105 - Subscription Challenge

Lawrence Lewis:

Hello, this is Lawrence Lewis.

 

Sister Christian:

And this is Sister Christian.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Today is Saturday, March 21st, 2020 were two producers on opposite coasts who set out to make a lighthearted podcast about what it means to be a good producer.

 

Sister Christian:

But we decided to pivot. And now we're reaching out to our filmmaking and live event community to listen how the epidemic has affected you, your work and how you're coping. We need to hear your stories.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

So, please send us your questions, tell us what is happening with you, your work, your personal life. Whatever you feel like sharing. You can send us an email at producershappyhour@gmail.com or record a one minute voice memo and email it to that same address, producershappyhour@gmail.com. Just follow the instructions on our website, www.producershappyhour.com.

 

Sister Christian:

Oh, and Lawrence, we now are, we officially have an editor. 

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Yes.

 

Sister Christian:

Oh, give him a shout. 

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Absolutely.

 

Sister Christian:

He jumped in to help us. His name was Robert Bluemke, goes by Rob. He is a non-union sound guy in New York. He does production sound like traditional like content or you know, interview style or commercial, But also does live events sound mixing as well.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Yes. He worked with us on the Xfinity project, right?

 

Sister Christian:

Yes, yes, and billions. He was with the BTS crew. Yep. So big shout out to him. Thank you so much, Rob, for jumping in. 

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Thank you. 

 

Sister Christian:

This means Lawrence isn't spending so much time everyday, us recording and then editing, too. I think it would take me twice as long. So…

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Yes, thank you, Rob. And hats off to all the people that to a daily podcast. Cause boy, it's a lot of work.

 

Sister Christian:

It's a lot of work.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Yeah, and Christian to a point that you said earlier, we're reaching out to our filmmaking community, we’re also reaching out to our live event community. That's also an important sector. As I said, I think in a previous episode we've kind of verged with a lot. At least I have. And I know you have a little bit as well emerged with a lot of life of industry people because of all the experiential advertising that we've been doing.

 

Sister Christian:

Yes. And they get worked just like we get work. You know freelance, so they should be included in everything that we discussed.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Exactly. So, we want to hear their stories as well. They're welcome to send them in because we're all brothers and sisters in this crazy thing that's happening.

Sister Christian:

You know what? We should probably talk about our schedule.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Yes, it's a little loosey-goosey, guys. We’re trying to put these out at a regular time, but it's a little tricky because, you know, we're still two kind of displaced people trying to figure out our lives in this new reality. So, we try to record every morning-ish, late morning, Pacific time, and then it takes a good five or six hours to edit. Now Rob's taking on that task, so we try to get them out around six o'clock Pacific time. You know what, it might be later last nights to come out until 10 o’clock, apologies. Tonight's we're not with 3:30 so who knows how late it might come out tonight. We want them to be topical. We want them to come out and regular time. But, you know, we're just doing our best making it work in the midst of all this uncertainty so bear with us.

 

Sister Christian:

Exactly. Well, even yesterday, right? 30 minutes after we recorded and started to edit some different news had come out. You know, it's everything's changing so rapidly we felt like, “Hey, let's try to do this every day.”

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Exactly. So we're gonna do our best. We appreciate you guys listening. Um and, uh, yeah, I feel like I would listening back. I feel like I was screaming through that a whole episode because I was trying to talk like pushing through the emotions. So I'm going to try and, like, soften my time a little bit, have a little bit more of encompass..

 

Sister Christian:

We can take some deep breaths.

 

Lawrence Lewis: 

I don't need to scream. 

 

Sister Christian:

We weren't, but I mean, I could understand how it might sound. You might feel that way. Yeah.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Christian, how are you feeling today?

 

Sister Christian:

Well, ah, today I am feeling ah, pretty down, and I'm going to say that it's been now a repetitive. It's only been a week, but even saying it's only been a week kind of disqualifies what it actually has been. Because it it feels like it's been a year since last weekend, and but also the input has felt like a year's worth of input in a week is well. So, time is passing so slowly, but the input is still coming in so rapidly that the two aren't mixing up in a way that I'm feeling, like, I'm almost nervous that if I'd stop watching the news or turn it off, something major is gonna happen. And I'm gonna miss it. And that feeling is just okay. Like it begins ta little bit of rational, uh, rationale,  I would say, in your in your brain, So, yeah, so today I thought I would, you know, get back to some projects open projects that I had going on that are not at all related to production. Some creative things, because even though my brain works in the budget mathematical way, it also works in the creative way too. So getting back in working with my hands has been really good. Yeah.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Do you want to say what you're doing?

