Film Courage: What’s the most stressful part of making Hollywood movies?
David F. Sandberg (a.k.a. PonySmasher on YouTube): The first, most stressful part is just the time of it that I realized coming here. Because when you are making your own stuff you can take all of the time that you need and you can continue another day or whatever. Coming here [from Sweden to Hollywood] was the first time I was working under a real schedule and the First A.D. would put up all of these things like Okay, here is the schedule for this. Is this enough? And I was like I have no idea? I’ve never made a movie…like if I was making a no-budget short that is plenty.
But then you realize how long things take with lighting and everything and it was very stressful because I didn’t know right away that if we don’t get this today, this scene is out of the movie. So I would rush and Whoooah! Alright! We made it right under the wire.
But then I found out that if you don’t get it that day you can shuffle some things around and get it another day or what we did on LIGHTS OUT is we asked the studio for another two days or something (another day) and they were like Sure. And we could get it so it’s not like…I realized that it’s more flexible than I thought it was. I thought it was very rigid like If you don’t get this than…poof…it’s gone.
The stressful things have been time. Also sometimes if you show up on set and you don’t really know what you’re doing. Like if you haven’t had time to think about a scene or something beforehand and you show up on set like Oh darn, everyone…they want to know what we are doing. And you don’t even know so you have to fake it or try to come up with stuff on the spot. Which I actually kind of like doing…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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