Totally Unauthorized

A side of the film industry most people never see.

Day 1

The first day of a feature is always about working out the kinks – how everything’s going to go into the truck (this one, when packed, looks like a sardine can), who does what well and who works best with whom – although we’re only a five person crew: Gaffer, Best Boy and three electricians.

I ran into an old friend whom I haven’t seen in about 10 years – he and I used to go to the same clubs in LA, and we sort of looked at each other for a few moments before we figured it out. He’s working art department now. He looks exactly the same as he did back in the day.

Since production got the lighting equipment from the crappiest (and cheapest) rental house in town, we’re already having problems with it – mostly minor (lights not working, latches breaking, etc..), but one piece of cable was mislabeled ( the neutral and hot legs were mixed up – I’ll explain the whole thing later. I’m wiped out right now), and we ended up blowing up a light.

It could have been a lot worse. Someone could have gotten hurt.

Later in the day, I was telling the sound guy what happened, and I finished the story with the phrase “Hey, at least no one got hurt – they just have to pay for a light. It’s only money after all.”

The production manager was standing right next to me – she shot me a dirty look and said “Yeah, only money”.

Well, it is.

Call time: 6 am.
Wrap time: 8 pm (they actually wrapped at 7, but it took us an hour to load our truck).

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