 

Sister Christian:

Sure. I have 14,000 projects. 

 

Lawrence Lewis:

You have too more than I do!

 

Sister Christian:

I really have been, Christian who his father once said, in his wedding said whatever Christian picked up, he mastered, right? And then he would just drop it and move on. Which, Uh, yeah, it’s, It's a huge trade shows in his brilliance, right? So I seem to pick up everything that I can do and then just do it about 90% and just want to finish it off later. So that's what I'm kind of excited about right now is seeing how many can be finished. Even if it's just one, we're gonna be a victory.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Christian, we’re very, we're very similar. But we knew that. Yeah, I have a lot of projects I get excited about. Get them going, and yeah, maybe it's like, uh, we'll finish this later, that was the time.

 

 

Sister Christian:

Yeah,. I know I can do it. Yeah. Now, because once I've mastered it, you know, completing it means the same repetitive thing until you're done. 

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Yeah. 

 

Sister Christian:

So, yeah, I also am in the middle of repairing my washing machine, so I ordered a part from England, have ordered apart from England, that is coming through Royal Post. But it's taking longer than it usually does. So we'll see how it goes. 

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Good luck. 

 

Sister Christian:

And then probably some spring cleaning. How about you? What are you doing, Lawrence?

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Oh, gosh. Well, you know, also still, uh, quite a bit sad and scared at the current state of affairs and what is down the road in our future. I chatted with a friend who they will remain totally anonymous. But this person was on a big AICP call with a bunch of production companies all around the country. And it's ah, it wasn't a very positive call, a lot of layoffs, lot of salary reductions. People are still bidding jobs, apparently, but…

 

Sister Christian:

Really? Ss that for, like, two months from now or…

 

Lawrence Lewis:

No, I'm not sure when, I don't have the details, but I think it's just it's just ad agencies trying to show their clients that they're trying to figure something out, to stay active and stay on the books. And yeah, you know, this is all hearsay jobs before. Yeah, this is all hearsay. So you know, of course, not going to say anything about anybody, but it wasn't great, so that chatting with that friend yesterday was a little disheartening. so trying to. It's a nice, bright, beautiful, sunny day here in Joshua Tree. We're about to play bocce ball in our backyard. So things were asleep in that. Oh, but this And this is a news thing that I have to tell you. We try to go to the national park, which yesterday, I said national parks are open and you're encouraged to go out and walk around. Apparently, as of yesterday, national parks are closed! Joshua Tree National Park is closed and the person that we drove up to, we're gonna go in and drive around in the person and have a hike. Person there said no, as of yesterday, all the national parks are closed and there was a stream of campers and people streaming out.

 

Sister Christian:

It feels like it's being filtered through so much that you're just not gonna hear it.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

We're not sure why. I mean, maybe they can't staff, maybe they're concerned about people being too close. I mean, it's a national park. Its acres, right, thousands of acres. But the campsites..

 

Sister Christian:

It’s pretty big out there!

 

Lawrence Lewis:

But the campsites air right next to each other. And since we can't monitor people staying separate from each other, I don't know, I don't know. But that was a little disheartening today, so that's an update. And Christian, I think I don't know if this happened today or last night, but apparently New York City airports closed down.

 

Sister Christian:

They closed down today. I'm not, I’ve been following this story. It's my understanding they're gonna open back up. Have you heard something different?

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Nope, all I heard was that they closed. So I don't know how long or what…

 

Sister Christian:

I know. And I, uh I was thinking to myself after, flying on Tuesday like who's still flying? That's what I mean, Not that it's any of my business. Oh,

 

Lawrence Lewis:

No, no, no, no, No judgment. But

 

Sister Christian:

I know no judgement, but I'm just wondering who is out there still like needing to get somewhere or didn't go home, when again, no judgment. But I pushed it for too long. I should have probably left to go five days before he did. So, and my original flight was for today to come home.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Good.

