I’m drowning in paper. On the one hand, editing, with all its satisfying creative collaboration. On the other hand, the New Mexico Film Production Tax Credit (The Rebate). Now the rebate is a wonderful thing – Each film produced in the state of New Mexico can apply to receive back twenty-five percent of all qualified expenditures in the state. In other words, for every dollar you spend on your production and post-production in New Mexico (with some qualifications), you get 25 cents back. That’s the really good news. The bad news is that you have to get your ducks in a row with your paperwork when you apply for the rebate. The really bad news for us is that our original accountant quit two days before production, and producer Brent had to scramble madly and heroically in the midst of chaos to take care of payroll, collect and keep track of receipts, find another accountant, pay the vendors, at the same time he was putting out all kinds of other fires. We have all the paperwork for the production, but it isn’t, shall we say, totally organized.
Or wasn’t. I’ve been working on this off and on for the last couple of months, and I’m happy to say that it’s now all in shape and just about ready to go to the appropriate Powers That Be for approval. This is a huge relief. I’m the kind of person that can make a piece of paper disappear just by looking at it – I had it my hand a second ago, and now it’s gone, only to reappear in some unexpected place four hours later — so arranging three fat notebooks of production paperwork has been a trial. Next big chore will be taxes, but I’ll have a few weeks off between now and then…
… And on another front, turns out that for our lovely Saturday shoot last week, somewhere between end of production and editing, the sound card suddenly failed. Yikes! Will we have to reshoot the whole thing? But no, it’s not the catastrophe it seemed at first because we had sound through the camera. Also, the faulty card is still under warranty and it looks like the manufacturer will be able to retrieve the data from it, but they’re going to take eight weeks to get it to us. Since the footage is meant to take place on TV the sound isn’t as totally critical as it is elsewhere in the movie, and we’re in good shape with what we’ve got through the camera, but it’s all pretty scary nonetheless.
Step by bloody step….