Totally Unauthorized

A side of the film industry most people never see.

Another one in the can*.

I always feel several emotions at the end of a show – relief that it’s over, the same kind of sadness I got as a kid when summer camp came to an end, and a slight panic at the idea of resuming the ‘day player hustle’.

We ended up wrapping out Wednesday night after all (once again, they really cracked the whip on that poor director and we wrapped 12 hours after call time), although our 2+ hours of work to get everything back into the truck meant that we missed the impromptu party at a nearby bowling alley (this happens a lot – there will be a huge party around us, while we’re working our butts off. It usually ends just as we close the truck doors). It’s just as well – I’m sure none of us smelled all that great, and we all just wanted to go home.

We met at the rental house yesterday, unloaded the trucks which we’ve called home for the past five weeks, checked our equipment in, and when we were done, shook hands all around and went our separate ways – all of us on our phones, trying to line up the next job.

* The expression “In the can” means that the film has finished shooting.

Filed under: Work

5 Responses

  1. Justin says:

    Fuck ’em, grip/electric parties harder than anybody. Throw your own!

  2. John P. says:

    Will you able to name the movie you were working on anytime soon?

  3. Peggy Archer says:

    Justin – thanks!

    John P. – when the movie gets a title, I’ll be able to name it. Right now it’s just ‘untitled project’.

  4. Lil costumer says:

    Hey I can relate , I always find it a let down when everyone parties at wrap and we are stuck picking up actors dirty underwear … oh what a glamorous job !

  5. Derek says:

    I found where all the old equipment goes when Hollywood is done abusing it. No kidding…
    Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Enjoy the Hiatus till the 5th.

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