 

Sister Christian:

So I just couldn't imagine like, doing it like staying for that long.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Hey, Cristian, before we get into the voice memos. We've got some great voice moments to share today, and we appreciate everyone sharing their stories with us. It's it makes us feel so much more connected to everybody out there. Before we get into that, and this, maybe we were going to call this the title of this episode TBD because we didn't have a title for it. But maybe maybe I did have an idea of something I want to chat about. It's called the bottom line because we're producers, right? And we look at right the bottom line, not just financially. That's one part of it, but the bottom line of like, what does this all mean? How do we get to, you know, the end result of what we're all trying to get to. But taking the financial side of it, I figured this is a good time for us all to release the town and take a good look at our finances. A scary as that maybe.

 

Sister Christian:

This is the conversation have been having, too. So if you want to talk about this, let's fucking tackle it.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Okay. Well, I just mean let's just touch the tip of the iceberg, okay. All I all I'm going to suggest for now is you go through your credit card bill and look at what subscriptions you're carrying. 

 

Sister Christian:

Yes. 

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Because we all have a bunch. Like we're subscription to death. We have to subscribe to everything now, apparently, until the day we die, right? I have to pay rent on a cell phone until the day I die. So but that's a necessity. I don't need both the Spotify and a Pandora subscription right now. In fact, I don't need either. I'm cancelling both, right? I'm sorry. I'm not. Wow. Yeah. And cancel my gym membership. I canceled my meal delivery service. I'm going to cancel one of my streaming service is just go down to one. Wow. I think it's time that this is a great time to do it because, you know, we have no foreseeable work. I don't want to be an alarmist, but for at least a couple months, right?

 

Sister Christian:

We absolutely don’t, this not again. This is how I feel when people are like, we should be positive or we should be. You know, I'm just, it's being honest.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Okay. Well, then I'll feel like I'm gonna, I'm gonna be more honest. I don't think we have worked for the next six to eight months and possibly a year - Film shoots. I don't see, and of course, guys, we're talking about the kind of work me and Christian do that, you know, national commercials. So our crews are, you know, 100 people. So those shoots are probably not gonna come back for a while. I don’t want to say this to be alarmist. I just want to be pragmatic and say, hey, cancel that Pandora subscription. Unless it's something that really as, uh, I forget her name gives you joy. It really gives you joy. And you needed to survive. This by all means, keep it.

 

Sister Christian:

Who says, hold on. Who says that? I don't know. Go on. Eyes is not over. All right. No,

 

Lawrence Lewis:

No, no, no. She's on that. She's got a show about, you know, get rid of clean out your closets and tying up your life.

 

Sister Christian:

Oh, we this was the show's, um There was hit too close to home.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Marie Condo. Marie Condo? Yeah.

 

Sister Christian:

Yeah. If it gives you joy.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

So just take a look at your subscriptions. Do you have some extra things like are you paying for? You know, Christian, you and I were gonna sign up for www.mondays.com. We talked about in an episode that we didn't air yet-  a productivity. What, like 10 bucks a month? No big deal. I don't need that right now. So let's, you know, let's look at the bottom line. All you producers out there and also all your film, all the film crew people out there and just maybe start closing some things down that we don't need.

 

Sister Christian:

Well, okay, how about this? So why don't I make a pact with everybody out there to that I will realistically look at mine. Uh, because I have I It's everything. And I think that, um, Sasha and I have doubled up on a couple of things, too. So why don't I make a pact to go through and then I'll really tell you guys a monthly amount of my subscriptions and we'll all go through and figure out which ones I need. That may actually go away. Let's say in a month or two as well. What? I think I need now and then we can check in and see. Oh, yeah, I do that work.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Okay, I'm gonna do it to be fun activity. Let's check in in the next.

 

Sister Christian:

So much fun. So much fun. Budgeting for myself? Oh, no, I know people. Yes,

Lawrence

Doctor, heal thyself. I can't budget for myself, for beings. So this’ll is a good challenge. And, yes, I do know it does take money away from corporations that are paying people salaries, but ah, no, no, sorry. We all gotta look out for ourselves right now, I think, right?

 

Sister Christian:

Exactly. And I think that the reset that you were talking about in Friday or yesterday's episode that this could be again the reset the needing to -  Okay, well, let's see what we need versus what we want. 

 

Lawrence Lewis: 

Exactly. 

 

Sister Christian:

Which was a big thing that my mother tried to instill in us for, lot was, you know, do you need it to survive? Sounds dramatic, but we're pretty poor.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Well, I think that's the title of this episode need versus want. I think that's perfect. Oh, or do we say subscription challenge?

