Rutledge Productions

Traveling for a new film

It is always interesting to travel. However, having done it so often for work, I find that sometimes that interesting things that you can find get pushed aside for tasks and jobs. This last trip was no exception.

I boarded the plane and went about thinking not of what cool things are going to be in Florida, but rather what things I needed to get done in order to make the trip a successful one. The rest of the team was probably thinking about the day trip to Orlando, or checking out the swamp areas, wrestling alligators, or whatever it was, but not me. My focus was on getting shots that I needed, locations, meeting the actors for the first time (even though we have talked on the phone a few times), and generally making sure that we weren’t wasting money.

That was a big key for me. I didn’t want this to be a waste of money. In indy film-making, wasting money means nobody will trust you with it again. Well, at least anyone who is interested in making money (albeit not much). And it seemed that the day we landed, I was going to be tested.

Car rental was a little more expensive than we anticipated, and the ride to the rental place left a little to be desired. The hotel wasn’t the best, but then again it wasn’t the Hotel Coral Essex either. But it worked. We couldn’t meet with the actor’s right away, but finally got time to do so before shooting began. From there it was work, work, work.

Granted we ate good, got to try new places, ate alligator again (which I love), and did try some of the local craft beer. The first day of shooting actually got all of what we originally went down for, but I had a back up plan to get more out of the trip for the money. So we filmed a short with the actors, since they were already cleared for the days anyway. This time, I stepped on screen and we went with it.

It was fun, but hurt. Again, we we landed on a Monday and was slated to leave on Thursday, so with Tuesday and Wednesday already gone with work, all we had was the morning before we left to see the sights.

Quick trip to Orlando to check out a shop, get some gifts for people at home, and a trip into the swamp to get some footage, and we were off back to Clearwater. The actors were amazing people, the time spent there was fun, and I wish we had just one more day to spend looking around. Never even got a chance to step on a beach, but there is always next time.

So take heed, if you travel, even for work, make time for fun things. Sometimes it is what makes the trip worth it.

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Rutledge Productions

Rutledge Productions is a media production company responsible for films such as "Old Dogs Never Die" and the newest feature film "The Black Book"

Looking for help building a set for our shoot in Muncie. Work would start in March.We will pay for assistance. Our director needs people who know construction. Please contact us at don@rutledgeproductions.comFor further information.Thank you ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

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One more month. March is a big month for us. We are building set now and working on final details for our final scenes,"Nighttalkers" with our lead to be announced later. We film March 15-17 here in Indiana.Spring will also see the completion of "Charlie Moon landing" with my fellow producers Herbert Brothers and Van by the River.We have another project scheduled. Details later. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Rutledge Productions
We are one scene from completion of "Nighttalkers"For final scene we are looking for a radio station with broadcast booth. We would require for 3 days, March 15,16,17 2024. If you you have any leads please let us know ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Rutledge Productions
As we near the end of 2023, I personally would like to reflect on what we as a company have achieved this year.We have produced 3 film projects one of which is an award-winning 48-hour film project By "Herbert Brothers Entertainment," and "Van by the River Productions" And "Rutledge Productions."In March of 2024 we complete our feature "Nighttalkers" We have big news on that final shoot, but due to a contractual agreement, cannot reveal details at this time. We also have several more projects lined up.We look forward to the challenges the new year will bring.Wishing everyone the very best for 2024. Support each other. Make 2024 a better and more successful year. All the BestRutledge Productions ... See MoreSee Less
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