Introduction

Film production is a battlefield. There’s no coincidence that the structure of a film crew is very militaristic in nature. Our schedules, battle plans, the way we move in convoy-fashion, the trials and tribulations of each day on set—overcoming great obstacles to create the art of the final project: these are the battles we fight in the production trenches. My boots are caked with dirt of more than 25 years of production—and I have the battle scars and battle stories to prove it. It’s a hard business and it takes its toll on its participants, both mentally and physically. Film production is not for the faint of heart. It’s a passion that gets into your blood. And some blood—along with sweat and tears—is left on the battlefield every ...

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