 

Sister Christian:

Oh, subscription challenge. I like that.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Okay. Alright, you guys you’re hearing it live, not life. Live to tape subscription. The you like to use subscription challenge. We love it. Okay, great. All right,

 

Sister Christian:

A shout out to Alexa in her bath tub right now.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Um, Christian, we have a few voice memos to listen to. So, let’s start with very dear friend of both yours and mine. Susan Linns. She's a production designer based in New York City that we have both had the good fortune of work with and she has a very kind and thoughtful message for us all. 

 

Susan Linns:

High production, friends and family. It's Susan Linns, production designer. I wanted to take a moment to talk about how I'm coping during the self quarantine period on and how I'm feeling. I am trying to stay in complete faith and positive during this time by keeping myself busy with being creative, getting inspired, focusing on things that I don't have the chance to focus on when I'm working so much. I'm reaching out to friends and family, being there for my own family, which I'm taking care of. I'm helping others that, you know, maybe cannot leave the house dropping off food for people and so on. And it's truly, truly humbling this whole experience for me. Personally, I have complete faith that, you know, this too shall pass. And I feel in a way that it's going to make me a better person and a stronger person and definitely pay attention to the things that I'm maybe not pay attention to when I'm so busy working. So I hope you're all well and stay strong. Thanks.

 

Sister Christian:

Yes, Susan. I mean, Susan. I mean, yet it's so heartwarming, and, um, just it nails down What I would like to try to do for sure.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Yeah, absolutely. Again, going back to what might might inspire. Yeah, going back to what I said this yesterday, I might, I might say it every day. So forgive me, but it's like the world had the pause button and is forcing us all to slow down, stop polluting, stop consuming and focus on what it means to be human. And, uh,

 

Sister Christian:

Yeah, it's a tough one. Yeah. I mean, it's a, it's slow. It's like a slow wave washing over you. And yeah, in some senses, it feels like a you know, uh, I think it all hit it once, then anxiety. I understand. It would be a lot of panic out there, I understand. I also feel like this is a slow band hate happening. I know not trying to be, you know, dark or pessimistic. I'm just saying that yes, I want I would like to try to aspire to what Susan says.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

mia's? Well, yes. Well, so thank you, Susan, for that lovely message that was very hard felt. And we appreciate it.

 

Sister Christian:

So, thank you, Susan. Okay, this next clip is from Luke Hale. He's a video producer. Works at a company, not gonna name. Um, he brings us his story. Let's take a listen.

 

Luke Hale:

Hey, Lawrence and Christian, this is Luke. I'm a producer in San Francisco. I really love what you're doing with the Producers Happy Hour. We canceled our first shoot over a month ago when it was apparent that travelers from China wouldn't be able to attend a conference that we were creating media to support. I didn't understand when we were canceling that shoot, that it was really just the first domino that was going to fall. Everything has fallen apart. I did our last shoot a week and 1/2 ago on set, it was very apparent by talking to all of the crew that this was everyone's last job. It's certainly a scary time in the industry. Things are very different. I've never experienced anything like this before. I do another podcast video production daily, and we've made that the focus of our last few episodes. Also, just what can people do with this time when they are at home? And the truth is, it could be really difficult to know what to do with those hours. It's not an industry where people traditionally work from home. Anyway. Thanks so much for the podcast. Appreciate all the work that you're doing. 

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Thank you, Luke. Ah, it was very nice. Uh, I'll I'll say it again, but you can see Luke’s podcast and his tips on how to use this time on his podcast video production daily. It's on stitcher apple podcasts, all the usual platforms, and we're gonna put a link to his podcast in our show notes.

 

Sister Christian:

So looks voice memo took me back to, like, a week and a half ago. Let's say Wednesday have not, um, this past week, but the week before. That was when we started to see the post’s happening and people's jobs canceling left and right. Because that was when I think New Rochelle happens in New York.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

What's that? What do you mean?

 

Sister Christian:

New Rochelle was is a town uhm upstate a bit in Westchester County. And that's when the governor, since the National Guard in to assist with one and 1/2 mile quarantine area. So, it made like major headlines. So that was the kind of the beginning of the the client's starting to say. Okay….

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Wow! I didn't hear about it. Maybe I was I was buried in work, but somehow I missed all that. I, that’s news to me. I never I didn't hear that happen.

