In one week the shoot begins. Although we aren’t filming underwater, I can’t help feeling like a diver taking his last gasp of air at the surface. We have the luxury of time at these rehearsals, but on set is a different story. As director John Moore says on the Flight of the Phoenix DVD, ‘Add up all seconds of quieting people on the set, shooing the make-up people off-camera, actors hesitating on lines — add that all up over the course of the day and you’ll find ten minutes at the end. And those ten minutes are what you need to get the shot that makes the day worth it.’
I’m paraphrasing, and John Moore is far from a prophet, but the point is still valid. Time is not just money, it’s movie magic.