I woke up this morning to the news that One Life to Live's Jill Mitwell (and her directing team, which included me, as an AD and a Stage Manager) won the 2012 Director's Guild (DGA) Award for Daytime Drama. It's amazing to think that One Life to Live aired just ten episodes in 2012--over a year ago--and one of them won a DGA award. I guess what we did back then did live on after all.
I didn't go to the awards ceremony. Numerous East Coast commitments have
generally kept me from attending LA awards ceremonies, so I wasn't
there applauding during or toasting afterward. But when I read the news this
morning, I couldn't help but be transported back to the days when I
talked Bob Woods and Hilary B. Smith through their cabin scenes as a
Stage Manager and talked camera operators through scenes
of Heaven as an Associate Director. I was reminded of what it means to
be a directing team--to work together to make a Director's vision a
reality. It mattered that my Stage Manager colleagues and I made sure
the props were on set. It mattered that my AD colleagues edited the
pieces and parts to make a moving story. It mattered that my Production
Associate colleagues kept track of continuity, given that the episode was shot
on multiple days.
And so, when I read the news this morning, I realized that it didn't
matter so much that I wasn't there to hear the award winner announced.
I was there when it really mattered, working as part of a team that
made the award-winning show. And while I may give up a trip to LA and
the chance to glam up for a night, I will never give up the memory of
being part of that team. And I will keep looking forward to my next team.