 

Sister Christian:

Yeah, so, um, you know, I also spoke to my family. Um, I'm not gonna go too deep because a lot of it was, uh, you know, personal. But I can say I spoke to my family and they have friends who have been like, out of touch for a week, just hanging out in the mountains somewhere without, and so people are starting to really come in and be like Oh, my God. Oh, what has happened? I know. Just like the big brother house. I think it up along too. Plus, a lot of smaller communities in the central part of the States are not, You know, they're just getting some national news where it's taken. You know, it takes up 10 minutes of the first part of the hour, and then after that, it's all local. And so, yeah, I think that we still have a second wave of things about to happen. I don't know what they are, but I think, you know, once the entire country understands the severity of this.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Yeah, And look what…

 

Sister Christian:

Just opinion.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Yeah, and Luke, I was right there with you. I went through the kind of kind of the same thing. I just you know, one job kind of postponed due to scheduling. I'm doing air quotes and then another actually all kind of post. I had three jobs. They all kind of postponed due to scheduling air quotes. And it I was like, Oh, I bet they're in my, you know, one and 1/2 week ago naivete. I was like, Oh, they're probably scared of the Corona thing. and they're probably just gonna schedule to, you know, toe April. And then that's when…

 

Sister Christian:

that well, yeah, because the initial talk with two weeks and let’s reevaluate. Yeah, just so you guys know Lawrence and I do this over the internet video conference so we can see each other. So he was definitely doing air quotes. He, said air quotes to say, you know proof. Okay, our next one is from Brian Santiago, who is a founder creative producer at Looker Lab in New York City. Let's listen.

 

Brian Santiago

Hi, my name is Brian Santiago, and I am in the East Village in New York City. I am the creative producer for a company called Looker Lab. Um, we were about to start shooting or for a short film when, a few days before one of the actors was quarantined, so that made us have to postpone the entire production. Hopefully, till late spring, early summer. It’s a short film titled Grafton. We're very excited about it. However, it will happen and just be at a later date. Some of my other business is suffering, but I'm trying to and I would advise everyone to just try to keep it in the day, Um, stay positive and get really creative. Thanks. 

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Yeah, thank you, Brian. That's that's I think that's exactly are measured messages, too. Stay positive, Stay active. Keep talking. Share your stories and try and be creative as much as you can.

 

Sister Christian:

I like it. Keep it in the today. It's good because it makes Ah, yeah, Um, sometimes I will think about what's needs to happen so far in advance that, um it prevents me from doing the things that should happen today. Yeah, exactly. So I like that. Keep it in the day.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Thank you, Brian. Uh, and, as usual, put contact information for all these folks in our show notes, um, in case you want to connect with them. So as I mentioned at the top of yesterday's podcast late in the day, just before we pushed it out Netflix had put together I saw the article that Netflix have put together a $100 million fund to help out of work, film and TV film crew. So the thing that's missing from the article is any sort of call to action, so I don't know how anybody you know gets in line for this. I'm assuming some information will come out soon. If we find it, we'll share it. But here's what the article said. This is the Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, he said, the Covid19 crisis is devastating for many industries, including the creative community. Almost all television and film production has now ceased globally, leaving hundreds of thousands of crew and cast without jobs. This included electricians, carpenters, and drivers, many of whom are paid hourly wages and work on a project to project basis. This refers, Christian to the freelancer, Freelancers Union. Uh, we're gonna talk about it again. There, there letter to all government officials is that we have these project odd jobs in a way, and we like to be included in these social benefits. Sarandos goes on to say this community has supported Netflix through the good times, and we want to help them through these hard times, especially while governments are still figuring out what economic support they will provide. The article also stated that Netflix is also committing $1 million to a pre existing emergency fund, including the SAG, after a Covid19 disaster release fund, the Motion Picture and Television Fund and the Actors Fund. Emergency Assistance in the United States and a $1 million donation is being given to the AFC and the foundation the artists. So, they're all great things that one big corporation is doing, hopefully more through, and hopefully that is something that is accessible to all. It sounds like it's only for film and TV, so I don't know if that applies to commercials, and it doesn't sound like it applies to live  event people. But, um, but, you know, if these are, the it's a start and these are the people that hold, you know, a lot of cash, and it's great to see them, at least trying to do something.

