Totally Unauthorized

A side of the film industry most people never see.

Stick a fork in me, I’m done.

Working 14 hour days every day is really tiring.. All I really want to do at night is wash off the layer of grime and pass out for my allotted 8 hours before I have to get up and go back to work.

It makes writing the blog hard, because when I get home I don’t have any energy to sit at the computer and collect my thoughts.

So – highlights of the past few days have been:

Tuesday – we set up for two shots in the Fox commissary (which is doubling for a Starbucks) at the end of the night. Because the director was so slow (14 hours to shoot two scenes of three people talking in a room), they scratched the shot – at the last minute, after we’d rigged it, had all the lights burning, and were sitting there waiting for the actors to walk on set. And they wonder why they’re over budget.
Call time: 9:30 am
Wrap time: 11:30 pm

Wednesday – on location with a company move* from a tenement in the drug dealer infested neighborhood of Pico – Union (where an angry neighbor leaned out of his balcony and threw water on some of our lights) to a residential area (West Adams) filled with more neighbors who were NOT happy to see us. I can totally understand this – once again, we were the victims of the slow director who took 12 hours to shoot two scenes of people talking in a room, so we got to a residential neighborhood for a night exterior at 10 pm. On a weeknight. I’m surprised they weren’t shooting at us. I went up in the condor and got stung by a bee that had gotten tangled in my hair. This was at 1 am – for some reason I thought bees slept at night.
Call time: 11 am
Wrap time: 1:30 am

Thursday – the director must have gotten a talking to, because he moved considerably faster Thursday. We were back in the set of death on Stage 6, but we had an extra guy (making our crew total 8), so we didn’t get peeled quite so badly.
Call time: 12:30 pm
Wrap time: 1:00 am

Tonight, I’m on the second unit that’s shooting the coffee shop shot from Tuesday. I’ve got a 7 pm call, but it’s only two shots and there’s a different director, so I shouldn’t be there that long.

* A company move is two (or more if you have a really sadistic production manager) locations in the same day. What this means for us is that we go to the first location, unload our truck, set up all our stuff, shoot, wrap the set, load our truck, go to the next location and do the same thing. Company moves, although sometimes necessary, suck and crews hate them.

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3 Responses

  1. shamp says:

    “for some reason I thought bees slept at night”

    what a cute comment, i hope your ok though.

  2. Ophelia says:

    I used to be a Location Manager in Hollywood. If you think comapny moves suck for the rest of the crew, they are worse for us. Same pay, twice, three four times the work. Even as a member of the Teamsters Union, no overtime. And a friendly reminder to all of the PA’s who love to say “we’re the first ones there and the last ones to leave.” Um, no. No you’re not. We are.

  3. Peggy Archer says:

    Shamp: I’m fine, thanks!

    Ophelia: No doubt.. plus you’re getting yelled at every five minutes by either the crew or an irate neighbor.

    If I heard “locations! Locations!” on my walkie all day, I’d kill someone.

    I’m surprised you’re not all homicidal.

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