I have an appointment to scout Columbia University this morning (for college scenes, H.S. scenes and Swim Center scenes), and Old Westbury Gardens this afternoon (for the Diplomatic Reception scenes). I'm not at all sure that Old Westbury Gardens is right for this movie, but the Producer shot there once and mentioned it, so I have to scout it.
Two asides: First, Old Westbury Gardens is certainly worth considering, so I don't resent having to pursue it at all. I can't tell you how many times some driver or P.A. mentions a place to a Producer and then the Producer passes on "the tip" to me and therefore obligates me to pursue it...even if I know it's totally wrong for the movie. In those instances, it's a complete waste of time and there's absolutely nothing to be gained by trying to explain that it's not the right location for us...they need to see pictures and be able to say, "That sucks."
Second: My current Producer has been in the bizness a long time. This isn't at all a slam against him because, so far, he's shown himself to be exactly the kind of guy I love to work for...a pro who knows what he's doing and expects his staff to be the same way...and treats them accordingly. He's the kind of guy you want to impress. Having said that, he keeps mentioning locations that he shot at on a movie 38 years ago! I can't remember the last time my jaw dropped so often.
Back to the plan. The last two weeks have been only semi-productive. There were a ton of people who started celebrating the 4th in the middle of June and haven't checked their voice mail for ages. I'm assuming I'll start to be able to reach people and make some appointments I haven't been able to make so far. I'm informed that our Director will be coming to NY at the end of this week and he'll want to see a "bunch" of locations. So far, I have good locations to show him, but they're only a smattering...not a "bunch". Lots to do this week.
And with that in mind, I'm going to get started now and I'll talk to you guys later.
What's on your plate today?