Sister Christian:

Exactly. It would only be in their benefits to make sure that people have money, which again means they will be keeping the subscription service. There's a it's a win win, not symbiotic for absolutely sure. They should help out because they should. It is the right thing to do. None of us are working, but then also to there's no money going into the economy at all unless people have money to spend. So it's absolutely a win win situation for Netflix.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Okay, one more thing I want to mention Christian is, and I think I'm gonna do this every time. Is that suggest people take some action by signing the petitions that are going around on social media. And we talked about this two episodes ago. There's a proposal for federal funding for displaced film crew, and that is on actionnetwork.org. It's a simple petition. Just sign your name to it. That's all that need. You need to do. It's urging our government leaders to make sure film crew is taken care of. And there's also we're gonna put that link in the show notes. But you can find it on actionnetwork.org. Also, there is a petition to ask the government for federal aid package for it the live events industry that one's on change.org, and I'm gonna put that link in the show notes as well. Um, because all these people are were the first ones to get hit. Um, I have a small experiential company called Indelible Arts, and I have a roster of these artists that do live events. And they were all telling me, like maybe two weeks three weeks ago there. Like, dude, everything's canceling. And that was all before the film stuff started canceling. So they were hit hardest and they were hit first. And it's gonna be well before they're back to work. So please sign upon these petitions if you have a moment.

 

Sister Christian:

Yes, uh, as we say that we're all in this together, which we are. Yeah. So, yes, I also wanted to remind everyone that the freelancers union has written a pro forma letter that you consent to your state officials to implore them to include freelance workers in their relief packages. We'll include this link on the show notes as well.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Yes. We'll put it all there. If you have a moment, please. It's It's just a little bit of work for everybody to do to hopefully make some good out of what's happening.

 

Sister Christian:

Yes. Now, yes, We're gonna move on to segment because 

 

Lawrence Lewis:

I love segments. 

 

Sister Christian: 

Um, he does love segments. That Things to Do. So I thought I would say a few things here that that are newsworthy, but also, like maybe, um, we can get into something together. Okay, so that's it. Uh, so Hello World is closing its stores in New York City.

 

Lawrence Lewis: 

So remind me what’s that?

 

Sister Christian:

Hello, World Communications. Did you ever work with Ron Yoshida? He was a sound guy commercial sound guy from a while ago. Early two thousands, I recall it Ron was fantastic. And he, um, he's had a company named or has a company named Hello World Communications that also supplied walkie talkies. 

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Oh, right. 

 

Sister Christian: 

Equipment, a little bit of lighting and that kind of stuff. So got an email today. Ah, from his mailer list that said that they are closing their doors after 20 years. It's quite sad for sure, but I also understand the thinking behind it. So they're having what they're calling a close out sale. They everything right now, their entire inventory, including furniture, is discounted at a minimum of 30%. So if I know it, I know it's a time for buckling down. Don't get me wrong, but they also have a lot of the newer camera and lighting gear out there. And if you were looking to ever purchase a camera, you know, might be a time, don't know it'll help you both out. 

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Wow, that isn't that amazing.

 

Sister Christian:

Yeah, it's very sad but it's also, um, but also sharing the news because it could be somebody’s, it could be beneficial to somebody. Yeah. Now, another thing would be Lawrence and I have been chatting about we've reached out to probably, a lot of the major production companies, the big guys out there who are hesitant to come on to discuss our current situations, which I can understand. Everybody's still formulating their plan. But I would love to see if you guys would like to tell us live what you're going through

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Yeah, anybody.,

 

Sister Christian:

I mean, we'd love to talk to you.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Anyone who's worked on a film shoot or a live event before from a PA to a cinematographer who, you know, owner operator. Whoever’s out there, we want to hear your stories. We've got a few people lined up for next week and we'd love to hear more. It seems like, uh, what I did is I went down the ad Age top. You know what? I figure what they call it, you know, Top 10 production company lists. And, I mean, I know them all, but, you know, I just went down the list, email them all to see if anybody would chat with us. And so far, nothing. Which we could understand. It's a tricky time, and everyone wants to be correct about what they put out in the world. Um, but…

 

Sister Christian:

but also to the human moment that we've been discussing, Lawrence makes me feel like, um, you know, maybe now is the time to let us in and not be so guarded.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Yeah, that would be nice.

