Yesterday was our first day in the abandoned hospital (which is scheduled to be converted into lofts). We had a two hour pre-call scheduled, but worked so late the night before the we ended up coming in just 15 minutes before general call, so we were playing catch up all day.
We’d leave two of us on set with the gaffer, and the other two would go with the best boy to try and rig, since someone decided it was a great idea to shoot in a part of the hospital that we hadn’t cabled, so there was no power.
We also had to run power to the building that’s housing makeup, hair, wardrobe and the actor’s dressing rooms since the wiring in the building’s really old and there was some concern about the power being overloaded (1400 watt hair dryers will blow a fuse faster than anything, and they’ve all got 1000 watt heaters in the rooms, computers, radios, etc… buildings built in the early 1900’s just don’t have the power for all the stuff we use now).
We got to meet the very nice makeup, hair and wardrobe folks, and the crew of the other movie that’s shooting on the grounds – also very nice folks, even if there’s been some problems with walkie-talkies (there are only so many channels and when there’s two companies, it gets messy as there aren’t enough channels to go around).
We had three moves (we started out in a parking lot, moved to a house across the street from the hospital, went to a park on the other side of the hospital, back to the house and then into a hallway in the hospital), and on the last set of the day the smoke machine set off the fire alarm (that no one realized was still active since the building’s abandoned) and at least 6 firemen came out.
The upside of this is that they can’t use the smokers now – good for me since that stuff really makes my lungs hurt.
Call time 8:45 am
Wrap time 9:30 pm
The producers on this are inexperienced, but they’re super nice guys, and are trying their best not to run us into the ground. We’re on a 14 hour deal, but they’re trying to keep it to 12 hour days, and they’ve been really trying to address problems and keep everyone happy while making sure things progress. All of us appreciate this a lot.
The director (also a super nice guy) really moved along and shot five pages in just over 12 hours.
I’m off to work.