Totally Unauthorized

A side of the film industry most people never see.

Wait, what happened?

I was lucky enough to get a day of work last week, and figured I’d have the check in the mail and all would be good, and then today I got a call that I can honestly say I’ve never gotten before in all my time working in the film industry.

“They” lost my start paperwork.

When one starts working on a new show, one must fill out a packet of start paperwork. It’s always the same thing. Deal memo, some sort of confidentiality agreement, which name one would like for one’s credit*, any applicable equipment rental (if one has specialized equipment for which production must pay – like a dimmer board, certain tools for installing fixtures, etc…), and the promise that one won’t sexually harass one’s coworkers. Much.

The best boy didn’t specify who lost it, but I’m assuming it was somewhere in one of the maze-like offices on the lot where, apparently, paperwork goes to die along with dreams.

So, I need to redo the impressive pile of paperwork that I originally worked my way through last week.

Paperwork

That’s one seriously tree-killing pile of redundancy, but the upside is that I’ve gotten another day of work out of it (Boss: “You’re driving up here anyways, you might as well work.”).

Hooray!

*Despite my constant efforts to get a joke name (I.P. Freely, Heywood Jablowme, Michael Bay, Prince Albert of Cannes) as my credit, it’s never happened. They always just use my real name.

Is it too much to ask that my IMDB read “sometimes credited as…”

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5 Responses

  1. Dave2 says:

    I wish I could bill clients for filling out that crap. The only consolation I can offer is that the software companies I’ve been contracted with are even worse for paperwork than the movie studios I’ve been contracted with!

  2. geekhiker says:

    Hey, if that’s what it takes to get work, maybe you can slip a $50 to someone in the office to “lose” your paperwork more often. ;)

  3. k4kafka says:

    Don’t get me started on paperwork…Ever wonder why we must fill out those I-9 Immigration forms at Contract Services every 3 years…and yet must fill-out the same form again on every new job ?

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