24 hours with the co-founders of Sydney-based film company MSQUARE Productions

Ever wondered what it would be like to run a business with your partner? In this 24 hours with, film production company co-founders Michael Cristian Greene and Mia-Danica Jamora describe a typical a day in their busy lives. Stay tuned for casting calls, emails, Netflix and a vindaloo curry.


Mia: Woke up early this morning for a run across the harbour bridge to prepare myself for the day. The view of the harbour before sunrise is a gorgeous sight and invigorates me before I start my work commute.

Michael: Hit snooze.


Michael: Woke up for my 6am call with one of our composers based in New York. Gave myself just enough time for drink my espresso so I don’t sound like a zombie. Discussed the progress on the score he is working on for one of our projects.


Mia: Make a fresh juice for Michael and myself. Carrot, celery, beetroot, ginger and apple while I check my emails.

Michael: Take a train into the city for an early meeting with one of our clients to review the storyboard for our upcoming campaign.


Mia: Got an uber and arrived in our office in Paddington. Greet everyone. Grab myself a cup of Earl Grey. Quickly water the office plants. First thing on the agenda is to touch base with our production coordinator to discuss our plans for the day and our upcoming meetings.


Mia: Respond to emails.

Michael: Arrive in the office and check up on all our projects in post-production. Have a chat with my first Assistant Director.


Mia: Skype conference call with co-workers in Los Angeles to discuss the television series we are currently developing. Scheduling our film market meetings for the AFM at the end of the year.


Mia: Quick casting. Had some actors come into the studio to audition for an upcoming production. Screen-tests and ‘improv’ castings are a frequent occurrence during pre-production stages.

Michael: During the casting I give the actors direction and feedback to see if they are the right fit. The most important qualities for an actor is how they interpret the character they are auditioning for, as well as their reaction to our responses and direction.


Mia: Conference call with one of our stakeholders to negotiate upcoming production budget.

Michael: Working on a shotlist for the concept on an upcoming production by researching the topic and gathering imagery that represents the creative idea that I’m pitching.


Mia: Watermelon time. I always like to have a container of watermelon on my desk to snack on – right next to a Dairy Milk.

Michael: Grabbed some sushi and my second coffee of the day while in transit to meet with our storyboard artist.


Mia: Walking down to the local deli with the team to pick up some ingredients for lunch and more snacks for the office. We’re a very close knit bunch. Afterwards we sit around our meeting table and eat. When we can, we try to eat together as a group to socialise and take a break from work.


Mia: Jumped into a taxi and headed to the CBD and discussed an upcoming production with a client.

Michael: Meeting with our cinematographer to scout locations and recce for an upcoming shoot.


Mia: Rushed back to the office to hold a team brainstorming session to discuss the logistics of the industry screening we are holding in a few weeks. Group meetings are a great way to encourage free-flowing thought and creative ideas.

Michael: Working on my directors speech for our industry screening. Also, going through an overview of the event itself and planning interactions with guests.


Mia: One of clients come into the office to discuss their new campaign. Made significant progress.


Michael: Regroup with Mia – discussing our day and addressing any concerns about the projects we are working on together, also putting together an agenda for the following week.


Mia: Michael and I jump on a Skype conference call with our team in the UK who handle a few of our productions, sound design and the score for our upcoming film.


Mia: Peak-hour commute back to our home in Milsons Point. While I’m in the car I love to call my family, it’s a good break from my busy day. It’s very important to me to keep in touch daily.

Michael: Head home while listening to some music – today I was in the mood for some Muddy Waters.


Mia: Time for some yoga in the living room to stretch out and alleviate some back pain from sitting or being on the run all day, while waiting for my extra spicy Indian vindaloo curry. Too tired to cook tonight!

Michael: Sit down and unwind with Mia while we eat our takeout.


Mia: Binge watch Bates Motel on Netflix while eating vanilla ice-cream with extra milo sprinkled on top and sliced banana. Check my emails, again.

Michael: Check my emails one more time. Respond to my visual effects supervisor on a heavy effects scene that he is finishing up for our upcoming film. Then grabs some chips and salsa and watch Netflix with Mia.


Mia: Time for sleep.

Michael Cristian Greene and Mia-Danica Jamora are the co-founders of film production company MSQUARE. Their offices are based in Sydney and LA.


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