kind of out there, but out of all the ATL meetings he’s had to have been to, you would think he would know that they are a good idea.

He also told me the locations were pretty much secured, but today I found out (from someone that was kicked out of the Film School and is now a sort of an invisible Producer) that two out of the three are not secured. Now I’m racking my brain to think of some locations that could work with my new phantom Producer. We’ll see how this goes.

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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