I just got called to work tomorrow, which is a good thing!
Just like a shiny happy quarter laying on the sidewalk in Malibu that’s got sticky gum on the underside so you can’t see it and you pick it up and get gum all over you (guess what happened to me today), there are a few things about this job which are not so shiny and happy.
This movie’s hourly rate is almost $10.00 under union scale – not a bad thing by itself, but generally any movie with a rate that low is disorganized.
I think the entire time I’ve been doing this I’ve worked on ONE movie with a budget under 10 million dollars that wasn’t a complete cluster fuck – the problem is that at the lower rates, you can’t get really experienced production people. Good Assistant Directors (and producers and UPMs) don’t come cheap.
The best boy is making his manpower calls for Monday on Sunday afternoon (he should have made them Friday) – when I talked to him, he said they ‘got beat up really bad on Friday’ and he doesn’t know the location for tomorrow, so he’ll have to have the AD call him and tell him.
That’s bad. It means that the show is disorganized, and (what affects me more) that set lighting’s second in command is not on top of things.
The cloud in the silver lining is overtime. Disorganization and chaos usually means 15, 16, 17 or more hours, and when you start clocking in overtime like that, the rate gets a lot better really quickly.
We’ll see what happens tomorrow.