what the inside of a sound stage looks like during a power outage?
It looks kinda like that.
We were wrapping a commercial Tuesday night when the stage lights flickered, and then went out. At first, I thought someone had turned them off as a joke, but then I heard someone say “the whole lot’s black!”
Turns out, we got caught in the middle of one of Hollywood’s infamous power outages and after sitting around outside for over an hour waiting to see if the lights would come back on, decided to return in the morning to finish the job as trying to do, well, much of anything when you can’t see your hand in front of your face is difficult, to say the least.
So, after making a few frantic late-night phone calls to replace crew members who couldn’t come back the next day (you know, weird things like blackouts, earthquakes or raccoon attacks only seem to happen when I’m in charge. Why is that?), we gave up and went home.
Nine hours later, we were back again (because we had to get everything off of the stage before the painters started to spray the cyc since the production company had painted it) to finish up.
After spending years pissing and moaning about not being able to set any equipment (even personal bags) in the fire lanes* (the logic being if you can’t see anything you can feel your way out along the wall), I now totally understand. We had to feel along the wall in order to get out, and I’m glad that I didn’t have to worry about tripping over someone’s backpack or spare sneakers.
At least none of us were up in the perms when the lights went out. That would have sucked.
Which brings me to the second best perm graffiti ever:
You said it, brother (or sister).
*Fire lanes are the four feet of floor next to the stage walls on all sides of a soundstage – the fire lanes must be kept clear at all times, or the on-set safety people will stop the shoot to make you move the stand or backpack that’s been placed there. After the other day, I completely understand why.