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“Danika” Day 14

Today was “old Hollywood Day” and a bunch of the AD’s and producers showed up in ties and nice clothes – when you look at those old pictures of sets, everyone had on nice shirts and ties, but I think it was because that day was “picture day” and the crew had to dress up. My job hasn’t changed that much in 100 years, and a tie is a serious hazard when you’re dealing with hot lights and heavy equipment – so none of us participated, although my boss did throw a tie on over his t-shirt (but he doesn’t handle lights).

They added shots first thing in the morning (some close up stuff in the van that the didn’t get at Universal), but it was all shot using available light, so we were able to clean up yesterday’s set, and light both of today’s sets (actually three sets, since they have EPK on set again today).

This means the day started out with a bit of a hustle. We were really busy until lunch, when we moved into a set where the lighting didn’t change much for the rest of the day.

I’d rather be busy. When you just sit there, time slows and you can think about how hot you are, how much your feet hurt, etc..

The HMIs were fine all day until one of them got too hot and it’s globe blew up – on the last shot, of course. It made a sound like a gunshot, and at first I thought a stand had fallen over because the grips were out there working – but then one of the guys got on the walkie and said “We blew a globe”, which got everyone scurrying back there – normally when HMI globes blow up, the lamp catches on fire, but thankfully that didn’t happen this time.
We just dumped out the glass shards, put a new globe in and everything was fine.

Blown globe

One more day.

Filed under: Photos, Work

3 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    People (punters) always look at me funny when I call ’em ‘light globes’. I s’pose it’s a technical thing. If you were in London, I don’t think anyone would have thought it was a stand falling over…

  2. Peggy Archer says:

    I don’t know.. If I see the grips working in a stand forest and hear a sharp “bang”, I think I’m going to assume that something fell over no matter where I am!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Oh, I guess I was just trying to say, in a somewhat oblique fashion, that we are so lucky our city isn’t under attack. Right now, loud ‘pop’ noises would be fraying people’s nerves in London, Gaza, Iraq, Somalia — all those places where there is unrest and slaughter. Don’t wanna bring everyone down — just want us to remember to count our blessings. PEACE.

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