Totally Unauthorized

A side of the film industry most people never see.

Why do I keep doing this?

I just said ‘yes’ to another low budget movie – it’s the same gaffer as Danika, and a best boy who I’ve worked with before and think is one of the greatest guys in the world.

I guess that’s why I said yes.

Even if the rate’s bad (and it is – almost $10 per hour under union scale) and we get worked half to death, I’ll have fun and get to hang out with a great bunch of folks.

That, and the movie shoots until the end of December (six weeks of steady work – even at a reduced rate – is a very, very good thing), and they’ll let me jump off for a few days here and there if I get a few days on a better-paying show.

Hopefully, my previous statements about low budget shows won’t be true this time.

I’ll know tomorrow – I’ve got a 6 am call for our first day of shooting.

Filed under: Work

4 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Pfft…low budget to me is when they promise a deferral payment and crappy food. I’m glad those days are behind me now. :)

    e

  2. Mark says:

    Are these low budget jobs that are below scale non-union jobs? If they’re union jobs, how do they get away with paying below scale?

    Thanks.

  3. Norman says:

    Remember — work will get you through times of no money, easier than no money will get you through times of no work.

    Hmmmmm, I know that doesn’t make lotsa sense, but it was the best I could do.

  4. Peggy Archer says:

    anon – I don’t do deferred pay jobs, since I can’t defer my bills.

    Mark – there is no such thing as a scale non union job. “Scale” is the unions minimum pay – except if it’s a low budget thing, and then they can plead poverty and pay the crew a reduced rate. There are different pay scales for different budget ranges.

    Norman – it makes no sense, but I’m tired, so it may make sense in the morning.

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