Totally Unauthorized

A side of the film industry most people never see.

“That’s six kinds of fucked up.”

When you go up in a condor you’re essentially loading a construction lift platform to it’s maximum weight capacity (1,000 lbs if the arm is straight up in the air, 500 lbs if you’re ‘armed out’ to the side much at all) and then going 80 feet up in the air – not what they were designed to do (Rumor has it that the lift manufacturers, when they saw how we use these lifts, were completely horrified – and a LOT of new safety procedures have been implemented in the last year or so). The advantage is that once your light is ‘set’, there’s not much to do, and it’s now illegal to ‘walk the arm’ (climb out of the basket and shimmy down the arm to get on the ground – although we all used to do it), so you get to sleep while all the other poor suckers have to run around all night. So normally, if you know that you’re coming in for a ‘condor call’, you don’t bother to sleep that day because you know that you’ll be able to catch a good nap during the night.

Last night, on “Material Girls”, we had three lifts in the air at the same time, and we had to do a lighting cue (One light dimmed out as the other two came up) , which meant that we had to pay attention all night and none of us got any sleep. That’s just wrong – or as one of the guys said after we came down “That’s six kinds of fucked up.”

In addition, the fog rolled in right after we went up, and we all ended up getting drenched.

Call time: 2pm
Wrap time: 4 am

I’m completely wiped out today. I slept for a few hours when I got home this morning, but I feel like utter crap. My goal is to stay awake until 8pm, and then I’ll pass out.

God, I hope I didn’t get a cold.

Filed under: Work

Major Traffic Blockage

Originally uploaded by Peggy Archer.

Moving the condor (this is the 80 footer that I was in Sunday night) from base camp, where it was rigged, to the spot where it was parked while we were shooting.

The lamp on the basket is a 24 light Moleeno. The combined weight of the lamp, the two “stand alone” dimmers to work it, the cable and me added up to about 1 lb short of the lifts maximum weight capacity.

Filed under: Photos, Work

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