Respect the Light Production Journal #2

 Welcome back to the Respect the Light Production Journal! If you’re just now joining us, thanks for taking an interest in the project! The goal of this journal is to create a log of what it takes to produce and distribute a series without the help of a famous uncle or family member.

I have to stress, we have no connections. Zero. Nonetheless, we’ve challenged ourselves with an ambitious goal and we’re working hard to realize it. From the characters, to the production value, to the story, this project deserves much more than a YouTube release to 300 total views and we’re hopeful you’ll feel the same and help spread the word about Rudy, Sebastian and Manny’s stories.

At this point, our subjects to check in with are Manny Garavito and Sebastian Mattar. We managed to schedule meetings with Nick Souffrant to cover him and Trey Maddox from the Nick and Trey Show at an event in the Palm Beaches area while we were in production. Everything looked good through Monday night. Tuesday morning though, we realized we had a problem. Nick lived well further north than we initially realized, and we only had a single day to work with him. Days were already 18 hours long covering comics in the Miami-Dade area and our budget was stretched pretty thin. Nick was excited and accommodating so it was disappointing all around to move in a different direction but we realized we didn’t really have a choice.

Behind the scenes: Sebastian Mattar and Manny Garavito chatting and preparing for a Miami Comedy  show at Redbar in Brickell.

Behind the scenes: Sebastian Mattar and Manny Garavito chatting and preparing for a Miami Comedy show at Redbar in Brickell.

If you’re a filmmaker you know, “filmmaking is problem solving”. The fact that our plan worked out even remotely like we’d imagined was a victory in itself, but we needed to find another way. (Lucky Development #2) On Monday night we ran into Rudy Wilson at Red Bar. We hadn’t intended to cover him; we didn’t even know he existed but with time, he’d become the third comic we’d cover.

The itinerary for the week became the Redbar comedy show Monday, Sebastian’s lifestyle content into the Sweet Caroline’s show Tuesday, Manny’s lifestyle content into the Fire & Ice comedy show Wednesday and Rudy’s lifestyle into a comedy show in Wynwood on Thursday. The rest of the week was rounded out by formal interviews and one last comedy showcase at The Craftsman in Brickell on Saturday. I have to stress…this was an aggressive schedule and everything depended on the buy-in of these three comics who could’ve easily opted out, been flakey with their availability, or frankly, just been bad on camera.

Cinematographer Greg Kerrick films Sebastian Mattar & Rudy Wilson while they chat with friends and comics outside of a Miami Comedy show at Redbar in Brickell, Miami.

Cinematographer Greg Kerrick films Sebastian Mattar & Rudy Wilson while they chat with friends and comics outside of a Miami Comedy show at Redbar in Brickell, Miami.

The next three production journal entries will detail the unique perspectives each character brings to Respect the Light. One entry per character. Again, thanks for joining us on this journey. If you’re familiar with stand-up comedy what kind of material do you expect to see from a series like this? Leave a comment with your thoughts below!