Totally Unauthorized

A side of the film industry most people never see.

I was right about that one.

As predicted, I ended up working on the lamp dock all day. Lamp dock duty involves typical warehouse stuff – putting away equipment, testing stuff that’s going out, sorting, repairing, etc…

Hey, it may have been busy work, but it was in the air-conditioning – and that was a good thing, as my other prediction also was true. It was approximately five thousand degrees on Universal’s back lot, thanks to the Santa Anas.*

I’ve known the guys on the Uni dock for a long time, and they’re a nice bunch of folks. I got to catch up on what’s been going on (I mentioned in a previous post that Universal’s dock is gossip central), saw a few friends who are loading shows, and got to see a new baby for the first time (well, the baby’s almost two, I just hadn’t seen her).

Before lunch, I was working on the cable side of the dock (cable on one side, lamps on the other) with a proselytizing Jehovah’s Witness and an observant Muslim (who’s fasting for Ramadan). These two have worked together for years and get along fine – at work, at least. If they hate each other, they’re doing a damn good job of hiding it.

After lunch, I got moved to the lamp side of the dock and spent a few hours test burning HMI’s**, and then it was time to go home.

As leaving for the day, my walk to the parking lot took me through the extras holding area for “The Good German”. There were at least 300 extras milling about in 1940’s costumes. I couldn’t see any AD’s, so for a minute or so, I was the only person around not in period costume.

*For those of you not familiar with Los Angeles; this time of year we get hot, dry winds called the Santa Anas. The temperature rockets up, the humidity drops to single digits, and anywhere outside feels suspiciously like a blast furnace – even the beach areas, which are normally cool and overcast.

** HMI’s are electronically controlled lights, and must be tested to be sure they start, burn at the correct color temperature, and don’t flicker.

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