Shot during the 2008 Writer’s Guild of America strike, this 13 minute movie was part of an initiative by the WGA Members to create content even though the town was shut down. To accomplish this, we first needed a production variance from the Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild, the Producers Guild and the Writer’s Guild. With that handled, I began producing by hiring a Clio Award-winning Executive Producer from TBWA/Chiat/Day to ensure a high quality, compelling production. Armed with a whopping $5,000 budget, I sat down with a friend and seasoned writer from Law & Order to create a 13 minute story that would mirror the format of Law & Order from crime to punishment.
As Executive Producer and Director, I began casting and crewing up in a 4 day pre-production adventure. With this kind of budget, we needed to limit our location moves and crew size. Working with an effective, streamlined production crew, we shot “One Hogan Place” in 2 days. Starring Mykelti Williamson (Bubba in Forest Gump, the story went from crime and punishment in 13 minutes. Since I shot the film here in Los Angeles, at LA Center Studios, I knew I needed to shoot some 2nd unit pick up shots in New York for the title sequence. Knowing the budget wouldn’t allow me to fly to New York, I called a DP in New York to help. Armed with a list of shots I wanted, and a creative license to shoot whatever he thought we could use, he shot day into night. After uploading the footage to our servers at Red Car, we laid the shots into our picture and then created a title sequence and branded it like Law & Order.
Once I locked picture, I then switched roles and served as Head of Post-Production by collaborated with cross-functional teams in post to optimize our final delivery. Working with Company 3, a division of Deluxe Media, we color-timed our selects, assembled our timeline while Eleven Sound got started with foley, sound design, sound FX, and dialogue editing. Jeff Payne, owner of Eleven Sound, gifted us our final mix, but we would have to work off hours. After a midnight session, we delivered the final picture to the WGA team for an online release. Timeline for the entire project? 2 weeks. Talk about pulling a rabbit out of a hat. The experience reminded everyone how much they love what they do and that…in the end…is what it’s all about.