It has been very cool to compare notes in my head of things I included in the book as I move through the process. After the last year and a half of trying to organize this very complex profession into a straight-forward textbook, it has helped me become even more efficient.
- Remember to get extra coffee stirrers, napkins, and sugar with each coffee order.
- Update magic sheets, but keep the old ones in case I need to refer to them.
- Keep the designer happy by always refilling the M&M's.
- Check off work notes each day with the production electrician.
- Never be off headset as the assistant.
- And so many others.....
So many notes from the book run through my head daily that I can hardly begin to even tabulate them. These thoughts above may seem like little things but it's the attention to detail that makes the most successful assistants. Assisting requires keeping track of both the lighting related items as well as the personal issues needed to keep everyone happy. It's really a thrill to keep all the cogs running smoothly.
Now that I have the chance to truly beta test the process and its concepts, I'm happy to say that the book means more to me than ever. I can see how it will help others when they are learning this profession from scratch, and it makes me proud to have written it. If I were a relatively new assistant, I would keep it in my assistant's kit or my bag and refer to it repeatedly for each segment of the process. (Although I would do this in secret when the designer isn't looking, like a proper Lighting Ninja should.)
I hope those 15 of you that have advance copies have enjoyed the book and found it to be a useful resource so far. Those of you who don't have a copy yet, I hope you order one soon. Good luck using it on your next show! Please visit the comments page and let me know how it goes. :)
I light, therefore I.....