Today we continued to collect and count equipment, the birds continued to sit in the tree, squawk all day and smell bad and everything was calm.
Until – we found out that we’ll have to re-rig a set (which we wrapped on the assurance that production were certain they were done in there and wouldn’t be back) and a location (which we wrapped on the assurance that production were certain they were done there and wouldn’t be back), that they now want to shoot in again, and since it’s all very last minute, it’s now a HUGE scramble for everyone. We had a quiet day today, but only a few of us are back in Long Beach tomorrow – most of us will be in the middle of one or the other of those sets and the associated shitstorms.
Although it’s bad for us, it’s MUCH worse for people like set dressing and props – it doesn’t matter if we get the exact same equipment back for the second rig. The lights just have to come on.
Once something’s (furniture, clothing, hair, magazines on that table in the background) been established in a scene, all subsequent shots of it must be an exact match (unless there’s some explanation in the movie of why it doesn’t), so the set dressing, wardrobe and props folks have to get the same stuff back for any re-shoots. Normally, if they think something’s going to be on camera again, they’ll hang onto it just to be safe, because if they do return it and it goes out on another show, that other show’s not going to give back stuff that they’ve established in their shot just because someone on some other show fucked up.
I guess it’s just lucky that the construction guys didn’t have time to tear that set down.