 

Sister Christian:

But no judgment,

 

Lawrence Lewis:

No judgment, no judgment. But, um,

 

Sister Christian:

Touch a judgment. Yeah. No, we've also reached out to the heads of several unions. Um, we've not been taken up on that offer yet, either, but we're gonna keep on trying because it would be good to know what, the local or IATC’s plan is for the next, you know, six months. We'd love to hear that looked a… If they had, we'd love to hear it. And what they're doing for their members. So we get passed it along to you guys. And then lastly, crazy, Lawrence. I thought I would try to do a stop animation project.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

I love it!

 

Sister Christian:

and I know. So maybe I don't know, maybe I'm getting in over my head, but maybe, like, a minute long script or something. So I'm if if you guys want to email us your short story ideas, there's a chance that I, uh But I might make it into a stop motion extravaganza.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Oh, my gosh.

 

Sister Christian:

I know. Talk about talk about an offer.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

So you write a script, right. A little short, one minute story. Give it to Christian, and you're gonna do a little stop animation with it. Well, I'll contribute. If there's a male voice it's needed, I could give a male voice over. I know some friends out there that are other voiceover people. Maybe I can find someone who would be willing to contribute a female voice over Christian. You can do it as well.

 

Sister Christian:

Yes. Um, no, no, I'd love I'd love to get more people because I thought what I would do is film it. Take the photos against a green screen, and I know I have a friend who's offered to sketch in all the, you know, various backgrounds that we could just drop in. If I do it on green using, you know, I know so it could be a fun group project. If you guys are interested, that's that's amazing. Yes, so that's what I got for To Dos. 

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Excellent. To Dos, I’ve got a my friend Tyler Stubbs shouts Tyler,

 

Sister Christian:

Hi Tyler!

 

Lawrence Lewis:

he showed me an app. He shared with me an app called House Party App. Maybe I'm late to the game on this, but it's a little. It's a little simple little.

 

Sister Christian:

All the kids have been doing it for

 

Lawrence Lewis:

All the kids have been doing it. It's a little like Facetiming app. But once you go into online, your texts, your friends, shows your friends that you're in a room and people can join the room and you could just have a little group chat. You got a lock your  room. If you don't want people to know you're there, so you gonna have it just, you know, two or three people or whoever you want and then play games. Games show up on the screen like trivia games and all kinds of stuff. So it's just something fun and helps pass the time. It helps you connect, which is what we're doing here. Connect to people, connect to friends, connect to family and just have a little levity.

 

Sister Christian:

Yeah, I mean, that sounds like a great idea. It kind of sounds a little bit like a well, AOL chat rooms back in.

 

Lawrence Lewis: 

Oh, my God. 

 

Sister Christian: 

Um, kidding. Anyway, I, alright, uh, that does it for the day.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Yeah. Everybody stay safe and stay connected out there and stay active.

 

Sister Christian:

Yes, wash your hands. And for the love of God, do not touch your face. I'm getting better.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

I've been watching you and you haven’t. I'm watching on the…

 

Sister Christian:

Why didn't try today? So that was Yeah, Yeah, yes,

 

Lawrence Lewis:

I might have a little um

 

Sister Christian:

Right. But that’s still touching.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

That's true. Be sure to send us your voice recordings or your emails. Whatever you want to say what. If you want to be on the show, let us know. If you want to say something about you on the show, let us know. Or send us the voice recording producershappyhour@gmail.com.

 

Sister Christian:

Lawrence, How do people reach you directly?

 

Lawrence Lewis:

You can reach me at www.lawrencetlewis.com or www.voiceoflawrence.com for my voice over work. Christian, how do people get a hold of you?

 

Sister Christian:

They can reach me at www.sisterchristianproduces.com. 

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Yes. 

Sister Christian: 

Yes. 

 

Lawrence Lewis: 

All right. 

 

Sister Christian:

Thank you. Um, we are way beyond…  We’ll probably talk to you tomorrow. 

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Actually, Christian, do you want to take a break? Shall we take a break tomorrow and come back Monday?

 

Sister Christian:

We can take a break and come back Monday. They'll be maybe, uh, piles and piles of voicemails.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

I hope so, but we have an interview. We have an interview Monday. We’re off tomorrow. We're going to take some personal time, and then we'll come back on Monday. 

 

Sister Christian: 

Perfect. Thank you. 

 

Christian

Thanks for listening.

 

Lawrence Lewis:

Bye!